2012-12-30 11:56 - edited 2012-12-30 11:58
I find the white balance and exposure of the Pureview 808 in indoor low light shots to be erratic, mostly inaccurate in most shooting modes. Although the predecessor N8 produces a noisier and darker image that is lacking in clarity (in low light), I find its white balance to be more accurate than the Pureview 808.
In low to dim lighting, the white balance on the Pureview 808 always appear to be cooler than actual conditions apart from the image being slightly over-exposed.
Below are my observations on the Pureview 808 (only in low light):-
1) In "Scenes", Night mode will produce an image that is slightly brighter than actual conditions, slightly overexposed. White balance is off.
2) In "Creative", Auto, Incandescent and Fluorescent modes, - as above.
3) In "Creative", Sunny and Cloudy modes will produce an image that is truer to actual conditions. White balance is more accurate in these modes.
The N8 in Night mode (with white balance in Auto) produces a more accurate white balance than the Pureview 808, though the image suffers from noise and is slightly under-exposed.
Not exactly a criticism of the Pureview 808 as the overall image quality in low light at high ISO levels is still pretty remarkable with excellent clarity and low levels of noise. It's just the minor issue in the white balance which seems to be always off in low light.
In good light, bright sunny conditions outdoors, no issues.
For those who own the Pureview 808, may I ask how do you cope with this slight anomaly in the Pureview 808? Will there be software update in future to address this flaw?
Any information would be appreciated.
It is unfortunate that sample images cannot be posted here. I have some sample images which not only demonstrate the inaccurate white balance of the Pureview 808 in low light but also the erratic exposure which seems to render an image in low lighting conditions to appear brighter than what it is in real life, an over-exposed image.
Below is the link to CNET's review which also highlights the inaccurate white balance of the 808.
I would appreciate if any Nokia representative here could provide some insight whether there will be a future software update to correct the white balance and exposure of the Pureview 808 in low light , or there are no plans or developments to address this issue.
Happy New Year.
Would appreciate if Nokia staff here could shed some light whether there are any developments in the pipeline to address the white balance and exposure issue of the Pureview 808.
Any input from the moderators whether there will be a software update to correct the white balance of the Pureview 808?
Exposure meters tned to expose for a grey card ( 50% grey I think ) , so if the scene is quite dark the camera will render it brighter than it is. Similary snow scenes can be too dark in some cameras. My DSLRs expose night scenses toodark sometimes for the same reason. either dial in a negative exp comp or lower exposeure in PP
Thanks for the advice. That is what I figured out yesterday. Since I don't do PP, guess the Exposure Compensation feature will be used whenever appropriate.