Nokia prepping 12Mp cameraphone with optical zoom?
Super-snapper handset could be out this year
Nokia is secretly working on a device that could propel it to the forefront of cameraphone technology: 12Mp phones with an optical zoom.
Sources inside both Nokia and optics firm Carl Zeiss revealed the Finnish phone giant’s plans for the high-end cameraphone, according to a story by website Phone Report, and hinted that the devices will appear late this year or early in 2010.
Several mobile phone firms have already unveiled – but not yet launched - 12Mp cameraphones, including Samsung with its Pixon 12 and Sony Ericsson with the Idou – which the firm recently renamed Satio.
LG recently promised to launch a 12Mp cameraphone offering before the end of this year, which could see the Korean manufacturer’s device launch alongside Nokia’s rumoured offering.
Nokia won’t be the first firm to launch a phone with optical zoom, either, although the feature is rare on handsets. Samsung’s SCH-B500 includes an optical zoom. ®
I want one so much...
that I will willingly sell my house and all its contents to buy one, except for my real camera of course.
Absolutely. My Nikon D1 took very nice pictures, with only 2.3 megapixels. Better pixels please, not more - 3MP is the most any cellphone needs with current technology. (12MP is only twice that resolution)
There's no chance Nokia will include a decent wide angle either but it will have a useless flash, because it'll be specced by bean counters, marketers and corporate politicians, not engineers or photographers.
What a joke
What's the point? Huge file sizes mainly storing the pattern of noise that the tiny sensor was chucking out at the time...
Why not work on a camera phone that takes decent pictures with a normal resolution? I haven't seen one yet.