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Cooperation between Nokia and Carl Zeiss

Leading-edge Expertise in Optics Meets Mobile Communication

Carl Zeiss has joined forces with the world leader in mobility, and recognizes this collaboration as an important step in creating a high-end camera phone market. Nokia’s technological expertise and understanding of the mobile devices market, combined with Carl Zeiss’ leading-edge expertise in optics and lens solutions, makes the two companies an ideal fit. Carl Zeiss and Nokia provide camera phones that excel in their picture quality, resulting in mobile devices with best-in-class optical features such as a variable aperture that permits great picture taking in all light conditions, a mechanical shutter for pictures with less motion blur and a high-end sensor for higher resolution.

Beginning of the Cooperation

The two companies have collaborated since 2005 and have brought the design expertise and stringent quality requirements of Carl Zeiss to Nokia’s product creation process for high-end camera devices. As a result of the collaboration, consumers are able to capture, share, store and print better quality images with Nokia’s flagship imaging devices. The outstanding scientific expertise from Carl Zeiss in camera optics and the industry-leading position of Nokia in the mobile phone market offer a solid foundation for the cooperation.

ZEISS Tessar Lenses in Mobile Devices

Nokia mobile devices are equipped with Carl Zeiss Tessar lenses which correspond to the classic four-element design invented in 1902. Despite its small size, the special features of this lens include its high definition, low chromatic aberration and high speed.

The Megapixel Myth

When it comes to taking digital photos, it’s the quality of the lens and the sensor that count, not just the number of pixels. A high resolution sensor with a low quality lens can only capture low quality pictures in high resolution. Also the image quality does not only depend on the number of sensor pixels but also on the quality of each pixel displayed. The displayed pixel size changes according to the physical size and properties of the display device.