MWC 2012: Nokia announces 808 PureView with 41 megapixel Carl Zeiss camera

Summary:Nokia leads with high end camera smartphones and continues this trend with the Nokia 808 PureView that has a 41 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics.

I had to read the news on the Nokia 808 PureView a couple of times because I just couldn't believe the 41 megapixel specification that I read. Previously, the Nokia N8 ruled the smartphone world with a 12 megapixel Carl Zeiss camera so I was surprised by the huge jump to 41 megapixels.

The Nokia PureView uses their new PureView technology, which is explained on the Nokia Conversations site as:

The technology means that taking typically sized shots (say, 5 megapixels) the camera can use oversampling to combine up to seven pixels into one pure pixel, eliminating the visual noise found on other mobile phone cameras. On top of that, you can zoom in up to 3X without losing any of the details in your shot and there’s no artificially created pixels in your picture, either.

Otherwise, you can use ‘Creative Shooting Mode’ to capture images at high resolution 38 megapixels; then reframe, crop and zoom to find the best picture within the picture after the image has been shot and before saving it at convenient sizes for sharing and storage.

The Nokia PureView also offers enhanced video performance with 1080p video recording at 30 fps with 4x lossless zoom. Audio enhancements include recording of audio at levels as high as 140db.

The upcoming Nokia 808 PureView is a Symbian Belle smartphone so it likely won't appeal much to those using Android and iOS devices, but if you honestly give this latest version of Symbian a chance I think you will see it is really not that much different (in terms of the UI) than Android. The Nokia 808 PureView has a 4 inch ClearBlack AMOLED display, 1.3 GHz processor, and 16GB internal memory with support for microSD expansion.

Topics: Smartphones, Hardware, Mobility, Nokia

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Matthew Miller started using a mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host with GigaOM's Kevin Tofel on the MobileTechRoundup podcast and an author of three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned over 200 d... Full Bio

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