Nokia 808 PureView - How should I use the different scene modes in the phone camera, and what are the settings?

There are nine scene modes for taking photos.

  • Landscape: Focus mode is set to infinity. Compared to the automatic scene mode, white balance and sharpness are adjusted. Face detection is switched off.
  • Automatic: Exposure, focus, white balance, face detection, and ISO sensitivity are set automatically. Also flash is set to automatic by default. Compared to the Automatic shooting mode, the colours are slightly less saturated.
  • Close-up: Autofocus is adjusted for short distances. The focus range is 15 cm - ~50 cm.
  • Portrait: The flash for red-eye reduction is used. The exposure program and the photo sharpness are adjusted for taking portrait photos. Face detection is in use. If the camera detects a face or several faces, then autofocus, auto white balance, and auto exposure are adjusted according to the face areas.
  • Sports: The focus is fixed and set to hyperfocal distance, that is, you get the best focus from a few meters onwards. The exposure time is short. Face detection is disabled. This scene mode is not suitable for close-up photos due to hyperfocal focus setting.
  • Night: The exposure is dedicated for dark lighting. The flash is switched off.
  • Night portrait: This is similar to the night mode, but the flash is set to red-eye reduction mode.
  • Spotlight: Negative exposure compensation (EV) is used. This mode is best suited to conditions with great contrasts, such as a concert, where the performer is under spotlights, in front of a dark background.
  • Snow: Use this mode to get good photos in very white and bright snowy view. In this mode the settings are similar to the automatic mode, but with increased exposure value, having some positive exposure compensation (EV).

For recording videos, there are five scene modes.

  • Automatic: Uses automatic exposure, focus, white balance, face detection, and ISO sensitivity. Compared to the Automatic shooting mode, the colours are slightly less saturated.
  • Low light: This is dedicated for recording videos in low-light and dark conditions. The video light is switched on. The frame rate is 15 fps.
  • Sport: The focus is fixed on hyperfocal distance, that is, you get the best focus from a few meters onwards. This mode is not suitable for close-up video.
  • Spotlight: Negative exposure compensation (EV) is used. This mode is best suited to conditions with great contrasts, such as a concert, where the performer is under spotlights, in front of a dark background.
  • Snow: Use this mode to get good photos in very white and bright snowy view. In this mode the settings are similar to the automatic mode, but with increased exposure value, having some positive exposure compensation (EV).

To select a scene mode, make sure you are in the Scenes shooting mode. To switch the shooting mode, select the settings icon and Scenes. Then tap the scenes icon at the bottom left corner of the viewfinder and select a scene mode.