Our Nokia 808 PureView review continues with a look at the camera in use, and some test shots that show off the picture quality.
Nokia 808 PureView: using the camera
We found it fairly simple to get to grips with the 808 PureView, even without the helpful hints and tips that come up in contextual menus. Because of its smartphone pretensions, as a camera it is exceptionally easy to use. There are a host of manual controls adjusted via the touchscreen, but the Automatic settings work pretty well too. And because this is a camera in smartphone's clothing, the ability to make minor adjustments using the touchscreen is much more intuitive that that of the majority of dedicated cameras.
You choose from three shooting modes: Automatic, Scenes and Creative. As we previously mentioned the point-and-shoot Automatic mode works well, getting you straight into 5Mp shooting mode. For most compact camera users, this is the apogee of their ambition, but we'd wager that those shelling out £500 for the Nokia 808 PureView likely want more. The next step up is the Scenes mode, in which you choose the type of photo 'Portrait' or 'Night-time' and let the camera do the rest.
Proper photographers and weekend warriors will choose Creative. Here you can customise pretty much everything, from exposure and contrast to ISO level, aspect ratio, saturation and sharpnes. Once you've found a series of setting that you like you can save them as a preset. Most of the 808 PureView's manual settings are adjusted using on-screen sliders that allow you to see results in real time. You can add basic effects such as black and white, and sepia, also in real time.
Nokia 808 PureView: picture quality
Using automatic settings, the 808 PureView brings out good levels of detail in the foreground - an area on which it exclusively focused
Colour reproduction was faithful on a rare sunny evening in London. Again, using automatic
The dedicated landscape preset captures nice detail over a large area
Back using the automatic preset, colour reproduction is good and focus intuitive - but the background is a little too blurry for our taste
Even in low light detail is sharp using automatic settings
This shot was incorrectly taken using the macro preset at too great a distance, but it is still far from a poor shot