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Image quality appears very good in sample shots

Nokia Oyj.'s (HEX:NOK1V) upcoming flagship phone will be officially unveiled Thursday.  Partner Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) may have blown the surprise, though, when Windows Phone manager Joe Belfiore posted photos dubbed "Lumia 1020" to his Flickr account.  The photo has since been removed, but the tag is still there lingering around.

Okay, so technically the blogosphere already new that Nokia's upcoming PureView camera phone was expected to be dubbed the Lumia 1020.  But as The Verge points out, the pictures do offer up some interesting new information.  

They indicate that the massive sensor will generally shoot in 2947 x 1658 resolution (nearly 5-megapixels) or 2352 x 1568 (3.7-megapixels), rather than the 41 megapixel resolution the original Symbian PureView phone (the Nokia 808) shot in.  Camera buffs will recognize this is a good thing, as pixel size is important to image quality.

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Joey Belfiore poses for a pic from the Lumia 1020 which he mentions on Flickr (whoops).
[Image Source: Joey Belfiore via Flickr via The Verge]

While it's unclear whether the Nokia shooter will include freeze-frame/stop-action rapid shooting like HTC Corp.'s (TPE:2498) One smartphone, it is expected to blow away both the One and Apple, Inc. (AAPL) iPhone 5 in image quality.

The Lumia 1020 is expected to pack a large bar-style xenon flash, which few smartphones have and have a 1/1.2" second-generation PureView sensor.  That sensor is bigger than most point and shoot cameras and several times the size of the sensor found in the iPhone 5 or One.  That huge sensor is coupled with Carl Zeiss optics to let in plenty of light.

The onboard camera is also expected to have Nokia's floating lens technology, which helps focus and color depth.  And reported it will add an adjustable aperture and manual shutter -- firsts for a smartphone.  Those improvements could put the super-shooter on level with high-end point and shoot cameras, albeit without the optical zoom.

Again the only gripes/unknowns are whether the camera app will be capable of automatic high-dynamic-range (HDR) imaging and whether stop-frame picture selection will be available.
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The Nokia "PureView" Lumia 1020 (click to enlarge) [Image Source: EVLeaks]

For those complaining about battery life on the Lumia, Nokia may have an answer -- it's reportedly prepping a special accessory for Thursday that doubles as an expansion battery, a camera grip, and a bit of protective casing for the device.  Sounds pretty clever.

Little is known about the hardware spec outside the speculation, although the phone is expected to have an OLED display (like the Lumia 925).  We'll have to wait till Thursday to find out about the rest of the spec.

Sources: Flickr, The Verge

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RE: Not surprised here
By drumsticks on 7/8/2013 10:45:15 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, did you?

Nokia didn't release the 808 PureView in the hope of making much of a dent in the smartphone market - the Symbian operating system is obsolete, and Nokia's future plans are focussed on Microsoft's Windows Phone OS. If you want an 808 in the USA, you'll have to pay full price ($699) since no carrier (to date) is subsidizing the hardware through contracts on this side of the Atlantic. But while the Nokia 808 might not be an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy killer, it is a fascinating and compelling product, and one that has added a definite shine to Nokia's reputation in the tech industry, which was looking a little tarnished, to say the least. The 808 proves that Nokia can innovate, and its PureView technology has piqued the interest of serious photographers, being one of the most important innovations - arguable the most important - in mobile photography since the smarphone era dawned five or so years ago. As such, the 808 is intriguing not just in itself, but because of what it represents. Things could be about to get interesting...

Qualms over symbian aside (which has nothing to do with the camera), and considering it got a gold award, I'd say it looked pretty darn good...

RE: Not surprised here
By BRB29 on 7/9/13, Rating: -1
RE: Not surprised here
By chripuck on 7/9/2013 11:25:21 AM , Rating: 3
You are so incredibly dense... here, I'll spell out his points in very simple English.

-The 808 or the 1020 is not as good as a good P&S.
-Most people do not carry around both a P&S and a smartphone.
-For a smartphone, this camera is truly spectacular.

He's not arguing whether it's a better phone than the competition, he's not arguing that it's a better camera than good P&S, Micro 4/3 or DSLRs, he's not arguing that it will sell well. You never even made those points, he was replying to your statement that the 41 MP was a gimmick, which it is not.

RE: Not surprised here
By CaedenV on 7/9/2013 1:24:36 PM , Rating: 2
I agree. Lets keep in mind that the 808 was built primarily as a pocket camera with phone capability. Meanwhile the 1020 looks to be a Lumia 920 with a nice camera added on. The Lumia 920 is a great phone already (it is what I use), and adding the 41MP camera to it seems like a nice addition. Comparing the phone features of the 1020 to the old 808 is silly. We are talking about different hardware, different operating system, and nearly 2 extra years of development. Rather let's compare the phone features to the 920 which has the exact same hardware and software, and only compare the camera to the 808 while keeping in mind that the 1020 should have a more mature sensor, possibly better lenses, and will definitely have OIS added which was sorely lacking in the 808.
I don't think that the 1020 brings enough to the table for me to replace my 8 month old 920, but the 41MP camera is hardly the gimmick I thought it was when I first heard about the 808. It will definitely be a requirement for my next phone, be it this Christmas, or next year when my contract expires.

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