Xperia S in video recording test against Nokia 808 PureView

by XB on 17th June 2012

in Imaging, Videos, Xperia S


PureView XperiaThe Nokia 808 PureView will undoubtedly be crowned the camera phone king when it is eventually released with its 41MP camera sensor in tow. With that many pixels to hand it means that the 808 PureView can use pixel oversampling to create a single (super) pixel combined from the surrounding pixels. In theory this means much less noise compared to current camera phones and no loss of detail when using the digital zoom. It’s a great technology that shows Nokia really is on top of their game when it comes to camera phone technology.

The guys over at PureViewClub compared the video recording of the Nokia 808 PureView against some other great camera phones including the Sony Xperia S, Samsung Galaxy S III and Nokia N8. They shot some 1080p video footage on a bridge over some moving traffic. It’s a bit difficult to get a true sense of how each fares as the angles are slightly different for each phone. The Xperia S has some very realistic colours to our eyes, much better than the Galaxy S III but probably a close second to the 808 PureView. Which one gets your vote?

Via PureView Club.

  • Pure view has best results i’d say… we don’t know how the real Environment was but the XS has some yellow tint or something and colours look a bit too warm…

    S3 is much too bright with less contrast (White wall in the Background) and N8 is average but has a very bad Sound… i think Xperia S has best Sound of all 4, followed by 808PV, N8 and S3 with no deep frequencies….

    camera Quality 1. 808PV, 2. Xperia S, 3. N8 and last one SGS3
    who agrees? you can like ^^

  • ahomad hosin

    its really hard to say that 808 is better than the xperia s. while 808 was recording, it was sunny, while the xperia s was recording while it was cloudy, you will notice the shadow of the cars is different between 1:08 and 3:08. so it is not really fair comparison. it is like comparing phone A at sunlight with phone B at indoor light, which will really influence the results. however, the 808 camera is really impressive and the xperia s as well

  • AlexBurnout

    We’re on Xperia Blog. Everyone says that the S wins

  • Theonewithideas

    I don’t know about quality (since I wasn’t viewing it on full detail), but I’d say the S3 had the best clarity. As for the audio, Nokia had surprisingly good and deep sound.

  • Olsi Kondillari

    Xperia S is, is the best camera, is on TOP

  • M Usman

    lol that is so true! But they all looked rather crap to me. None of them are clear winners. I’d rather record 1080p using my Canon DSLR camera for amazing results.

  • M Usman

    LOL that is so true! but they all looked rather crap to me. None of them are a clear winner. I’d rather record 1080p using my Canon DSLR camera for amazing results. Wouldn’t rely on a mobile device. You can never get amazing quality with a tiny lens.

  • M Usman

    LOL that is so true! but they all looked rather cr*p to me. None of them are a clear winner. I’d rather record 1080p using my Canon DSLR camera for amazing results. Wouldn’t rely on a mobile device. You can never get amazing quality with a tiny lens.

  • M Usman

    LOL that is so true! but they all looked rather crap to me. None of them are a clear winner. I’d rather record 1080p using my Canon DSLR camera for amazing results. Wouldn’t rely on a mobile device. You can never get amazing quality with a tiny lens.

  • M Usman

    LOL that is so true! but they all looked rather rubbish to me. None of them are a clear winner. I’d rather record 1080p using my Canon DSLR camera for amazing results. Wouldn’t rely on a mobile device. You can never get amazing quality with a tiny lens.

  • emperor43

    N8 and xperia S at 1080p seem to be at much lower quality; i would say s3 has a much sharper image, better quality even then 808. They should have used all 4 phones at the same time, as i think differences in weather and time of day are responsible for the contrast difference between s3 and 808. For me at least the 808 part of the video is too dim, has too much black

  • xperia s was the worst one, yes please hit dislike button on what i wrote now just bcuz we’re on xperia blog

  • M Usman

    Just hit the dislike button. you asked for it LOL

  • I second that! SGS3 video imo looks the best. Kinda disappointed of Nokia 808, hoped the huge sensor and Carl Zeiss optics would deliver stunning 1080p videos, but that’s clearly not the case.

  • FAIL

  • Basharca

    Another reason to prefer Nokia/Sony over Samsung! Why don’t you guys get it, it’s not all about fancy colors and imitating apple. It’s about providing high standard quality, again thank you Sony for respecting your customers.
    There is a huge difference between buying a toy and a product! Want toys go samsung, want products go Sony :)

  • Basharca

    I watched this on a full HD screen and changed the quality of the video to 1080p as well. Only then you will be able to get a true feeling of which was better and had the upper edge. It was obvious that SG3 colors were unrealistic at all! In fact it gave the wrong colors. Instead of watching it on your cellphone go watch it on a proper screen and you will see that the Xperia S was so much better than the SG3, N8 was also amazing, the 808 for some reason was dim and dark I don’t know why though.

  • dcup

    Nokia 808 had definitelly the best colours. They were a little too dark, but nicely saturated and not faded like on S or N8. However, I hate S3’s over-saturation. This is real life not some f***ing flashy japanese anime! Xperia S might have fallen short in terms of video quality, but had the best sound.

  • rafi

    Hard to find honest review. Just see the shadow. Its obviously shoot in diff time. Maybe pure view should against my nikon d800e which is less mp then pureview. And again they will mention not fair compare with smartphone vs dslr. At the end whats point having 41mp in smartphone if the quality just a bit good then other but to far away low if it compare with low mp dslr.

  • Raj

    Not because we are in xperia blog but because your comment is so stupid and no one seems to agree with you.

  • I prefer the Xperia S over N8, maybe colurs are better on the N8 but i like the quality, sharpness of the S better..S3 has the most details to my eyes, but the over-saturation spoils the video..PureView seems under-exposed, dark but i think its realtively dark and it is the winner for me..Maybe it’s a little under-exposed but the colours are reflected best in PureView!s sample..It’s always been hard to beat Nokia at imaging, at least in my opinion..Sony has much more potential, Xperia S’s camera was a bit of a let down to me..It is very good, though but its just that reviews increased my expectation and it wasn’t ‘spectacular’ as much as i expected..Seems like PureView will be the best mobile in terms of camera..

  • Xperia S has natural colours and good sound. But Nokia 808 is much sharper. SGS III is also sharp but oversaturated.

  • rafi

    You do realise yor posting in xperia blog.. hahahaha

  • megane198

    For video: PureView > Xperia S > Nokia N8 > S III

    S III’s video is super saturated. Clouds on the left side looked white while the other three phones still captured it as blue.
    The three phones color rendering point to the realistic side and not on the punchy colors.

  • AlexBurnout

    Yeah, I agree. Sony NEX-5 rule!

  • AlexBurnout

    Damned fool

  • AlexBurnout

    Fuck the one who disliked

  • Dude

    Xperia S not so fluid compared to others. Not so shar as well, Xps Not sharp enough! good colort though! and sound Sgs 3 clear sharp but way too colorfull! n808 is most fluid video,ans clearest

  • razec

    LMAO!

  • Nokia ruined the 808 by not using WindowsPhone

  • DoucheyTuesday

    Most accurate response. It only needs to be added that there’s not much to choose between any of them, really, and not much to get excited about. The best that can be said about the S is that at least Sony has narrowed the gap this year and it’s roughly on a par with the Samsung flagship, instead of lagging far behind like last year.

  • DoucheyTuesday

    You’re insane. Congratulations!

  • DoucheyTuesday

    old news. bye.

  • DoucheyTuesday

    There are four/five of us, douchebag.

  • DoucheyTuesday

    Read Mustafa Techman, domeass.

  • DoucheyTuesday

    Oh dear.

  • DoucheyTuesday

    Said the failure.

  • ignoring the N808 (as it is of different league), I am so surprised even the SGSIII is so much better than the Xperia S!
    I am so praying hard that Xperia GX or Acro S is better!

  • no one

    YOU are insane. NOT Congratulations. its a shame!

  • weeeeee8888888888

    i Dare said sgs3 is the worst one

  • aivan

    all of them were great i think the s3 was over saturated! i like the fact that you have many options to pick from dont we all have different taste?

  • FRKD

    I can’t agree more!

  • AlexBurnout

    Umm… Sorry?

  • AlexBurnout

    Xperia S > PureView > N8 > S III!!!

  • dhinagaran

    the 808 for some reason was dim and dark
    Watch again clouds are moving clearly so you feel dim and dark

  • I just looked at this on my HDTV. There is some differences. The Nokia with Pureview clearly had the least jagged edges on the storage container on the right. What was really noticeable was the flicker in the cars as they approached the bridge. The rear top of the cars had very noticeable flicker on the SGIII, now this could be due to the recording frame rate and the speed of the cars/trucks (Interlaced vs Progressive – since it doesn’t say how the cameras were set), but all the units showed it to some degree, I thought the Nokia 8 was less noticeable, followed by the Sony and Pureview. The white balance was different on all of them, and the difference in the auto-focus was also different. The Sony also appeared to be changing the white balance on the fly as the clouds moved over. All you can really say though is that the GSIII (I have one on order) was the worse of the lot.

  • ? ????? ?? ? NOKIA ? Samsung ?????????????? :P
    Videos on NOKIA and Samsung have some freezes :P

  • Björn Hohe

    impressed by the sound quality of the N8 an 808

  • iq

    I have xperia S and be it recording or taking picture indoor backlit situation, the results were so much disappointing and others also complaining about this. When you use flash indoor, red-eye is always there AND ALWAYS. I think it’s really hardware problem and we as Xperia users are really amazed at how could 12 MP give this lamenting image quality.

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