Nokia 808 Pureview: How the 41 Megapixel Camera was Made

When the iPhone 4 was released, consumers lined up in front of Apple stores to get their hands on the smartphone that packed a relatively unrivaled 8MP camera capable of shooting HD video.  Since then, the iPhone has become almost synonymous with the term camera phone, as it has even spawned it’s own genre of photography,  iPhoneography. However, with the release of the Nokia 808 Pureview, smartphone manufacturer, Nokia, hopes to take control of the market:

The 808 features a 41-megapixel Carl Zeiss sensor that, well, kinda blows the iPhone 4 out of the water. Take a look at the following video to see how much work went into the design of the 808 over the last 5 years. Just so you know, the video was shot entirely on the 808 Pureview so you can get a chance to see what it’s capable of producing.

Based off of satellite imaging technology, the brains behind creating such a  high resolution camera phone took their time to make sure the 808’s camera would be far and away the best available on the market. And with a sensor nearly 3 times as large as the average camera phone, it’s hard to find an argument against the 808’s camera. The team even went so far as to bring in an audio specialist to ensure the phone’s audio recording capability matched it’s imaging capabilities.

nokia 808 pureview

 “Photography is about being able to capture a moment, but for me the most important thing is being able to relive those moments,” says lead programming manager, Damian Dinning.

The 808 Pureview was not initially scheduled for release in the United States; however, Nokia has recently confirmed it would hit the markets stateside, but no official date has been announced. The cell phone giant has also recently entered into a 7-year contract with Carl Zeiss, which leads us to think the team have a lot of exciting developments up their sleeves.

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5 Comments

  1. shahar says:

    long before iphone 4 was the Nokia N8 with 12 m… I have it for 2 years already.

  2. genial que innovación

  3. Neila says:

    The 808 runs on the ‘Belle’ os, based on the abandoned Symbian. Not exactly stellar performer then.
    Being a pro, would I buy this over an iPhone for the sensor?
    Absolutely not.

  4. bob says:

    absolutey wrong about Symbian which is now running Belle – read some reviews of this Mr Iphone! This cameraphone has more power than ever before and a dedicated chip for the camera too! Why do non-Symbian users always complain about it. This 808 will leave the I-phone looking like a slab of stone for cave drawings! Wait and see!

  5. brianlj says:

    Slight typo:

    “And with a sensor nearly 3 times as large as the average camera phone”

    No, it’s nearly 5 times as large. It’s a 1/1.2″ sensor. HTH :)

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