Nokia has introduced its latest flagship, the Nokia 808 PureView, first ever smartphone to have an awesome 41 megapixel camera sensor, announced just recently at the Mobile World Congress 2012. This monster-camera phone runs on Symbian Belle OS.
The Nokia 808, is Nokia’s first smartphone to feature PureView technology. Its camera is made up of a monster 41 megapixel sensor, Nokia’s highest performance Carl Zeiss optics and Nokia’s brand-new pixel oversampling technology.
According to Ian Delaney from conversation.nokia.com:
“This combination isn’t about shooting pictures the size of billboards! Instead, it’s about creating amazing pictures at normal, manageable sizes. There’s a combination of benefits.
The technology means that taking typically sized shots (say, 5 megapixels) the camera can use oversampling to combine up to seven pixels into one “pure” pixel, eliminating the visual noise found on other mobile phone cameras. On top of that, you can zoom in up to 3X without losing any of the details in your shot – and there’s no artificially created pixels in your picture, either.
Otherwise, you can use ‘Creative Shooting Mode’ to capture images at high resolution – 38 megapixels; then reframe, crop and zoom to find the best “picture within the picture” after the image has been shot and before saving it at convenient sizes for sharing and storage.
The oversampling technology also allows for significantly improved low light performance than previous camera phones, Compared to a typical optical zoom camera used at full zoom, the Nokia 808 PureView captures over 5x more light. Under normal lighting conditions, performance is also enhanced, as this combination allows for faster shutter speeds, reducing the effects of camera shake.”
The Nokia 808 PureView also captures astonishing high definition 1080p videos at 30fps. You can zoom in up to 4x without losing quality. In 720p mode you can zoom up to 6x without loosing quality, and up to 12X in 640×360 video resolution. Now let’s take a look at Nokia 808 PureView’s specs.
Below is a complete detail on Nokia 808 PureView including the concept behind the camera and its specifications:
Below are Sample photos of Nokia 808 PureView. I have reduced the size due to the image size. Click them for a larger view.
Nokia 808 PureView Specifications
Dimension: 123.9mm x 60.2mm x 13.9mm
Weight: 169 grams
Operating System: Nokia Symbian Belle
CPU: 1.3GHz ARM 11 processor
Display: 4 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen at 360×640 pixel resolution with Corning Gorilla Glass
Memory: 512RAM, 1GB ROM
Storage: 16GB, expandable up to 32GB through microSD
Connectivity: HSDPA 14.4Mbps, HSUPA 5.76Mbps, WiFi 802.11, Bluetooth 3.0, microUSB 2.0, DLNA, UPnP
Camera rear: 41 megapixel Carl Zeiss AF with Xenon Flash (38 megapixel effective)
Camera front: VGA
Battery: Li-Ion 1400 mAh
Colors: White, Black, Red
Nokia 808 PureView Price and Release Date
There is no information yet regarding its price but it is said to be released sometime in the second quarter of 2012.
My question now is, who would need a 41 megapixel camera on their smartphones? 8 megapixel is better, 12MP-16MP is great, but 41 megapixel is just extreme.
And considering its camera’s capabilities, don’t you think it would be better if Nokia gave it a larger display, let’s say a 4.7 inch display? And perhaps its running on Windows Phone OS? Do you think the 41megapixel camera would attract people to buy their smartphone?