Why is a 41 Megapixel sensor put into a cell phone, rather than a camera?

Started Aug 6, 2013 | Discussions thread
Eric Fossum
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Re: Possible reasons for a 41 Megapixel sensor put into a cell phone
In reply to jkoch2, Aug 10, 2013

jkoch2 wrote:

An expert like Eric Fossum might be able to enlighten us dregs about the relevance of so many megapixels, perhaps more than the lens can resolve, but probably won't.` Wizards must uphold the mysteries of their domain.

I'm not sure, but I feel dissed.

But if you want to read more, check out the Nokia white paper. It is not so bad:

http://i.nokia.com/blob/view/-/2723846/data/1/-/Lumia1020-whitepaper.pdf

And by the way, for fun check out the impromptu comparison of two images of a bunch of image sensor specialists aka wizards taken with the Nokia Pureview and a Canon:

http://www.imagesensors.org/2013%20Workshop/2013%20Main%20page.htm

Hardly a scientific comparison but two images shot by Mrs. Fossum back to back. (We started with the Canon but someone asked her to shoot the same image with the Nokia so she did.  I had to crop the Canon image later because it had a slightly bigger FOV.

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