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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.


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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 :

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.