Full Resolution Nokia 808 PureView Camera Samples

The Nokia 808 PureView is breaking new ground with its 41 Megapixel camera. But as Nokia’s camera guru Damien Dinning himself explains, its not about using the 41 Megapixel sensor for full resolution photos, but to take those 8 Megapixel images from it that will be far better than anything else on the market.

Another advantage is lossless zoom, because you are coming from a 41 MP sensor, there is no need of the useless digital zoom that ruins pictures without fail.

However, there may be times when you do want to shoot in ultra high resolution, and Nokia’s created an advanced ‘Creative’ mode for that. In that mode you can shoot at 38 MP if you are using the 4:3 aspect ratio or 34 MP if you’re shooting in 16:9. The obvious advantage of shooting in such a high resolution (7728 x 4354 or 7152 x 5368) is that you can crop any part of the image and it will remain very useable. For example, look at the pictures below.

Note: You can click on the originals to get to the full resolution. Make sure you are on a speedy connection, as their sizes vary from anything between 9 MB to about 16 MB each.

Full Resolution Nokia 808 PureView Camera Samples

You would be surprised to see that it is a crop from the following shot, where you’ll be hard pressed to even find this gentleman.

Full Resolution Nokia 808 PureView Camera Samples

Similarly, the following tents are not even properly visible in the original shot which you can find below.

Full Resolution Nokia 808 PureView Camera Samples

Pretty amazing. In such a situation, I could also have chosen to use the ‘PureView’ mode and zoomed in on the subject before I took the shot. The advantage of doing that would be a much smaller 8 Megapixel original, but with excellent quality.

Full Resolution Nokia 808 PureView Camera Samples

Here’s another example.

Full Resolution Nokia 808 PureView Camera Samples

Original:

Full Resolution Nokia 808 PureView Camera Samples

Crop:

Full Resolution Nokia 808 PureView Camera Samples

Original:

Full Resolution Nokia 808 PureView Camera Samples

Looking at those shots it becomes clear that even in today’s day and age, compact digital cameras would have a hard time competing with what Nokia’s done with the 808 here. Finally, here are a few more untouched camera samples.

Full Resolution Nokia 808 PureView Camera Samples

Full Resolution Nokia 808 PureView Camera Samples

Full Resolution Nokia 808 PureView Camera Samples

Full Resolution Nokia 808 PureView Camera Samples

I must stress that these photos have been taken with a prototype device, which is around two months away from a final firmware. Since a lot of the magic happens in the software, the picture quality will only go up from here. Also, most of these shots were taken while I was walking around, with barely even a second spent on composing the shot.

If I had decided to mess around with the settings a little, and may be wiped a little grease off the lens (I have a suspicion there was some!) I’m sure the picture quality would have been even better.

What do you think?

[Update: Shots taken with the 808’s PureView mode are here. Zoom in action].

16 thoughts on “Full Resolution Nokia 808 PureView Camera Samples”

  1. Right now, they also need magic from hardware coz that brick of a phone looks a lot like a bloated 5800.

  2. Softare improvements can do nothing on the lens sharpness, which will not be enough for 41 mp. Sure the 8 mp binned pixel images will look better noise wise than the ones from a regular 8 mp camera phone, but not on the sharpness front. The lens is the bottleneck and it’s pretty amazing that no one seems to pay attention to that little detail.

  3. @response!
    “Softare improvements can do nothing on the lens sharpness”

    Good thing the lens here has 10x the precision of a DSLR lens :)

  4. @mj, was just posting a similar “small detail” @response, but you were faster:)

    Haters gonna hate, but now Nokia did pull a true Ace from their sleeve! This is a revolution in everyday photography.

  5. stop posting full resoluion images (the web is full of them) and post some oversampled 5 mp image!

  6. Most smartphone takes pretty good shots in clear daylight hence silly articles comparing smartphone camera performance to dslr.
    Did you manage to take some low light shots? (evenings,…candle light e.t.c…). Some shots with some back ground blurring(bokeh) would be appreciated too.
    I think this is where the large sensor and aperture of the 808 camera will kill the competitors.

  7. To be honest, the restaurant picture shows quite significant chroma noise. I hope this is because the oversampling and noise averaging of the sensor has been turned off.

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