Nokia 808 PureView is a camera engineering marvel - are you getting one?

Nokia 808 PureView is a camera engineering marvel - are you getting one?
We've been hearing about a 30-40MP camera sensor lurking in Nokia's R&D labs for a good while now, but thought it to be one of those playful concepts that never see the light of day. It took Nokia switching from Symbian to Windows Phone and taking a nosedive in share price during that restructuring, for it to feel the urge to speed the development up and come up with a "wow" factor.

And "wow" it is - there is no arguing that the Nokia 808 PureView will be the most sophisticated cameraphone out there, but with 41MP sensor at the gigantic for a phone 1/1.2" surface, and simplified lens crafted with record precision, we are nearing DSLR territory. The photography blogs are already abuzz with the silent lossless zoom, pixel oversampling and low-light capabilities of this sensor, which can rival a lot less compact devices. By going for lossless zoom without optics to add bulk, distort the frame and introduce noise while filming, Nokia has managed to make the module in the 808 PureView 50-70% smaller than a conventional optical zoom solution, allowing it to fit the PureView Pro technology into a phone.

This is all for the photography buffs out there, though, and there are a lot of them, so you can feast on all the glory details about the engineering marvel that is the Nokia 808 PureView sensor in its short but concise white paper, or our own summary

What we are interested in is whether you are intrigued by Nokia's bombshell device as a phone, and if you are planning to get one the day it comes out, or are already distracted by something else. Checkmark our little poll and sound off in the comments below.

Nokia 808 PureView is a camera engineering marvel - are you getting one?

I'm so getting this on the day it comes out!
I might get one as a second phone for when I go on vacation/concert/kiddies birthday
It's a great cameraphone and all, but I'll wait until it is a Nokia Windows Phone
My smartphone camera is good enough, I'd rather have the apps

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808 PureView
  • Display 4.0" 360 x 640 pixels
  • Camera 41 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1400 mAh(6.50h 3G talk time)



1. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

Doubt we'll see everything this phone has to offer, running Windows Phone by the end of the year. Not a big fan of the design either. Would love to see another N8 looking phone with a bigger 4.3" display on it plus all this has to offer. HDMI is still something we've yet to see on WP so hopefully since Apollo allows for microSD expansion, it will allow for HDMI as well. It's crazy how immature WP still is in so many respects.

15. shafboy

Posts: 179; Member since: Sep 26, 2010

Even though this phone isn't actually that great of a phone, it is the thing at the back that it's designed for. It may change the future of camera's, at least for a certain line of phones. Either way it is a great technology.

49. gevvyd

Posts: 13; Member since: Feb 17, 2010

and a higher resolultion!

2. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

there should have been a "i take pictures with my camera not my phone" option.

9. Giggity

Posts: 147; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Amen to this, frankly I don't really see the need for camera on smartphone to exceed 12MP.

20. -RVM-

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Well, the camera on Nokia 808 is supposed to make 5 or 8 MPx photos. So why there's 41 MPx sensor ?

43. eiyoy009

Posts: 57; Member since: Jun 01, 2011

whatever everyone is saying...for me this is a best camera and a phone for me... i don't want to have a camera and a phone in both side of my hand...i want ALL-IN-ONE gadget.. PERFECT!!!

19. -RVM-

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

yea, because it's easier to walk around with much heavier camera around your neck 24h.... wake up dude, most people don't have their cameras with themselves 95% of their time.

24. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

no sh!t. a camera phone usually works in a pinch. but "wake up dude," they do not compare to real cameras. most people do not want a phone that is 95% camera either. the 808 is a niche phone. ill take my g2x and my dslr over the 808 anyday.

23. shafboy

Posts: 179; Member since: Sep 26, 2010

True, but wouldn't it be great for photographers to have both in one?

25. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

if two could exist in one than having two would be pointless. the limitations of belle are numerous, and a DSLR still trumps the 808. not saying that photographers dont/wont use both. just that a photo nut is going to haul around their gear anyway and might pic up the 808 to fill in the gap when not hauling. i like the 808's camera. but im not going to sacrifice android for it. and i dont see any camera phone replacing my dslr in the near future. the 808 might be the best camera-phone. but by becoming that it is neither going to be the best camera or the best phone, just the best compilation.

27. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

It'll sell to a niche group. The N8 which sold well by 'nokias' sales standards but poorly in the global comparison scale and from returns we had instore it was not without a fair few software and hardware problems most notably freezing and self charging till the battery died quickly without actually being connected to a charger. Don't get me wrong I had an N8 and loved the cameras photos but it too was a fairly limited phone,the os is dated and the browser was only ok at best incomparison to other smartphone browsers,facebook apps wouldn't open half people status updates,links or photos. Most people certainly wouldn't sacrifice 400 bucks or a bill upgrade for 2 years for the sake of the camera. No professional photographers would swap an dslr for this 41mp camera either as zoom functions and optical zooms for instance are very limited in the 808

28. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Nailgun! i mean. Nailed It!

31. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

How come you didn't just edit what you said and just said "Nailed It!" instead you realized your error, left it there, and showed what you meant to say? Not trying to be a douche but that just stood out to me when scrolling down.

36. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

The whole thing is a phrase from wkuk. The whole statement is a reference including the I mean. Sorry, I guess it isn't as universal as I thought.

45. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Oh, never heard of it. lol

29. thatdude1 unregistered

Andro, have you ever tried Belle on Nokia hardware? I would wager that you have not. It's really good. Its definitely is not dated. This phone will definitely sell well where Symbian is strong, and will do better than average in places that Symbian is not so strong. You clearly don't like anything other than Android, which is fine, so why bother wasting your time commenting on anything other than Android?

32. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Its a wager you'd have lost,my n8 when i had it was on Anna and my N700 when i had it was on Belle,its handy working in the phone industry as lots of manufacturers give you phones to mess around with it! ;-) Anna was an improvement in software but still dated,belle is better but merely was so because it brings in pull down task bar features ala android style and a few tweaks. Mostly the improvements were cosmetic in nature. I do infact prefer belle to windows and sales wise we have definitely sold more nokia symbian phones than windows. Still both are really show their level in the industry by the sales figures they have ended up on. Nokias best phones ultimately are its features phones which have prolific sales and zero trouble. They are the very life of nokias sales figures year in year out and will continue to be so

40. chapizzo

Posts: 116; Member since: Sep 13, 2011

Belle was not just cosmetic changes. It was the whole system written from the ground up using the new qt engine. Brought large improvements in operation and use of system resources. I'll point out one that i expect you'll understand. With Anna, it was common to run out of RAM especially using opera mobile with lots of pages open. With Belle, that has never happen, even with more than 10 apps running, several pages open in opera mobile, and thats a phone with only 256MB RAM. But ofcourse, you'd know this if you had ever used the phone

38. chapizzo

Posts: 116; Member since: Sep 13, 2011

see you actually talk like someone that never used the phone but seemingly knows all about it. HATER.

48. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

You've obviously not read any of the comments as i stated i actually had a nokia n8 and n700 for a while and currently a lumia,which i don't use as its not great

47. karanstyle

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I feel so sorry for you but I too had one but Nokia N8 is way better than any Android or iOS phone in terms of Battery & Camera! Pls. Search more to know more!

50. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Battery and camera were better yes,thats about it. i only used my nokia n8 for camera only as the rest ended up frustrating due to limitations and better alternatives readily available to me

51. karanstyle

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

May I know what kinda restrictions?? You ppl just have to downgrade the name of Symbian for the sake of "I dunno what"? Anyways, I'm waiting for Apple's next fake revolutionary phone with 16Mpx(and sell it with some stupid tag line and say for just 800$ + Some crappy app about "Steve Jobs" with the name "Steve Pop"). I'm not so good at bulls**tting like Apple :-P

46. karanstyle

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Ummm stop comparing Crapsung's SGS2 with NOKIA's Pure view 808. Oops! I meant Sam-sung not CRAP-Sung ;-) (a useless 8MPx of SGS2+SGS3) Admit the power of Symbian on just 1.3Ghz Single core processor and very petty amount of RAM running a huge camera where Android tin bot would just be hung up with eyes wide open. And yes as far as Samflung(oops again :-P ) read this: "Samsung's Executive says Samsung is not doing well @MWC" ~ LINK - So, just stop negating and admit the facts.!! :-D

42. eiyoy009

Posts: 57; Member since: Jun 01, 2011

then wish that your phone have nothing camera on it...freak!!

3. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Do I really need one?

4. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Its gonna be like the n8,a fantastic camera but nobody wanting the mediocre phone. The N8 camera was the best camera ive ever used. Unfortunately most of the people who bought an n8 was for the camera itself rather than the phone. The 41mp camera here will be wasted on an os that nobody wants and nobody buys in windows phone. There will be some other very capable shooters on very popular and very top level smartphones this year on platforms much more capable than windows

5. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

take it easy kiddie. don't try to out perform analysts. you are not.

6. thatdude1 unregistered

Gotta disagree with you there, andro. I happen to own a Nokia N8 and it's a fantastic smartphone, and not just because of the camera. The N8 was a hit for Nokia, hence the follow up in the 808 pureview. The OS on the phone(Symbian/Nokia Belle)is a joy to use and is a powerful one at that. And the 808 will be running Belle out the gate, not Windows. This phone is destined, at the very least, to be every bit as popular as the N8.

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