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Nokia aims for camera superiority in mobile arms war

If you like taking pictures, it's a great time to own a smartphone.  After a few years in which Apple, Inc. (AAPL) went relatively unchallenged in picture quality, other players are now stepping up with ambitious point and shoots that rival the iPhone in image quality. Among them is the 4 megapixel UltraPixel sensor from the HTC Corp. (TPE:2498) which is housed aboard the HTC One.

Now Nokia Oyj. (HEX:NOK1V)) is looking to join that elite group with its own entrant -- a massive PureView-equipped Windows Phone.  The new phone -- codenamed the EOS has, after months of rumors, leaked in photographic form.  Some of the photos come courtesy of leaked images of a cherry red shell being manufactured in China.  Others come from a leaked prototype that GSMArena got their hands on. 

The new handset is almost the identical twin of the Lumia 920, except for one monstrous defining feature -- a circular camera bulge that eclipses nearly half the phone's rear face.

Nokia EOS
One of several Nokia EOS prototype image leaks. [Image Source: Weibo (left)]

Yet more supposed photos were leaked via a Twitter account dubbed "ViziLeaks".

Nokia EOS
[Image Source: ViziLeaks]

The bulge features a bar-style xenon flash and is rumored to pack a massive 41 megapixel sensor, which is likely the largest on a smartphone today.  An earlier version of this sensor was previously included in another Nokia smartphone, but that handset used Symbian and was only sold overseas.

Nokia has already been boasting about its low-light photography prowess.  Now it aims to become king of daytime picture-taking as well.

Nokia EOS
[Image Source: GSM Arena]

The leaked prototype will reportedly hit the market packing Windows Phone 8, which means it will likely launch sometime in the next several markets.  That should give Nokia's sales some legs in the lull leading up to Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 (previously codenamed "Windows Phone Blue") refresh.

Sources: Weibo [via WMPower User], GSM Arena, Twitter [ViziLeaks]



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RE: Photos do not live up to hype
By CSMR on 6/8/2013 7:41:34 PM , Rating: 2
If it matches the 808 (i.e. 24mm f/7.2-equivalent) then that would be a good aperture compared to a compact and I would take back the comments on aperture size.

I still don't find the 808 versatile, mainly because I don't like 24mm equivalent for a fixed lens. If you use it at 2x zoom it becomes a normal 48mm but f/14.4-equivalent and with reduced sharpness.

But sure it's excellent as smartphone cameras go and can take great images in the right conditions.


RE: Photos do not live up to hype
By Mint on 6/9/2013 7:37:13 AM , Rating: 3
In 4:3 mode the 808 is 28mm equivalent, and I think most people find it quite useful to have something that wide for everyday photos.

Most compacts are f/3.5-4.0 actual at 50mm equiv, meaning f/17+ equiv for the small sensors they use, so the 808 still compares favorably. Sharpness should be similar, too, whether limited by diffraction or the 10Mpix crop.

The 808 is not just good by smartphone standards, but by general compact standards. The latter sell quite well because most people want something that fits comfortably in their pocket, and will sacrifice a certain amount of image quality for portability.


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