On my first day with the Nokia 808, I took it for a spin with the HTC One X at the University of Lagos. Because the phone arrived in the afternoon, I could only do evening shots, meaning a test of the low-light capacities of these two top dogs. I started with some daylight at the Lagoon Front of the university and the shooting went on till it was dark, ending around the Senate Building, so we have a range of scenarios here.
I have had months of being familiar with the One X’s camera and only a few hours with the PureView, but I really wanted to get going with this new baby. Hopefully, I will get better at understanding its technicalities.
5 megapixel PureView against 8 megapixel One X
Also note: The HTC One X was set to its maximum resolution of 8 megapixels. The 808 was set to 5 megapixel in Creative mode, which is the essence of PureView technology.
Enough talk! Here are the images. The One X is always on top and the PureView below in every image. All I did was re-size each image so it fits on the page. No post-processing of any sort here. Let’s go!
Here are cropped images to show you what’s really going down:
Here are crops of the above scene:
I find it intriguing that the 808 could produce the above levels of details in 5 megapixel mode. Simply stunning. But that’s what PureView technology is about – it isn’t the number of megapixels that counts, but what its done with. The PureView does good things with its huge pixel count. Of course, the real test in this shoot-out is the effect of lighting, so we shall see more about the PureView’s other strengths in upcoming shootouts. It should be noted though how the One X keeps disappointing with the blue hue.
Photo shoots in other scenarios – indoors, party, etc – are on the way, so don’t hurry off. I already have some great indoor shots on my PC.
Wanted: iPhone 5 and Galaxy S III
If you own an Apple iPhone 5 or a Samsung galaxy S III and you are interested in hanging out with Mister Mo for a photo shoot, do let me know. It promises to be fun!