PureView Arrives on Amazon, Coming Soon to Lumia Phones

There’s good news coming out of the Nokia camp if you live in the US and you’ve been wanting to get your hands on the 41-megapixel camera in the company’s 808 PureView smartphone. Not only is the 808 itself now available to purchase on Amazon unsubsidized for $699, but the camera technology inside it may soon be available without the hefty price tag.

According to Nokia’s vice president of worldwide developer relations, Richard Kerris, upcoming Lumia phones (no word yet on which specific models) will be integrating the PureView camera “very soon.” In addition to this, he also said that it “won’t be long” before Windows Phones become available for Verizon customers.

So even though only AT&T and (sort of) T-Mobile users can take advantage of the unsubsidized 808 PureView, before long almost anyone in the US will be able to — though perhaps not needing or wanting to — take 41-megapixel pictures with their smartphones. A situation that will inevitably lead to even more photographers losing their voices trying to explain to their non-photographically-inclined friends why a DSLR with fewer megapixels is still better.

(via The Verge [2])

  • seanlucky

    Please keep in mind that the point of the 41 megapixel sensor in this camera isn’t intended for final image resolution (though you can set it up to do that). The actual reasoning behind it was to downsample images leading to increased sharpness and clarity. There’s more to it than that, but I remember reading about it when the technology was first announced and it actually made quite a bit of sense for a camera phone with low quality lens. Furthermore, it’s worth noting that the sensor is larger than your average cell phone camera.

  • Jenifer Hanen

    I bought my Nokia PureView in Europe while on a trip, and I love it. I am mostly using the full-resolution 34/36mp custom settings and am more than happy with the photos. I have even taken it out with my Nikon D800 for a side-by-side comparison.