Every now and then I think I've landed in an alternate Universe—this time, because what I'm reading reminds me of one of those jokey posts from about 2004 where someone specifies "what I want" and exaggerates everything to a ludicrous degree.
You know, like "I want a camera that fits my hand but weighs 3 ounces, with a 17–800mm ƒ/1 lens...." That kind of thing.
Or it could have been, "I want a 41-megapixel cameraphone...."
Except that appears to be what all the tips stuffed into my inbox when I got home from the Auto Show last night were going on about. Improbable as it may sound, it appears that Nokia unveiled a forty-one-MP cameraphone at the opening day of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain yesterday. Called the 808 PureView, it also has a sensor a little larger than a quarter the area of 4/3—some five times larger than the average small-sensor digicam according to dpreview. The camera's native mode will be pixel-binning, apparently. Here's the Nokia press release.
I had a conversation with a Harley dealer at the Auto Show yesterday, during which I admitted that I'm as much a 4-wheeler guy as Jeremy Clarkson (an episode of "Top Gear" highlighted Jeremy's ineptitude with, and contempt for, two-wheeled transportation). In a similar vein, I'm really just not a phone guy—I'm a camera guy. Still, surely, if the cameraphone and the digicam are going to meet each other on the sidewalk one day and pass each other while tipping their hats, then maybe yesterday was a big step towards that particular convergence.
(Unless I'm really in an alternate Universe. Could be; I mean, could a silent movie in black-and-white with a French star possibly win Best Picture in the real Universe? Sounds debatable on its face.)
(Thanks to numerous alternate-Universe tipsters)
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Featured Comment by Ctein: "I couldn't resist downloading and printing out the three photographs that Christian pointed us to. Printed them out as best-quality prints on 17x22" paper on my Epson 3880 printer. No image massaging except for about a half pixel radius Smart Sharpen, which I routinely do to all Bayer array camera photographs (it's amazing how much it perks up fine detail without introducing artifacts).
"They're good. They're really good.
"For JPEG's, they're almost unbelievably good.
"No, it's not a replacement for RAW, it's not a replacement for an interchangeable lens camera, it's not a replacement for one of today's available-darkness wunderkind.
"But pretty much everything else? Oh yeah, this runs rings around them.
"(Assuming, of course, one actually wants a camera with a phone in it. Personally, last thing in the world I want. But you get the idea.)"