It isn’t everyday that one gets the opportunity to have two PureView branded cameraphones at hand. Well, I have had both the Nokia 808 PureView and the Nokia Lumia 920 together with me for a week, and I have generally carried them about together. Trust me to pit them against one another. I will let the images do most of the talking.
The pictures below have not been edited in any way other than to resize them to fit the page and crop to indicate details. I set the resolution of the 808 to 8 megapixel in PureView mode. The idea was to put the “PureView’ capabilities of both devices to test. So, all original shots are in 8 megapixel resolution. Note that “PureView” in these two devices differ. On the 808, it is about greater details. On the 920, it is about low-light capabilities. How do they perform? Let’s find out!
In all shots below, the Lumia 920 photos are above, while the 808 PureView photos are below.
The two camera heavyweights clearly render colours differently. The Lumia 920 produces warmer and more vibrant colours, though many times those colours are not as accurate as what the 808 produces.
As mentioned earlier, the 808 was set to shoot in 8 megapixel mode, and it clearly wins with regards to resolved details.
Low-light (No flash)
In low-light situations in which flash is not deployed, the 920’s performance is just pure magic. While the stunning artificially-lighted images do not represent what the eyes see, I can think of one or more situations in which I would love to have that sort of magic handy. Rewind back to my secondary school days when certain couples would be found making out in dark corners…. Yes; that sort of thing.
Low-light (With flash)
Unfortunately, I don’t have any images testing this out yet. Perhaps in a second part to this article before I have to send back the 920 this Friday.
Which of the two cameras is your preference? In my opinion, the Nokia 808 PureView is by far the better camera phone, and is beaten by the Lumia 920 only in low-light situations.
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.