A camera phone unlike any other

by Volker Weber


The Nokia 808 Pureview has a 41 megapixel sensor and a monster lens, making it quite thick compared to other phones, but not to other cameras. It does not shoot 41 megapixel images, but it combines the output of many pixels into one

The sensor will give you around 3x lossless zoom for stills, and 4x zoom in full HD 1080p. For 720p HD video, you’re looking at 6x lossless zoom. The sensor 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. Nokia says:

Pixel oversampling combines many pixels to create a single (super) pixel. When this happens, you keep virtually all the detail, but filter away visual noise from the image. The speckled, grainy look you tend to get in low-lighting conditions is greatly reduced. And in good light, visual noise is virtually non-existent. The level of pixel oversampling is highest when you’re not using the zoom. It gradually decreases until you hit maximum zoom, where there is no oversampling.

This sounds really amazing. But you will have to put up with Nokia Belle. Easy for me. I want one.


Das ist eine Überraschung! Wusste gar nicht, dass es Symbian OS noch gibt. Es ist schon gut, eine ordentliche Kamera in seinem Taschencomputer (manchen Leute sagen auch "Smartphone") zu haben, aber was bringt es, wenn das Ökosystem drum herum nicht zeitgemäss ist. Übrigens, die Kamera vom iPhone 4S ist auch nicht so übel. ;-)

Armin Gumpp, 2012-02-27

"Nicht übel" ist ein großes deutsches Lob. In der Tat ist das eine prima Kamera. Aber das ist noch eine ganze Menge Potential.

Über Symbian habe ich viel gemeckert. Mit Nokia Belle haben sie die Kurve gekriegt. Zwei Jahre zu spät, vielleicht.

Volker Weber, 2012-02-27

Ironischerweise ist es durchaus fraglich, ob man sich getraut hätte, so einen 'Bump' herauszubringen, wenn Symbian noch immer die erste Wahl wäre. So oder so werden wir die Technologie 2013 oder 2014 in einem Windows Phone sehen...

Technisch klingt es wirklich extrem interessant, ich werde es mir gerne ansehen, aber dieses Modell wohl auslassen - Volker, zeigst Du es mir bitte, wenn Du eines hast?

Hubert Stettner, 2012-02-27

Listen at 1:07 - it is a 5 megapixel with oversampling.

You write: "This sounds really amazing... ...Easy for me. I want one."

Paul Frindle as an digital expert states: "I must be missing something crucial - that's 'something for nothing' data out of thin air! Strikes me all you will have is a collosal file with only 5MP of real image.."

Excuse me, i am CONFUSED.

Hubertus Amann, 2012-02-27

It's all explained in the white paper: most cameras can build one thing from a data set, this one many. See the chapter on cropping, for example. Among the existing camera phones, the Nokia N8 is king. Wish the E6 had this camera.

Haiko Hebig, 2012-02-27

Ich habe heute schon so viel dummes Zeugs über diese Kamera gelesen, dass ich mir Sorgen um meine Branche mache.

Volker Weber, 2012-02-27

Oh jeez, when will marketing people learn that quantum leaps are not quite as big as they thought they were ( "represent a step change for camera smartphones performance, so much as a quantum leap forward." ). What's wrong with calling it "a giant leap forward" ?

That said, if it "can comfortably continue to [record audio] around 140-145 db" - that's amazing. And true stereo? Wow. Definitely would consider it!

Sascha Siekmann, 2012-02-27

Volker, was würde aus dir werden, wenn die anderen KEIN dummes Zeug mehr schreiben würden? :)

Lucius Bobikiewicz, 2012-02-28

Lucius, niemand muss verlieren.

Volker Weber, 2012-02-28

danke Haiko für den Link zum Whitepaper - viel gelernt.

Samuel Orsenne, 2012-02-28

@ Volker: Yup, ich hatte nur grade mal keine Lust, zu filosofisch zu sein.

Ich kenne übrigens einen Philosophen, der meinte, man solle sich jeden Tag maximal anstrengen, zu verlieren :) Aber das führt jetzt wohl zu weit.

Lucius Bobikiewicz, 2012-02-28

The is a Game Changing technology advance. Very cleaver use of the high megapixel count. And like they say generally a 5MP image is enough for most users. Symbian gets bad press, but I'm more than happy with my N8 running Belle.

The only problem is that are developers going to continue to support this dying platform?

I'll more than likely be getting an 808 pureview at my next upgrade, but can see it being the last Symbian powered device. Hopefully they'll put this technology into Windows Phone in the future.

Jon Walters, 2012-02-28

Steve Litchfield has written some excellent Q&As.

Volker Weber, 2012-02-28

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