Nokia 808 PureView camera compared to the iPhone 4S and the HTC One X

Nokia 808 PureView camera compared to the iPhone 4S and the HTC One X
Nokia 808 PureView with its 41MP camera module got test shots along with the iPhone 4S and the HTC One X, and, as expected, was superior in terms of almost everything, especially detail, low light shots and fast moving object, thanks to its gigantic sensor, with the macro shot being the only grey spot on the resume.

The folks that did the comparison noted that the color reproduction was a bit colder than the jollier, more saturated colors from the other two phones, to which they received a reply from Nokia's camera guru Damian Dinning himself, and the reply is worth posting in its entirety, as it reveals some good advice for future Nokia 808 PureView owners.

Looking at the comparison samples in the slideshow below, we can't help but wonder when will Nokia be bringing this photographic experience on a Windows Phone handset, be it in its rumored 12MP form for a Verizon handset.

source: CNET via WMPU

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808 PureView
  • Display 4.0 inches
    640 x 360 pixels
  • Camera 41 MP (Single camera)
    0.3 MP VGA front
  • Hardware , 0.5GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 1400 mAh
  • OS Symbian Belle



28. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Well that is stupid- they made the HTC's photo look so digitalized and pixelated on purpose! not a fair test.

17. Sasparilla

Posts: 6; Member since: Jun 14, 2012

The 808 has finally popped up on Amazon in the U.S. for ~ $700. Only one retailer so far on Amazon (so not sure if its just a "preorder" or what) but this is a step forward to getting the 808, probably we're getting close to the 808 coming to the U.S. unlocked (like the N8) and there will be more vendors added to the Amazon page (and the price will come down) in the future months.

12. Suts_97

Posts: 130; Member since: May 05, 2012


10. CharlieAtInfinity

Posts: 253; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Damn good shots by 808 :D cant wait to test it myself!!

9. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

no chance for other phones its a obbvious victory here

8. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Nokia really needs to bring the 808 to a U.S. carrier, T-Mobile preferred (as they have recent history with Symbian). There is such a significant difference that Nokia can really make a name for themselves again just by demonstrating what they can do and why it makes them special. Even if they only sell a few thousand, that's still that many more out there providing free publicity

21. Sasparilla

Posts: 6; Member since: Jun 14, 2012

Sounds nice, but it doesn't look like any U.S. carrier is going with it. In the U.S. the best option is probably buy it outright (finally landed on Amazon recently in the U.S. but only one seller so maybe its not quite here yet) and go with Straight Talk (their AT&T network SIM) and unlimited everything for $45 a month no contract.

7. Anthony_Gonzalves

Posts: 46; Member since: May 11, 2012

Nokia is king in optics department.

6. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

technology behind pure view sure makes vids & pics look amazing,now nokia needs to implement this tech in wp8

5. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Why no galaxy s3?

4. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Although the photos might look better in comparison the underlining aspect is if it was a comparison on the rest of the phone handsets themselves besides the camera features than the 808 hasn't a leg to stand on,only a very small niche group of people would actually spend a couple of hundred smackers or use up a two year contract upgrade for a handset like the 808 Nokia reps had told us recently that pureview was years in development and unfortunately for nokia it only became fully developed for use at a time when Symbian is on its death bed. The technology is also not compatitble for the forseeable future with windows,but that saying windows sales stats have shown to be poor also in comparison anyhow so maybe Nokia hasn't lost anything there

13. Penny

Posts: 1879; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Well, this IS a comparison of camera quality, so let's leave the debate about the rest of the phone for an appropriate time and place. Here in the U.S., the phone is only going to be available off contract, so there's no worry of it taking up a two year contract. The only obstruction will be the off contract price, which hopefully should be at or below the $600 mark. Although I wouldn't use this as a primary device, just because I am unfamiliar with Symbian, I would definitely want to try it out. I don't know how you're saying that the technology isn't "compatible for the foreseeable future with Windows..." when all rumors, statements, and articles point to the fact that they are developing this for one or more Nokia Windows Phone 8 devices.

15. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

600 for a phone just for the camera? Are you serious,if its just for the camera you can get far far better professional standalone cameras for cheaper,and phone wise at that cost you can get far far better phones. As you said pureview on other devices are rumours,Nokia reps have said to us for the foreseeable future to us its Symbian only and windows 8 now looking to be delayed to 2013

16. Penny

Posts: 1879; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I wouldn't buy it just for the camera. The reason I am looking to get a few off contract phones is because I want to play with the various operating systems as well, and this is as good a reason as any to try a Symbian phone. And I do have to say, even for the price of $600, this wouldn't be a terrible value as a camera. I have a 10MP Canon S90 point and shoot that cost $300, and a 21MP Canon 5D MKII dSLR that cost $4,400 (with lens, flash, and all other accessories). I definitely don't expect this to match the quality of the 5D MKII, but I am curious to see if it can get better shots than the S90. If it is significantly better than the S90, and it provides adequate smartphone functionality, then I would probably call this phone a great value -- especially considering that other high end smartphones cost $650-$850 off contract with not even comparable functionality in the camera department.

18. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Well it could be suitable for yourself so,but you'd be in the very small niche category to which it might sell. I've seen the reactions and general public opinions combined with months of sales figures from day in day out in the industry and its gives you an overall view of the devices and nokia sure will be in for struggle

19. Penny

Posts: 1879; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Absolutely, I wouldn't expect this device to sell in notable quantities in the U.S. Nokia has always released off contract phones in the U.S. that are not tied to a carrier, and these phones never sell in large quantities.

27. ripp747

Posts: 20; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

Good Points

20. Sasparilla

Posts: 6; Member since: Jun 14, 2012

Well obviously its not worth it to you, but there are folks interested in the best camera phone bar none (photo bugs probably), who don't care about the OS, then it will be worth it to some folks. That's why the N8 sold in significant numbers in the U.S. for an unlocked phone when no U.S. service provider offered it.

25. Extraneus

Posts: 121; Member since: Jun 02, 2012

Have you considered the fact that potential customers (like me) specifically do NOT want to carry around extra gadgets, like a separate camera? Keep in mind also that many (like me) have a tablet to deal with any app-needs they might have, and will be perfectly happy with a Belle phone, which, incidentally, is much more energy efficient than the competition...

3. surethom

Posts: 1774; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

I just dont get how the HTC can be so grainy in normal light compared to the iphone, HTC are promoting the One X as a great camera phone, but it is worse than the almost 1 year old iphone. HTC need some more time & money on the software side, not sure if it over compression or just bad optics???

11. aaronkatrini

Posts: 242; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

I'm a huge HTC fanboy, but they sure need to improve camera quality. As for the Nokia, those 41mpx are only for marketing. True photographers know pretty well that more Mpx you have the worst your photos gonna get. I think Apple was the smartest here, even though Sammy's GS3 would have been appropriate to compare.

23. ChiX017

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

R u kidden mE! its about what Nokia has done with the 41MP which is great on any level!

24. Extraneus

Posts: 121; Member since: Jun 02, 2012

"True photographers know pretty well that more Mpx you have the worst your photos gonna get." What on earth are you on about...? I suggest you do a re-read-up on the 808 and how it handles it's many megapixels.

26. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Excuse me..err...Extra-(a)neus??? I'm not against any phone here, but just for you...the phone having a 41mp sensor doesn't mean you only have that option to click..."it" has lesser choices of course. And by what the comparison above means is (duh!!!) the 808 has a better can see it for yourself!! And while doing so, feel free to knock yourself out!! "Hater of 'EXTRA' megapixels-neus"!!

29. aaronkatrini

Posts: 242; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

Ok, so who you think is beter. Any Canon DSLr with 18mpx or the 808 with 41mpx?

30. hiBreed

Posts: 90; Member since: May 29, 2012

Stop canvassing, u are a fu**ing apple fanboy, i can bet all my eggs that u haven't read anything about the pureview, u only saw the headline '41mp' hypocrite. didn't mean it as an insult though

14. -RVM-

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

But notice that it is better than iPhone in low-light conditions.

31. hiBreed

Posts: 90; Member since: May 29, 2012

Im quite sure you meant everything optical (read not screen)

2. B3BLW29

Posts: 238; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Yeah Nokia rules...

1. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

pictures look nice

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