The Verge, Nokia and Misleading Headlines

Update: Looks like I was wrong about the camera sensor. However I do think the headline is still misleading, how much of that is the fault of Savov I don’t know. Vlad Savov on *The Verge* ran the headline: “Nokia launches 808 PureView with 41MP camera: hands-on pictures, video, and preview” and then said: >The…

Update: Looks like I was wrong about the camera sensor. However I do think the headline is still misleading, how much of that is the fault of Savov I don’t know.

Vlad Savov on *The Verge* ran the headline: “Nokia launches 808 PureView with 41MP camera: hands-on pictures, video, and preview” and then said:
>The headline spec is that the brand new camera sensor inside it is composed of 41 million pixels, however as you might have surmised, this handset doesn’t take full 41-megapixel stills. Instead, it oversamples — taking the image data from seven neighboring pixels and consolidating it into one pixel’s worth — and generates pictures roughly 5 megapixels in size.

If you knew in the first paragraph that the camera wasn’t *really* 41-megapixels then why did you run with that in the headline? Oh yeah, pageviews.

*Note that [Nokia also is a bit misleading](http://press.nokia.com/2012/02/27/nokia-advances-on-its-new-strategic-direction-rolls-out-range-of-new-mobile-devices-and-services/) in the advertising of this camera.*

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