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Nokia Time Warp: unpacking the Nokia 7650, captured with the Nokia 808 PureView

The Nokia 7650 is epic because this model represents the genesis of Nokia’s mobile photography. I wrote a long post celebrating the tenth anniversary of mobile photography, but I never owned a Nokia 7650 myself – up until today that is: I recently bought one, 11 years later, as good as new.

Why? Because I never owned it before to begin with. And because I loved the idea of capturing the very first Nokia camera phone with the very best: that came from it: the Nokia 808 PureView.

The resolution from the incredible sensor of Nokia’s 808 PureView is lightyears away from the 640 x 480 pixels you could admire in the Nokia 7650. The maximum result is in fact about 124 (!) times bigger (just imagine your salary will be one day :-).

The Nokia 7650 was the first European phone you could make shots with ánd share them! So it really is the genesis of the whole concept of sharing pictures. Nokia of course wrote so on the box. This box, to be more precise:

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Contest winner picks up his Nokia 808 PureView

After I had to use Twitter and e-mail to get in touch with Philip Xenakis from the UK, to tell him he had actually won the Nokia 808 PureView in the “Creative Mode” contest, I was completely stunned to receive a reply (partly) in… Dutch.

It appeared Philip has a Dutch mother and was in fact in The Netherlands for Christmas. I swear: I don’t know Philip and I had no idea. But before returning to England, it gave him the fantastic possibility to pick up his Nokia 808 PureView at the Dutch PR Office of Nokia that offered me both 808′s for the contest.

Here is Philip and PR officer Stella Jansen. I couldn’t be there myself, so one of her colleagues was kind enough to share this shot with me. Once more, congratulations Philip, I’m sure we’re all looking forward to your results with the Nokia 808 PureView and you know I’m happy to share them at the club!

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Interesting showdown: Nokia Lumia 920 vs iPhone 4 & 5

This is an interesting video @easycapexpertti pointed me to, shot in Sydney: a professional camera comparison between the Nokia Lumia 920 with the iPhone 4 and 5.

It’s a decent and objective test and will show you coloring and details of the Nokia Lumia 920 are much better – although the comparison isn’t completely fair since the iPhone 4 has a 5MP sensor instead of the 8MP like the iPhone 5 and Lumia 920.

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Nokia rolling out update for Nokia 808 PureView!

Just a short update. @shilezi asked me if I knew Nokia was rolling out an update of the Nokia 808 PureView as of today. Well, I didn’t. And yes: they do – I’m installing it as we speak: it’s no small update with 420MB!

I have no idea about changelogs, no doubt there will be some posts available soon about the new version (113.010.1508). If you own the Nokia 808 PureView, hook it op to your PC, start Nokia PC Suite and check if it’s available in your region as well!

UPDATE From what I’ve read so far it seems like the last update for Nokia 808 PureView doesn’t offer any major changes, only some improvements. Sorry people, got carried away I guess…

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Happy 2013 with Kovalainen’s snow white rabbit

I saved this shot for New Years Day. Don’t know why, just seemed an appropriate way to celebrate the start of 2013. It’s a fantastic picture from a small white rabbit in the snow.

But that’s not all, it was shot by F1 racing driver Heikki Kovalainen, who shared his Lumia 920 shot with his over 205.000 followers on Twitter, calling it a “cool visitor this morning” and showing what the camera of Nokia’s Lumia 920 is capable of.

Here’s the original, I’ll show a resized version.

Happy New Year!

Via @easycapexpertti

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Last post of 2012: zooming in with the Nokia 808 PureView vs Samsung Galaxy Camera

No, this is not a completely fair comparison. Not at all in fact, and I know it. But I was asked to do it and you all know I aim to please. Moreover, I’m the curious kind of person.

Recently I tested the maximum zoom capacity of the Nokia 808 PureView to compare it with the 21x optical (!) zoom of  the Samsung Galaxy Camera.

In general, I think it’s nice for once to compare the Nokia 808 PureView´s capacities with those of a compact camera, and since I can still use the Galaxy Camera, I don´t think you’d mind this comparison either.

Now from the word “optical” you’ve already concluded this won’t be fair, but still it’s interesting to see how the Nokia 808 PureView can hold up to this kind of hardware. Here we go. It’s just a couple of quite boring shots in fact.

First the originals. This is the resized version of the Nokia 808 PureView in full resolution (yes! I forgot to make the exact same shot in 8MP, shame on me…)

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