Nokia has announced the 808 Pureview which, according to the manufacturer, includes a sensor capable of taking photos with a resolution of 41Mp.
Nokia Pureview 808 hands on video
Do we really need 41Mp photos?
The maximum resolution of photos taken with the 808 Pureview is actually only 38Mp, although in everyday use the extra resolution will be more useful for acting as a zoom for cropping rather than in taking highly detailed snaps.
With a 4:3 aspect ratio the camera snaps at 38Mp, while at 16:9 it takes a 34Mp image. The 38Mp photo will be about 10MB in size.
In automatic mode, the camera shoots 5Mp stills. In the manual mode it can shoot using the 38Mp or 34Mp resolution. The full 41Mp aren’t ever fully used as the shape of the photos nevr matches the whole sensor.
In the manual mode the high resolution images can be captured and then cropped later, or the Pureview option can be used to act as a digital zoom, however it’s a far better digital zoom than we’re used to seeing on smartphones.
To compliment the camera is a decent Xenon flash – similar to those usually found on dedicated cameras.
As well as the relatively large sensor, the 808 Pureview also includes Carl Zeiss optics and a set of algorithms to improve picture quality. According to Nokia, the software condenses 8 pixels into 1 to deliver more detailed images that don’t take up a lot of memory space.
It all sounds very impressive, and the snaps we took looked great, however we’ll wait until we can put the device to the test in our labs before we form a conclusive opinion of picture quality.
Besides high resolution stills, what else can the Nokia 808 do?
The Nokia Pureview 808’s camera can also record video at full HD 1080p resolution and at up to 30 frames per second. And, with a microphone at either end, it’s capable of recording decent audio too.
Nokia explained to us that it has a broad frequency range, and that it can handle high volume sounds without recording too much distortion. When we gave some recorded video clips a listen, the audio and video instantly impressed.
Are there any downsides?
Unfortunately, the device runs on the Symbian operating system that Nokia is in the process of phasing out, so don’t expect a lot of apps or support to be available for the device. The operating system is also trickier to use than some of its rivals. Nokia is apparently working on moving the Pureview technology over to Windows Phone for use with its top smartphones – although we don’t know how long this will take.
The Nokia 808 Pureview is operated using a 4-inch touchscreen which has a resolution of 640×360 pixels. This resolution is fairly average nowadays and it’s a shame that the display won’t be able to show off the detailed pictures the camera is capable of taking – but it should do a reasonable job of everyday tasks.
16GB of internal memory is available for storing your images and a 1400mAh battery is included to keep everything powered.