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Just how big is the sensor on the Nokia 808 PureView?

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Just how big is the sensor on the Nokia 808 PureView?
The PureView imaging technology at MWC was certainly one of the biggest highlight of the show, but so was the phone that came with it - the Nokia 808 PureView packs a 41-megapixel camera to support the new imaging tricks. The sensor that’s making all of this possible has to be big enough to handle the huge images and it is. 

The picture below demonstrates that it’s nearly 2.5-times larger than the one on the Nokia N8, and that alone is quite an achievement. The 808 PureView actually can brag about having a sensor much larger than most point-and-shoot digital cameras.

We don’t know whether the image below shows the exact same box Nokia’s camera guru Damien Dinning carried around at MWC, but it looks like it. If so, the smallest sensor on the left is the usual size of a smartphone camera, and the middle one should match the one on the Nokia N8, while the last one is of the 808 PureView. How did Nokia make 41-megapixels work and why it’s not just about the pictures - learn about Nokia’s PureView technology here.

source: @DrPinball

Just how big is the sensor on the Nokia 808 PureView?

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posted on 29 Feb 2012, 08:26 9

1. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)


If you use this comparison diagram, you'll see that the N8 already had a larger sensor than most digital compact cameras (which are usually 1/2.3 to 1/2.5). The 808 sensor rivals professional DSLR's.

This alone does not deleiver the Pureview benefit. It's also the inclusion of custom optics, custom algorithms,and significant processing power.

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 08:48 6

2. nanozander (Posts: 97; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

While the 808 sensor may rival some professional DSLRs, its lenses sure dosn't... ESPECIALLY that stupid piece of glass infront that's ment to protect the lens. I mean they already made the phone so fat already. What's a few more milimeters with a mechnical cover like the one on the N82?

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 09:00 5

3. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

I have to agree with you here. Also, since it's bulky already, if I called the shots I'll include atleast 5X optical zoom (mechanical). I'm sure cameraphone enthusiasts would love that. This is not a device for smartphone lovers anyway :p

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 09:32 8

4. SleepingOz (unregistered)

True! But I guess those interested in photography are most likely to invest in real DSLR rather than this phone.

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 09:44 6

6. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

Yes people interested in photography will surely go for DSLRs. I was actually referring to cameraphone enthusiasts :) Which by now has a completely different market share on their own. :)

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 12:43 4

9. zeisschic (Posts: 5; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)

Perhaps, but real photographers use what they have on them. As a pro I will have one of these babys in my pocket at all times. Will replace my Canon G12.

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 12:51 3

11. zeisschic (Posts: 5; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)

You can't carry a DSLR in your pocket, can you...

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 14:18 1

13. chapizzo (Posts: 116; Member since: 13 Sep 2011)

i wonder what your real problem with this phone is.

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 15:39 1

14. SleepingOz (unregistered)

I wonder what's your problem with me?

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 00:30 1

16. chapizzo (Posts: 116; Member since: 13 Sep 2011)

I have no problem with you. Just wonder why you keep saying the same damn thing about this phone. Fine DSLR's are better. But there some people who dont need and dont want them, but still love to take pictures a lot. Those people that would rather have the best camera on the phone because its more convinient and quite usefull. I dont know anybody who carried their camera all the time, but i know most people have their phone with them even when they are taking a dump.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 06:29 1

17. SleepingOz (unregistered)

I'm just pointing a fact, man! If I was wrong, I wouldn't have received so many thumbups. Did you feel it like a personal attack against you or what? No doubt! You're a Nokia fanboy! Ok, this is the best camera available on a phone, right now but spec wise it's a mediocre smartphone! resolution of 340x640 on a 4inch, that's lame! Sorry to disappoint you, this phone won't sell much! Pro and even amateur photograhers are most likely to invest in DSLR(entry-level DSLR for amateur). What's left? Nokia fanboys pretending to be photographers?
I, myself, was enthusiast about the camera of the N8 when it came out. Assuming symbian doesn't need a lot of resources to run smooth, as claimed by multiple Nokia Fanboys, I even bought it instead of the Xperia Arc. BUT F*CK!! This sh*t lags as hell, freezes on call and even crashes randomly! Google is your friend if you don't believe me. =] And oh limited amount of apps available on OVI store.

posted on 03 Mar 2012, 23:02

20. chapizzo (Posts: 116; Member since: 13 Sep 2011)

what ever man, obviously you are too in love with android to look at anything else.

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 09:41 3

5. Snoobab (Posts: 175; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)

In terms of optical zoom the 808’s lens falls short, yes. The lens is, however, manufactured at 10x the accuracy of normal dSLR lenses (due to its smaller size I’d imagine). Let's not forget that most dSLR lenses sell for much more than the price of this handset!

I wouldn’t worry about the lens getting scratched, after a year’s solid use my N8 lens is scratch free. The materials used are very durable.

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 12:41 3

8. zeisschic (Posts: 5; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)

ah yes. "Experts" already dissing the custom made ZEISS lens that they know nothing about. Seriously. Google them sometime.

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 12:22 1

7. AhmadAlsayegh (Posts: 317; Member since: 18 Jul 2011)

I wonder if any manufacturer would make custom lenses to this phone!
imagine if Nokia sold a custom cover for the phone, on which you can put a real lens!

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 13:47 2

12. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

There are lenses for the (relatively) crummy cameras that come with iphones and ipods, so hopefully there'll be something along those lines for the 808.
That being said, I'd only want them from a quality lens manufacturer or as Nokia-approved, not the cheapo ones you see for iDevices, despite their functionality

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 23:10

15. christianqwerty (Posts: 467; Member since: 05 May 2011)

the iphone 4s does not have a crummy camera

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 08:40 1

18. bayusuputra (Posts: 963; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)

i think he meant crummy lens attachments for the iPhone..

but seriously, the people up there (yes, those commented up there, the first few) you should be looking at it as a breakthrough.. i am a photographer, though i don't consider myself pro or what, and i think this new (AFAIK) technology can be adapted in some ways or another to make a better camera phones.. yes, it won't replace a standalone camera, but many of us can't bring DSLR around all the time.. there are more times that you just need your PnS for casual shots and not your DSLR.. why not see this as a pace car that maybe someday will bring cameraphone to a whole new level.. just like what the original iPhone did.. this is a camera phone for those who needs a phone and a casual camera, but the manufacturer decided to push it to the limit, to show that, hey, it is possible to have a better camera in your phone..

and photography is not about the camera, it is about the image.. HCB, Robert Capa, Terry Richardson, are some of the people who can show you that photography is not about the camera.. so stop saying that if you want to get serious you should get a proper camera.. tell you what, pinhole photography is a known genre in photography, and many of them still use DIY materials for it, i even saw one made of matchbox.. and if you think going serious means buying DSLR, why not just jump straight away to Hasselblad, or PhaseOne? those are some serious cameras..

stop bashing this, i understand that it is quite an overkill to have 38MP in your phone, and MP is not everything also, but see it from a different light, see how this can be implemented in future phones and standalone cameras alike..

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 12:47 6

10. zeisschic (Posts: 5; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)

Nokia/Zeiss for the win. Game changer. A phone for pro photographers.

posted on 03 Mar 2012, 14:59 1

19. steelicon (Posts: 318; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)

I could see it now, photographers wearing a T-shirt. Front of the t-shirt says, "This is my Hasselblad." Back of the t-shirt says, "My other camera is a Nokia 808 Pure View, in my pocket." Solved. :)

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