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Nokia Reveals Camera Phone With a 41-megapixel Sensor

By - Source: Nokia PR/Engadget | B 41 comments

A phone that stands out from the crowd.

Mobile World Congress is a trade show with a buzz to rival that of CES Las Vegas. However, similar to the problem companies face when choosing to announce products in Vegas, it's hard to stick out at a show where device launches are happening multiple times per day. How do you get the press to pay attention to your tablet when there are 10 others a stone's throw away?

Nokia has figured out that the best way to turn heads is to announce something different. Meet the 808 PureView, a phone that packs a camera with a whopping 41-megapixel sensor. This is a successor to the Nokia N8, so it's a Symbian phone (sorry WP7 lovers), and it boasts a 1.3GHz single-core chip, 512MB of RAM, 16GB of storage (expandable via microSD) and a 4-inch display. Lastly, it has that all important 41-megapixel sensor with Carl Zeiss optics, 4X zoom and the ability to record full 1080p HD.

Now, you might think a 41-megapixel sensor is kind of overkill on a phone, but Nokia is really targeting the enthusiast with this phone and the high resolution will give folks the opportunity to take close ups and crop photos without sacrificing quality. (Note: the square sensor is capable of 41 megapixels, but it's confined to 38 megapixels maximum when forced into the standard photo aspect ratios.)

"At high-resolution (38 megapixel maximum) it means the ability to capture an image, then zoom, reframe, crop and resize afterwards to expose previously unseen levels of details," Nokia said. "With superior low-light performance and the ability to save in compact file sizes for sharing in email, MMS, and on social networks, the Nokia 808 PureView makes it possible for anyone to capture professional looking images in any conditions."

The only downside we see to this phone is that it's a Symbian device, which means Windows Phone lovers who might otherwise have been tempted will no doubt skip the PureView 808. No word from Nokia if it plans to develop a beefy camera phone for its primary smartphone OS. Availability for the U.S. has yet to be discussed, but Europe should get the device in May and Engadget reports that pricing will be set at around €450.

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    BruceOTB , February 28, 2012 12:26 PM
    read "pixel oversampling".

    way to go in omitting the single most important tech behind this phone toms.
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    BruceOTB , February 28, 2012 12:22 PM
    Read about the tech behind it's camera before making ignorant comments. Nokia has always been serious about their flagship camera phones.
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    freggo , February 28, 2012 12:13 PM
    39MP from a compact cam; tiny lens and all.
    So you get low light noise of course and you edit these 38MP images on a 2MP (1920x1080) TV screen we get offered for review over and over.

    I smell a PR stunt and MP 'bragging rights' for the technologically ignorant again.
    I rather stick with an 8MP SLR and a big fat lens attached to it !

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    BruceOTB , February 28, 2012 12:22 PM
    Read about the tech behind it's camera before making ignorant comments. Nokia has always been serious about their flagship camera phones.
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    BruceOTB , February 28, 2012 12:26 PM
    read "pixel oversampling".

    way to go in omitting the single most important tech behind this phone toms.
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    invlem , February 28, 2012 12:29 PM
    Also 41 MP sensor means nothing if your camera lens is only 2mm in diameter. This is completely a PR stunt.

    Even good quality digital cameras get blasted by the experts for having sensors too high for the lens type. Higher MP means nothing if the lens isn't capable of filling the sensor surface with enough light, you just end up with a grainy, flat photo.

    My digital camera has a 14MP lens and I kind of wish it only had a 12 for a cleaner picture.
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    coreym72 , February 28, 2012 12:32 PM
    Reminds me of those department store telescopes that are 400x power and should only be used maximum 30x power.
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    Bloob , February 28, 2012 12:41 PM
    "No word from Nokia if it plans to develop a beefy camera phone for its primary smartphone OS."

    Actually Nokia people have said that the tech will be coming to their "other smartphone platforms".
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    builder4 , February 28, 2012 12:44 PM
    Next from Nokia, a one jillion megapixel camera with a sensor the size of a pinhead.
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    Bloob , February 28, 2012 12:44 PM
    Some great examples here:
    http://mynokiablog.com/2012/02/27/official-untouched-nokia-808-sample-pics-zoom-in-and-enhance/
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    spookie , February 28, 2012 12:47 PM
    mmmm I would love to attach an SLR lens to that phone ;) 
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    BruceOTB , February 28, 2012 12:51 PM
    builder4Next from Nokia, a one jillion megapixel camera with a sensor the size of a pinhead.

    Sensor size is 1/1.2". Thats bigger than most dedicated compact cams out there, including the high end ones like the Canon S100, Panasonic LX-5, Nikon P7100 etc.
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    RabidFace , February 28, 2012 12:58 PM
    freggo"...Phone With a 41-megapixel Sensor"and then "At high-resolution (38 megapixel maximum)..."Kinda like the all new Ford F-150 now with a 200gallon tank (25 usable)....

    (Note: the square sensor is capable of 41 megapixels, but it's confined to 38 megapixels maximum when forced into the standard photo aspect ratios.)

    You must have missed that part ;) 
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    DjEaZy , February 28, 2012 1:10 PM
    ... so what... that is a megapixel, when it is not accompanied by adequate optics...
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    nevertell , February 28, 2012 1:17 PM
    Well, knowing nokia, it will probably be with a fixed focus lens :D 

    That's what I hate about nokia, I'd be happy to use a E7 if it wasn't for the fixed focus camera. The phone is absolutely brilliant except for the lens and the OS.
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    dark_lord69 , February 28, 2012 1:18 PM
    Holy Megapixels batman!!
    But lets be honest...
    You can get a super high mega pixel picture but it will still look like crap if you don't have a good lense/optics.
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    rantoc , February 28, 2012 1:41 PM
    Who cant say that this new sensor don't have higher sensitivity than the older gen sensors before remarking that the optics is to small to let enough light to it....
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    EDVINASM , February 28, 2012 1:43 PM
    I don't get what are all the moans about? If you read more it's 5MP photos with ability to "zoom in". If they do it right they will set a new standard for 5MPix phone camera shots. I have 5MP old and 10MP new phone. Sam s$it in terms of quality. Had other phone with 3.2MP camera and photos are crisp and well exposed. Nokia has a decent enough record in phone camera picture (and HD movie) quality. Can't wait to see full review. Now go on, thumb me down :) 
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    BruceOTB , February 28, 2012 1:51 PM
    nevertellWell, knowing nokia, it will probably be with a fixed focus lens That's what I hate about nokia, I'd be happy to use a E7 if it wasn't for the fixed focus camera. The phone is absolutely brilliant except for the lens and the OS.

    Wth is a fixed "focused" lens? You mean fixed focal length lens? Nokia 808 is not comparable to Nokia E7. This phone, and all it's predecessors in the last 5 years have all been auto focus.
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    elcentral , February 28, 2012 2:04 PM
    i got the n8 and its a good camera but it got terrible auto focus, i need to refocus 2-3 times before i get a clear pic. well im actually happy they finally got Symbian working 1 year of blinding pain, calls could not get answered and phone total lock out but the last update fixed all but the damn focus.
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    rumandcoke , February 28, 2012 2:20 PM
    a phone designed for the photographically illiterate... bravo Nokia... PR to the MAX!
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