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.

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