It has been pointed out before, by better photographers than myself, and although I've agreed in principle, I've never been sure. But tonight, when going out for dinner, I decided to leave the GH3 in the hotel safe and see what I could make of the Nokia 808, doing some night photography at the streets of Saigon.
The results are shocking. Shockingly good. I can take photos in lower light than I could with the Fuji S3 that started me off on the digital path some 8 years ago. With a device that I paid less than $300 for (last year's model) and that includes a telephone and a computer in addition to the camera at a weight of around 150g.
The 808 has already been superseded by the 1020 of course, which features IS and RAW (beginning of next year). Who knows what will be available next year and the year after, but apart from professional photographers and a few hardcore enthusiasts, I doubt many will carry dedicated cameras anymore 10 years from now.
The scene below was much darker in reality than what the photo depicts. Still, I believe it will print beautifully in A3 format. Not bad for a photo taken with a
Nokia 808 @ f/2.4, ISO 400 and 1/11s