Nokia 808 PureView will be the cameraphone to beat with whopping 41MP sensor, to arrive on Windows Phone too

Nokia 808 PureView will be the cameraphone to beat with whopping 41MP sensor, to arrive on Windows Phone too
UPDATE: You can view a few video and camera samples with the Nokia 808 PureView in our article hereHere is a link to the full resolution photos, seems about 10MB per piece will be the norm with the intelligent compression Nokia has applied.

Nokia was expected to make a splash at MWC today with the announcement of entry level Windows Phone Tango handsets like the rumored Lumia 610, as well as a version of AT&T's Lumia 900 for the rest of the world.

Besides the news on the Windows Phone front, though, we were also expecting with baited breath something associated with the PureView brand, which all clues pointed to being a Nokia N8 successor with a giant camera sensor.

Well, the nail-biting wait is no more, we have a new claimant for the best cameraphone category. It is called the Nokia 808 PureView, with the whopping 41MP sensor with Carl-Zeiss lens, both Xenon flash plus an LED video light, f/2.4 aperture and enhanced low-light abilities. It has a 4" OLED display, 1.3GHz processor with 512MB of RAM and runs Symbian Belle, meaning 360x640 screen resolution still, but we found ourselves just staring at that huge sensor in disbelief, which, at 1/1.2" size is way larger than even the former 1/1.83" king in the Nokia N8.

The phone does 1080p video, and for stills it scales down to 38MP for 16:9 format. The 41 Megapixels allow zooming without losing quality if you shoot at standard 8MP or 5MP resolutions, though, so that might have been on Nokia's mind when deciding which camera sensor in their labs to throw in there. The phone is also ready to shoot in less than a second, which gives the Xperia S camera "Quick" mode a run for its money.

Nokia has been great at cleverly compressing its photos on the N8, so probably the 16GB internal storage won't fill as quickly as you would expect from 30+ MP photos, and there is always the microSD card. The phone will have the ability to shrink the snaps for emailing or posting on Facebook and Twitter on the fly.

The camera guru Damian Dinning is behind this Nokia 808 PureView, and we can be fairly certain the results will be splendid, no matter if Nokia has overdone it with the megapixel count or not. He already hinted that the next best cameraphone "will have a Nokia logo on it, just like the current one :)", and also that "when we do 1080p, we'll do it like no other", so the puzzle starts to fit together. 

The 1080p video can be captured with 4x lossless zoom, because of the huge sensor, using a new audio technology called Nokia Rich Recording. The Rich Recording feat captures stereo sound in CD-like quality, something that has been possible before only with external microphones. The Nokia 808 PureView is also the first smartphone to feature the Dolby Headphones tech, meaning you get Dolby Surround sound with any pair.

The Nokia 808 PureView comes with polished and easy to use camera interface with plenty of options to take advantage of the monster sensor, something that Windows Phone isn't quite ready to offer yet. The interface has allegedly been designed with automatic mode in mind for easy snapping and sharing, but giving access to the maximum sensor capabilities as well.

Nokia's Jo Harlow said at the press event that "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 has been working for years on this sensor, and the best part is that it will be brought to future devices (nudge, wink, Windows Phone) at some point. The Nokia 808 PureView will be available in May for EUR 450 off-contract (about $600). Any takers?

Related phones

808 PureView
  • Display 4.0" 360 x 640 pixels
  • Camera 41 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1400 mAh(6.50h 3G talk time)



1. ilia1986 unregistered

Dafaq? Why on earth would I want to have a camera which shoots photos which take ~ 1GB of space each?! This is crazy..

3. Stoli89

Posts: 333; Member since: Jun 28, 2010

If you had the chance to listen to the live announcement you'd see that the imaging introduces new compression tech. Nokia emphasized the ability of the phone to take extremely hi quality pics at data manageable include sharing versions easily uploaded to FB, etc. The huge sensor, which they claim is also coupled with satelite imaging techniques, will now allow extreme zooming without loss of detail. I can imagine the 1080p and low light performance must also be pretty exceptional on said device. Big Xenon flash, as well.

54. Medel

Posts: 84; Member since: May 31, 2011

no you're crazy dude. the max photo will take 13mb to 15mb higher.

2. viper_3005

Posts: 17; Member since: Feb 21, 2012

1st impression-omfg! wtf? seriously ? this is insane!

46. m.garz

Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 08, 2010

the bar has been set

4. eiyoy009

Posts: 57; Member since: Jun 01, 2011

wow!!!!!! i can't believe it..i always love nokia...i thought that nokia will be outshined by other camera pgones like sony and htc did but still nokia is the best!! i hope that it will not eat all the memory after taking pictures :)

5. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

HOLY f**k! that goes way beyond my wildest dreams for a camera sensor. o.o

35. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

no crap. I want to see an uncompressed image on my monitor darn it!! lol

6. naveenstuns

Posts: 184; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

I never expected this!!! I thought it may be just about 20 megapixel sensor. It was bigggg surprise for me .

7. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

Amazinggggggggggggggggg, bring it to windows phone quick plz

8. enternamehere

Posts: 9; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

Finally, mentions it features xenon flash, nice :)

9. arksmc05

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

We don't want such a huge camera in mobile phones! Wtf?

10. theindianguy

Posts: 90; Member since: Sep 30, 2011

It has great camera tech but a mediocre os ruins it all.

14. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

agree, plus I wished they used a different design. $600 for a symbian phone is one hefty price. . .

42. theindianguy

Posts: 90; Member since: Sep 30, 2011

yeah $600 is just too expensive. Only the camera fanatics and nokia fanboys would buy it. I might be wrong though. and what's with the thumbs down?

39. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Agreed. The N8 was a spectacular camera but a mediocre phone. These new 41 mp camera are going to be a complete waste on an awful unpopular os like windows. Suppose nokia had to try get some sales somehow

51. shadez10

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

the OS ruins it all?.. your kidding right?.. u think that android or iOS could do such task to process and compress these huge images?.. i think not... they need some huge overhaul to do these things that symbian does...

52. theindianguy

Posts: 90; Member since: Sep 30, 2011

Android or ios definately cant do the processing and stuff but in every other area, android can do better. and honestly, what would you prefer? a whole package with good apps and stuff or just a phone with an awesome camera?

53. shadez10

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

what android has is just a bunch of apps... nothing special... they are just the same with iOS... -_-

11. redmd

Posts: 1943; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

$600 you said. yes I'll take it. nothing will beat that for a long time I think.

12. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

when I saw $600 i was like um is there a catch??

13. shadez10

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

xperia S got ass kicked... xD

16. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

Still the OS that runs is sucks.

21. shadez10

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

i dont mide the OS... if it's nokia im buying it... :p and FYI... nokia OS is getting better...

15. DIYguy

Posts: 190; Member since: Feb 27, 2011

Goodbye sony, samsung, apple, huawei, zte, lg and others... Nokia will rule the world of mobile once again!

19. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

As if the pixel count determines the superiority of the smartphone.

26. Stoli89

Posts: 333; Member since: Jun 28, 2010

You have to look into the imaging tech, which essentially borrows from spy satelite tech. The 41 MP sensor is used to take 7 pixels of pure information and averaging out into one high quality data pixel, greatly removing noise. As well, the huge sensor allows for incredible zooming capabilites (both standing shots and video) without loss of detail. This is an all around killer camera phone, especially considering low light/evening shots. Not to forget, it comes with massive xenon flash plus video LED.

29. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

I know that since I own an n8, I know that the camera tech inside it is maybe about a light years ahead compared to the competition.

32. DIYguy

Posts: 190; Member since: Feb 27, 2011

I know that pixel count isn't everything as I photograf my self. But this big a difference compared to other MOBILE cameras is huge and if the camera is even a little quality (knowing nokia's quality the camera is of superb quality) it will beat other cameras hands down. And 4x zoom in full HD is a huge plus.

40. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

The n8 had great camera but had poor sales due to the mediocrity of the phone,same again here now unfortunately

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