While everyone seems to be excited about Samsung’s latest 108MP image sensor that’s bound to arrive at some smartphones later this year, one, in particular, wasn’t all happy about it. Former Nokia PureView Creator took to Twitter his reactions regarding the company’s past and recent achievements.
Samsung’s 108MP isn’t the largest sensor ever in a phone
According to Damian Dinning (@PhoneDaz), the Nokia 808 from seven years ago had an approximately 24% larger sensor than what Samsung introduced last week. For reference, the company’s new ISOCELL Bright HMX features 1/1.33-inch sensor size with 0.8µm individual pixels. That said, the Nokia 808 PureView comes in at 1/1.2-inches with 1.4µm pixel size. This is contrary to what Samsung is claiming the largest ever phone sensor in press releases.
We’re not entirely sure what press release was in question, but we did not see such claim from Samsung (based on its website).
FYI Nokia 808 introduced over 7 yrs ago featured a sensor ~24% larger than Samsung’s new Isocell sensor, despite their press release suggesting it’s the largest ever phone sensor. Whilst I’m sure it will be great 7 yrs on, be good if you could check your facts 1st @SamsungMobile
— Damian Dinning (@PhoneDaz) August 15, 2019
Multi-aperture isn’t really new, too
Apparently, the same goes for the multi-aperture phone or variable aperture. For the young ones out there, you might have seen this feature first on the Galaxy S9 series. Its camera optics can switch between f1.5 and f2.4. According to Dinning, Nokia N86 8MP introduced this feature first back in 2009. Aside from having two focal lengths, the legacy phone had three apertures.
Another Twitter user chimed in highlighting some of the exclusive features of Nokia 808, like built-in ND filter, lossless zoom, and AOP mics with up to 140dB recording.
According to an old review of Nokia N86 8MP from Phonearena, the effects of the variable aperture is barely noticeable due to the lack of details. It further cited that it came out more like a marketing gimmick, after testing.