Nokia Lumia 1020 41-megapixel PureView photo samples show up online

News Paul Briden 09:06, 9 Jul 2013

Pictures have emerged online showing the Lumia 1020's PureView camera capabilities

Pictures snapped with the Lumia 1020’s 41-megapixel PureView camera have shown up online courtesy of Microsoft Windows Phone manager Joe Belfiore, who posted the images on Flickr.

The EXIF data on these photos shows that they were indeed taken on a Lumia 1020, which leaks have shown packs the same 41-megapixel PureView camera technology seen on the Symbian-powered Nokia 808 PureView.

The Windows Phone 8-based Lumia 1020 is known to feature both Xenon and LED flashes and a mechanical shutter, as well as optical image stabilisation. The device is poised for a reveal on Thursday July 11 at a dedicated event in New York.

One of the picture samples has a 2947x1658 pixel resolution, suggesting it was snapped on the 5-megapixel setting, the other has a 2352x1568 pixel resolution which is more likely 3.7-megapixels.

As with the Nokia 808 PureView, the 41-megapixel setup on the Lumia 1020 can be set to a number of capture modes but the sensor allows for what’s known as oversampling, meaning that at a standard 8-megapixel setting it can capture far more detail and can utilise a ‘lossless’ digital zoom.

Reports indicate the Lumia 1020 will be able to capture both a 32-megapixel image and a 5-megapixel image at the same time, the idea being that you can quickly and easily share the 5-megapixel shot via social networking and the like, while the 32-megapixel shot can be kept for printing or saving to your computer, hard-drive or whatever.

Nokia’s press invitation previously hinted that it would reveal ‘zoom re-defined’, suggesting it may have some additional tricks up its sleeve we haven’t yet seen leaked. Could it sport optical zoom too? Possible, but unlikely, more probable is that the company has further tweaked the lossless zoom feature in some way. Still, there’s not long to wait before we find out as we’ll have full coverage of Nokia’s launch when it happens on Thursday.

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