Its rare for a tech website like us to use a picture of the backside of a phone as the cover image on an article, but we’ll have to make an exception with the Nokia 808 PureView. That’s because the major feature on this device has got to be its massive 41 Megapixel camera with Xenon Flash on the back. That’s right, if you may have been living under a rock for the past few months, you might have missed the announcement of this new flagship Nokia cameraphone. Of course, its not all about the Megapixels so the phone actually uses a technology they call PureView to clean up the image and create oversampled (noise-free) 3, 5, or 8 MP images. (You can, still, take 38MP shots in 4:3 format as the largest possible image.) Aside from that camera, you will also get a 4.0” 640×360 AMOLED ClearBlack display, 1.3Ghz Processor, 1080p video recording (with lossless zoom on images and video), and a VGA front facing camera all running under Symbian Belle FP1 (Feature Pack 1). If that sounded cool to you, we’ve got an unboxing video for you and sample images to look at after the jump!
So hopefully that video embedded above has acquainted you a lot more on the phone and its features. The camera does indeed come up with a lot less noise in its PureView images compared to full resolution 38MP shots – but then again you can get a lot sharper detail when you take it in high resolution. Our personal suggestion is that most users should go for PureView 5MP most of the time unless you’re shooting in well-lit environments and want to take advantage of the massive amount of pixels on the sensor.
As photography enthusiasts though, you may have noticed that manual controls of aperture and shutter speed is absent so you can be creative as much as the 808 PureView settings allow, but will not be able to do 30 second long exposure as we couldn’t find a setting for something of that long an exposure.
But then again, we are talking about a phone here and not a dedicated enthusiasts’ digital camera. The device itself has packed enough megapixels and uses the PureView to good effect – which by all means for a phone that’s a mighty decent job.
The Nokia 808 PureView is available now (though we believe most stocks are sold out currently) for an SRP price of PHP 26,550. Previously, we found CMKCellphones to be selling them for PHP 24,900 but we’ve heard that all the stocks are currently sold as well. Nokia Philippines have confirmed to us that new units will arrive this July – so hopefully if you haven’t found one yet you can get one in about a week or so.
For more pictures of the phone, check out the gallery below.
For full res, sample images from the device, check out the gallery below. (Also, you can check our YouTube channel for sample videos.)