It’s less than a month until the annual Mobile World Congress will take place in Barcelona – another location in Barcelona this time, but still, Barcelona, thank heavens, not the other end of the world (although you might feel different about this if you’re from Australia or Argentine).
Nokia is expected to make a few announcements with serious impact. And now that anything hasn’t leaked (yet), it’s high time for us to speculate. Last year brought us the amazing announcement of the 41MP camerasensor in the Nokia 808 PureView, and it will be very hard to top that one. But still, Nokia has something hidden, I feel quite sure about it.
Why do I feel sure? Because during the Photokina in Cologne (where I took the pics in this post), I’ve talked to people that almost needed to bite their tongue off to hide their excitement about what they knew is coming. Not just people from Nokia - they won’t say a thing, you’ll only see the glitter in their eyes, and the same goes for the people from Carl Zeiss. And there was this one person from a German operator who told me fans of Nokia’s PureView tech were in for a real treat “next year”.
Now the Verge has already written about a Nokia codenamed “EOS”: “sources familiar with Nokia’s plans have revealed that the device will include a similar sensor that’s found on Nokia’s 808 PureView handset“. But what is “similar”? It’s kind of hard to believe it will be the famous 41MP version itself – any new device would become too thick to modern standards.
I don’t know all that much about camerasensors, but I do know Canon (talking about EOS) has packed a 22MP sensor in one of their DSLR’s before (the EOS 5D Mark III). If Nokia is planning to have some “oversampling” and “lossless zoom” from the original PureView technology into the next smartphone, that kind of sensor might be one to look at.
Will Nokia be able to offer Optical Image Stabilisation in the next flagship as well? Should it? Making great shots possible in lowlight conditions is a very impressive selling point. But do we really expect a combination of PureView 1 and 2? Or is there a PureView 3, another aspect of (mobile) photography that can be made better, or easier?
Recently, I wrote about the development of graphene technology that surfaced on Nokia Conversations. Supposedly, that has impact on mobile photography as well, but my guess is it’s too early to expect anything from it this year. Could I be wrong? What do you think? Of course, I’d be looking forward to a Nokia tablet on Windows 8 RT as well – but this is about PureView. So go ahead: let’s speculate!