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Nokia 808 V Lumia 920 Camera Comparison

Updated on November 15, 2012

One PureView Taken By The Other

808 Via 920
808 Via 920
920 Via 808
920 Via 808

Macro/Close up

Berries 808
Berries 808
Berries 920
Berries 920
808 Coins
808 Coins
920 Coins
920 Coins
Droplets 808
Droplets 808
Droplets 920
Droplets 920
Mug 808
Mug 808
Mug 920
Mug 920
Pink Rose 808
Pink Rose 808
Pink Rose 920
Pink Rose 920

PureView Versus PureView Camera

I am very lucky to have both versions of Nokia's revolutionary PureView camera technology. The Nokia 808 with the 41 Megapixel sensor running Symbian and the Nokia Lumia 920 using a 'Floating' camera unit which lets the phone to counteract camera shake and so allow for longer exposure for night scenes and also lets you take smoother video by reducing camera shake. They are different systems and both have unique and new technology for smart phone photography.

This comparison is simply that, I really wanted to do something more thorough, but both time constraints due to work and also the bad weather and light since I received the 920 mean I have decided to post this simple comparison of photos I captured the last couple of days, trying to replicate as well as I could each photo on each phone. If they weren't totally automatic I tried to set the settings on each phone the same, IE both were set to 'Closeup' for the coins, berries and shots of each other, I also used flash on both phones when I photographed the blue car.


Link for original photographs on my SkyDrive account is here for anyone who wants to do a side by side comparison , feel free to download any you want to compare :)

Original Photos


Part two here


Bad Light

808
808
920
920
808
808
920
920

All the photos are what I'd describe as 'quick snaps' and with time , knowledge and skill the 808 would match or beat the 920 in almost all circumstances, however there are massive caveats in this statement !! Time, you don't always have it, the macro/close up shots by the 920 were simple and straight forward, focusing and zooming on the 808 can take a while and a few attempts, by which time the subject or the moment, could be gone. In bad light or virtually no light, the settings on the 808 can be adjusted to increase the ISO and keep the shutter open longer to let in more light and provided you have a tripod the resulting photo can be as good or better than the 920, however people don't take tripods down to the pub, and friends don't always hang about being comical whilst you set your shutter speed ?

I haven't fully explored the camera properly on the 920 yet (or the whole of the OS yet for that matter) but I will say I am pretty impressed with it, I am struggling to find anything I dislike about the Lumia 920 and am thoroughly enjoying using it.

Other comparisons 808 first 920 second

Thanks for reading.


Stephen Quin


11/11/2012

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      Erive 

      5 years ago

      The app works on the Samsung i780 running WM6.1, Playback is somtoh and the app is responsive. I've however noticed the following:1. There's no way to prevent the video from rotating 90 degrees counter-clockwise. As the i780's screen is 320x320, it would be nice to have an option to prevent the auto-rotation.2. After a video has been played, a blank space appears at the bottom part of the Today screen and bumps the rest of the Today screen upwards. This places the top part of the Today screen out of visibility. The only way to resolve this is to restart the phone.

    • carman58 profile imageAUTHOR

      carman58 

      5 years ago from Leeds, Uk

      I really don't know sorry !

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      Hladan 

      5 years ago

      why! but why! i can not lock White Balance when recording video???? on 808

    • carman58 profile imageAUTHOR

      carman58 

      5 years ago from Leeds, Uk

      Wow, thanks for the info and input, go you :D

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      Secretcow 

      5 years ago

      It is extremely easy to focus the 808 for close-up shots... Most of your 808 shots are not in-focus.. This is extremely disappointing.

    • carman58 profile imageAUTHOR

      carman58 

      5 years ago from Leeds, Uk

      Lol,thanks for reading and commenting, have you tried focusing a Nokia 808 for a close up shot , quickly ? It's not always the easiest thing to do, where as it is easy on the 920. If you check my Flickr stream you will find a couple of close up shots from the 808 that are in focus ;)

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      ded 

      5 years ago

      Worst test ever :P

      comon... check the roses for the 808 for example you did not have that in focus! If you are going to make a serius test the photos have to be the same to start with.

    • carman58 profile imageAUTHOR

      carman58 

      5 years ago from Leeds, Uk

      Thanks Andy both great, but as I said, the 808 will always win given time and skill, but the 920 tech makes it much easier to get a good quality snap quickly, and time can capture the moment where setting things up can miss it. Then again I'm lucky to have the choice of both .

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      Andy Hagon 

      5 years ago

      All those photos are good, I guess it really comes down to whether you're a fan more of Symbian or WP, and whether you like the shape of the 808 verses that of the 920. Decisions decisions! Great piece, SQ, and I love the photo comparisons.

    • carman58 profile imageAUTHOR

      carman58 

      5 years ago from Leeds, Uk

      For low light, both set to Night, with flash turned off !

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      Felipe 

      5 years ago

      Can you tell us how were the configurations of exposure compensation, ISO and resolution for each picture? Im asking that because the low light angry bird picture is pretty bad for 808, but it's sensors should be able to make a much better pic if well configured to ISO 800 and exp.comp = +2.0.

      Thanks for the comparison, it was great!^^

    • carman58 profile imageAUTHOR

      carman58 

      5 years ago from Leeds, Uk

      Yes, and the 920 is a much better option for an average user just taking quick snaps :-)

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      Gitano 

      5 years ago

      I tried 808 and 920 too. 808 have more zoom and more option for focus and more. But 920 in low light (expecially by night with the right options) is Amazing!

    • carman58 profile imageAUTHOR

      carman58 

      5 years ago from Leeds, Uk

      No problem, thanks for taking a look ;)

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      soujisama 

      5 years ago

      Awesome. Thanks for sharing!

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