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!
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.