How good is the Nokia 808 PureView's camera? Good as Gold, says DPReview

How good is the Nokia 808 PureView's camera? Good as Gold, says DPReviewThe case for the Nokia PureView 808 isn't complicated: if you want the best cameraphone ever made, you'll think £500 may be worth paying. If not, the price will make you openly laugh.

But even those firmly in the latter camp must surely be just a little curious to know just how good that 41-megapixel camera really is. Well, according to the chaps over at the respected DPReview, it's good enough for a prestigious Gold award.

In case you don't know DPReview, it's one of the most read and respected camera sites in the business, happy to throw 10,000 words at a time at evaluating every last detail of the latest in DSLRs, compact system cameras and pretty much everything else photography related.

So what do they say about the 808? How about that it's a “fascinating and compelling product” and that “as a cameraphone, the Nokia blows its competition out of the water”?

The PureView tech itself is hailed as “one of the most important innovations – arguable the most important – in mobile photography since the smarphone era dawned”.

In fact, in terms of the handset's skills as a camera – DPReview is a camera site after all – the review is almost entirely complimentary (though with unavoidable mentions of the whole “considering it's a phone” thing).

But there's no misinterpreting statements like “in terms of sharpness and detail, the 808 is more than a match at low ISO settings for most compact cameras (and some DSLRs)”.

As for its credentials as a phone, even a photography site isn't going to gloss over Symbian's failings, both in terms of interface issues and other frustrations that will affect the serious photographer, as well as the platform's crumbling position in the wider mobile sense.

But when it comes to the hardware itself – and more importantly the PureView imaging technology considering Nokia's intentions to port it across to its Windows Phones – the review is rich in its praise.

That still doesn't mean Nokia will sell many at all – I know I won't be buying one. But I'm also in no doubt that the mobile industry would be worse off without the increasingly rare originality that the 808 PureView brings to the table.

Yes, it's no match for your iPhones and Galaxy S3s, but it's also not likely to be starring in any court cases any time soon either, and that should count for something.

Via WMPowerUser

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Pondlife  Aug. 2, 2012 at 20:43

The dpreview link isn't mucked up.
Great site and love their reviews really wish they didn't show white text on black background though.
The studio scene comparisons really show it's talents.

martinjjames / MOD  Aug. 2, 2012 at 20:57

The dpreview link isn't mucked up.
Great site and love their reviews really wish they didn't show white text on black background though.
The studio scene comparisons really show it's talents.


Ah, cheers Pondlife, I managed to muck it up somehow. Should be all fixed now!

Yeah, not the biggest fan myself of the white on black thing. Great for pic contrast but not so good for reading text on small screens, and also not so good once you've got blues and yellows and other stuff.

Much better to have a simple white layout, blogroll style, with dark grey header and footer and light grey columns down the side 8)

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 2, 2012 at 20:57

Rumour has it Vodafone Ireland will take the Pureview 808 onboard...soon".

Pondlife  Aug. 2, 2012 at 21:02

It does look an awesome piece of kit really.
Hoping it can be had for a good sale price at some point.
Does that mean you may get to play with one?

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 2, 2012 at 21:28

Rumour has it Vodafone Ireland will take the Pureview 808 onboard...soon".

More than can be said for any UK network.

Pondlife  Aug. 2, 2012 at 21:31

I think Nokia kind of wants it to fail..

martinjjames / MOD  Aug. 2, 2012 at 21:51

I think Nokia kind of wants it to fail..

Well, not everyone at Nokia, but certainly some.

*cough* *cough* Elop *cough*

Now surely that's the perfect way to tee up Jan?

Pondlife  Aug. 3, 2012 at 12:43

Verge rather like the camera too but give Belle a thorough kicking. It does sound horrible to use. :(
http://www.theverge.com/2012/6/25/3113460/nokia-808-pureview-review

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 3, 2012 at 13:03

Verge rather like the camera too but give Belle a thorough kicking. It does sound horrible to use. :(
http://www.theverge.com/2012/6/25/3113460/nokia-808-pureview-review

Sounds like a decent summary of this phone.

Camera is great, symbian is not.

Pondlife  Aug. 3, 2012 at 13:12

I expected it to be a bit clunky but not as bad as it seems though.

Macaon  Sep. 6, 2012 at 09:35

I've been using an N8 for over 2 years and find it hard to understand why people are dissing symbian so much. I have a Sony tablet running Android ICS and to be honest it's no great shakes. I'm happy staying with Symbian Belle after trying out android. I have very few usability issues with it, it's far more customizable and I just prefer it tbh. The only main downside is the crappy browser but Opera solves that issue.
As soon as some of the bloody Operators here start stocking the Pureview i'll probably get it. I take a lot of pics with my camera, no other smart phone comes close to the Nokia Pureview phones.

Watch out for the Lumia 920, serious camera on that too plus wireless charging etc. Only downside is Windows 8 :(

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