Update: Nokia has provided the first batch of sample shots taken from the phone.
Nokia Conversations is providing a .zip download of few snaps. You can download it from here, the size of download is above 30MB for three images..
Nokia threw quite a stir to the on-going MWC event when it announced the new Symbian flagship running Belle, the Nokia 808 Pureview. Symbian is already said to be on its last days of journey and many, Stephen Elop called it off long time ago. From today’s development, its safe to say that Nokia isn’t completely betting on Windows Phone and is still looking to continue some development with Symbian.
However, this isn’t the announcement that caused the sensation, it was the 41 MP camera at the rear of the phone that made everyone oomph. The way the camera module functions is still quite a debate with confusing answers found in the mix. The lady announcer at stage spelled the MP range twice to make the journalist believe of the hearing. The 808 uses Carl Ziess optics and a new pixel oversampling technology called PureView.
The phone has a super-high-resolution sensor. This has an active area of 7728 x 5368 pixels, totalling over 41Mpix. Depending on the aspect ratio you choose, it will use 7728 x 4354 pixels for 16:9 images/videos, or 7152 x 5368 pixels for 4:3 images/videos. What happens next depends on the settings and whether or not you’re using zoom. But to give you an idea, the default still image setting is 5Mpix at 16:9, and for video it’s 1080p at 30fps. Using these settings, the zoom is around 3x for stills and 4x for video. Conventional zoom tends to scale up images from a relatively low resolution, resulting in poor image quality. We were convinced there must be a better way, and we found it. If you want to have a detail understanding of the science behind it, read this pdf.
The sensor size at 1/1.2 is impressive, and is more than double the one found on the N8. You don’t necessarily need to use all 41 pixels in your photos; you can switch between standard resolutions like 2/3, 5, and 8-megapixels.
Nokia 808 PureView also features a 1.3 single-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 4-inch AMOLED display, and a curved plate of Gorilla Glass. You can say that a 1.3 GHz single-core may be little slow, however for Symbian Belle OS, this is definitely fast. You can see its complete specifications here.
Below is the complete PR release from Nokia.
Nokia 808 PureView ushers in a revolution in smartphone imaging
Nokia sets a new industry standard with the first in a range of high end experiences based on exclusive Nokia PureView imaging technologies.
Barcelona, Spain – Nokia today ushered in a new era in high-end smartphone imaging with the Nokia 808 PureView. This is the first smartphone to feature Nokia PureView imaging technologies, bringing together high resolution sensors, exclusive Carl Zeiss optics and Nokia developed algorithms, which will support new high-end imaging experiences for future Nokia products.
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.
In addition to superior still imaging technology, the Nokia 808 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. The Nokia 808 PureView also 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.
“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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