Nokia 808 PureView takes the lead beating Apple iPhone 4S, HTC One X and Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 [Camera Comparison]

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Nokia 808 PureView has shown its great results of imaging quality since its launch, whether it’s Nokia’s official sample shots or some reviews from photography enthusiasts who got the units for review. But now when the 41 Megapixels camera smartphone has already started shipping, the guys at CNET Asia has come up with head to head comparison with other smartphones and P&S compact cameras. Almost in all of the CNET’s tests whether it’s low-light, movement, outdoors, bokeh, and macro, the Nokia 808 PureView beats all the contenders.

CNet Asia has been seen comparing Nokia 808 PureView with other smartphones a couple of days before and now they make it stand besides a 10.1 Megapixels Point & Shoot compact camera Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5. Seeing the results and reading the comments of the authors at CNet Asia, 808 PureView seems to take the lead beating iPhone 4S, One X and Lumix DMC-LX5. There were also some positive remarks for iPhone 4S, One X and Lumix DMC-LX5 for some factors where they performed well in the hands of CNET Asia’s reviewers.

This is just a shared post however I really will want to get my own hands on Nokia 808 PureView as soon as possible to compare them with our own scales. What would you comment on these?

First shootout:

Contenders: Nokia 808 PureView, Apple iPhone 4S

Reviewers: Jacqueline Seng

Jacqueline Seng: “On a 100 percent crop, the 808 PureView produces a sharper image, while the iPhone 4S introduces some noise.”

Second shootout:

Contenders: Nokia 808 PureView, Apple iPhone 4S, HTC One X

Reviewers: Shawn Low , Aloysius Low , Jacqueline Seng

Aloysius: The iPhone captured the nicest picture based on the exposure for me when viewed on the monitor. However, when you zoom in for a 100 percent crop, I found the 808 to deliver the best level of detail–even down to the metal grain of the walls.

Jacqueline: The 808’s color reproduction is truest to the scene, which was slightly warm. Hands down, it wins on clarity. You can even see the patterns on the glass walls in the background. I find it slightly overexposed though.

Shawn: In dark interiors, the iPhone 4S always appears warm, while the One X seemed to be oversharpened, making it grainier than the rest. The 808 stood out with accurate colors and better image quality in low-light conditions.

One of the shots where 808 couldn’t perform according to the expectations of the reviewers but the focusing distance causes it to not getting closer as much as iPhone 4S and One X could manage to get closer.

Aloysius: The iPhone seems to do pretty well here, better than the 808. Despite its prowess in capturing detail, the 808 doesn’t hold up well when it comes to focusing distance–which means you won’t be able to get up close and personal. The HTC One X’s imaging algorithm seems to be overly aggressive, resulting in a very grainy image.

Jacqueline: For this test, we’re also taking into account focusing distance, that’s why you’ll notice that the framing differs in each shot.

The HTC One X is overly-saturated and the edges of the petals seem to “bleed” into each other. The iPhone gives the most detail on the 100 percent crop, but the 808’s color reproduction is the most natural.

Shawn: Among the three, the iPhone 4S stands out as it can focus the closest and rendered the sharpest of details such as the veins of the petal and the stigmata. The One X, on the other hand, seems oversaturated which resulted in a loss of image detail. In terms of close focusing, the 808’s minimum focusing distance was the furthest among the three.

Third shootout:

Contenders: Nokia 808 PureView, Panasonic

Reviewers: Shawn Low

Shawn: Surprisingly, the 808 trumps the LX5 in terms of noise performance in low-light conditions. Looking at a 100 percent crop shot at ISO 1,600, the 808 (in 5,8,38 megapixels) retained much more image detail than the LX5 which appeared fuzzy with smeared details.

Based on the 808’s image samples shot in different resolutions, we discovered that one could get the best quality when shooting at the base resolution (5 megapixels). In fact, shooting at full resolution (38 megapixels) yielded noisier results and softening of detail, especially at high ISOs.

Even when we resized the 38-megapixel image down to be the same dimensions as the 5-megapixel sample, the latter still appeared cleaner and sharper.

Verdict: The 808 is clearly superior to the LX5 in terms of low-light performance, retaining much image detail and better noise performance (at 5 megapixels).

 

[ Source CNET Asia 1, 2, 3 ]
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