Nokia 808 Pure View 41 MP camera + smartphone

by Enche Tjin on February 28, 2012

Camera phone’s popularity is rising because it is versatile and it is with you most of the time. But cameraphone usually produces not very appealing image quality. Therefore, some photography enthusiasts will still take their DSLR camera or compact system camera.

But, cameraphone is getting better and better. With some help from image retouching apps, the iPhone 5 can produces very good images especially for web (social media, e-mail, etc).

Today, I read about Nokia 808 Pureview. It has 1/2 inch sensor, which is bigger than most advanced compact camera and cameraphone in the market, And it has whopping 41 MP sensor (effective 34 MP) and f/2.4 Carl Zeiss lens. This image resolution almost surpassed Nikon new full frame DSLR camera, Nikon D800 (Price: about $3000).

41 MP image resolution means that you can crop images as much as you like and still get reasonable size images. One of the weakness of cameraphone is it usually has fixed lens to keep the gadget flat. With this huge resolution, zooming and cropping problem will be partially solve.

If you don’t need the thirty something image resolution, you can choose 2, 5, 8 MP. When you use smaller resolution, images will be more sensitive in low light situation.

This camera won’t be able to compete with DSLR sized image sensor and image quality, so people will keep using DSLR or CSC to get better image for prints. However, as technology progress, we might leave our DSLR cameras on the shelf more often.

Check out sample image gallery here

Main Spec:

  • Symbian OS
  • 41 MP cameraphone
  • Carl Zeiss f/2.4 lens
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9 = 26mm, 4:3 = 28mm
  • Xenon flash (range 3.5 meter)
  • Macro 15-50cm
  • 16 GB internal memory
  • Supported aspect ratios and resolutions
  • Image size options: True 16:9 (2 MP, 5 MP [Default], 8 MP, 41 MP)
  • 4:3 (3 MP, 5 MP, 8 MP, 41 MP)


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