Created obviously with the Nokia 808 Pure View is this picture of the brightly colored silos of a sand-lime plant in Hillegom. On the second picture I (from another shooting incidentally) isolated the reflection to get an “abstract”.

HDR met de Nokia 808 PureView

I have bought the Nokia 808 Pure View, partly because of its AE bracketing function for HDR. I did a few HDR photographs hand held, so without a tripod, but the results were mediocre. You should definitely use a tripod. But being a phone there is no normad tripod thread on this smartphone. Nokia offers an optional clip (the HH-23) which you can use on your tripod, but I made one myself with stuff from my garage. Obviously leaving the touchscreen and buttons visible and useable.

I did a 5 shots shot bracketing + – 2 stops in my living room. ISO 50. Each JPG picture has a resolution of 7728×4354 pixels at 300 ppi. So Pure View oversampling is not an issue. I used Oloneo Photo Engine for merging and that went smoothly. Settings: Automatic alignment, no deghosting. The tonemaping was done in Oloneo Photo Engine using the preset “Natural”. Output of the tonemapped photo: TIFF (240 MB). Some minor adjustments were made in Photoshop.

Here a small picture of the result. But more interesting is looking to the full resolution which you get by clicking on FULL RES

The resulting picture is very good, full of details and sharp, no noise. You can print it perfectly at 98 x 55 cm (at 200 dpi which if enough dpi for such a large print).

It is unbevievable that this is possible with a phone!

EDITING NOTE: I wrote this article 14 days after I got my phone. In the meantime I made great progress with HDR. So when you want to see more advanced info go to: HDR

Here my “poor man’s tripod”.

Welcome to my Blog unlocking the full camera potential of the Nokia PureView smartphones

This welcome has been updated on october 28, 2013

Welcome to my BLOG dedicated to the photo capabilities of the Nokia 808 PureView. A smartphone but for me a smart camera. I am a total Newbie when it comes to smartphones, but a “connoisseur” of photography and a (self-proclaimed) “expert” in HDR photography. The Nokia 808 Pure View is not even for sale any more, but there are still thousands of enthusiastic users. A stream of pictures on internet demonstrates the quality of the camera. I bought myself a Nokia Pure View 808 in the beginning of july 2012 to explore to what extent this smart camera can be my daily companion. This blog records my progress. Many of my PureView pictures are in “Gallery” so go there if you want to track. This Blog is also starting to give room to the Lumia 1020 the successor of the 808. Altough it is clear that on the pure pixel level of the JPEG output the 808 is still better than the 1020 (Connect.Dpreview) the announced raw support in 2014 makes the 1020 very interesting. And the 1020 has optical image stabilization and an impressive Nokia Camera app to control the 41 MP sensor. So perhaps in practise the 1020 will be a worthy successor.