News Nokia, 41-megapixels, cameraphones, Mobile World Congress, Nokia, PureView 808, symbian — February 28, 2012 17:26 — 3 Comments
Nokia’s 41-megapixel 808 PureView cameraphone: what’s the deal?
In an act that smacked of near desperation, Nokia launched a 41-megapixel cameraphone this week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona – or did it?
The Nokia 808 PureView has been met with some scepticism as blogs including The Verge surmised: “this handset doesn’t take full 41-megapixel stills. Instead, it oversamples – taking the image data from seven neighboring pixels and consolidating it into one pixel’s worth – and generates pictures roughly 5 megapixels in size. That’s still plenty of dots for most uses, and the image quality you can obtain from such a system is frankly ridiculous.”
“First, the 41-megapixel figure is really misrepresentative, not to say untrue, writes Devin Coldewey in TechCrunch. “It doesn’t take 41-megapixel photos in any way, shape, or form. Even in the
To us, it looks like an overblown publicity stunt by Nokia to promote its Lumia Windows phone across Europe and the United states.
But then again, maybe not. The PureView 808 runs on Symbian Belle OS and not Windows, so why bother in the first place as Symbian is pretty much dead in the water?
But, as Techcrunch’s Chris Velazco notes: “While I can’t help but wish it was a Windows Phone, the OS choice doesn’t come as a huge surprise. More than a few of Nokia’s
What’s more, the PureView 808 packs a
As Velazco points out, smart moviemakers may also take an interest in the new
A strange beast of a camera indeed. Anyone fancy making a movie on one?
Read more on the PureView 808 spec at Techcrunch: Why You Can’t Dismiss Nokia’s 41-Megapixel Phone