There is no denying the fact that the increasing megapixel count in the sensor and better optics in camera phones have resulted in more people using phones instead of point-and-shoot cameras. While we agree that people enjoy capturing images using the VGA, 2 MP and 3.15 MP camera phones, the results are not at a par to what digital cameras produce. Indeed most of the 5MP, 8 MP and even 12 MP phones produce images that are good for uploading on social networking sites, but they are not good enough for large printing. But now things are changing. Nokia’s N8 had a 12MP camera with a big sensor that captured good images. Now the company has introduced a true successor to the N8, the Nokia 808 Pureview.
This 41MP monster has been in the news since the day it was announced by Nokia. No, the phone won’t capture images at 41MP resolution. Instead, the pictures will be captured at the regular 5 MP resolution, but using a large 1/1.2-inch sensor. In other words, using oversampling, every pixel in the finished image corresponds to about eight pixels on the sensor that help in reducing the noise while increasing sharpness and colour.
And, Nokia is not alone. The new smart candidate from Sony Mobile, the Xperia S, will have a 12 MP camera with Sony’s Exmor R for mobile CMOS sensor that lightens up any gloomy day. It has f/2.4 aperture and can even capture Full HD videos at 1080p resolution. While the two upcoming smartphones are expected to do a good job, Apple’s iphone 4S already enjoys the title of the best camera phone around. The iphone 4S has got 8 MP resolution and a custom lens with a larger f/2.4 aperture.