41 MILLION DOTS OF WONDER
Nokia’s 41 megapixel sensor
Nokia’s 41MP camera sensor may not be new – it was first revealed to the world wrapped inside the Nokia 808 PureView, a smartphone which was doomed from the day it was launched, for running on the dated Symbian OS in 2012.
But the technology was too astonishing to be left for dead, and this year the sensor has been given a second breath of life inside the new Lumia 1020, this time powered by Windows Phone 8. While slightly smaller than the original sensor, the second generation sensor still manages to pack 41 million pixels on its surface (the sensor has a maximum effective pixel count of 38MP).
Amazingly, it still has a bigger sensor than a standard digital compact camera, in a smartphone slimmer than one, with optical image stabilization and the ability to ‘zoom’ in the picture by cropping into a 5MP picture and not losing significant detail. Nokia’s 41MP sensor gets our kudos for representing a real breakthrough in digital imaging – from a non-camera company no less.
Unlike other phones with digital zoom, the 41MP sensor can 'zoom' without detail loss because of the high megapixel count.