Unique recording #2! Nokia 808 PureView – Seasick Steve, Pinkpop, The Netherlands

In my previous post I've written that in the Netherlands, many people are attracted every year by a huge pop/rockfestival called  PinkPop for decades. Since 1970 the festival takes place on the  Pentecost weekend, in the Southern part of Holland, in a small place called Landgraaf. The festival lasts for three days and features the greatest pop- and rockstars. It attracts  about 60.000 people each day, and this year, for the first and last time, just one of them carried a Nokia 808 PureView…

In this case, you'll see Seasick Steve performing his song Down on the farm. You'll see how the stagelights partially blind the view of the Nokia 808, and how it has to focus a bit - and than really zooms in on the artists on stage: maximum zoom, without loss of detail.

I'm going to repeat myself again: don't just pay attention to the stage. Look at the zoom quality in the video. Also watch - at the end - how the Nokia 808 PureView has captured the audience nearby (I took the still above from the video).

But really: listen to the sound quality of this recording. With a headset. At maximum volume. Try it. And remember: the one with the Nokia 808  was pretty close and Seasick Steve plays LOUD.

Again, I think you’ll be amazed this was all (!) captured by one smartphone, without any extra gear. I think this  will have a major impact on concert recordings and video reporting in the near future. Feel free to tell me what you think of it.

In the first videoreport, you can see the recording of Mumford and Sons during Pinkpop 2012