Cam­era high

WILL A CAM­ERA PHONE EVER BE ABLE TO COM­PETE AGAINST A COM­PACT CAM­ERA? THE NOKIA 808 PUREVIEW AND ITS 41MP SEN­SOR SEEM TO HAVE PUT AN END TO THE DE­BATE. IT IS THE BEST CAM­ERA IN A PHONE EVER. PE­RIOD.

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - CONTENTS - TEXT BY NIDHI SIN­GAL& PHO­TO­GRAPHS BY RA­JWANT RAWAT

The de­bate on whether a mo­bile phone can ever take the place of a com­pact cam­era has fi­nally been laid to rest by the Nokia 808 Pureview.

A41 MP cam­era sen­sor? Are we talk­ing about a cell phone or a DSLR? Yes, were a talk­ing about a mo­bile, but one with cam­era specs that are yet to make its way into even DSLRs. It’s clos­est com­peti­tor on the megapixel scale is the Nikon D800 with 36MP. Does this mean the Nokia 808 PureView will give dig­i­tal com­pact cam­eras and DSLRs a run for their money? Read on. LOOK & BUILD As the N8 showed the world, Nokia has al­ways been good with cam­era phones. This time, the com­pany upped its game sig­nif­i­cantly by fo­cus­ing on cre­at­ing a 41MP sen­sor for a phone. With curved edges around a 4-inch ca­pac­i­tive touch­screen, the 808 does not look very dif­fer­ent from other smart­phones. But then you notice the hump which houses the cam­era lens and the Xenon flash. Ad­mit­ted though, its 13.9 mm thick­ness is not re­ally cut­ting edge. Vol­ume con­trols, lock key and ded­i­cated cam­era key are on the right and ports on the top. SYM­BIAN, ANY­ONE? The 808 PureView takes smart­phone imag­ing to a new level. But it loses out by run­ning the old Sym­bian Belle oper­at­ing sys­tem which is a few gen­er­a­tions be­hind iOS, An­droid and Win­dows Phone oper­at­ing sys­tems. It is not a bad OS. It just feels a bit old fash­ioned. Not bad for first time smart­phone users and Sym­bian fans though.

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