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Nokia 808 PureView smartphone photos show surprisingly good image quality  
Monday, February 27, 2012 | by Rob Galbraith
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Making the rounds of tech websites today is news of the Nokia 808 PureView smartphone and its 41-megapixel image sensor. Which, at first, seems like an absurd number of pixels to stuff into a camera inside a phone.

The sample photos, however, tell a different story. The 808 PureView's 1/1.2"-size sensor and 8.0mm f/2.4 Carl Zeiss-branded lens join up to produce crisp, clear and truly high-resolution pictures, at least in the bright outdoor conditions in which the samples were taken.

Even if you have no interest in this phone, it's still worth taking a moment to download and view the 33.65 and 38.39 million image pixel JPEGs that Nokia has posted (the 808 PureView can be set to shoot at different aspect ratios, hence the varying image resolutions). While they're not going to challenge the quality from Nikon's upcoming 36.15 million image pixel D800 and D800E, the files are nevertheless surprisingly good, given the device used to capture them.

Sharp: A 33.65 million image pixel photo captured with the Nokia 808 PureView smartphone. Click to view a 100% magnification crop (Photo courtesy Nokia)

Three full-resolution photos taken with the 808 PureView are here (direct link). Nokia has also posted a PDF white paper that, among other things, describes how the 808 PureView uses "pixel oversampling" to create better-quality five-megapixel photos as well, including at moderately-high ISO settings.
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