The Camera Test




This is a comparison between four very good cameras. Im not going to say if one is better than the other, that is for you to decide. But I will say a few things about each photo set.(Best viewed on a 20"+ screen)
All I will say is, the 808 is just as good as a standard camera.
All of the cameras were set to full auto, except for two where the flash was forced on or off.

To explain the layout, the first picture will be the uncropped image from the 808, then a central crop from all four cameras at 100% zoom, then a slightly zoomed in version so you can clearly see the differences.

All the original photos can be viewed here.

It will always be this way

808 FT5
GX7 400D




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This is the perfect example of sharpening vs not sharpening. The 808 and 400D have nice smooth round hand rails. The FT5 seems to be overdoing the sharpening a bit on the glass panel framework. The GX7 sharpens a little bit, but not too much.




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All four seem fairly close this time. The FT5 loses some of the finer detail because it has the smallest sensor size of the group. I think this one just comes down to what sort of photos you prefer, ones that have been processed to make them look sharper, or ones that have detail, but might look slightly blurry when zoomed in.




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The 808 and GX7 look almost exactly the same in this one, both have clearly visible cracked paint. The smaller sensor might be letting down the FT5 again, but its not too bad. Again, the 400D seems almost slightly out of focus.




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I didnt want to talk about sharpening too much, but this one shows it again. The FT5 is overdoing it, where the GX7 has just the right level of it. The 808, GX7 and 400D all seem to have about the same amount of detail. But for some reason the GX7 is slightly dark, even though the flash was used.




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This one is very interesting for the 808, usually it gets very accurate colours, but for some reason it has made the flowers much too pink, except for that it looks just as good as the 400D. The FT5 really is having trouble with fine detail now, some of those leaves are just a mess. The GX7 has very good detail, but has made the flowers slightly too red. The colours on the 400D look just right, it also has good detail..




I have a few things to say for this one. It was much darker than it looks in the photos, the 808 gets closest to what it really looked like. The sky was almost completely dark and the only decent light was from the street lights. All the cameras were on a tripod. The 808 didnt use a very long exposure, but the others did.

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Like I said above, the 808 didnt use a very long exposure. I think it did this so it wouldnt turn out blurred by movement, manual settings would have been better, but I couldnt do that for this test. Even with a long exposure, the FT5 didnt turn out very well. The GX7 looks perfect, the only thing is, it didnt look anywhere near as bright as that. The 400D looks almost as good as the GX7, just with its usual soft focus.


In the end, this really was a test to see if the 808 is as good as standard cameras. I think I have proven that it is. It performed better than the FT5 in almost every photo. The 808, GX7 and 400D are so close in some of them, its hard to say which is better. It just goes to show that Nokia really know what they are doing when it comes to camera phones.


This page and everything in it was created by Luke Van Eede 2014