Retro chic: Nokia 808 PureView vs Xperia Z2 photo samples pop up

Retro chic: Nokia 808 PureView vs Xperia Z2 photo samples pop up
Remember the Nokia 808 PureView? The phone arguably started a veritable rat race in smartphone cameras, as it came announced with a gigantic, 41 MP sensor, forcing phone makers to rethink the strategy on their rear snappers. Some latest and greatest Androids now come with 16 MP, and even 20 MP cameras, while Nokia carved a Windows Phone niche among photogs with the Lumia line that carried on the PureView legacy.

Can the oldie Nokia 808 PureView with its Symbian platform take on a fresh Android flagship with a 20 MP camera, like the Xperia Z2? If that question has been bugging you, and taking away from your sleep at night, you'd be delighted to hear that someone has snapped a few comparison shots between the Z2 and the 808 PureView. You can find them in the slideshow below, and the photographer's comments are mostly along the line that the shots with the 808 PureView in Auto mode (5 MP) seem less detailed, but more natural than the processed look of the Xperia Z2 photos. The processing, however, makes the Sony's snaps appear sharper, and with more appealing colors, so the author calls it a draw. Do you agree?

source: AAS

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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
Xperia Z2
  • Display 5.2 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP (Single camera)
    2.2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3200 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow



59. Jaeel

Posts: 27; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

Strange that despite the 5mp mode, 808 seems to have much more detail on shot #6.

57. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Dslr are for pro photographers. RX100 is easy to use and takes great shots and can easily rival smartphones in compactness. I carry it most of the times and can forget that it is in my pocket. And no 1020 or 808 can rival its image quality. And if $450 is expensive for such a great gadget sorry for you. Btw do you know how much 1020 costs?

54. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

these bricks perform well but z2 is just way better than the two..

51. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

If you want a sharpened photo go with the Xperia. If you want truer to life colors and the least amount of processing done to a photo, go with the 808 (hence the PureView name). That said, I think the 808 is still king of the hill in a lot of respects, despite all the things the 1020 can do better. I test out the two of them all the time just for fun and my 808 never disappoints me. 99% of the time it gets the scene true to life with its details and colors. 1020 still to this day has issues with white balance and coloring has gotten truer to life but could still improve. But the biggest difference lies within flash photography. If I could trade some thickness in my 1020 for the same Xenon flash setup as my 808, I would do it in a heartbeat. The amount of detail captured on the 808 compared to the 1020 is astonishing. Skin is incredibly more detailed, unlike the “softness” that appears with the 1020, and colors are again, incredibly natural. Maybe Nokia errrr Microsoft’s next 1020 will finally dethrone the mighty 808. Maybe Sony will finally bring back the xenon flash it used to have on its camera flagships...

48. strikercho

Posts: 156; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

808 just blows away the Z2. Simple as that.

47. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

808 is definitely sharper when zoomed. but Z2 images are brighter. ---but in the end, WE WANT IT COMPARED TO THE LUMIA 1520 -----20mp Z2 vs 20mp 1520/icon/930

49. adecvat

Posts: 677; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

1520 has a crappy camera, level of 920

50. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

nah. need to find comparisons first

44. kobainez

Posts: 454; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Wouldn't stand up against 1520? Get real fanboy Xperia Z2 sensor is bigger than 1520

42. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

In reference to the article, I'd say the Nokia N8 is really what started the phone camera war, that is, trying to provide superior optics on not just a camera-centric model, but the flagship as well. It still has an amazing 12MP camera and the Xenon flash is still superior to many phones' paltry LEDs. The 808 improved upon that, which, as we know, begat the 1020 and other superior PureView phones. I doubt the Z2, as excellent as it is, would stand up to the 1020 or 1520, even though both have smaller sensors than the 808 PureView.

37. diehardnokian

Posts: 148; Member since: Apr 27, 2014

Kudos to Nokia considering its age..! Nokia has a bigger sensor while Sony exhibits its prowess though better software algorithms! Choose call I should say!!

36. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Nokia 808 anyday

35. solidsnake695

Posts: 132; Member since: Jan 04, 2013

xperia is great but in the pictures nokia is 5 mp oversampeling is done in both xperia is also 8mp but sony havent learn anything from the past heavy processing......if heavy post processing is stoped well itll outperform nokia 808 even more

33. surethom

Posts: 1775; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

I really do not like Sony Xperia phones but the Xperia wins in this, But what about low light & indoor photos, that is the ONLY way to tell is a camera is any good.

32. tenzin

Posts: 111; Member since: Dec 20, 2013

X peria is better

31. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

How old is the 808 again?

34. whburling

Posts: 14; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

thank you for your assessment. I enjoyed your quest to observe and share your findings without feeling the need to diminish one mfr over the other. I have heard the same complaints about sony over sharpening...but did not understand those complaints in other comparisons. You did a fantastic job in helping me see what you were talking about (oversharpening).

45. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

Good artical with good points! Phonearena staff should also read.

61. preetmalhotra

Posts: 114; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

hahahaha....Awesome! not for Z2 Fanboys! They simply won't understand

26. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

I have my old and good 808 JUST for photos during running, but for the rest my Note 3. Is good to see a Android phone perfoming like 808, I need to see more samples in low light. I don´t like wp. When I need really good photos I carry my Sony RX100, no phone will ever get closer.

22. nightfury

Posts: 82; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

by seeing the pics z2 wins has nailed the bad cam algorithms found so far on other xperias??????

21. TisaTsir

Posts: 70; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

wow!!! z2 has the best smartphone camera.

19. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

the out dated 808 pureview doesn't come close to the Z2, so again Z2 is a clear winner,..

18. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

the pictures here are far to tiny for any sort of comparison to matter.

9. Mr.Torture

Posts: 25; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

Both cameras are amazing, no doubt. The thrilling thing is that 808PV is still doing this well, almost two years after announcement. And, beside all negativity towards Sony (from majority of portals), just another prove that Sony done it right this time.

10. FriendsOfSamsung unregistered

Done it right like what?

13. Mr.Torture

Posts: 25; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

Like everything. From display, to build quality, to finally excellent camera.

20. JMartin22

Posts: 2426; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

The display is a step up, but still not that good, nor the best on the market; unless you mean build material, the build quality could be smarter and more better engineered. They don't need such thick bezel for the ingress protection when Samsung managed to minimize their bezel more and achieved a higher IP rating. I'm still skeptical about the camera, Sony has never optimized their imaging software to stay ahead of competition using their same sensors. It does seem to have decent low light capability though

23. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Well it has dual frontal speakers in those "huge" bezels. And BTW S5 doesn't have a higher IP rating. Yes, 67 is a bigger number than 58, but you have to read the numbers separately. The 6 and 5 stand for dust proofing, so S5 is a bit more dust proof than Z2. And 7 and 8 are the numbers for water proofing, which means Z2 has a bit tighter waterproofing.

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