The Nokia 808 PureView is breaking new ground with its 41 Megapixel camera. But as Nokia’s camera guru Damien Dinning himself explains, its not about using the 41 Megapixel sensor for full resolution photos, but to take those 8 Megapixel images from it that will be far better than anything else on the market.
Another advantage is lossless zoom, because you are coming from a 41 MP sensor, there is no need of the useless digital zoom that ruins pictures without fail.
However, there may be times when you do want to shoot in ultra high resolution, and Nokia’s created an advanced ‘Creative’ mode for that. In that mode you can shoot at 38 MP if you are using the 4:3 aspect ratio or 34 MP if you’re shooting in 16:9. The obvious advantage of shooting in such a high resolution (7728 x 4354 or 7152 x 5368) is that you can crop any part of the image and it will remain very useable. For example, look at the pictures below.
Note: You can click on the originals to get to the full resolution. Make sure you are on a speedy connection, as their sizes vary from anything between 9 MB to about 16 MB each.
You would be surprised to see that it is a crop from the following shot, where you’ll be hard pressed to even find this gentleman.
Similarly, the following tents are not even properly visible in the original shot which you can find below.
Pretty amazing. In such a situation, I could also have chosen to use the ‘PureView’ mode and zoomed in on the subject before I took the shot. The advantage of doing that would be a much smaller 8 Megapixel original, but with excellent quality.
Here’s another example.
Looking at those shots it becomes clear that even in today’s day and age, compact digital cameras would have a hard time competing with what Nokia’s done with the 808 here. Finally, here are a few more untouched camera samples.
I must stress that these photos have been taken with a prototype device, which is around two months away from a final firmware. Since a lot of the magic happens in the software, the picture quality will only go up from here. Also, most of these shots were taken while I was walking around, with barely even a second spent on composing the shot.
If I had decided to mess around with the settings a little, and may be wiped a little grease off the lens (I have a suspicion there was some!) I’m sure the picture quality would have been even better.
What do you think?