How Nokia and Carl Zeiss will continue to push PureView camera technology

With the Nokia 808 PureView Nokia has showed once again how it’s pushing the boundaries for smartphone photography, so it’s great great news for all Nokia fans that a deal to continue working with Carl Zeiss has secured the future of Nokia smartphone photography for a long while yet. Here are a few reasons how and why Nokia camera phones together with Carl Zeiss continue to be the best.

Nokia 808 PureView “way beyond anything we’ve ever done before” says Nokia’s imaging guru

Nokia recently announced that it had extended the exclusive partnership with Carl Zeiss to supply optics for its high-end smartphones – including the Nokia Lumia range.

The Nokia 808 PureView will begin rolling out later in May, bringing its class-leading 41-megapixel image sensor and unique oversampling technology to the market. Thanks to a mixture of Nokia’s clever algorithms, a capable 1.3GHz processor and Carl Zeiss’s unmatched optics, it’s going to be putting many dedicated cameras to shame.

This new deal will ensure that future Nokia phones will contain the same cutting edge imaging technology that they’ve benefited from in recent years.

“Carl Zeiss was a crucial partner in the creation of the first PureView experience,” said Jo Harlow, executive vice president of Nokia Smart Devices. “The benefits of our ongoing collaboration will be more PureView innovation and further advancements in smartphone imaging in the coming months and years.”

In a recent interview with Nokia Conversations, Senior Scientist at Carl Zeiss and Research Dr. Dr Hubert  Nasse, and Development Project Manager for Mobile Phones Oliver Schindelbeck, revealed some of the things that make the craftsmanship of each Carl Zeiss lens so special, and why the future of Nokia smartphone photography is a bright one.

Each lens has the smell of success

Nasse says that each lens is tested to “the very highest scientific standards.” More than that, each lens has a scent. “When you work with lenses every day, you appreciate their true craftsmanship. A Zeiss lens even has a certain smell – to me it smells professional.”

Machine tested for professional quality

And when making the lens for the Nokia Lumia range each lens is placed in a Carl Zeiss K8 measuring machine with three meters that measure sharpness. The higher the parameters, the sharper the lens. When making the Nokia Lumia lens it was found that even professional lenses registered lower than the Lumia lens. “That’s how good these lenses for mobile phones are,” said Nasse.

Carl Zeiss works with Nokia right from the beginning

“We work together with Nokia from the first idea,” Schindelbeck said. “We look at optical design, calculating the lens system, discussing the limits of lens itself and the specifications for quality.”

The team then ensures that all the quality standards are met for the final prototype of any Nokia device. “It’s only when we’ve taken all of those steps, and ensured our standard of quality at every stage of the process, that we are happy to say – this is a Carl Zeiss lens.”

And that’s why we’re just as happy to continue using Nokia camera phones. With the future of Nokia and Carl Zeiss’s partnership secured, we hope it won’t be too long before we see the first Nokia Lumia PureView phones.


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