Nokia 808 Pureview - Never miss a stock photo moment?! - Dreamstime

I've been a photography enthusiast for decades and have seen photography advance over the years. However with the launch of Nokia's 808 Pureview smartphone, photography is going to be changed forever. Anyone that has studied photography would have came across the example of what would be an ideal camera system. That would be a system of a distortion free wide angle prime lens system with a huge resolution format film or sensor. Why is this ideal? You can capture the entire scene at wide angle and then decide at a later time what you want to crop for composition. This would enable you to capture everything first and then decide. This would also eliminate the need for telephoto lenses. Of course the limitation with this thinking was the performance and quality of the image would drop significantly in terms of noise and sharpness because the technology didn't allow for this. This is where Nokia's 808 Pureview camera... I mean smartphone comes in. With it's large 41 megapixel sensor, Nokia is doing just that in a very compact and small package. I miss a lot of stock photo moments because I don't lug my Canon SLR or even my Sony NEX 4/3 camera around with me everywhere. Is this the answer? Will it give us stock photographers the quality that we need for submission? I don't currently have one but serious looking into the possibility. My iPhone photos are no where close to being acceptable. Has anyone already had experience with this camera? Please share. I look forward to hearing what others are hearing and experiencing with Nokia's 808.

Below is a video hands-on preview of Nokia's 808. Quite impressive.

Nokia 808 hands-on Preview

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October 28, 2013


Great post!
Thx for using my photograph :)

July 21, 2012


Thanks for the input Gunjan. I would love to see more shot with the Nokia 808. Great photo by the way. Cheers.

July 20, 2012


As a matter of fact, one of my photos shot with a Nokia 808 got approved for sale on Dreamstime.
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Now isn't that awesome!

July 03, 2012


Would really like to see how it performs under normal (and low light) situations

July 03, 2012


this is what I call a useful blog hahhah...I press the button! and click on the link. No more need to Hasselblad :)) :P

June 28, 2012


It is amazing,, wi'll see how it works very soon.

June 28, 2012


wow thats incredible, thanks for sharing Brad!

June 28, 2012


Thanks for the Link, Bradcalkins. I'm very interested in this camera. I have a 1.5 year old and end up missing a lot of moments since it's difficult to lug my camera around and his things as well. But I totally agree that just having a wide angle and large resolution sensor will not cover all photography aspects. It would be interesting to see if camera manufacturers such as canon and nikon will adopt this technology. Definitely very promising. Cheers.

June 28, 2012


There is a lot of photography that isn't covered by having lots of depth of field and a wide angle lens, but this camera will surely set the tone for what we expect out of a phone in the next few years!

Don't miss the comparison shootout with the Canon 5D MK III: Nokia 808 Shootout

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