The Nokia 808 PureView has been available for about a month now, depending on where you live, and as such, it has already been reviewed quite a few times. With its standout feature being the 41 megapixel camera, we’ve also seen some photography-centric tests from the likes of CNET, who compared the 808 to a Panasonic Lumix LX5 high-end compact camera. A much more detailed and comprehensive review, however, has now been published by renowned photography site dpreview, which focuses exclusively on the camera.
They note that image quality is generally very good, with “excellent detail resolution in all modes”. Even at the maximum 38 megapixel setting, pixel-level image quality is “up there with some of the best cameras around”, at least with low ISO. While higher ISO settings produce noticeably worse results with the full resolution, the scaled-down 8 megapixel PureView mode is still able to match and even exceed most compact cameras. The biggest issue in regards to image quality seems to be highlight clipping, which results in a limited dynamic range compared to ‘real’ cameras.
In the end, the 808 received a Gold award, being lauded as the “most important breakthrough in mobile photography” since the smartphone era. We highly recommend you to read the full review on dpreview, which includes lots of sample pictures and an interesting interview with JuhaÂ Alakarhu, head of imaging technologies at Nokia.
Since Lumia PureView Windows Phones are expected to be introduced at Nokia World on September 5, have any of our readers already decided what phone to get next?
(I know I have.)