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ePHOTOzine has reviewed the Nokia PureView 808 to find out how the 41 megapixel camera phone performed. The Nokia PureView 808 is the high end camera phone from Nokia, and the highest specification camera phone, since the Nokia N8. The PureView 808 featurs a Carl Zeiss lens, a large 41 megapixel sensor, and Xenon flash, as well as a 4inch screen, it runs the latest version of Symbian. The Nokia PureView 808 is available from £479 sim free from Amazon UK.

“The Nokia PureView 808 features a large 41 megapixel sensor. This is not only a much higher resolution than other mobile phones (with others maxing out at 16 megapixels), it’s also vastly higher than compact cameras (max 18.2mp), compact system cameras (max 24.3mp), digital SLRs (max 36.3mp), and is even higher than a number of medium format cameras!”

Nokia N8 Camera Lens

It’s roughly 18+ months since the Nokia N8 was launched, and also 18+ months since I got the Nokia N8 (I bought it as soon as it was available) – which means I’ve been using the camera on the phone for 18+ months now, and I’m still impressed by the image quality the camera produces, even compared to more modern alternatives.

Nokia N8 Features:

The Nokia N8 made a big splash when it was announced due to it’s 12 megapixel 1/1.83″ (1.75 micron pixels) digital camera sized sensor, and 28mm f/2.8 carl zeiss lens. This is similar in size to those that you’d find in serious compact digital cameras, and is larger than most compacts, such as the Nikon Coolpix P300, (1/2.33″ size), and compared to the more normal small sized mobile phone cameras – even on better ones such as the Sony Exmor R (backlit CMOS) sensors the size is smaller at 1/3.2″ (1.4 micron pixels).

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Nokia PureView 808 WhiteThe new Nokia PureView 808 features a large 41 megapixel sensor, Carl Zeiss Tessar f/2.4 lens equivalent to 26/28mm depending on whether you’re shooting in 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratio, and a large 4inch screen, 16GB ram, MicroSD slot for expansion and HDMI out. The camera phone is Nokia’s first product to include PureView technology, and this means when shooting 5 megapixel images you can use 3x zoom without any loss in image quality. When recording Full HD video you can also zoom in 4x. ePHOTOzine has posted full size sample photos using the different modes available, including ISO samples from ISO50 to ISO1600.

Nokia Pureview 808
Nokia has announced the new Nokia PureView 808 – with a 41 megapixel sensor (1/1.2inch), Carl Zeiss f/2.4 wide angle lens (26mm 16:9, 28mm 4:3 equivalent), Full HD video recording with stereo sound, 4inch screen, Sybian Belle OS, 16GB built in, with MicroSD slot for memory expansion. The 41 megapixel sensor can be used at the full resolution, or choose a lower resolution and the camera uses all the pixels and in the creation of the smaller images it says it removes noise and improves detail for higher image quality. It also offers loss-less 3x zoom for stills, and 4x zoom in video.

Specifications at ePHOTOzine, plus full resolution sample photos.

Just got an interesting email from Nokia PR, with an interesting link to a video sneak peak at a new mobile phone coming from Nokia with a strong emphasis on the image quality of the coming camera. Nokia tend to put a very strong emphasis on image quality on camera phones generally, but like to have a flagship device with the highest image quality of all camera phones, for example the Nokia N8 has a large 12 mp sensor the same size as you find in digital cameras, as well as a proper xenon flash (again the same you find in compact cameras). The rumours are that this new phone will be an update to the twelve month old Nokia N8.

Olympus PEN Mini

If you’re not making a “mirrorless” / “compact system camera” (CSC) (or ILC*) then you’re not making / growing profit, and you’re not going to get very far in the digital camera market… particularly in Japanese or UK style markets (Europe for example).* see notes on Canon.

Lets look at some of the digital camera companies, and some of the things that have been happening over the last 12+ months:

Olympus: Ignoring all the bad stuff, they have grown to be the biggest selling Mirrorless camera company in Japan for 2012 (and possibly Europe / Germany – or at least Micro Four Thirds combined). Strengths in waterproof compacts. Extremely good range of mirrorless cameras this year – catching up with Panasonic for focusing speeds.

Panasonic: Growing Mirrorless market, particularly strong in the UK. The combined forces of Panasonic and Olympus on Micro Four Thirds (M43) makes M43 the most compelling mirrorless system, with sales in Japan for 2011 for Mirrorless 1. Pana, 2. Oly, and 2012 for Mirrorless 1. Oly, 2. Pana.

Nikon: Growing market share thanks to competitive DSLR products, and entry into Mirrorless market. Entry level mirrorless said to be selling increasingly well. Increasingly popular Coolpix range of compacts (year on year growth).

Sony: Bought Konica Minolta’s DSLR business, then launched the Sony A100, they said they were going to challenge Nikon and Canon for the top spot, and considering they came from nowhere, they’re now No. 3 in DSLR sales, it’s pretty impressive and something I didn’t expect if I’m honest. Extremely innovative with traditional DSLR, then the ultra fast “Translucent Mirror” SLT / SLRs with electronic viewfinders. Also No. 3 in Mirrorless after Olympus / Panasonic / Micro Four Thirds. Some would say leaders in the image sensor business (selling sensors to Apple for the iPhone, APS-C to Nikon/Pentax, Backlit CMOS sensors to everyone etc)

Pentax / Ricoh: Profitable DSLR business, fresh investment from Ricoh should inject new life into this area, and additional mirrorless APS-C camera should improve business further (with the potentially game changing camera). Ricoh are more of a niche market with premium GR Digital series (with cult following in Japan), and Leica M mount GXR (with APS-C sensor). Ricoh are profitable with a very successful print/copier business that is used in corporate and government environments for things like sending out mailings to 40,000+ people etc Serious stuff. Pentax / Ricoh combined could be a very interesting company to watch over the next 12 months. I expect growth. Pentax Q has some success in Japan as the smallest mirrorless camera.

Kodak: Ouch (recently filed for bankrupcy protection). Here is the perfect example that backs up the following statement: You don’t make profit from cheap “and cheerful” me too style point and shoot cameras. Sold sensor business (doh!).

Minox: Recently announced they aren’t going to make “cheap and cheerful” point and shoot cameras. Instead they’ll keep making those interested “Spy cameras” and “retro classics“.

Agfa/Vivitar/HP: See Kodak.

CASIO: Recently decided to close the Casio Exilim division in the UK (still available to buy through European distributers). Some innovation in High Speed cameras, but it’s very difficult to make profit from point and shoot cameras. Strong in Japan though. A mirrorless camera would really help you grow! (Why not bring high speed sensors and image processing to Micro Four Thirds?)

*Canon: Recently the CEO stepped down as profits aren’t growing as quickly as expected. Canon are being challenged by Nikon on all DSLR fronts, and then also challenged by Mirrorless cameras. So whilst DSLRs was (and is) a profitable area, Mirrorless is challenging both compact cameras, and entry level DSLR. And at the bottom end of point and shoot, this is being challenged by smartphones with decent(ish) cameras. A mirrorless camera would really help your profits!

Fujifilm: Making a market for itself by selling premium compact cameras, X100 (selling like hotcakes, in the 100k region!), X10, X-S1 (Premium Ultra Zoom Bridge camera), X-Pro1 Mirrorless, and strong in Bridge / Ultra Zoom cameras that look like mini-DSLRs. Strong in waterproof market as they can undercut competitors on price, and presumably still make profit from it?

Samsung: Sells the NX mirrorless system, with a decent range of lenses and good image quality. Not sure how well it is doing worldwide, but a good system, that can often undercut competitors on price. Compact cameras seem to be leading the way for features: WiFi, App / Phone style GUI. Samsung don’t seem to be rated in Japan though, rest of world, yes. Compact cameras can undercut competitors, making them a popular buy.

Leica: Premium ILC / Mirrorless cameras, with a premium price – growing and profitable (as far as I’m aware). “Me Too” Panasonic cameras. Really they should get back into “bed” with Fuji and make “Me Too” (premium compacts) products from the Fujifilm X series (X10, X100, X-S1,X-Pro1) or join Micro Four Thirds 😉

Others? BenQ / Aigo / GE / Polaroid / Rollei / Praktica : – see Kodak, see Casio, unless you have an extreme niche (Ricoh) and are popular in your home market (Casio/Japan), or make a mirrorless camera then how will you grow?

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After having the Nokia N8 for 12 months, we’ve uploaded some of the best shots taken with it. RecentlyReviewed.net has a review of the Nokia N8 Camera Phone, including additional sample photos from the 12mp camera – it features a 12mp sensor, 28mm Carl Zeiss Auto Focus lens, Xenon flash, a large 3.5″ touch screen, and all the usual mobile phone features such as MP3 playback, FM Radio, GPS with free navigation, 3.5mm audio out, HDMI, HD video recording 720p, 16gb ram built in, MicroSD slot, Facebook and Twitter support and runs Symbian’s latest operating system Symbian^3.

View our Nokia N8 Sample Photo Gallery

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Ricoh has announced the New Ricoh GXR Leica M Lens Mount A12 Module (shown above) for the Ricoh GXR system – it features a 12.3 megapixel APS-C sensor and allows you to attached Leica M lenses, or other lenses with adapters. More details here.

18x optical zoom lens: Samsung WB700 – an update to the WB600 (one of our favourite cameras), find out how it performs.
10 megapixel Samsung ST30: ePHOTOzine – a camera with a tiny sensor, tiny body, and tiny wallet friendly price.
8 megapixel Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc: ePHOTOzine find out if the backlit Exmor R sensor in this camera phone performs.
Pentax Optio RS1500 Reviews – available with super hero face plates, or without with a budget price at: Photography BLOG, ePHOTOzine
Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS – the tough waterproof with Macro LEDs reviewed at: Photography BLOG, ePHOTOzine

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RecentlyReviewed.net has published their review of the new Nokia N8 Camera Phone, including a number of sample photos from the 12mp camera – it features a 12mp sensor, 28mm Carl Zeiss Auto Focus lens, Xenon flash, a large 3.5″ touch screen, and all the usual mobile phone features such as MP3 playback, FM Radio, GPS with free navigation, 3.5mm audio out, HDMI, HD video recording 720p, 16gb ram built in, MicroSD slot, Facebook and Twitter support and is running Symbian’s latest operating system Symbian^3

“The Nokia N8 Camera: One of the greatly anticipated (and hyped) features of the Nokia N8 is the 12 megapixel camera with Xenon flash. Nokia have put in a 12 megapixel sensor that is the same size as you find in your typical compact digital camera from Canon, Panasonic etc, and whilst nowhere near as good as the large sensor you would find in a Digital SLR, it is an improvement over the tiny sensors found in every other camera phone. As proof to how serious Nokia are taking the camera abilities of the N8, they posted 34 questions and answers about JUST the camera on the phone.”

Nokia N8 Camera

Nokia N8 Camera

Nokia has announced the new Nokia N8 Camera Phone – it features a 12mp sensor, 28mm Carl Zeiss Auto Focus lens, Xenon flash, a large 3.5″ touch screen, and all the usual mobile phone features you come to expect these days such as MP3 playback, FM Radio, GPS with free navigation, 3.5mm audio out, HDMI, HD video recording, 16gb built in, MicroSD slot, Facebook and Twitter support and is running Symbian’s latest operating system Symbian^3. It should be available in Q3 this year in five colours. Nokia has published sample photos here. via Engadget.

Nokia N8 Screen

Nokia N8 Home Screen