We've been hearing about a 30-40MP camera sensor lurking in Nokia's R&D labs for a good while now, but thought it to be one of those playful concepts that never see the light of day. It took Nokia switching from Symbian to Windows Phone and taking a nosedive in share price during that restructuring, for it to feel the urge to speed the development up and come up with a "wow" factor.
And "wow" it is - there is no arguing that the Nokia 808 PureView
will be the most sophisticated cameraphone out there
, but with 41MP sensor at the gigantic for a phone 1/1.2" surface, and simplified lens crafted with record precision, we are nearing DSLR territory. The photography blogs are already abuzz with the silent lossless zoom, pixel oversampling and low-light capabilities of this sensor, which can rival a lot less compact devices. By going for lossless zoom without optics to add bulk, distort the frame and introduce noise while filming, Nokia has managed to make the module in the 808 PureView 50-70% smaller than a conventional optical zoom solution, allowing it to fit the PureView Pro technology into a phone.
This is all for the photography buffs out there, though, and there are a lot of them, so you can feast on all the glory details about the engineering marvel that is the Nokia 808 PureView sensor in its short but concise white paper
, or our own summary
What we are interested in is whether you are intrigued by Nokia's bombshell device as a phone, and if you are planning to get one the day it comes out, or are already distracted by something else. Checkmark our little poll and sound off in the comments below.
- Nokia 808 PureView is a camera engineering marvel - are you getting one?
I'm so getting this on the day it comes out!
34.33% (495 votes)
I might get one as a second phone for when I go on vacation/concert/kiddies birthday
11.37% (164 votes)
It's a great cameraphone and all, but I'll wait until it is a Nokia Windows Phone
23.37% (337 votes)
My smartphone camera is good enough, I'd rather have the apps
30.93% (446 votes)