Forgive our capitals explosion, but we’re a little shocked right now. Nokia just announced a cameraphone with a 41P sensor. FORTY-ONE MEGAPIXELS. Naturally Nokia’s sticking with Carl Zeiss lenses, but that 41MP camera can shoot 7728 x 5354 photos in 16:9 format, or if you prefer 4:3, in 7152 x 5368. There’s just one thing: It runs Symbian.
As snappers know though, it’s not just the size of the sensor which counts. Nokia spoke of a feature called “over-sampling” which does something special with the pixels, grouping seven of them together to create one super-pixel, with the GPU processing one billion pixels per second. This basically means you can choose which size to take the photo in, from 5, 8 or 38-megapixel options.
Zoom-wise, it can lock in to up to 4x digitally, and if filming any 1080p video, it can zoom right into 3x (or 6x if you downgrade to 720p).
Along with being a camera, the 808 Pure View is also the first Nokia phone that can record audio in high-definition, plus has Dolby Digital Plus too.
On sale in May, for 450 Euros. (No word yet on Australia). For more deets about the 808 PureView, check out Nokia’s release below.
But, err, Symbian?
Barcelona, Spain: The Nokia 808 PureView features a large, high-resolution 41 megapixel sensor with high-performance Carl Zeiss optics and new pixel oversampling technology. At standard resolutions (2/3, 5 and 8 megapixels) this means the ability to zoom without loss of clarity and capture seven pixels of information, condensing into one pixel for the sharpest images imaginable. 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. 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.
Nokia PureView imaging technology sets a new industry standard by whatever measure you use,” said Jo Harlow, executive vice president of Nokia Smart Devices. 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.
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