Flashback: the Nokia 808 PureView was from the future

17 November 2019
A higher resolution sensor with pixel binning for zooming and low-light shots six years before Androids started doing it.

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  • Carol

Syuser, 17 Nov 2019Where is no Japanese tech is never true quality. Nokia woul... moreNokia designed the camera they needed a manufacurer to also produce it, which is actually normal and has nothing to do with Japan. They could have asked other manufacturers but not everybody wants to make a smartphone camera. This, the promps is for Nokia and not for Toshiba, toshiba pretty much followed what Nokia designed.

  • RFR

Davefgranger, 17 Nov 2019Pretty sure the Panasonic CM1 had a 1" sensor, making it th... moreI am about to said the same!
I totally agreed with you.

oh man... those were the days when I used to recommend Nokia to any Android phone. Alas! They simply stopped innovating while they had time. It's like the rabbit and tortoise story all over again.

  • Anonymous

Nothing beats the photo quality produced by Nokia 808 to this day.. Mate 30 Pro came close.. But the Quad bayer system prevent it from producing stunning detail like the 808.. In fact the latest 108MP sensor with Quad bayer only produced detail as high as 27MP only whereas Nokia 808 produced true detailed 38MP output.. They only start promoting astrophotography this year but I have been shooting star photos since 2012 with the 808.. Nokia 808 FTW

  • Dev

My 808 Pureview is still alive. I still use it to take photos...
I own few Samsung but they all died at 1 or 2 years of using

The 808 Pureview is THICC but if that form factor would mean that it would have ND filter and mechanical shutter, that won't bother me at all. Thick camera bump? How about matching it with comparably bigger battery for the best of battery life. lol. Anyways, the article was too much of a one-sided story favoring the 808, how about comparing low-light shots or even video for example.

ZolaIII, 17 Nov 2019Yes as a fancy name as we know it today. Back in the days t... moreOversampling is not the same as QB pixel binning. The former creates lower resolution photo from the full resolution one for "purer" image quality, while the latter increases the sensitivity of each pixel by treating 4 adjacent pixels with the same colour filter as one huge pixel, increasing dynamic range and lowering noise level.

  • Bliztor

The only phone I bought without any slight second thought. It was a firm decision the moment it was released. I'm still in possession of 2 of this phone/camera. What a monster. The one and only, Nokia 808.

Anonymous, 18 Nov 2019Not just camera, it also king of screen under sunlight char... moreOh yes. I can remember there was a time where i was checking GSMA website just to see whether its surpassed or not. Good old times..

  • Anonymous

Mind blowing

  • Bobby

Nokia 808 was the best phone and in my opinion Symbian was and still is the best os ever made for a phone . That's a big big pity Nokia stopped developing that amazing os 😩

  • Anonymous

HMD global, attention Mr Sarvikas. Please learn from the veterans how they make the Nokia camera phone great back to those days. Take it as lessons to improve the future Nokia phones camera

Anonymous, 17 Nov 2019Quadbayer is not fancy name for oversampling. As I said, S... moreIt's quad semple to one with 8MP default mode & more than that in 3MP mode. Honestly I didn't expect you to know the math but at least I thought you know to read.

I'm glad I own a Nokia 808 Pureview, legendary phone.

  • ME

Great great great but the next year they have bankrupt.

  • Carol

Anonymous, 17 Nov 2019Nokia brought so many stuff to mobile community, unlike tho... moreYoup, you can actully safetly talk about the: nokia pretty much invented everything this brands this days put out... and that was a long time agoa long time ago.

  • Anonymous

Not just camera, it also king of screen under sunlight chart in many years unbeatable.

  • Davefgranger

Pretty sure the Panasonic CM1 had a 1" sensor, making it the largest ever in a phone.

  • Anonymous

Nokia brought so many stuff to mobile community, unlike those cheap brands with sub-$500 flagships.

  • Anonymous

ZolaIII, 17 Nov 2019Yes as a fancy name as we know it today. Back in the days t... moreQuadbayer is not fancy name for oversampling.
As I said, Sony created it.
That sensor was made by Toshiba.
If this tech was available back then, it would not be forgotten until 2018.

If that phone had quadbayer, photos would not be 5MP , but 10.

Read anywhere. You going to find that imx600 is the first QB sensor in the market.