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February 27, 2012

Five things you need to know about the Nokia 808 PureView

Today, smartphone camera technology took a giant leap forward with the introduction of the incredible 41 megapixel marvel, the Nokia 808 PureView. As you’d expect for something so jam packed with visionary tech, it has some amazing features, including new imaging technologies, high resolution sensors, exclusive Carl Zeiss optics and unique Nokia developed algorithms. To highlight them all would take forever, so we asked our resident photography guru, Ari Partinen, to list the five things you need to know right now.

1. It has a massive amount of pixels

It has plenty of pixels, 7728 x 5368 to be exact, totaling an incredible 41.48 megapixels! But it’s not just the number of the pixels, but the way those pixels are used that counts. And this is where the magic of PureView comes into its own. Oversampling that amount of pixels into a 5 megapixel image, for example, will give you practically noise free daylight images, with incredible clarity and sharpness.

2. It has an amazing zoom

It’s lossless! This means that when you use the still image mode you can enjoy lossless zoom goodness up until 3x and full HD 1080p up to 4x. For those of you more into digital single-lens reflex (SLR) imaging we are talking about roughly the equivalent of a 26mm-100mm fixed aperture 2.4 lens!

3. It’s the best lowlight Nokia camera ever

Nokia 808 PureView is by far the most capable low light camera phone Nokia has ever created. The superior low light capability derives from its f2.4 lens, combined with the most powerful xenon flash in Nokia devices so far. Add to that the oversampling technology and you have a combination that delivers outstanding results. The best low light capabilities are acquired when shooting in 2, 5 or 8 megapixel modes. In these modes the device oversamples the images from a huge amount of pixels, resulting to super natural, extremely low noise, very sharp, and artifact free images, the likes of which have never been seen before.

4. The wide angle is really wide

The Nokia 808 PureView lens is really wide! And unlike conventional cameras, where the 16:9 mode is acquired just by cropping the top and the bottom away from a 4:3 image, with the Nokia 808 the field of view is actually even wider with the 16:9 mode compared to 4:3. This is due to intelligent usage of the whole imaging sensor area.

5. It has incredibly striking bokeh

The Nokia 808 PureView uses a very long focal length for a mobile camera. Where traditional mobile cameras use a focal length around 4mm, the 808 Pureview’s is 8.02mm. What does that matter? Well, the longer the focal length, the more blurred the background behind your subject appears in your images. Combined with the f/2.4 wide aperture, that provides really striking bokeh (or back ground blur), creating a really nice single-lens reflex (SLR) camera feel to your photos.

We think that’s five pretty compelling reasons to get excited about the best ever smartphone camera. But, what about you? Is your mind blown? As ever, we’d love to hear your thoughts, so drop us a comment below or a get in touch at Nokia_Connects