Nokia promulgated at MWC that the company is going to introduce extreme sophisticated 41 MP camera Smartphone. I think, the company’s decision to develop the device is little bit imbecile. It’s an awkward step of the company to differentiate itself from rivals in the battlefield. There’s still much room for the company to improve its Smartphone rather than augmenting huge resolutions. Do you think, the Smartphone could provide 41 megapixels of images? I don’t think so, the effort seems misgiving and it would not take 41 megapixels by any way, or form or shape. If company will streamline the device even with sophisticated technology, it could hardly produce 38 MP—and mostly it would take normal-size shot as 3-8 MPs. Then, there’s a big question, why should we purchase the Smartphone which will produce almost same image as low pixels camera can provide.
The two Nokia’s sample pictures which differentiates how 3 or 8 MP image is non-vulnerable by anyhow than 38 MP image or more pixels: first picture has resolutions of 5 megapixels while second having 38.4 megapixels, both having the same aspect ratio of 4:3.
Nokia 808 is confined with tiny sensors and bad lenses, definitely, the device will be occupied with limitation of size and quality. As it come to notice that Toshiba has been manufacturing 808’s sensor. The sensor is expected to have 1/1.2” size, which is not small—four or five times the size of normal camera phones sensors even including iPhone 4S. The issue is here that the bigger sensor requires bigger light detecting photosites (usually enhanced sensitivity). However, the camera of Nokia 808 will have Carl Zeiss optics of focal length 8.02 mm and F-number of f/2.4. In addition to these, the camera will also have optical format 1/1.2”, pixel size 1.4 um, and total number of pixels is equal to 7728 x 5368.
It’s quite obvious that Nokia’s 808 cameras is not going to take 41 MP photos; it will just collect 41 MP of data and after aggregating all these data, it will create a very nice photo of much smaller size. It is not cleverness that after using 41 Megapixels of raw materials and the Smartphone is producing just an output of 8 megapixels.
Nokia 808 will be powered by Nokia’s own Symbian OS—astoundingly the company is working on the project since last five years. When project came into existence five year ago that time Symbian was one of the leading OS. The time has been changed much and users more prefer to own iOS or Android devices now days. In fact, it has also been realized by the Nokia resulted in a much hyped marriage with Microsoft for WP7 OS. I think the project is somewhat running late and the company might have to taste a bitter experience, especially, when itself working on Windows Phones platform.
Five year ago, folks preferred to have higher resolutions camera in their mobile handsets. But now, users prefer camera having resolutions of their requirement, in addition to this, they more emphasize on the features of the Smartphone. At the beginning of the project, Nokia was transcendent manufacturer in the market, but now, Android is leading in the Smartphone segment. It’s not easy for the company to contend its rivals just by increasing resolutions of its Smartphone’s camera. I think, the implementation of 41 megapixels camera in the Smartphone and then betting big is undoubtedly a ridiculous decision of the company.
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