Video shows the 5 years behind the Nokia 808 PureView

Video shows the 5 years behind the Nokia 808 PureView
As you marvel at the various photos and video samples from the Nokia 808 PureView, have you ever wondered how this all came about? If so, Nokia has released an all-access documentary that details the 5 years behind the creation of the Nokia 808 PureView.

In the video, Nokia details how the idea came about five years ago in a bar in Tokyo. Since using traditional optical zoom technologies in a small form factor creates poor image quality, they decided to take a cue from the technology used in satellite imagery. Essentially, if you take an image that is much larger than needed, you can zoom into the part you need without losing image quality. 

The Nokia 808 PureView works the same way. It has a large 41-megapixel sensor that can take an image up to 38-megapixels. This enables you to zoom into the photo while maintaining the image quality for a 5- to 8-megapixel image, which is what most people ultimately want for their shot.

Nokia also talks about what went into creating the amazing video and audio capture quality of the device. It is so proud of the resulting product that this entire documentary was shot on a Nokia 808 PureView. It wraps up the presentation by dedicating the film to the 400 people that were involved in the creation of the handset.

source: SlashGear

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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. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I so want the 808.....

19. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

Dedicated to 400 people who no longer work there.. lol

2. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

they made this in 5 years without us knowing?! Hmm... I would love them so much if they actually worked on a hexacore 1080p HD device for the past years and we wouldn't know until Nokia Prodigy. not that we need those specs, just that it would be truly "an amazing everyday"

4. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Maybe they are. Who knows?

5. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

actually, when it comes to rumors, i like it better on nokia. there are no leaks whatsoever. before they released the n9, we didn't expect nokia to create such a unique design, and we in the other hand didn't expect 41 MP on the pureview... unlike apple and (maybe) samsung and others, rumors come out but some are usually false and we end up somehow disappointed. more power to nokia!

14. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Same here. I watch the Nokia Labs blog, and they sometimes give tantalizing little hints, but the PureView tech was kept under wraps, as it should be, and was why it was awarded so well. No one had any expectations, and so the bar was set very high with the release because of it

13. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Damian D. said once that N8 was just a fracture what they are capable to:)

3. OHaZZaR

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 19, 2011

They're good, but I was expecting more of a top-tier compact camera, this doesn't match the qualities of the Canon S95 or S100, which are still the best in class. It's still the best phone camera in the market.

8. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

well in that case you have to put a gigantic sensor in the phone with all the heavy moblie hardware with battery too so it would become a brick in time yes u will get those things as well

11. Penny

Posts: 1860; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I haven't seen a comparison between an 808 Pureview and an S95/S100 yet, so I will withhold judgement. I do own an S90 however, and that does take some fantastic photos for a point and shoot, but the 808 Pureview's pics (at least in samples, haven't handled one myself yet) seem to be better.

6. threed61

Posts: 259; Member since: May 27, 2011

5 years behind could also describe the software running the 808 and the management running Nokia.

12. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Considering Symbian is still (and has been) more capable than Windows Phone or iOS, two operating systems which have come out in the last 5 years, you could argue Nokia is 5 years (or more) ahead. If they had the hardware like Android does (multi-core, huge screens) then it might be a more relevant OS, only hobbled by its older framework and decreasing adoption rates for "prettier" OSes (though Belle has changed that part). I own a Symbian, a Windows Phone, and an Android, and the Symbian is the one I use for my personal daily-use phone; the other two are mostly for internet and work. That being said, if the 808's tech were on both a Symbian and a Windows Phone of equivalent hardware, and priced the same, it'd be a very very difficult choice. I'd want the Windows Phone for its ease of use and ability to do what I want without a problem or stutter, but I"d want the Symbian for its dedicated call/disconnect buttons, more capable OS, and the ease that comes from years of using the OS

16. threed61

Posts: 259; Member since: May 27, 2011

Had Symbian Belle come out in 2009 instead of late 2011, the platform might have had a chance to catch up to the others. Not only do my wp7 running Focus S and Android GS2 blow my Belle running Nokia 700 away, so does the even older Palm Pre 2. Its old, slow and clunky, and the things it does that others don't, most users don't care about, part of the reason Palm and its true multitasking is also in the dustbin of history.

7. wp74ver

Posts: 62; Member since: May 10, 2012

Just can't wait to see this on wp8 lol but they need to do it fast before android copy this lol ,once again wp8 will be amazing I promise, in the meantime im super happy with my lumia 900 white .

10. steelicon

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 02, 2011

My next P&S camera / smartphone. :-)

15. jeraldjamescapao

Posts: 23; Member since: May 17, 2012

Tiptop! :D

17. matrix_neo

Posts: 334; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

It's a nice phone but I don't like symbian is, so sad nokia used it in 808. Btw jeraldjamescapao are I a Filipino? Just asking. .. :-p

18. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

people calling Symbian outdated well maybe Nokia made the 808 run on Symbian because Symbian is the only OS that's capable of running the pureview technology unlike other OSes and it's also such an open source and not a limited OS and it still does it's job as a phone

20. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

why is there no Windows 8- 41 megapixel smart phone around this is crazy because Windows is Nokia's main smart phone OS. Nokia I think is missing a great opportunity here.

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