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Most extensive Nokia 808 PureView review ever

It’s in French, but: Google translate will help you with it. You will find several dozens of pictures of the Nokia 808, alone, together with it’s predecessor Nokia N8, and shot with the Nokia 808, of course. It has  several videos, one of almost two (2!) hours.

I did a word count: it has about 15.500 words all about the Nokia 808 PureView. It will show you details of pictures taken in 38MP, 8MP and 3MP, in all available ISO settings. It has a comparison with the Canon 650D. You will see difference with flash and without flash. It will show you different color shades. In detail.

All in all, it is simply too much to summarize, you should read it for yourself – if your French, that’s easy, otherwise I hope Google translate knows your language well enough. I will add only one illustration, the one showing details in all ISO settings I mentioned already. You can find this immense review by @fneuf here on Test-Mobile.Fr. Enjoy!

Meanwhile: don’t forget to follow PureViewClub on Twitter and please #like it on Facebook :-)

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First video testing low-light and recording on the Nokia Lumia 920

I know many readers are not yet impressed with the Lumia 920 compared with the Nokia 808 Pureview, but I think this short video by Glenn Ruysschaert might impress you nevertheless.

No, the sound is not stereo – in fact, I don’think Nokia calls it “rich recording” at all for that reason – but nevertheless compression and balance are remarkably well! Also, video is very stable and there’s not much you can say about this low-light performance, in my opinion.

But go check it out for yourself and let me know what you think! :-)

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Thank you @easycapexpertti for sharing this with me! If you want to see more of his Nokia 808 recordings, visit his blogsite

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Post nr. 500: PureViewClub finally on Facebook!

Well, what can I say. I’m still working towards posts number 808 and 920 of course, but 500 is also a nice number to celebrate. And how do I do this? Well, finally, the PureViewClub is on Facebook! :-) I dedicated just about all my extra time in the past months to the PureViewClub itself, but nowadays if you’re not on Facebook it’s almost like you don’t really exist, right?

So, this 500th post is dedicated to the “birth” of PureViewClub on Facebook. It doesn’t have the best possible look and feel yet, but I’ll be working on that in between. To start with, you’ll find some previous posts, like the “Have a seat and let me show you around” post, the one with the “Roundup with how-to’s & background information” and “How to join the PureViewClub“. From here I’ll be updating regularly.

Also, it gives you the opportunity to share what you like about PureView. I’d still love you to join the Forum here, but please: like the PureViewclub on Facebook, so you’ll be notified about new posts, and your friends will find out about the PureViewClub as well. Thank you! :-)

PS A few months ago, I’ve been invited as admin of the Facebook “Nokia 808 PureView” page, but some readers didn’t like me sharing information on the Nokia Lumia 920, which I can understand. So I will continu to post both there and on my own Facebook page. I’ll share this post there as well, so they can check if I keep my promiss :-)

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Nokia 808 PureView loves Koh Wai, Thailand

Years ago, in 2004, I visited Thailand and fell head over heels in love with it. The three of us – my daughter was not even two years old – visited several places at the west coast that only months later were destroyed in the horrible tsunami.

Since then we’ve never had the chance to go back, however much we would have loved to. So this video by Juha Lappalainen touched a weak spot in my heart. Watch the peace and quiet, the great nature, the magnificent colors, the perfect sunset. Everybody probably wants to be here. Enjoy!

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Nokia Lumia 920 underperforming in daylight?

It’s the kind of news I really do not like to bring. I can’t test it myself (I still don’t have the Nokia Lumia 920…), but I’ve reading it in many reviews so far. First I had my doubts, but after Engadget’s review this doubt has made place for some worries. Of course, low-light performance is outstanding, but in normal light conditions, Lumia 920 should outperform any other smartphone with an 8MP camera, and it seems that at this moment in time, it doesn’t…

You can find the whole detailed story by Mat Smith over at Engadget, including many sample pictures. Mind you: their review is very enthusiastic in general, this just points out a software problem that needs to be fixed. I will only quote the parts that show why  a software update will be necessary. All these unaltered quotes are from Engadget. For their in-depth comparison you should visit their site.

Throughout the course of our testing, we put Nokia’s new Windows Phone against a number of other capable cameraphones, including the 808 PureView, the HTC One X+, Apple iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S II* and Galaxy Note II and the LG Optimus G. We came in to these testing scenarios with exceedingly high expectations, and in the extremely low-light situations, where most phones fall flat on their face, the Lumia 920 indeed hit its stride. Yes, there was often some ISO noise to be seen and the results weren’t always spectacular, but the 920′s low-light shots were always the best of the bunch (…)

Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for daytime photography. Here the tables were often turned, with the 920 frequently producing shots that were subtly soft. Different situations showed the problem more than others, but it was consistent across all shot types, whether macro or focusing on subjects further away.

We made doubly sure the lens was smudge-free and tested on four separate 920s to be sure, but on each we saw the same symptoms. It’s as if the lens mechanism isn’t quite focusing correctly. We spoke with Nokia at length about this and were told it’s at least in part thanks to some pending software tweaks to increase sharpness — but that doesn’t explain why we didn’t see any such aberrations when we visited Finland to test a 920 last month. 

That’s not to say the daytime images looked bad, necessarily — in fact they generally looked reasonably good. But in this case, the Lumia 920 failed to consistently deliver images that beat the rest. In fact, it was often the 920 that ranked mid-pack compared to the heavy-hitters we listed earlier. 

We look forward to testing the revised software on the device to see if it improves things, and we genuinely hope it does, but for now 920 shoppers may be forced to choose whether high-quality photography in the dark is truly enough to make up for occasionally middling performance when the sun is out. It’s worth reiterating that the smartphone’s image stabilization is a marvel, rescuing some shots we thought would be a blurry mess. It’s another example of genuine innovation coming from Nokia — but it’s not quite there yet. 

Above, you’ll see one of the videos Engadget included in their review, shot with the Nokia Lumia 920 – because it’s not all worrying news, as far as imaging capacities are concerned in this review. These are their findings about video capturing:

In better news, video capture is crisp and amazingly stable — thanks to that OIS. Walking with the phone introduces minimal stutter — especially compared to what we’re used to on other smartphones, while autofocus is able to latch on to points of interest quickly. You’ll make the prettiest video clips you’ve ever seen on smartphone, all lacking any motion sickness-inducing shuttering.

That’s all for now. I still can’t wait to test it all myself, line the Lumia 920 up against a few other smartphones I have at the office – and the Nokia 808 PureView, of course. I’m very curious as to when Nokia will state anything about these findings so far, and about wether a future software update will take care of this problem. To conclude, I’ll say it once more, the full Engadget review of the Nokia Lumia 920 is more than worth your time!

* not a typo, it was the Samsung Galaxy SII

PS one thing I’d like to add: this won’t keep me away from the Lumia 920.

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Fireworks shot with the Nokia 808 PureView

In a tweet, Cliff Thomas shared four quite amazing pics of fireworks about a mile away from his location. He used the Nokia 808 PureView to make these shots, showing it is very capable of some impressive low-light photography!

You can see the originals in his public album on SkyDrive, these are resized versions. In three shots you can see the moon as well. I liked these a lot, hope you’ll do too.

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