Video: How the Nokia 808 PureView made camera phone history

14 July 2021
Take a trip down memory lane with one of the best camera phones ever made.

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  • Anonymous

"Launched back in 2012, the Nokia 808 sensor wouldn’t be surpassed in resolution for another 7 years and in terms of pure size - until early 2021."
1. The Nokia 808 had a Bayer sensor and as far as I know the first phone with a Bayer sensor and more than 30 megapixels (since the 808) was the Galaxy S20.
2. The Panasonic Cm1 uses a larger sensor area.
3. Light per time is often more important than sensor size. Already the Huawei P30 Pro captured more light per time than the 808. There was no OIS either, which leads to a shorter exposure time and less light than other phones.

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 15 Jul 2021wait, i've just noticed, did GSMArena remove it's... moreNo. Old phones (2016 and before) used different chart.

Go to specs page of phone you want and scroll down.
See photo/video.
Click on photo.

  • Anonymous

Olym1mk2, 14 Jul 2021Still in 2021, we haven't seen any match for this. Onl... moreXenon flash is huge advantage.

  • Anonymous

Everything has already been said here. Compare with iPhone 12, Xaiomi 11 Ultra, P40. And in FULL resolution of 41 mpx (someone buying a 808 in 2021 knows what he is doing)

  • Anonymous

wait, i've just noticed, did GSMArena remove it's camera comparison tool? I mean i haven't bought a phone for it's camera spec ever, but it's nice to compare to what i have upgraded over the decade or what not.

mi 11 ultra and iphone 12 pro max

AnonD-936656, 14 Jul 2021iPhone, Samsung and Pixel phones shoot better picstures.Nokia 808 had big sensor with bigger pixels, it can take good pics in all situation. current phones relies much on software, sometimes they fail really bad in un expected enviroments.

nokia 808 vs s20 ultra
https://i2.wp.com/nokiamob.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Photo_4.jpeg
in this pic you can see how artificially Samsung images are and that over sharpen.

nokia 808 vs iphone 11 pro
https://i1.wp.com/nokiamob.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/808-11-pro-photo-difference-1.jpg

in this 2nd pic you can see how iphone failed to produce avocado colors

Samsung galaxy S21 Ultra and Xiaomi Mi 11

You forgot the Panasonic CM1!

  • Olusheenor

Please compare to s10 plus

  • Nokiano

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, Huawei P40 Pro and Galaxy S21 Ultra versus Nokia 808 Pureview.

Still in 2021, we haven't seen any match for this. Only more and more megapixels that can't even be used properly! More and more ai, that ruins more quality than it gives!

  • Bobby

Such a pity Nokia stopped making great Symbian phones 😭

Anonymous, 14 Jul 2021Instead of 5MP, the downsampling should have been few more MP. You can choose between 2(3)MP, 5MP, 8MP and full resolution. I am using only full resolution (most detail), unless I want to zoom. 5MP downsampling is set in full auto.

AnonD-936656, 14 Jul 2021iPhone, Samsung and Pixel phones shoot better picstures.But so does my 3rd hand,tiny little leica camera, and that only cost £35.!!
But it takes a far better pic than ANY phone can, it gathers far more light, far less processing needed.
Until someone learns how to break the laws of physics, cos of the tiny lenses, all phone cameras will be crap, raw data is always going to need lots of post processing...
Are you happy with a totaly invented version of what you took a pic of ?
Me, I prefer purer, less processed/invented pics.

  • Anonymous

If HMD relaunched this phone for that nostalgia, it will likely have a 4 megapixel camera and Kai OS

  • Anonymous

808 vs Lumia 1020 please

  • Anonymous

Instead of 5MP, the downsampling should have been few more MP.

  • Jolero69

Compare Nokia 808 with S21 Ultra, Mi 11 Ultra, P40 Pro, Note 20 Ultra

AnonD-936656, 14 Jul 2021iPhone, Samsung and Pixel phones shoot better picstures.Nah. Maybe if you love paintings. I got Huawei P30Pro as main daily driver. No slouch in mobile photography for sure. But I barely use it for that purpose. Because of 808.