Nokia 808 lens defect?
When you consider buying Nokia 808 it is mostly all about the camera. The Carl Zeiss lens with 41 MP sensor seams to deliver incredibly good quality pictures you would want to see printed on paper. Test images show the super smooth details, especially on the edges of the objects, that puts this camera (with a phone ability) above the most of the cameras available today. At least this is what I thought, when I ordered it about two weeks ago.
And then I tested it myself...
Everything seams fine, until printed on paper. If you take a close look at the areas marked with red, a slight smearing on the contrasted borders appear.
The pictures are taken with settings to zero.
|ISO 50; Time 1/80, Please open the full size to see|
|IS0 64; Time 1/215 sec. Please open the full size to see|
When printed, these pictures show the amazing quality, as well as those disturbing unsharp edges.
Of course, those photographs were taken with almost frontal light, and from a distance, but take a look at these:
|CameraPro, ISO 50, Time 1/145s, painting by Juris Zvirbulis (c)|
|ISO 50, Time 1/20, Tripod, pen drawing by Juris Zvbirbulis (c)|
Here are the links to untouched images:
Is it the way it supposed to be? I don't think so. From my opinion as an non-technician it is caused by a slightly deformed one of the 5 lens components or it might be some reflection close to the edges of lens.
What I did was to carry the camera, apologies, the phone to the warranty service, and when I got it back in a week, they "did not discovered any distortion". When I found out they tried to find it through the phone screen, and not in the 30x40 cm 300dpi crop print I added, there was no wonder why...
The next thing I contacted the Nokia support, and they said to call me back in the close time. The other day past, and my phone stood silent... but let's be patient.
Untill then I would like to have a backup of an independant views, if I may.
It would be curious if other cameras of the same model show the exact same distortion, or do they not, and what causes the "effect" from your opinion.
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