Archive for March, 2012


Carl Zeiss and Nokia have been working together for seven years. In that time the partnership has produced a host of amazing camera phones, from the very first Nokia N90 to the world’s best camera smartphone, the Nokia 808 PureView. But what exactly makes Carl Zeiss so different to other lenses? The Nokia Connects community recently asked this and a bunch of other great questions. Now, those optical maestros at Carl Zeiss have given us their answers. Here’s what they had to say.

What difference will I see in a picture taken with a Carl Zeiss lens in comparison to other lenses?

Carl Zeiss quality standards ensure high and even sharpness over the whole image area. There are no blurred zones, no excessive flare. Good control of internal reflections preserves the natural colours and all that delivers high fidelity images. If the image isn’t enlarged too much they even match the quality of much larger digital still cameras.

What special skills do you need to make a camera phone lens?

You need to know modern optical design, which can handle very complex lens shapes, lens molding and mounting techniques. You also need to be able to use many, many measurement tools for quality assurance.

What’s so special about the Nokia and Carl Zeiss working relationship?

When Carl Zeiss and Nokia, the leaders in optics and mobile electronics, joined forces our aim was to create the world’s best cameraphones. Our working relationship combines the expertise and knowledge of two leading companies. We have an intense and trusting partnership. This allows us to share roadmaps and to work jointly on technology developments at very early stages in great detail. It means we can continue our long history of creating unique products, together.

What’s the toughest challenge in making a camera phone lens?

The toughest challenge is to achieve, when compared to regular camera lenses, an incredible high resolution, while keeping the size of the lens and the camera as small as possible at the same time. Thinness is a crucial success factor for cameraphones and only really outstanding cameras like the one in the Nokia 808 PureView are allowed to get a few more millimeters in size. The lens in the Nokia 808 PureView is close to the diffraction limit, a physical law that limits the resolution of a lens. It is not possible to build lenses with a higher resolution than permitted by the diffraction limit. The extraordinary resolution is necessary for the large number of pixels of the sensor to be able to capture the fine details in your photography.

What’s so good about the Nokia PureView 808 lens?

The lens for the Nokia PureView 808 achieves a resolution, which is 75% of the diffraction limit. The only way it could be much better would be if the f-stop number were smaller, which would mean a larger diameter hole. If it contained an iris to be stopped down it would only get worse, different from normal photographic lenses. To achieve this resolution in an affordable mass market product is our greatest challenge.

How will Carl Zeiss lenses improve in the future?

We’ll aim to design lenses, which will respond to new sensor technology and new sensor functions to offer stunning opportunities in pocketable imaging.

I’m sure you’ll agree, the guys and girls at Carl Zeiss have given us a fascinating insight into their work. If there’s anything else you’d like to know about one of the world’s oldest existing optics manufacturers, drop us a line here or at @Nokia_Connects.

To finish off #NCphotoweek we have our usual round of Sunday debate. Of course this one is photography based too, so we’re looking at whether a cameraphone should really replace your standalone camera.

There are some brilliant standalone cameras out there that give stunning top quality performance to any person with a little bit of know how in the photography sector. In the last two or three years though we have seen the rise of many excellent smartphones sporting advanced cameras being brought to the table too, which are now shouting a strong message to the world of photography.

Camera or cameraphone?

So… what we are really talking about here is pretty simple. Should a camera on your smartphone replace your standalone camera, ever?  We’ve seen on the Nokia Creative N8 Photo Awards how stunning photography with a Nokia N8 can turn out… imagine what will be achieved when theNokia 808 PureView starts falling into the mittens of trigger happy photographers!

Zooming in here to show you the amazing details within an image captured the Nokia 808 Pureview.

Not only for sick images, you can use your cameraphone for wonderful videos and stories too, like what we saw from the guys who took part in Nokia Shorts last year. This really demonstrates the power of what is available to you in your smartphone.

It goes without saying that the benefits of a cameraphone run further than taking sweet photos and recording videos. All of the features you’d expect like GPS, maps, apps, games, internet browsing, music, the ability to share instantly… these all help smartphones stack up against the standalone camera in a big way.

What do you think though… would you ever replace your standalone camera with a cameraphone, or have you already done just that? Let loose in the comments section or reach out on Twitter#NokiaDebate.

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Here, at Nokia Connects, we love our photography. And we’re always on the look out for stories that make us go WOW. So, what better way to start the week than with a podcast that combines the two. If you want to kick off Monday with some unique insights, sit back and enjoy a fascinating interview with three very different men involved in three very different types of photography projects.

Damian Dinning – Head of Imaging Experiences, Nokia Smart Devices, has dedicated his working life to creating the world’s best camera smartphones.

John Suler – Professor of Psychology at Rider University, has spent his time researching why we’re so obsessed with taking photos.

Dennis Manarchy, has gone on an amazing adventure across America, with the world’s largest camera, to chronicle vanishing cultures of the USA.

To hear what they have to say, tune into our latest addition of the Nokia Connects Live podcast : http://snd.sc/GW478O

We hope you enjoyed this phototastic discussion as much as us. As ever we’d love to hear your thoughts here or at @Nokia_Connects.

I’ve owned five phones since I turned of age and my mum bought me my very first mobile phone (the classic 3210). Even though I consider myself a safe pair of hands when it comes to owning a mobile phone, each of my five phones have come to premature and unfortunate ends.

Two were adopted by strangers, also known as stolen. One jumped from a building, though my friends will tell you I dropped it out of the window whilst trying to take a photo, one decided to play hide and seek and, to my knowledge, is still playing (either that or I lost it in my bedroom) and the other was desperate to take up swimming, so much so in fact, it found its way into my swim short pocket before I got into the pool. Oops.

I’m sure you’ll agree, none of the above were my fault and there wasn’t much I could do to rescue my phones. That is, all but the swimmer.  Had I known what I’m about to share with you, there may have been hope for the little fellow.

If you accidentally find your phone gets wet (and there are numerous examples of how this can happen, too many to name in fact) then all you need to do is follow our 5 ludicrously easy steps. It’ll be like your phone has its own water wings. Genius!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’d love to know if any of you have had the age old problem of getting your phone wet and any stories you’d like to share! Just pop us a tweet @Nokia_Connects or drop us a message in the comments below.

In honour of Nokia Connects photography week, we have a guest post from the man behind this wonderfully spliced picture of the Naurissalmi strait in Helsinki. This was taken by cyclist and Photographer Hugo . After sharing this on Twitter, we asked if Hugo could spare a few words about his experience with photography on his Nokia and the story behind this great image. Take it away Hugo…

It took me a whole year to take this photo of Helsinki with a Nokia N8.

One year in one image

It’s made from 45 photographs of Naurissalmi strait (between Kulosaari island and Herttoniemi) sliced up into a single photo, January on the left and December on the right.

I took one photo with a Nokia N8 each week for most weeks of 2011, all around the same time in the morning, except one near the middle taken near midnight near midsummer. Obviously when I started I wasn’t planning on making an image like this, which is why it’s a bit wonky at the left.

I take photos a lot with whatever mobile phone I have. At the moment it’s a Nokia N8. I’ve been cycling to work almost for nearly two years, and often take photos of stuff I see on the way, and it’s interesting to see the variation of a single spot over the course of a year.

February, July, October, December 2011

I’ve done this a couple of times  before , also on bridges, when working and cycling to different places, but didn’t take more than once a month, and I wasn’t as persistent. This time, I started monthly and then switched weekly.

The Baltic sea ice lasted until mid-April, the leaves really turned golden in mid-October and had fallen in early November. The 2010/2011 winter was long, but this 2011/2012 winter was short, as can be seen by the departure and arrival of snow and ice.

I hadn’t planned to make a stripy image like this until I saw Eirik Solheim ‘s impressive 3,888-photo image. He glued down an SLR camera to a shelf by his window and took a photo every half an hour and ended up with 16,000 photos. I also used Aslak Hellesøy ‘s eirikmagick.sh script to generate my full-year picture. These are known as HDTR  (high dynamic time range) images.

You can see most of my photos individually here , where you can see the winter migration of the boats and a canoe slowly sinking between weeks 45 and 49:

I also made a time-lapse video (using Picasa).

If you want to do something like this, half the battle is picking a good location. A good location not only has plenty of scope for seasonal variation (I had trees, reeds, water, boats), but is one you will regularly be at or pass, without fail. I chose a spot I cycled past on the way to work. If it’s going to be out of your way, then you will end up skipping some. Make sure you have a more-or-less exact spot to take the photo (for me, it was just to the right of a lamp post), and I found the grid lines useful for lining up with the horizon. Other than that I just used the default automatic settings.

In general I use automatic settings or close-up, with flash off or auto. What I’d like to see would be some time-lapse or long exposure settings in the camera.

Thanks for that Hugo! If you’ve been inspired to try something different by this project or have an idea bubbling away at the back of your mind, why not go out and start making it happen? If you need anything to help you achieve your goals we are always looking for exciting things to get involved in, so drop us a trial request and let us know what you have cooking. Feedback and comments are more than welcome in the below section and we’d love to hear your thoughts on Twitter (@Nokia808PV)  too.

Vuclip research names brand most-wanted .

 

GLOBAL – A world-wide survey  by streaming video providers Vuclip  has revealed some eye-opening statistics on phone preferences.

 

Two of the results were of especial interest to us here at Conversations.

First of all, when people were asked what mobile brand they wanted to buy next, the biggest vote by far was for Nokia.

According to the survey, a massive 36.9 per cent of people want a Nokia as their next phone. The closest competitor managed to gain just 24.8 per cent of the vote, and the closest after that 20.8 per cent.

We don’t have details of the methodology used, and different surveys all have their own slant. But nonetheless, it was a pleasant start to the day this morning.  ;-)

 

 

All the details: Nokia Lumia 800

All about our stunning new smartphone.

The specs; the price; the facts

 

The second point of interest is in the differences between men and women when it comes to choosing a mobile phone.

For both sexes, the price, the features and the screen are the biggest deciding factors. However, the order in which those are ranked is apparently quite different for men and women.

For women, it seems, the top concern is the feature set, followed by the screen, with the price as the third consideration.

Men, on the other hand, say price is the most important factor, followed by the features. The screen was the third most popular answer.

More than half a million phone users in 188 countries took part in the survey. The full results are available here (PDF) . Take a look and let us know what you think.

https://twitter.com/#!/Nokia808PV : Follow Nokia 808 PureView On Twitter .

GLOBAL – The Nokia 808 PureView wouldn’t be a revolution in mobile imaging technology if the programing was beyond developers.

 

But it isn’t – the 41-megapixel sensor functionality is accessed by Qt apps. And the video shows how pleased National Geographic is about that.

Qt and the Qt Mobility APIs link developers to the Nokia 808 PureView’s rich imaging, video, and audio features.

The cross-platform app framework is part of the phone’s DNA. For example, the UI’s crucial camera and gallery apps were built from scratch using Qt.

And the Qt Mobility multimedia APIs will put you in control of audio, as well as camera capabilities.

As Qt-powered Nokia devices hit a new record level of 180 million – news of the Nokia 808 PureView at MWC 2012 was a massive bonus.

Nokia 808 PureView for Qt developers

But of course the advantage of Qt is that you can deploy across Windows, Mac, Linux/X11, embedded Linux, Symbian and MeeGo, without rewriting the source code.

Daniel Kihlberg, Global Director Qt Ecosystem, said: “In 2011, we experienced 2,1 million Qt downloads plus a multitude of online updates. When comparing this to the almost 1,6 million Qt downloads we had in 2010, you see a significant indicator for an increasing amount of Qt projects.

“So it is spring in Barcelona and for Qt, optimism is running high, and the opportunity for Qt developers continues to grow and flourish. For mobile developers, the amazing new opportunity that is coming in the form of the Nokia 808 PureView is just icing on the cake.”

New to QT ? Start with this guide ›

Published by Adam Fraser on March 23, 2012

GLOBAL – The Nokia 808 PureView has a truly mind-blowing camera. If you don’t know that by now, where have you been hiding? Not only does it use a 41-megapixel camera to capture what’s called a pure pixel, it also uses something called Rich Recording to capture pure sound. We think that the result is the richest sound you’re likely to have heard from a mobile phone.Before we go into some of the details, we’d suggest you press the play button on the video above.

Done that?

Hearing is believing, as the video above demonstrates. It shows the Nokia 808 PureView pitched against two other competitor devices to record the sounds of a singing group, a car engine and a rock band playing a track.

Recording

What you’ll notice is that the recordings from the Nokia 808 PureView are considerably better than the other devices.

What makes Nokia Rich Recording different to any other current high-end smartphone is the ability to record sound without distortion at around 140-145db. Most current smartphones record up to 110db. The Nokia 808 PureView records at volumes four times louder than conventional microphones.

The lower bass sounds are also captured without distortion and by combining the upper and lower range together you’re left with the full range of sounds. The result is almost CD-like quality.

Nokia 808 PureView

Given that the Nokia 808 PureView is capable of capturing some amazing HD footage with the video camera, the addition of true stereo sound makes the phone a great movie-making device.

The Nokia 808 PureView will be the first phone to feature Nokia Rich Recording technology, however we’ll be seeing it introduced to the rest of the smart devices portfolio in the future.

Are you looking forward to experiencing Nokia Rich Recording for yourself? Let us know, below.

Nokia Connects explores eight ways the Nokia 808 PureView has changed digital photography for ever.

Search for the Nokia 808 PureView in your web browser  and you’ll get over 11 million results. The headlines are packed with words like “revolutionary” and “unbelievable”. No surprise, then, that when the 41 megapixel marvel was launched at Mobile World Congress, it won the prestigious Best in Show award. But once you get beyond the accolades and gasps of wonder, what does the Nokia 808 PureView actually mean for everyday photographers like you and me? To find out, we asked Juha Alakarhu, Head of Imaging Technologies, the man who has spent five years developing the Nokia 808 PureView.

1. You’ll be hooked on quality

The Nokia 808 PureView is without doubt the best cameraphone ever made. This fact alone, Juha believes, will change the way we think of cameraphones. “Naturally, there is a huge step forward in overall image and video quality in the spontaneous everyday photos that you usually capture with mobile phones,” he says. “And once you’ve tried the Nokia 808 PureView, you won’t want to go back.”

2. You’ll take more low light pics.

Most us don’t bother taking pictures in low light. Why? Because they’ll either be too dark to see anything, or the flash with ruin the ambience. According to Juha, that’s all set to change. “The Nokia 808 PureView’s low light performance is so amazing that people can now really capture the natural atmosphere, so you’ll see lots more natural low light photos.” And if it’s really dark, users can make use of Nokia’s most powerful xenon flash ever.

3. You’ll zoom zoom zoom

Let’s be honest, most cameraphone zooms suck, so most of us don’t use them. With PureView technology, though, you can zoom, zoom and zoom some more. “The wonderful quality of zooming means people can take more images of far distance objects, or use the zooming for some other creative purpose,” says Juha. The zooming can be done also after capturing the image, which is called post capture zooming.  “This is very exciting feature. When you zoom deep into the details, you may find stories that you were not even aware of when capturing the original photo”.

4. You’ll focus more on composition

Composition is key to great photos. The Nokia 808 PureView makes it easier than ever to get it right. “With closer distances, there will be visible “bokeh” or shallow depth of field,” says Juha. “This really helps the photographer to get a composition that supports the story and gives something extra, a professional look, to the photos.” In addition, the post capture zoom function of 808 PureView makes it easy to reframe the image later to improve the composition.

5. You’ll find more beauty in the detail

Zooming isn’t just about seeing fantastic far away things, it’s also about getting up close and personal. PureView technology means you’ll be able to see the world in all its detail. “Its amazing sharpness will get people interested in capturing the beauty of the world in a whole new way,” Juha believes. “For example, try zooming in on raindrops with and without the flash.” The possibilities are endless.

6. You’ll take photos of loads of new activities 

How many times have you been doing sport or riding your bike and wanting to take great photos? A decent camera is normally too heavy to lug around. Not anymore. “There are many activities where you need amazing camera quality but it needs to be robust and small size. Say scuba diving (with some extra protective gear of course) or bird watching,” Juha says. “It will be interesting to see how people use this.”

7. You’ll capture more spontaneous moments   

Life is full of fleeting moments you wish you had caught on camera, but by the time you’ve fiddled with the controls, the moment has gone forever. Juha believes we’re now better equipped than ever to change that. “Now that you can start the camera very quickly just by pushing the camera button, there will be more photos captured at exactly the right moment, when something exciting suddenly happens.”

8. You’ll act more like a pro

In the last decade or so we’ve seen amazing advances in camera phones. When it comes to editing your photos, though, it’s often not worth the hassle. Juha thinks the Nokia 808 PureView is so good, many more of us will find interesting new opportunities editing our shots like pros. For example, the PureView images display such great detail and shade that it is possible to find very interesting new looks by editing them. “You’ll also probably see professionals using 808 PureView as a backup camera or camcorder,” he says.

Juha paints a pretty incredible picture of what the future holds for everyday photographers like most of us. What do you look forward to the most?