No, it's not a typo--in Barcelona, Nokia recently previewed its new 808 Pureview smartphone with an actual 41-megapixel camera and a Carl Zeiss lens running on the Symbian OS. Take a look at the photo comparing a 5mp sensor with the new 41mp behemoth. What this means to you is that it's possible to shoot a full-resolution picture and be able to blow it up huge--11X14 inches or greater--and still have stunning clarity and detail. Or, you can blow up a small detail of a full-res shot and still have a crisp result that is guaranteed to leave all other smart phone cameras in the dust.
So what's the big but? First, and unfortunately, there is no optical zoom built in to the 808, which would theoretically put this device on somewhat equal footing with an honest-to-goodness full bore DSLR. Then again, it's not unrealistic to expect that the after market will step in with snap-on lenses of all kinds as has happened with the iPhone, allowing spectacular photo and video work right from your pocket. Second, the camera's software "over samples" utilizing those 41-megapixels and its software crunches the data down into a more usable, storable and sendable 3, 5 or 8-megapixels.
The results, however, are still amazing. It seems that Nokia decided that the WOW factor inherent in megapixel overkill was irresistible, and certainly a great way to differentiate this one time dominant player from the fierce competition. For this, as consumers, we applaud them. Check out the cool video and get more info on this stunning development from Cnet's Jessica Dolcourt at http://cnet.co/L8bGHh
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