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Rumored resolutions of camera images leak, along with price

Nokia Oyj.'s (HEX:NOK1V) fresh flagship phone, the Lumia 1020 is set to be unveiled Thursday, but more specs are already trickling out, following the phone's inadvertent outing via Microsoft Corp. (MSFT).

Here's a run-down on what we know about the phone's camera, which is expected to be the best smartphone camera available -- rivaling all but the best point and shoots (other than lacking an optical zoom).
  • 1/1.2" image sensor
  • Dual flash: LED + Xenon
  • OIS (optical image stabilization) via floating lens*
  • 38 megapixel (4:3); 32 MP (16:9); and 5 MP (16:9) (with 7 pixels per "superpixel")
  • F2.2 aperture (some sources say this may be adjustable)
  • Manual internal shutter
  • 2 GB DRAM
  • 32 GB NAND Flash Storage
  • NFC
  • Camera grip with built in battery ($70 USD) (capacity unknown)
  • Wireless charging via backplate*
*This first popped up in the Lumia 920, and is also found in the 925/928.

Nokia Lumia 1020
The Nokia Lumia 1020 [Image Source: WPCentral]

The onboard "Amber" skin, which is Nokia exclusive will provide:
  • FM radio support
  • Flip to silence
  • Pro Camera app (control ISO, white balance, shutter speed, flash, manual focus)
The Pro Camera app is expected to stand in for the more blasé standard Windows Phone Camera app, although automatic settings will be available by default.

The phone will reportedly go on sale at Microsoft Stores on July 22, unlocked, at a price of $602 USD.  The Microsoft stores reportedly will carry three varieties -- yellow, white, and black.  AT&T, Inc. (T) is expected to be the initial carrier for the (locked) version of the device, which is expected to feature additional colors (like cyan).

International release prices and dates are unknown, at this point.

Source: WPCentral

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Which one is it?
By The Imir of Groofunkistan on 7/9/2013 4:34:09 PM , Rating: 2
Either the 38 megapixel leaked info is not correct or the picture of the Nokia 1020 is faked since the picture of the phone clearly says 41 megapixel.

RE: Which one is it?
By Monkey's Uncle on 7/9/13, Rating: -1
RE: Which one is it?
By SPOOFE on 7/9/2013 5:15:59 PM , Rating: 2
The pictures will be absolutely filthy with all the crosstalk noise

At a pixel level, sure. However, most people don't look at images at the pixel level. Each noisy pixel is a relatively smaller part of the whole image.

This is essentially oversampling, which (in theory) helps counteract the inherent Bayer blur.

RE: Which one is it?
By Nortel on 7/9/2013 8:38:59 PM , Rating: 1
MOST people are going to be uploading these pictures to FB or other online sources. The only reason to require 41MP is if you are printing 6 foot wide banners. Its like having a 4k TV and playing back 480p content and saying, "well you should be standing 10 feet away anyway".

RE: Which one is it?
By Monkey's Uncle on 7/10/2013 8:32:01 AM , Rating: 1
Right, so we have to ask Nokia... What's the point?.

Let's face it -- this is a phone, not a full-frame or Medium Format pro-level digital camera (the place where you commonly expect to see resolutions of 41MP).

My D7100 has a resolution of 24 MP with an APS-C sensor and even at that level it gets red marks for noise that you don't see in full-frame. Mind you, the guys doing the reviewing are accustomed to reviewing enthusiast and pro level cameras. But why the huge MP density in a smartphone with a tiny 1/1.2 sensor? IMHO if 90% of folks are doing nothing more than is popping them onto facebook or uploading to dropbox, there really is no need for 41 MP. 16 MP would excellent results for casual snapshots.

If you are going to be doing serious photography that needs this level of resolution, you are gonna use a DSLR or DMF camera for it and nothing less.

RE: Which one is it?
By InsGadget on 7/10/2013 9:05:25 AM , Rating: 5
Yes, you guys just keep on convincing yourselves advancement in technology is a bad thing.

RE: Which one is it?
By Monkey's Uncle on 7/10/2013 12:56:47 PM , Rating: 1
Technology advances are based on need. I honestly see no need for a 41 MP sensor on a phone camera.

Do you honestly see a need for this? Please be so kind as to elaborate on that need.

RE: Which one is it?
By lennylim on 7/9/2013 5:24:27 PM , Rating: 3
While the pixel density is very high, it is not as stupidly insane as it first sounds, because the sensor is fairly large for a cellphone (1/1.2" compared to, say, 1/3" or so for many camera phones).

Pixel size of the previous generation PureView is 1.4 microns, about what most cameras on the phone packs. The HTC One has pixel size of 2 microns. But this guy can combine the result of 7 sensor site into 1 pixel output, theoretically about 5 times the sensor area of the HTC One.

RE: Which one is it?
By B3an on 7/9/2013 6:15:45 PM , Rating: 5
I always see so much **** and stupid assumptions posted on articles about this phone.

Look, the high pixel count is used to make sharp and accurate smaller images (under 10mp). Just like with with the previous Nokia 808 PureView the high res images are scaled down (but you can stop this from happening in the settings), and all the pixel data is used to also produce better colours. You end up with extremely sharp detailed images, with very accurate colour (for a phone). It obviously works very well as the 808 still has better image quality than any other phone. If you don't believe me just go look at the images taken with it by doing a quick search.

If this phone also uses the "floating lens" tech inside the Lumia 920/925/928 then this should also produce the best low light shots. It's camera would be utterly unrivalled by any other phone.

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