The effect of having a wide-screen 16:9 sensor vs traditional 4:3.
Nokiaâ€™s official blog has written about the features of the camera in the Nokia N9, presumably the same one as will be showing up in the Nokia Sea Ray.
The camera features:
- Industry-first imaging sensor which is FULLY optimised for BOTH 16:9 AND 4:3 images
- Industry-leading Carl Zeiss optics
- Super wide-angle optics â€“ the widest in the industry. Up to as much as 60% more viewing area than other broadly comparable devices
- f/2.2 aperture â€“ largest ever in a mobile device
- Extremely responsive, especially switching from stills to video and vice-versa and shot to shot
- Touch AF for both video and stills
- Full time continuous AF in BOTH video and stills plus face detection
- HD video with stereo audio (still one of very few devices that provide high quality audio recording in video)
- Seamless workflows optimised for speed or editing & sharing
- Zoom in to images directly in the post capture view, edit and share all without leaving the camera â€“ the most seamless mobile imaging experience
- Non-destructive editing of images â€“ go back to the original image at any time. Undo or redo edits even months later
- New high power dual LED flash â€“ 20% more powerful than our previous most powerful LED flash despite its compact size
- Geo tagging with place names rather than just co-ordinates
- AMBR â€“ Automatic Motion Blur Reduction
- Not forgetting the touch to share of images between handsets using NFC technology
Of note is that, unlike other 8 megapixel sensors, which sacrifice low light performance for pixel density, in the Nokia N9, which has a custom sensor made just for Nokia, the sensor is large, the aperture for the camera is very large, to capture more light and of course the focus is in fact very much on camera quality.
Of course Nokia innovated a lot in the camera software also, and it would be interesting to see how much of that carries over to their Windows Phone.
We all know the iPhone 5 will make the jump to 8 megapixel, and it will be great for once to have a camera on a Windows Phone that will not just have great specs, but is actually better in all aspects.
Read a lot more detail at Nokia Conversations here.