Hands-On with the Nokia 808 PureView and Its 41MP Camera

Written by JC Pulido III. Posted in Cameras, Features, Smartphones

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Published on June 25, 2012 with 1 Comment


When is a camera phone more camera than a phone? When it’s the Nokia 808 Pureview. The Nokia 808 PureView smartphone with its 41MP camera sensor was announced earlier in the year. Last week, Techindustriya was invited to the Nokia Philippines office to play with the 808 Pureview and its camera.

First off, let’s get things clear, the PureView does have a 41MP camera sensor but PureView does not use all of the those pixels. Some of the pixels on the sensor–at the corners–are not used because the aspect ratios (4:3 and 16:9) do not use these pixels. The most you will have are 38MP images without the PureView Pro technology oversampling the images.

With PureView Pro technology on the 808, all these extra¬†pixels are combined to create a clearer, more detailed oversampled pixels for images at 8MP, 5MP, and 3MP levels. If that’s not enough, the PureView sensor and oversampling technology is combined with a Carl Zeiss lens.

In terms of zooming with the PureView, the phone does not use optical zoom. That’s right, it is all digital. You might be wondering, that digital zoom produces pixelated images due to the phone magnifying the images thus creating jaggy images. If you were wondering that, you are right, but since the PureView oversamples the images in the first place, it has more than enough pixels¬†to spare and it still achieve quality images while zoomed.

You can check out the sample images posted in our Google+ Album.

With video, the Nokia 808 PureView uses the same technology to bring high quality 1080p30 video. Again, it gives you 4x lossless zoom. Combined with the Nokia Rich Recording that gives you CD-like audio quality and Dolby Headphones and Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 technologies to give you better quality audio to mate with the video.

Sample 1080p Video

Overall, we were impressed with the quality of the photos and videos of the camera. Zooming into the photos, you can see what the PureView Pro technology can really do to increase the quality of the pixels. At full resolution, with good light and steady hand, you can get really close to the photos see detail that will be blurred or non-existent with even dedicated point-and-shoot cameras.

While we’ve been talking about how great the technology behind the camera of the 808 PureView is, the Nokia 808 PureView is still a smartphone after all. Running the 808 Pureview is a single-core ARM 11 CPU at 1.3GHz with Symbian Belle. It also has a 16GB storage to store all your photos and videos as well as apps from the Nokia App Store. WiFi-N, Bluetooth 3.0, and GPS are also included. It even has NFC at the back cover to communicate with objects with NFC chips or NFC-enabled stores and kiosks.

The real question is, what is the Nokia 808 PureView? Is it a good smartphone with a really great camera or is it a really great camera with a good smartphone. As I said at the beginning, it is more of a camera than it is smartphone; so this can give you an impression of what I think. But who will buy the PureView? Will you replace your mobile phone and replace it with the PureView? Will you replace your point-and-shoot?

Accessories for the 808 PureView are also available such as a hard cover, a portable battery charger, and even a clip that is compatible with tripods to attach the PureView with.

The Nokia 808 PureView should already be available in the market for PhP26,550 and comes in Black, White, and Red.

  • Sam

    Hello. Would you happen to know if the hard cover is actually being sold? I’ve been to numerous Nokia Stores and they all don’t have it…