Nokia 9 Pure View: 5 sensors for improved picture quality!
HMD presented a surprising smartphone, the Nokia 9 Pure View, which is distinguished not by three or four, but by five photo sensors! These positioning target photographers.
From the front, the Nokia 9 Pure View is a beautiful smartphone. Equipped with an 845 Snapdragon chip with 6GB of RAM and a 5.9-inch OLED display with QHD+ definition (2960 x 1440 pixels), it features the main advantages of a high-end smartphone. Its fingerprint sensor under the screen falls well under the finger, and its 4150 mAh battery gives it a good autonomy. But when you turn it over, the beast reveals itself.
The particularity of the Nokia 9 Pure View is that it has five photosensors on board, including two RGB sensors and three achromatic sensors whose primary function is to capture as much light as possible. The five sensors offer a maximum resolution of 12 million pixels and an aperture of f/1.8. The optics were made in partnership with Zeiss, but we have little information.
Combining these five sensors would capture ten times more light and much more detail. Indeed, if the two RGB modules deal with the colorimetry of the image, the three monochrome sensors are responsible for recovering information on the level of hue, definition, and light.
By combining the whole, it is possible to obtain images ranging from 60 million to 240 million pixels. This huge definition implies the presence of a second processor developed by Light. Yes, we are talking about the company behind the L16, this half-smartphone, half-device camera body composed of 16 camera modules and having just signed a partnership with Sony.
As a result, there is a better understanding of the distribution of sensors and their role. The goal of the Nokia 9 Pure View is to provide maximum image quality through computational photography in a minimal footprint. The advantage of this technology is to be able to increase image dynamics, low sensitivity light management, and detail rendering.
It is also possible to manage the depth of field retrospectively all the more readily as these five sensors are also supported by a sixth ToF (Time Of Flight) sensor which makes it possible to evaluate the distances between the different planes of a scene and thus to play with the depth.
Of course, the Nokia 9 Pure View allows you to capture RAW images, and the native integration of Adobe Lightroom CC’s mobile application will enable you to post-process this RAW generated by the different sensors. In short, the promise of the Nokia 9 Pure View is beautiful.
It is too early to judge, but a quick introduction reveals two things: the first is that shots taken in low light (at least in a living room atmosphere) showed a particularly surprising level of detail and noise management. The other point is that to get this shot in RAW, it took an absolutely infinite time (well over 10s) for the image to be readable. And meanwhile, the smartphone is blocked. We will see what will happen to the final models available to the general public.