The 808 PureView allows for close-up focus, so let's check out how well this focus mode works with some flower shots.
Food photography is one of most popular types of photography, so we decided to give it a go with our humble dinner. For this we also utilized the close-up focus mode to enable a shallower depth-of-field.
A day of shooting has showed that while camera manufacturers try to fit in more megapixels in their camera sensors, size still matters. A larger camera sensor will generally result in better image quality as it's easier to keep image noise suppressed when shooting in low light and at higher light sensitivity settings (ISO values). Having a large megapixel count sounds very good on paper, but not all camera sensors can take advantage of all those pixels and put them to good use. So what do we think of the Nokia 808 PureView's performance?
If you're comparing it to a digital compact camera, then the 808 PureView is somewhat comparable, or may even outperform some compacts in terms of image quality. And if you do not intend to pixel-peep or print your images at large sizes, then the noise and loss of detail is definitely not a deal-breaker, especially when a digital compact camera would probably exhibit the same flaws when it comes to low light performance (though the actual extent of differences will definitely vary from model to model). And while the Nokia 808 PureView is handy (it is after all a mobile phone first and foremost), don't forget that digital compact cameras offer more manual controls as well as better handling due to their dedicated physical controls.
At the end of the day, the Nokia 808 Pureview is quite an interesting convergence device melding the best traits of a smartphone and compact camera, while pandering towards more casual users who might like the idea of a single do-it-all device. As a smartphone, it's bulkier than any others in the market, but if you prefer to do away with a dedicated camera, then the Pureview 808's proposition stands out pretty strongly - only if you don't care much for the platform driving the phone.