Point-and-Shoots, Beware: Nokia 808 PureView
No one expects to get really good images out of a mobile phone. Shots decent enough to post quickly online, sure, but that’s about it. So we’re not about to tell anyone to toss your point-and-shoot for a phone—especially in low light. But the Nokia 808 PureView signals a change to that rule. Using a technique known as pixel oversampling, the PureView optics engine—which includes a mechanical shutter and Carl Ziess lens—combines pixel data from its 41-megapixel sensor into some of the clearest 3-, 5- or 8-megapixel cameraphone images we’ve seen. Frustratingly, those powerful optics are strapped to a subpar phone, running Nokia’s now-defunct Symbian operating system.
It’s our hope that the PureView engine will turn up on other phones in the future. $700 ($580 without memory card), nokia.com