Well Well!! This is rather interesting. All three are very famous Tech-magazines and at least two of them are not known to be in favour of what Nokia usually does with their phones, especially Symbians. But this time for a change all three seem lost in the PureView imaging goodness.
Few noteworthy things are common across all the three hands-on impressions.
- All agree it truly delivers as promised by Nokia. Engadget and Gizmodo saying this looks to be the new benchmark for mobile imaging is sweet, isn’t it?
- The camera UI has been praised equally by all of them and the one-touch zoom by simply swiping across the display is labelled to be addictive.
So let us see what they have to say regarding 808 PureView’s imaging capability.
We spent a few hours shooting with Symbian’s (possibly) last hurrah and found that — unsurprisingly — this looks to be the new benchmark for mobile imaging.
While this phone is certainly geared at cameraphone fans that lapped up the N8, we found the interface on the 808 PureView was far more accessible and quick — especially compared to its iOS and Android rivals. One-touch zoom on 5-megapixel images, by simply swiping across the display, is an addictive and welcome addition, allowing you to still use the physical button to capture high-speed images. The ability to hold your finger on the screen and change focus modes was also a boon, while browsing gallery previews and transitioning to the full images were swift.
The camera really is as impressive as Nokia’s claimed. It produces incredibly crisp and true-to-life 5MP shots, with digital zoom that rivals optical zooms. When you open up the full sensor size, you get incredibly-detailed images that are surprisingly crisp and rich all the way down to actual pixel size.
Nokia’s really set the next benchmark for camera phone imaging, and has pretty much made compact cameras and maybe even bridge cameras obsolete. Like I said before (but you may’ve missed, if you skipped down to the concluding paragraphs), it’s almost as if the 808 PureView is a camera with a phone strapped to the back. There’s a big compromise though, and that’s size. The camera components are massive, and makes the whole phone bigger than we’re used to these days.
We’ve come away from our early playtime with the Nokia 808 PureView just as excited about the technology as we were when the company first sprung it on us at Mobile World Congress several months ago. It’s certainly unlike anything else in the phone-camera market, which has generally chased megapixels and only recently shown any sign of putting thought into the lenses and data-crunching those sensors are paired with. If ever a phone could encourage people to reconsider Symbian, the 808 PureView is probably it, too.