Nokia PureView 808 has 41 megapixel camera

Finnish hardware boffins produce a super-camera phone

February 28, 2012
Nokia PureView 808

Nokia has unveiled a new smartphone at Mobile World Congress with a rather striking feature.

Putting its previous camera efforts on the likes of the N8, which introduced a 12 megapixel snapper, in the shade, the new PureView 808 has a camera with a 41 megapixel sensor on board.

And no, that isn’t a typo – we didn’t hit the 4 and 1 keys the wrong way round – this is a forty-one megapixel camera (sensor, that is, the images taken are a mere 38 megapixels).

It uses an f2.4 Carl Zeiss lens, pixel oversampling, and it offers enhanced low light performance, using compression techniques and cropping to ensure that the weighty image size is shrunk down to something which can be emailed from your handset.

Users will be able to zoom in on the large image, revealing more detail, and cropping out the part they want to see.

The camera will also tackle 1080p video recording with 4X lossless zoom, along with CD-quality audio “previously only possible with external microphones”, the company claims. The 808 certainly sounds like a tasty piece of gadgetry.

Nokia needs some impressive new tech to spark its sales, which have been in decline for some time now.

Windows Phone 7 is the hope to turn that around, although disappointingly, the PureView 808 is a Symbian phone, which is unlikely to earn it much in the way of OS admirers.

It can only be a matter of time before Nokia hooks this sort of camera up with its Lumia range, however. The sooner the better for the Finnish company, we’d say.

Jo Harlow, executive vice president of Nokia Smart Devices, commented: “Nokia PureView imaging technology sets a new industry standard by whatever measure you use.”

“People will inevitably focus on the 41 megapixel sensor, but the real quantum leap is how the pixels are used to deliver breath-taking image quality at any resolution and the freedom it provides to choose the story you want to tell.”

Nokia also unveiled the Lumia 610 at MWC, a phone aimed at youngsters, with a social focus and a sub-£200 price tag.

The Lumia 900 HSPA variant is also coming to Europe in the second quarter of 2012, to countries such as the UK which don’t yet have 4G LTE services available.






 

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