This is how the Nokia 9 PureView's penta-camera could work

This is how the Nokia 9 PureView's penta-camera could work
Light, the digital photography company that is a proponent of the possibilities evoked by multi-lens photography on a mobile device, has outed a dedicated section on its website with a header that looks conspicuously like the Nokia 9 phone teaser.

It depicts 4-, 6-, and even 9-lens cameras on a mobile device, arranged in different configurations on the back, complete with flash and light sensors. Well, the eventual Nokia 9 PureView, rumored to be announced soon, is only said to arrive with a 5-lens kit, the poor soul. 

We kid, but if Nokia has indeed managed to pull this off, it might very well have been in partnership with the Light company which has Foxconn as a manufacturing partner - coincidentally, the same one that Nokia has. Light already has a 16-lens camera on the market, whose owners seem to mostly like the fact that it replaces their DSLR in 80% of the cases.

Light extolls the virtues of its L16 contraption and says it can stuff the same technology into smartphones now, bringing "unparalleled sharpness" and "13 stops of dynamic range" captured simultaneously. Add to these the depth control that only a multi-lens camera can bring, some computational photography chops, and we are getting very excited to see if Nokia would indeed announce a phone with a 5-lens camera before the MWC expo next month, as is speculated. 

The eventual Nokia 9 PureView, however, won't be cheap, as the latest rumors about its price and release date peg the starting tag at the equivalent of $880 which is on the very high end for a Chinese phone. The rest of the specs are expected to be stellar, too, so, after so much empty hopes and rumors, we may finally be about to see the world's first 5-lens phone unveiled, ahead of the alleged 4-lens Galaxy S10X 5G model. Here are a few samples from the multi-lens camera technology of Light for your viewing (and hoping) pleasure.

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9 PureView
  • Display 6.0" 1440 x 2880 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 20 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3320 mAh

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9 Comments

1. Venom

Posts: 2837; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

You don't need 5 cameras to take good pictures.

2. Nubrand9

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 19, 2017

Chinese phone ? Really... Producing a phone in china doesnt mean its chinese phone. Look at apple with its iPhone, iphone also produced by foxconn in china..lol

3. SIGPRO

Posts: 2810; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

PA said "The eventual Nokia 9 PureView, however, won't be cheap, as the latest rumors about its price and release date peg the starting tag at the equivalent of $880 which is on the very high end for a Chinese phone" You will never hear PA say this about the Fruit Phone which is also a Chinese phone! Fruit Phones are the most overpriced Chinese phones!

4. Budhainthemood

Posts: 56; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Nokia IS Chinese. HMD is a Chinese company and the only non-Chinese thing in the brand is the name. :) Apple, Samsung, Sony are not, although produced in China.

6. SIGPRO

Posts: 2810; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

HMD is Finnish and not Chinese! You made yourself look stupid!

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 21157; Member since: May 28, 2014

Nokia is a Finnish company, as is HMD: http://www.hmdglobal.com

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 21157; Member since: May 28, 2014

This sure to bring something innovative into the smartphone space. Companies like Huawei, Samsung, and others have proven that adding extra camera's to their smartphones with the right software backing it can lead to you having smartphones like the P20 Pro, which currently has the best camera on a smartphone. With the Nokia 9 possibly using this Light technology, I'm expecting some innovative things from it.

7. prayastha

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 22, 2018

Multi lens camera rn has only two advantage over the single lens pixel camera and those are wide angle and monochrome sensors. Variable aperature and telephoto became obsolete after the launch of pixel3 because of its computation photography.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 21157; Member since: May 28, 2014

I would agree with you if it wasn't for the fact of how well multi lens camera's like the ones on the Huawei P20 family have been perfoming. As I stated in my previous comment, it's the hardware plus software. Pixels are great for photography, don't get me wrong (it's their strongest suit, as the rest of hardware and software on Pixels is a mess), but they have been surpassed.

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