January 30, 2014

Nokia: “Goodbye, DSLR.”

Bold talk:


I’ve had only brief hands-on time with this DNG-capable camera (er, phone?), but judging from what I’ve seen students at SVA create, it’s a great device. Still, I’m reminded of the automotive adage, “There’s no replacement for displacement.” Let’s see if & when these little pocket computers can synthesize the creamy bokeh of a traditional lens—and whether hybrid systems like the Sony QX family gain traction.

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Posted by John Nack at 10:04 AM on January 30, 2014


  • K Brown — 1:58 PM on January 30, 2014

    Who has decided that a “camera” with a lens you can cover with your finger will kill off the DSLR?

  • Uanuwe — 9:08 AM on January 31, 2014

    thank god nobody can confuse me with those wannabe mobile phone photographers.

    let them have their crappy phone cameras.
    only a mentally retarded would compare a phone camera too a DSLR anyway.

    [“A mentally retarded”? Right back atcha. –J.]

    and nobody cares about the trillion of facebook pictures anyway.. it´s modern garbage.
    pictures taken without any thought process..

  • Wayne — 12:25 PM on January 31, 2014

    i think the most significant aspect of this high megapixel cellphone camera is not the camera, but the support of DNG. It is about time that we embraced a universal RAW format or “negative” in ALL our cameras. The JPEG has served us well for a long time, but as someone who works in printing and prepress the JPEG format has caused endless pain and suffering for those who work with digital photographs on a daily basis. Their low bit depth, compression and the permanent damage that can be done to them by those with less than stellar Photoshop skills almost makes me want to ban them!

    Of course we all know why we use them for convenience, small size and in the days of 56k modem bandwidth it was mandatory. However, I think that in 2014 it is about time that we start thinking about creating a lossless format for all our photographic devices not just expensive DSLR’s and medium format backs. In the same way that the .mp3 has set us back decades in the technical sound quality of music for the sake of convenience the photograph is needless suffering in quality due to similar limitations. DNG is very good news!

  • Tom — 4:54 AM on February 01, 2014

    I am wondering if the marketing people at Nokia have actually ever used a DSLR. Firstly the ergonomics on the Nokia phone in question are a joke compared to a DSLR. Secondly the images the phone produces while not bad don’t even come close to what you can get from a DSLR with a halfway decent lens.

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