FEBRUARY 28 2012 03:25h

New Nokia phone has 41-megapixel camera

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BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Finnish cellphone maker Nokia says its 808 PureView smartphone's 41-megapixel camera can take photos comparable to those made with expensive dedicated cameras.

With most current smartphones using 5 megapixel and 8 megapixel cameras, Nokia is hoping the 808 PureView, unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, will help revive its brand, which has lost market share to Android phones and the iPhone, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday.

Nokia said that while its PureView cameras can capture a 41-megapixel image, it expects most users will still take most of their photos at resolutions of about 5-megapixels, which takes up less storage space on a smartphone.

But even at lower resolutions, Nokia said, its cameras will create better-looking photos through technique it calls "oversampling."

The 808 PureView uses "oversampling to combine up to seven pixels into one 'pure' pixel, eliminating the visual noise found on other mobile phone cameras," Nokia said in introducing the new phone.

"On top of that, you can zoom in up to 3X without losing any of the detail in your shot -- and there's no artificially created pixels in your picture, either."

The 808 PureView can also record audio in videos shot on the phone at CD-like quality, the company said.

No release date for the 808 PureView -- which, aside from the impressive new camera, is a fairly standard-spec Nokia smartphone -- has been given, the Times reported.