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Nokia Lumia 1020 features 41-megapixel PureView

Nokia 808 PureView

By Shona Ghosh

Posted on 9 Jul 2013 at 09:14

Nokia's latest flagship is dubbed the Nokia 1020 and will feature a 41-megapixel PureView sensor.

That's according to evidence from Windows Phone manager Joe Belfiore, who uploaded photos to his Flickr stream using the device, as spotted by The Verge.

EXIF data on one image lists the camera model as the "Nokia 1020", with a resolution of 2,947 x 1,658 or 4.9 megapixels.

Another is taken at a resolution of 2,352 x 1,568 or 3.7 megapixels, suggesting the PureView sensor can take photos at different resolutions.

The device was thought to be codenamed "EOS" and to feature Nokia's advanced PureView sensor.

The firm has teased the Lumia 1020 ahead of its expected New York launch later this week with the slogan: "41 million reasons to zoom in."

Given the bulkiness of the 808 PureView, it wasn't clear whether Nokia would try to fit the full 41-megapixel sensor into a Lumia. Aside from the 808 PureView, the Lumia 925 also features an 8.7-megapixel PureView sensor.

Earlier reports of a prototype device hinted that Nokia had managed to slim the sensor down, and had tapered the phone at both ends to disguise the lens housing. It's also thought to feature a red LED next to the flash, potentially a focus-assist light.

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User comments

A bit silly, if you ask me...

I really see no point in having "41mega-pixel" sensors. There's a good reason why most "serious" DSLR cameras don't have sensors with this many pixels, despite using sensors many times the size of those in 'phones.
Simply expressed its just a fact that as the pixel-density increases (or pixel-site size DECREASES) then image quality 'per-pixel' becomes degraded, particularly with respect to "noise".

I believe Nokia uses a complex system of mapping, which combines groups of small pixels and processes their output to simulate bigger pixels offering better quality images. That's why the reported images aren't 41MP in size....

By wittgenfrog on 9 Jul 2013

Initially I thought the same...

That many pixels in such a tiny sensor goes against everything we have been taught about digital cameras, but the way they are used seems to prove their point.

For example I the camera will simultaneously take a photo at 38mpx and 5mpx, where each pixel in the 5mpx shot is made up of 7 individual pixels from the original image. This is supposed to result in some truly stunning photographs – at least as far as camera phones go.

Having so many pixels also results in the effect of being able to “zoom” into the photo digitally without that blocky digital zoom we’re used and avoid like the plague (although I assume this would bring back the noise issues).

If the latest rumours are true the lens will also feature the PureView OIS found on the Lumia 9XX range, which would be quite a feat if true as the sensor is much larger than in a standard phone.

Search the web for sample shots from the original 41mpx camera, the Symbian based 808 PureView, they are reasonably impressive.

Hopefully the algorithms in this incarnation will be even better and produce something truly special, I guess we’ll find out fairly soon.

It’s interesting that (as far as I’m aware) there was no way to produce 41mpx images on the 808, that maxed out at 38mpx. I wonder what happened to the missing 3mpx?

By StuartN on 9 Jul 2013

other stuff

Also reported elsewhere is a "housing" to bulk up the Handset making it feel more akin to a Compact Camera when held in the hand, this also contains a tripod mount and an extra battery increasing capacity by around 50%

What is yet to be announced, so far as I have seen is storage capacity. Hopefully Nokia wont balls this up with a useless 16Gb and no SD slot!

By nickallison on 9 Jul 2013


PureView does allow full 38 mpix output. Don't forget that Nokia's 1/1.2" sensor is really big for a phone - roughly 85 mm2, therefore pixel density (48 mpix / cm2) is even lower than, for instance, typical point-and-shoot camera's like Canon PowerShot A2000/A3000, which has 16 mpix on 28 mm2 (57 mpix / cm2).

Considering that you can to choose either 3.6x zoom (as in 100% crop) or a massively oversampled image that easily rivals mirorless compacts like Olympus Pen, I don't see how is it a bad thing :-)

By Lomskij on 9 Jul 2013


I hadn't spotted that the sensor is that big, though it's still pretty dense by DSLR standards.

I 'get' the oversampling techniques, but personally it doesn't afloat my photographic boat :-)

By wittgenfrog on 9 Jul 2013


Day one purchase for me

By rhythm on 10 Jul 2013

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