Nokia 808 PureView

February 27, 2012 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones | 6 Comments |
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The Nokia 808 PureView smartphone features a 41-megapixel sensor, high-performance Carl Zeiss optics, plus new PureView Imaging and pixel oversampling technologies. “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,” the company says. At high-resolution (38 megapixel maximum) it means the ability to capture an image, then zoom, reframe, crop and resize afterwards. 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, which enables audio recording at “CD-like” levels of quality. Other highlights of the Nokia 808 PureView include a 1/1.2” sensor - which is only slightly smaller than the ones found in the Nikon 1 System cameras -, a 8.02mm (~28mm equivalent) f/2.4 lens and a 4” screen. Click through / scroll down for a hands-on video of the Nokia 808 PureView (released by the manufacturer), and a dozen hands-on photos.

Update: Nokia has released a few 34- and 38-megapixel samples captured with the Nokia 808 PureView, as well as a white paper detailing the benefits of Nokia’s PureView technology.

Nokia Press Release

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.”

About Nokia
Nokia is a global leader in mobile communications whose products have become an integral part of the lives of people around the world. Every day, more than 1.3 billion people use their Nokia to capture and share experiences, access information, find their way or simply to speak to one another. Nokia’s technological and design innovations have made its brand one of the most recognized in the world. For more information, visit http://www.nokia.com/about-nokia.

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#1 Donnie Biggs

Amazing sensor size (1/1.2') and IQ for a cellphone
http://thenewcamera.com/?p=9292
Can't wait to put my hands on it

7:35 pm - Monday, February 27, 2012

#2 John Godwin London Headshots

That is just completely insane, I can't figure out if I actually believe it or not.

10:44 am - Tuesday, February 28, 2012

#3 DaveAB

My sentiments exactly! It's just off the charts. The sample photos look great. Make sure you're sitting down when the price is announced.

11:22 am - Tuesday, February 28, 2012

#4 Donnie Biggs

@DaveAB Nokia claims that it'll be 450€

11:53 am - Tuesday, February 28, 2012

#5 Soph R

This completely took me by surprise. Can't wait to see the photos it takes. What a leap in Megapixels. I've actually just written an article about the future of mobile phones on my blog. It's a bit speculative but it's just a bit of fun! You can find it at http://gadgetnode.com/10-advancements-in-mobile-technology-we-might-see-in-the-future/ if anyone wants a read.

1:05 pm - Tuesday, February 28, 2012

#6 Donnie Biggs

@Soph R a lot of sample photos in original resolution could be found here: http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=Nokia+808+PureView&f=hp#page=1

1:33 pm - Tuesday, February 28, 2012