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" 360 x 640 pixels
  • Camera 41 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1400 mAh(6.50h 3G talk time)
Xperia Z2
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP / 2.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3200 mAh(19h 3G talk time)



1. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014


15. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

and as they say, HATERS gonna HATE! Kudos to SONY, Xperia Z2 all the way!

25. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

really? just look at the oversharpening on the first two images on Z2. I am not trolling just pointing the winner. This is old problem of sony. My cousin's Cybershot has a nice image on the viewfinder when you focus, but after snapping the pic, the post processing ruins everything.

41. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

My Cyber-shot DSC-WX150 takes AMAZING pictures and videos. The stabilization is AMAZING and 10x optical zoom. Low light shots are FASCINATING. And it cost only 240 euros. I have to agree that I would prefer a slightly lower amount of post processing, but at that price point I can't really find a better camera. Noise levels are basically zero.

40. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

I'm a fan of Nokia, Sony has done amazing job in Z2 camera, great phone. & don't forget that 808 has produce great photos after discontinue symbian update. I can't forget that it has biggest sensor than any other phones.

43. Maddy

Posts: 31; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

Nope ... First why 5mp 808 why not 38 ? should be between 38mp vs 20mp you will find the real winner then..!!

53. asingha94

Posts: 295; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

not really!pictures are overexposed with less details in compare to 808!!

2. mousesports

Posts: 286; Member since: Feb 28, 2013


38. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

I think nokia wins in details.....z2 did good in reducing noise and whiteness in the pictures

39. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

808 is 2011 model. And still produce better photos, and no doubt it has biggest sensor than any other phones. Long live 808+symbian. Z2 has done better job. Great phone.

46. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 432; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

And thanks to Elop, we don't see how far Symbian can go.

3. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

I think both are equally decent for a smartphone camera. I'm giving it to Z2 because of its waterproof body and the fact that there isn't a bulge. But clearly Nokia is still going strong with 808 after so many years!

55. mousesports

Posts: 286; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

omfg .. "because of the waterproof " ? here its a test of pictures not a test of waterproof .. OMFG ! The winner its 808 !

4. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

I think that I would have to say just based on the comparison photos above and nothing else I would have to give the win to the Nokia 808. The photos just seem to have less noise and better color reproduction to them.

5. FriendsOfSamsung unregistered

Awful photos, tons of noise and blurrish on pic 6, unatural color from pic 5.. Either the photographer failed to capture, of the phone themselves born to be this awful. Glad I own neither

12. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

What's good for you then?

17. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Spamsung LOL!

52. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

I am waiting for an epic battle of the Spam LG guy against this guy.

6. jhaw19

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

shot # 1 Nokia, the rest Z2 .last sample z2 better white balance as per reference

7. ahomad

Posts: 175; Member since: May 15, 2012

In the second image, the Z2 is way better (sharper with better colours, you can clearly see the numbers in the board far away). The other two images, they are more or less equally good (although I prefer the Z2 colour in the third image).

8. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Neither of these camera phones holds much appeal. I find a small dedicated camera like the RX100 is miles ahead of any camera phone. Now if I think "my phone comes with a free camera", like a box of Crackerjacks comes with a free prize, then I would probably pick the Z2. It doesn't offer natural colors compared to the 808, but it offers a more compact design and good resolution and sharpness. This is enough to make it my choice of Crackerjack prize.

11. Mr.Torture

Posts: 25; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

I'm telling this to all my friends for years. No phone camera, no matter how good it is, can match a good compact camera. And speaking of RX100, this is a beast for itself. I do not have it, but judging by all reviews, and by sample photos I saw, it is one amazing peace of hardware.

24. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

+1 for the point. I have the RX100 II. Its very compact and takes some outstanding shots.

27. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

RX100 is the monster !!! 1' sensor make all the difference.

56. preetmalhotra

Posts: 114; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Are you nuts? RX100 is costlier than some DSLRs!! No point in comparing RX100 with smartphones! BTW, if you want to compare ur RX100 with 808, either get a 808 first or go to and then talk!!! :D

58. 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 you know how much 1020 costs?

60. preetmalhotra

Posts: 114; Member since: Apr 27, 2012's not expensive for me I guess, as u can visit my profile and can judge yourself! :D You are again not getting me.. DSLRs are for pro photographers! Exactly, but here what I'm trying to say is that Point 'n' Shoot RX100 is even costlier than some DSLR which gives us a clue of its superior image clarity, thats why there's no point; or if you want to compare 808/1020 with the best, then you can actually find many web portals doing the same, and getting enough satisfactory results for both!

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.

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