Forgive our capitals-explosion, but we're a little shocked right now. Nokia just announced a cameraphone with a 41-megapixel sensor. FORTY-ONE MEGAPIXELS. Naturally Nokia's sticking with Carl Zeiss lenses, but that 41-megapixel camera can shoot 7728 x 5354 photos in 16:9 format, or if you prefer 4:3, in 7152 x 5368. There's just one thing: It runs Symbian.
As snappers know though, it's not just the size of the sensor which counts. Nokia spoke of a feature called "over-sampling" which does something special with the pixels, grouping seven of them together to create one super-pixel, with the GPU processing one billion pixels per second. This basically means you can choose which size to take the photo in, from 5, 8 or 38-megapixel options. If you're still confused about how this works, let's hear what the official Nokia blog has to say on the matter:
"The technology means that taking typically sized shots (say, 5 megapixels) the camera can use oversampling to combine up to seven pixels into one “pure” pixel, eliminating the visual noise found on other mobile phone cameras. On top of that, you can zoom in up to 3X without losing any of the details in your shot – and there’s no artificially created pixels in your picture, either.
Otherwise, you can use ‘Creative Shooting Mode’ to capture images at high resolution – 38 megapixels; then reframe, crop and zoom to find the best “picture within the picture” after the image has been shot and before saving it at convenient sizes for sharing and storage."
Zoom-wise, it can lock in to up to 4x digitally, and if filming any 1080p video, it can zoom right into 3x (or 6x if you downgrade to 720p). Along with being a camera, the 808 Pure View is also the first Nokia phone that can record audio in high-definition, plus has Dolby Digital Plus too.
On the hardware front, we're looking at a 4-inch ClearBlack AMOLED Gorilla Glass display, with a 1.3GHz processor and 16GB of onboard storage. The microSD card slot is a worthy addition, considering the size of the photos and video you'll be shooting.
Considering the thickness of the frame, the total weight is listed at only 169g. While Nokia wouldn't let us hold the device ourselves, it did look light, owing to its (very) plastic build.
On sale in May, for 450 Euros. Suddenly their teaser trailer from last week makes a whole lotta sense. But, err, Symbian?
For more deets about the 808 Pure View, check out Nokia's release here.