Check Out Nokia's 'Test Shots' From Its New 41MP PureView Camera

We've said plenty about Nokia's new PureView camera technology, but how do the shots look? Nokia has offered up some unretouched test shots on its blog, and while you can't take them entirely at face value -- the company would never include unflattering pics, duh -- it's at least a starting point for what we can expect.

Even considering the possibility that this is the absolute best the camera can do, the depth of field handling, colours and sharpness all look solid in these pics. And if you zoom in on one of the larger photos, you'll see that images still look crisp and detailed as you get a closer view. Download the shots here and see for yourself. [Nokia via TechCrunch]



    hey i can't get over how good photos are from the iphone. these are incredible. i can't help but feel if they reduced the pixel count to say 8mp with the same sensor size, what that would mean for low light. i thought generally one is at the expense of the other. still, very nice.

      that would mean less sales to people who like 41>8 numbers

      As Nokia themselves keep saying, the 41 MP are intended to be used for 5-8 MP stills, where you get to do digital zoom without losing as much quality. :--]

      Also as for low light, the thing has a more powerful xenon flash than the N8. Which itself was nearly the match of your standard P&S flash IIRC.

        actually the digital zoom point is a very important one. it actually makes great sense. a fixed zoom lens will usually be more consistent than an optical zoom. it also makes more sense in a phone. however, a flash isn't the answer to low light capability. 2011 was the year of the phone camera. looks like this year will be another big jump. i'm hanging out for the 5dmk3

    I'm a semi-professional event/wedding photographer, so I'm quite used to pixel-peeping at 21 megapixel images straight of my camera at 100%. I have to say I'm quite impressed with the optical quality here; there isn't much in the way of vignetting, loss of sharpness, or chromatic aberration at the corners of the image in these images, and there's not much nose.

    However, all of these defects tend to show up more in low-light shooting conditions, when the aperture is opened up and the ISO/gain is cranked. The images taken here are all taken in optimal conditions - bright light, low ISO, small aperture. Even the demo of "bokeh" relies more on taking the photo very close to the foreground subject than it does on a wide aperture.

    It'd be interesting to see some shots created in more challenging lighting conditions. That's the *real* test of any photographic system. :)

      Totally, will be interesting to see the independent tests from reliable review sites (GSMA and DPReview, ideally)

        Exactly, in bright sunlight ANY camera available these days can take a sharp, clear photo. Low light is where they struggle.

      There are low light photos on the official Nokia website, and they are just as amazing.

    I'd like to see them prove that the top image was taken with this phone, I'd be impressed if it could produce that kind of DOF, but I'm calling bullshot.

      my iphone 4s gets pretty close. that shot was probably taken from about 10cm away and that camera is a fair step better that what is in my iphone.

      It can be done, if you zoom and focus in on the item you can pull pretty good DOF shots.

    I'd be interested to see the different lighting types used in more shots.
    According to the EXIF info, the 277 image was using the tungsten lighting setting (as well as claiming to be taken at about 7:15am).

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