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Nokia 808 PureView Is NOT an Android Phone

Authored by: Steven Blum — Feb 27, 2012

 

But I STILL have to give it a shout-out. Now I know we are an Android site, but I happen to be a photo junkie, and I am totally blown away by the capabilities of the Nokia 808 PureView. They say the best camera is the one with you but if you're carrying the Nokia 808 PureView, chances are the best camera around is your phone, PERIOD.  The only problem? It runs SYMBIAN. Yikes! That said, check out the picture quality on this 41 megapixel camera phone. Holllllllyyyyy crap!  

Two years ago, Nokia exec Ansi Vanjoki claimed that phones would be making DSLRs obsolete sooner rather than later. We all laughed and thought that day was a long ways away, but with the release of the NOkia 808 PureView, we have to admit we were wrong. This is ostensibly an incredible camera that happens to take calls, not the other way around. 

If you think it's crazy to take 41 megapixel photos you're probably right. After all, how many of those babies can you fit on an SD card? But Nokia's intention with this phone is to combine those pixels to create better 5 or 8 megapixel photos. The phone works by what's called "sampling," which combines pixels on the sensor in order to make "clearer images at smaller resolutions," according to popphoto.com. And the Carl Zeiss lens lets you take pictures that have an incredibly realistic quality to them. 

That said, anyone who wants to buy this phone is going to have to put up with THE most OUTDATED OS, ever. Is it worth it? I suppose it depends how much this baby costs. Would you fork over $700 to buy a phone that runs Symbian if it has a steller camera? Actually, scratch that question. It's not even about that. This is about Nokia raising the bar for camera phones everywhere. Just look at these photos.

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Source: Engadget

Steven Blum has written more than 2,000 blog posts as a founding member of AndroidPIT's English editorial team. A graduate of the University of Washington, Steven Blum also studied Journalism at George Washington University in Washington D.C. for two years. Since then, his writing has appeared in The Stranger, The Seattle P-I, Blackbook Magazine and Venture Villlage. He loves the HTC One and hopes the company behind it still exists in a few years.

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  • Martin Krischik Feb 28, 2012 Link to comment

    “Lossless Digital zoom” — I wondered why this has not happened before.

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  • Aaron Tilton Feb 28, 2012 Link to comment

    Night photography without light is always going to be a problem but I'm more excited about the 4x lossless Digi zoom that the 41 MP is supposed to allow. That seems like a much more attractive feature in a smartphone IMO.

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  • Martin Krischik Feb 27, 2012 Link to comment

    shure they look cool.But they are daylight photos. The most post important part of an SLR is the flash connector.

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