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.
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.