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About a year and a half ago, when I was about to try the Nokia N8 for two weeks, I wrote: “this is too good to be true.” If a decade earlier, someone would have told me that a small slim device would be able to take unlimited number of photos, enable its users to edit these photos on its screen, resize these photos, crop them, add effects, send them by email, share them, and/or post them online, I would have thought the whole thing to be impossible.

Today, the Nokia 808 PureView can do all that and even more.

The Nokia 808 PureView was unveiled by the Finnish Nokia Company om 27 February 2012 at the Mobile World Congress. It is a Nokia Belle powered smartphone. By the way, Nokia has 3 brands of smartphones: the Belle, the Asha, and the Lumia, each brand has its own characteristics.

Wikipedia mentions that the Nokia 808 Pureview is : “the first smartphone to feature Nokia’s PureView technology, a pixel oversampling technique that reduces an image taken at full resolution into a lower resolution picture, thus achieving higher definition and light sensitivity, and enables lossless zoom. It features a 41 megapixel 1/1.2″ sensor and a high resolution f/2.4 Zeiss all-aspherical 1-group lens. The 808’s sensor was the largest and highest resolution sensor in a cameraphone at the time of its launch, a record previously held by Nokia’s N8, sporting a sensor 2.5 times larger than that of its predecessor. The 808 won the award for “Best New Mobile Handset, Device or Tablet” at Mobile World Congress 2012, and the award for Best Imaging Innovation for 2012 from the Technical Image Press Association.”

It has the following dimensions:

  • Height: 123.9  mm
  • Width: 60.2  mm
  • Thickness: 13.9  mm
  • Weight: 169.0  g
  • Volume: 96.0  cm3

A couple of weeks ago, when I first received the package that contained the Nokia 808, I thought to myself: “seriously! A big black bag and a tripod?! What am I going to use the tripod for?” By the way the package contained the following items:

One black bag had the following items:

  • A box containing the Nokia 808, with its charger, its battery, a short manual, an earphone and a black Nokia wrist strap.
  • A universal portable USB charger DC16. It is a portable 2200 mAh charger with LED power indicator that is universally compatible with devices supporting USB charging.

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  • A tripod mount HH-23 to connect the phone to the tripod.
  • A micro HDMI cable to show HD pictures and videos easily on TV. It is a thin and portable 3m long cable with management pouch. It is universally compatible with devices supporting HDMI connector.

A separate tripod Hama Star 62, max. 160 cm.

The first thing I noticed about the Nokia 808 is the fact that it can’t stand by itself, which somehow explains why it needs a tripod. The second thing I noticed when I started using the Nokia 808 is the fact that you can easily access the camera in this smartphone and therefore, all you need to do to capture a photo is to turn the phone on (with a small button on the upper edge) and shoot (with another tiny button a few cm from the first button). How easy is that !!!

One thing worth mentioning with the Nokia 808 is the 3 modes you can choose from to start taking photos.

If you are a newbie to photography (or you are in a hurry to catch a fleeting moment), the “automatic mode” is exactly what you need. If you want to select a specific mode for a specific scenes, go for the “scenes mode”. And if on the other hand, you feel like creating photos, go for the “creative mode”.

In fact, whenever you choose one of these 3 options, you can read the following information:

“Select the shooting mode which best suits your experience and the level of involvement when capturing photos or videos.

Automatic is perfect if you just want to point and shoot. Select Scenes if you want to be a bit more involved selecting the settings, but prefer the camera to take control over the primary settings for you. Go for Creative if you’d like full control and enjoy maximum potential.”

Here is a photo of this screen:

Here are some photos taken with the Nokia 808. I will post more about this amazing smartphone in the coming posts.

Thank you 🙂