Nokia unveils phone with 41 MP camera!

28 Feb,2012


By A Correspondent


This wasn’t going to be our Big Story today. Given the launch of our smashing new journalism channel, a story on the state of scribeland was more appropriate. But, we were woken up to the amazing sounds of surprise, shock and awe on social networks. Good ol’ boy Nokia is keen on a fight to the Finnish. Pardon the pun, but let’s get on with it.


At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Nokia unveiled what’s possibly the mother-of-all-camera phones. The Pureview with a 41MP sensor.


The Nokia 808 PureView is the first smartphone to feature Nokia PureView imaging technologies, bringing together high resolution sensors, Carl Zeiss optics and Nokia developed algorithms, which will support new high-end imaging experiences for future Nokia products. It runs on the Belle operating system and is likely to available from May 2012… just a few more months. It is rumoured to be priced at $600.


“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.”


The PureView should be a delight even for professional photographers. It features a large, high-resolution 41 megapixel sensor with superior Carl Zeiss optics and an innovative 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 max) it means the ability to capture an image, then zoom, reframe, crop and resize afterwards to expose previously unseen levels of details. With great low-light performance and the ability to save in compact file sizes for sharing via email, MMS, and on social networks, the PureView makes it possible for anyone to take cool, pro-like images in any conditions.


Comments Devindra Hardawar on “Nokia is well aware that such large resolution pictures will be difficult to share, so the phone will oversample pictures to a size roughly around a 5 megapixel picture. That means better picture quality without scary file sizes. And if you do dare to take a picture at the full resolution (which is actually 38 MP), you’ll be able to zoom into the picture after the fact without losing much detail.


In addition to superior still imaging technology, the PureView also includes full HD 1080p video recording and playback with 4X lossless zoom and the world’s first use of Nokia Rich Recording. Rich Recording enables audio recording at CD-like levels of quality, previously only possible with external microphones. This is a boon for online journalism as short, clear clips can be captured clearly on the device.


The phone features exclusive Dolby Headphone technology, transforming stereo content into a personal surround sound experience over any headphones and Dolby Digital Plus for 5.1 channel surround sound playback. In fact, the unveiling at the Mobile World Congress yesterday happened at the Nokia and the Dolby stalls.


Check out the Pureview preview at


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