ePHOTOzine.com raves about the Nokia 808 PureView

Since ePHOTOzine.com is dedicated to digital camera reviews and photography techniques - and not to smartphones - it's interesting to read what their verdict is about the Nokia 808 PureView. And it's so enthusiastic it actually surprised me.

The reporter was taken to the meeting Nokia and Carl Zeiss organised in Germany - we've published some pictures of the presentation itself. His "first impressions" make an long and detailed story where you'll find some  information you might already know if you've read this site (like about the PureView technique), but especially coming from a photographer we believe it's worth your time!

You'lll find some extremely detailed sample photos, not only from the surroundings in Germany, but also some very interesting ISO test images, like this one (full res, might take some time to load, much smaller size below).

Besides, where others are very critical on the use of the Symbian platform (some go as far to call it a "dumbphone" for that reason), this reviewer has a broader perspective: "the PureView 808 is running Symbian Belle FP1, which is the latest version and also appears to be dramatically improved compared to Symbian 12 months ago, and I would even dare to say that it's worth another try, as you may even find you like it."

Moreover it's good to see this author knows what he is talking about since he took one picture of his own hand, with a butterfly on his finger, next to... the Nokia N8, the best camphone on the planet until now, running on Symbian Belle (the Nokia 808 actually runs on the even newer Nokia Belle feature pack 1).

And he saved for last what surprised me the most. Where a lot of people think that cameraphones are just "good for snapshots", or that you might be better off buying "a real camera" for your money, this reporter clearly states something different in his final conclusion.

He writes: "If you compare the price of the Nokia PureView 808 to other digital cameras, and try and get anywhere near the same resolution, you're going to need to spend between 2 and 5 times as much money, and you could easily spend a lot more adding premium lenses. While the mobile phone world may have (mistakenly) written off Symbian, I think the photography world should give this camera, I mean camera-phone, some very serious consideration".

Now I didn't mean to take the fun out of reading how ePHOTOzine.com came to that conclusion, so go ahead and read the full article here.