Editing Nokia 808 PureView .JPG in Lightroom

Here's a very short post about something I hardly ever did before: edit a high-res photo from the Nokia 808 PureView (38MP) in Lightroom. When I was still making comparisons between different smartphone cameras, I didn't want to use Lightroom to really show the original output of the devices. Now that I just about stopped doing so (until a very interesting smartphone comes along), it's actually fun to work on the results I've been collecting for the past years. Here's just one example. 

I captured this picture with the Nokia 808 PureView in France in 2013, on Ile d'Oléron, a charming little isle on the French West coast. It has a famous old castle (Citadel) where I captured this (resized to fit the post, of course)

To show what you can achieve in Lightroom, I added quite a bit of sharpness and highlighted the shadows.

Maybe not a great difference at first sight, but the devil is in the detail - as always. Please remember you can't actually add anything in Lightroom, you can only use your source material, like you would with a raw .DNG file from your camera.

And then all of a sudden it's quite remarkable to see what you can squeeze out of the Nokia 808 PureView's high-res .JPG. This are two crops from both the original and edited file.


That's quite some detail isn't it?  I've been overdoing it quite a bit, but I think it's good to see it's possible to get a result like this with Nokia's .JPG output.

I must say that once again I'm extremely impressed with the quality of the 808's .JPG, as it's very clean and quite hard to find any noise at all (even in the darkest part of the shot) and I don't see any artefacts - I know renowned camera brands that definitely do a worse job with their .JPG output...

So that's it I guess, just wanted to share this with you. Might be interesting to see how the Lumia 950 performs with its JPG output at 16MP, so maybe I'll get to that one day as well. As for now, please follow what I'm sharing on Facebook at PureViewClub (about anything PureView) and SmartCamClub (about other smartphones and connected cameras). And please don't forget to like VisitingAmsterdam - it's a totally different subject, but still another photography project of mine I'd like you to follow :-)