Camera phone is a flash package
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IS Nokia’s latest device a phone or a camera? It’s hard to say. The 808 PureView looks like a phone, with a 4-inch touchscreen, call button, speaker and apps.
But its camera has more megapixels than a top-of-the-line DSLR, a substantial flash, an f2.4 Carl Zeiss lens and a shutter button.
Really, this 41-megapixel device is as likely to be used for photos as it is for calls, and Nokia deserves credit for upping the ante.
The camera on the 808 PureView is unlike other phone cameras and, in practice, has an effective rating of 38 megapixels. It creates enormous image files — often more than 10MB in size — and lets users zoom in to examine small background details you couldn’t see in other phone photos.
Nokia’s first PureView phone camera is easy to access — a shutter button on its side lets you get straight to business — and users can access its largest resolution by delving into the Creative menu.
The camera’s menu is not simple to master, but it offers many settings including white balance options, 80 to 1600 ISO, exposure compensation and bracketing.
But Nokia didn’t really intend this phone camera to be used for 38-megapixel images all the time (or it would store more than 16GB). The larger sensor lets users zoom more effectively, relying on that big sensor rather than digital zoom.
Using the 3-megapixel setting, for example, delivers a 3.6x zoom. A 2x zoom is available on the 8-megapixel setting.
As a phone, it is less impressive, using Nokia’s tricky Symbian Belle software, a 1.3GHz chip and a 169g body with a 1.39cm girth. Mobile photographers will find few better camera phones.