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Nokia 808 PureView 41MP sensor explained to us by Nokia's camera gurus (video)

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Nokia 808 PureView 41MP sensor explained to us by Nokia's camera gurus (video)
We wanted to have some more professional demonstration of the amazing 41MP sensor crammed into a Nokia 808 PureView phone body and had an impromptu interview and hands-on with the phone by Nokia's camera gurus themselves.

Lurking for a few years in the R&D labs, this sensor finally saw the light of day in a commercial device, and it was evident that the Nokia camera folks love to talk about it and are very proud of what was accomplished in terms of lossless zoom, low-light capabilities and near-DSLR quality of their PureView Pro technology.

The technology's co-inventor Eero Salmelin, who demonstrated the Nokia 808 PureView for us, managed to cram a lot of information in this quickly staged interview, that was both practical and illustrated well from within the camera interface. We are thankful to Nokia for raising the bar here, and hope you will have a clearer notion about the PureView sensor after seeing the whole video interview below.

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posted on 28 Feb 2012, 12:27 11

1. mrmooresince19xx (Posts: 12; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)

One word.... Amazing!!! 41megapixels and 1080p all on a 1.3 ghz processor seems like these other os aren't fully maximizing their hardware!!!

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 13:00 6

4. SleepingOz (unregistered)

single core, 512mb ram.. yeah right!

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 14:21

12. Leo_MC (Posts: 2733; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


posted on 28 Feb 2012, 14:22

13. Leo_MC (Posts: 2733; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)

can't reply no more?!

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 14:42 10

14. r41nier (Posts: 70; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)

if android has that spec it will lag like hell. but in symbian it's smooth.

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 15:19 3

18. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

ok lets not say its smooth,my sis has a symbian bell on the n8 and it is no way smooth...there plently of slowdown here and there. but symbian is more effiecent and less demanding than any other os..

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 18:10 2

28. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)

My N8 was prone to slowdown and indeed from repairs coming through our store symbian itself is suspect for reliability. The C7 has had software issues,the Sony vivaz was up there with the iphone 4 as one of the most problematic phones weve had.

Symbian smartphones might seem more efficent at times but thats because its only slightly more complex than regular basic Nokia feature phones software

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 15:23 2

19. SleepingOz (unregistered)

Have ever used a droid before stating such nonsensical fact? I use a GSII and a N8 everyday, sorry to disappoint you, but the only phone that keeps lagging is the N8, even though it's running Belle.

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 16:24 3

24. beryleo (Posts: 12; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

what r41nier said makes perfect sense.. With a 1.3 gHz single core processor, android would lag trying to power a massive 41 MP camera. The reason your n8 lags compared to your GSII is because you are comparing a 600 mHz cpu to a dual 1200 mHz processor.. of course your GSII doesnt lag, it has four times more power going to processor. In addition, the n8 is a whole generation behind the GSII in CPU, ARMv6 instead of ARMv7.

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 09:06

36. SleepingOz (unregistered)

So you agree that Symbian also needs a lot of resources to run smooth! And that the Nokia N8, with its 600mhz, is a fail even with its awesome camera.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 03:21

39. miki69 (Posts: 15; Member since: 01 Mar 2012)

True, I have N8 and it does experience slowdowns.
However, what is important here to understand is that 808 demonstrates technology marvel (eg camera). Too bad whole package doesn't reflect this (808 design looks like from 2008, more like a true successor of N86 than n8). So, as much as I like Nokia (for its camera), new tech in old chassis is a bit of let down for me.
I guess 808 is dedicated to people who want an ultimate camera phone, willing to trade off its functionality.


posted on 30 Mar 2012, 07:15

42. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1236; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)

that's for the fact that the n8 is 2 years older than the s2 and it has lower specs than 1.3ghz and 512mb of ram
1.3ghz + 512gb ram = extreme smoothness
while your s2 needs 1 gb of ram to run 1.2ghz because android is sluggish
the n8 is laggy because it wasn't originally made for symbian belle

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 15:24 5

20. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

the fact that they can have such a great camera and record 1080p on a single core just shows how superior they are...everyone eles had to wait till dual core to do 1080p.its no point putting in dual or quad core in a phone when its not necessary and which also puts the price up....if you seriously think the camera technology in this phone is not AMAZING then your clearly need to learn watch the video again thats if you have seen it already.

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 15:35 2

21. SleepingOz (unregistered)

Can you please tell me where did I say that the camera on the 808 is crap?
I'm just saying that I'd rather have the best SMARTPHONE than the best camera on a phone. You're the one who need to learn how to read correctly!

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 00:38 1

33. bon87 (Posts: 10; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)

have you tried the 808 yet? if not how can you say its not good? from the configuration it has, it is obviously the best 'symbian' smartphone where as the GSII is not the 'BEST' android phone currently, it used to be. And it'll soon be run down by most of the ones that got announced in the past two days at MWC. So now you've two old hardware with you, an N8 and an S2. :P

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 08:37 1

34. SleepingOz (unregistered)

But still the GSII is way better than the 808 and any other symbian phone.. And who told you that I'm not going to upgrade? Don't project your own situation on other. I really doubt you even have a proper smartphone right now!

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 17:31 2

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

talk about using a chain saw to cut a piece of cake! Common sense people, if i need less resources/tools to accomplish a given task, then obviously i am doing it better than you. Way to go Nokia.

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 08:39 1

35. SleepingOz (unregistered)

LMAO! That's what Nokia fanboys claimed about the N8, a year ago.

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 09:28 1

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

STOP fighting!!! :) We can't judge what the best OS is. It actually depends on the user. Some people would never use a droid simply because for them an S^30 would do even though it's laggy as hell, anything more complicated is too much. But for some an OS that doesn't support 3D games or full HD videos is not good enough.

Anyway, here's my opinion:
Symbian is one of the least power hungry OSes around. You can try comparing a 600mhz droid to a 600mhz symbian and you'll see what I mean. But don't take iOS out of the picture, my toothy fruity enemy has a very optimized UI and it's silky smooth at 600mhz too. I don't know, did I conclude something? Or I just added somethng to this very long debate? Fun fun :) Comments section is the most interesting read *same goes for yahoo news :)

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 13:32 7

7. javorr (Posts: 14; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)

This phone is for people who are interested in camera phones. Stop speaking for fast processors and RAM. Even the fastest phone is just a phone, you cannot use this processor. At the end of the day you will play the best games on your computer or Play Station or Xbox. A phone with a good camera is always useful.

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 13:51 2

8. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 525; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)

exactly... all of a sudden i feel like HTC hasn't been in the game very long at all.. and they're my favorite.. still... nokia has it going for them. i really hope they come back to the US strong..

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 03:22

40. miki69 (Posts: 15; Member since: 01 Mar 2012)

I guess they will - with WP8 with Pure View onboard :)

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 12:41 1

2. ageffner (Posts: 18; Member since: 27 Jan 2009)

Looks like the iPhone 5 (or 6) will be packing a 41mp camera.
Looks like Nokia will be suing for patent infringment when Apple releases the next iPhone.
And so the game goes on and on and on.

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 13:52

9. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 525; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)

lol i could almost believe it... i really hope not though

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 12:56 11

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

No one will bother topping Nokia's cameraphones now. They'll just settle for quality 8MP/12MP stills and quality 720p/1080p vids. In the cameraphone category Nokia produced an Emperor with the N8, and with the 808 Nokia is creating a dynasty.

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 15:42 3

23. SleepingOz (unregistered)

I must agree here but a good camera is not enough to put them back on track.

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 18:21

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

Yeah..sad but true.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 03:29

41. miki69 (Posts: 15; Member since: 01 Mar 2012)

Agree! I was looking for something like N8/N9 design language, with better screen res, maybe Belle OS successor (Carla). For 3.5" screen (my N8) nHD is ok, but for anything about or above 4" (also had E7) it's a stretch.

Sadly, Nokia delivers "only" great camera (truly amaizing), however this looks more to me like a technology demonstration, than a complete product. Like they have spent those claimed 5 years developing marvelous camera, but then just took chassis from some dusty shelves to incorporate body.

Simply not enough (for me) to make transition.


posted on 28 Feb 2012, 13:09 2

5. pistolashtc (Posts: 29; Member since: 28 Dec 2010)


posted on 28 Feb 2012, 13:24 6

6. kayeeman (Posts: 16; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)

Nokia ! cmon ! no one gives a damn ! get a better OS n CPU

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