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Nokia 808 PureView

Last week, we gave you some useful pointers to help you get the most out of your Nokia 808 PureView.

This device, of course, is the revolutionary cameraphone that allows you take stunning images that are comparable, if not better, than some digital SLR cameras. 

That’s no idle boast – check out the results of this blind test conducted by

Most people will take great photos, most of the time with the 808 PureView but here are some more tips and tricks to make your images just a little more amazing.


Photo taken with the Nokia 808 PureView

You can zoom in with the Nokia PureView 808 by sliding your finger vertically across screen.

The camera must be set to 2/3, 5 or 8 megapixel resolution in order to use the zoom function.

The magnitude of the zoom depends on the resolution, but the zoom is always lossless and for 5 megapixel output resolution you can zoom up to 3x.

For the best image quality, it is recommended use the zoom in daylight only.


Photo taken with the Nokia 808 PureView

Within the ‘Scenes’ shooting mode (Automatic and Creative are the other shooting modes – see the first part of our tips and tricks for more information on this) you can select pre-defined settings to take the best close-up photos.

You can also select ‘Close-up’ when you’re in Creative mode with a long-press on the phone screen.

To take the best close up photos, use the 5 megapixel PureView mode with the maximum 3x zoo. Only use the flash at an approximate distance of 15cm.

The ‘Bokeh’ effect

Professional photographers often have a specific subject in focus with a very blurred background. This is called the ‘Bokeh’ effect.

 The 808 PureView is able to offer the ‘Bokeh’ effect similar to a SLR because of its very long focal length of 8.02mm. A typical cameraphone will have a focal length of 4mm.

For optimal ‘Bokeh’ effect, the subject should be less than half a metre away from your 808 PureView and the longer the distance between the background and your subject, the greater the effect.

Photo taken with the Nokia 808 PureView


As well as photos, the 808 PureView can also shoot great video.

In one test, a TV programme filmed a segment of their show using the 808 PureView to see if their viewers could tell the difference.

Video mode is selected from the top right of the screen when the phone is in camera mode.

You can choose from three different resolutions, including full HD, and they all have lossless zoom, which is operated by sliding your finger across the screen.

At the bottom left of the screen, you can select ‘continuous autofocus’ and the video camera will automatically track the subject in the centre of the frame.

 Alternatively, you can tap on the screen to select and lock an area for focus.

 In low lighting conditions, you can use the additional LED video light. This is useful to a distance of approximately one metre.