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Thai Toads captured with Nokia 808 PureView

I just saw another very charming videoresult from the Nokia 808 PureView and I dropped everything I was doing to share it here: the Toads of Koh Wai, shot on Thailand by @juhalappalainen.

You’ll see some impressive night shots, with great natural sound as well, recorded without any noise thanks to Rich Recording. A lovely video that would fit channels like National Geographic. The Nokia 808 PureView: never leave home without it!

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Nokia 808 PureView captures the Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC Windows Phone 8X in detail

Since Apple started whining about “blatantly copying”, suddenly every other company seems to be in trouble as soon as they announce something that looks similar to, or reminds one of another company’s product. As soon as HTC presented the design of the HTC Windows Phone 8X, there has been quite an uproar about the design being “copied” from Nokia.

But what, in fact? The monoblock, consisting of a big touchscreen, is hardly unique. Choosing some bright colors in the casing? I don’t remember anyone claiming colors before. So it has to be – just as in many cases from Apple against Samsung – in the detail. And since design by definition is in the detail, it’s a very tricky thing to prove you’re right (remember the just as famous as ridiculous billion dollar Apple vs Samsung case is far from over yet).

Now to have a detailed look at the Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC Windows Phone 8, I made a lot of pictures, close-ups from all sides. And I think you will see many more differences than similarities. So here are 20 shots – all made with the Nokia 808 PureView, of course – of both devices, next to and even on top of each other, for you to compare.

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Fantastic shots from China, with the Nokia 808

This morning, I was surprised by an e-mail (marc at pureviewclub.com) from photographer Sven Körber, who brought his Nokia 808 PureView to China – as his only camera. Since he shares many interesting details about how he made these shots, I’d like to quote his e-mail in full:

 I just came back from a business trip to Foshan/China, and the 808 Pureview was the only camera I took with me. I often used the camera at night, setting it to creative mode / 5MP / ISO 800 / -0,7EV / HF focus mode / tungsten white balance.

The pictures linked above were edited in Adobe Lightroom 4.2, with light noise reduction & sharpening, exposure, clarity & saturation enhancements and manual lens corrections. I also cloned out distracting high-frequency detail.

Most of the files hold up quite well in A4 prints at normal viewing distances. In extreme cases (i.e. underexposed areas in ISO 800 files, I encountered a bit of banding that would be visible in larger prints.

Two tricks I used to work with high ISO files: 1) convert to high-contrast B/W, which makes noisy files much more usable. 2) smooth out the luminance noise first in LR, then add back just a bit of noise in LR’s effects panel. This gives the impression of higher acutance than there actually is. It also masks the “plastic look” of high NR settings.

You will find his Chinese shots here. I think his shots are inspiring enough to have a look at his other work as well, which you will find here - I promiss you will see some amazing shots there as well!

I’d like to thank Sven Körber for sharing these shots and I hope he doesn’t mind I used two of his shots to illustrate this post with.

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A playful cat showing Lumia 920 video quality

Sure, I tried to make some nice vids. From a bike, from a car, even at night in bad weather. I like to believe I tried to make something impressive even – but this is way more effective. You might know I have a soft spot for cats, and sharing this video proves that.

But maybe even more than the young cat, it’s the video quality of the Nokia Lumia 920 in bright light, I might add. Look at the detail, look at the background, the depth of field. Absolutely stunning – well, that’s what I think. Choose 1080p to get the best result, of course. Enjoy!

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Screenshots of Nokia Lumia 920 cameramenu

Well, it’s not just the Nokia Lumia 920 cameramenu, but also that of Windows Phone 8, for the most part. But this blog is about PureView, so I’ll limit myself to the choices you get when you  open the camera in the Lumia 920.

And ever far from elaborate as you may know from the Nokia 808 PureView. Here are all screenshots I made (because, finally, we can make screenshots on WP8, yay! :-)

1. Photo menu: buttons for menu options, change to video mode, use front camera, flash on/off/auto and Lenses.

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More sunny shots with the Nokia Lumia 920

A great sunny afternoon today, and I was happy enough to have a bit of time to go out and get some shots with my Nokia Lumia 920. Nothing too pretentious, just showing how it does in bright sunlight once more.

And either it’s me (which I doubt, but experience does help) or the software in the camera has changed a few days ago (which I doubt even more), but it seems far easier to get some great shots with it! Judge for yourself. I will tell about the shots a bit along the way.

First a glass wall at my work. It’s hard to see, but the sun is shining at full force upon this wall. I think the Lumia 920 does a great job correcting the tremendous, almost blinding amount of light.

More glass, but now from the quite modern Museum of Audio and Video in Hilversum. It’s located at the Mediapark, where I happen to work. I’ve posted about this magnificent building months ago, when the weather was not so brilliant as this afternoon. I had the Nokia 808 PureView for two days, so I was quite trigger happy at the time. These are two really sunny shots. Couldn’t get more since my car was parked in the wrong place.

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