If a picture is worth 1,000 words, how many should be in a blog post about a picture taken with a 41-megapixel cameraphone?
Early today United States time, Nokia showed the world the 808 PureView phone, one that reportedly has been in development for five years. To put the 41 megapixel total into context, the iPhone 4S has 8 megapixels and is considered state of the art – or was considered a breakthrough product until this week.
Is there a market for such an advanced cameraphone? Who knows? This technology was beyond the realm of imagination before it was introduced in Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress.
It’s easier to answer the question of whether mobile device owners want to employ their devices for picture taking.
Global mobile guru Tomi Ahonen says that 4.2 billion cameraphones are in use – or three times the number of television sets being watched and 3.5 times the number of PCs of any kind being booted up.
As Ina Fried wrote on allthingsd.com http://allthingsd.com/20120227/the-inside-story-of-nokias-41-megapixel-camera..., “Part of the challenge now will be explaining to the consumer why anyone needs that many megapixels.”
Fried reported that a sharp image remains after a user zooms in three or four times.
No retail price was given by Nokia and the 800 PureView isn’t immediately coming to the United States.
But rather than focus on the unknown, I’m marveling at Nokia for giving us a clear view of what is possible.