Nokia has unveiled a new camera phone at MWC 2012 in Barcelona. The Nokia 808 PureView, with a staggering 41-Megapixel camera as it tries to extend the boundaries of what is possible in mobile picture taking. Based on photography technology previously seen in satellite photos, the 808 Pure View runs Nokia Belle, and is one of the last gasps – but an impressive one – of Symbian.”With this device we are setting new standards whatever you do,” Nokia said.
The Nokia 808 PureView features a large, high-resolution 41 megapixel sensor with high-performance Carl Zeiss optics and new pixel oversampling technology. OverSampling is method to produce crystal clear, noiseless images with an effective resolution of 5 megapixels. The camera uses a dedicated graphics processing unit to combine algorithmically groups of up to seven pixels to produce one “super” pixel. The GPU processes one billion pixels a second.
Furthermore enormous over-sampling allows the camera to digitally zoom up to 4x with no loss in quality. Shooting video in full 1080p video allows for 3x zoom, or up to 6x zoom if shot in 720p definition.
“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.”The camera phone will be launched in May and cost 480 Euros.