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8 megapixel PureView camera rumored for the Nokia Lumia 920

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8 megapixel PureView camera rumored for the Nokia Lumia 920
If the following rumor turns out to be on the right track, quite a few Nokia fans will be pretty underwhelmed. That is because although the leaked Nokia Lumia 920 is expected to be marketed as a PureView device, the actual megapixel count of its image sensor will allegedly be far lower than expected. 

So, how low is low, you ask? Well, 8 megapixels, according to sources for The Verge. That is still pretty good by today's norms, yet still light years away from the rumored 21-megapixel one we heard about. Still, the number of megapixels isn't the only thing that image quality depends on. It is said that the 8-megapixel camera on the Nokia Lumia 920 will possess some advanced image stabilization features and camera software to match. As a side note, the front-facing camera on the device will be of 1.3 megapixels.

Another Nokia Lumia 920 feature that the tipster mentions is wireless charging, enabled by a conductive strip embedded in the back plate of the smartphone. What's more is that the handset will comply with the Qi standard for wireless charging, meaning that it will work with Qi-supporting charging docks. Last but not least, it is claimed that 32GB of on-board storage will be available, alongside a gig of RAM, a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, and a 4.5-inch display with HD resolution. 

The Lumia 920 is expected to be announced at the press event that Nokia is hosting on September 5, and that is when we'll find out whether any of the information above holds water. Rest assured that we will be keeping a close eye on the event.

source: The Verge

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posted on 03 Sep 2012, 09:02 18

1. No_Nonsense (Posts: 826; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)


If it's true then goodbye Nokia WP8; however, I've a feeling this isn't true as a very credible Nokia camera dept guy said 12MP was too small for PV tech; and unless Nokia is totally crazy or has developed a revolutionary tech that's ahead of PV I can't see all that hype nothing but a gimmick.

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 09:31 5

9. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 385; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


if this is going to happen,then Nokia is going to make a big foolish mistake and very soon they will declare their bankruptcy and also the news they are spreading doesn't have any worth.

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 09:42 3

15. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


I dont believe this. After creating all the hype and excitement to all the WP and android fans. They can't afford a disappointment this time. As what I said before, a 16MP PV would be possible for this lumia, or maybe as low as 12 MP to make 2pixels into 1.

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 09:51 2

19. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


This is not the 1st time they have over hyped and under delivered... N97 lumia 900 etc... I hope they actually have a proper pv camera in the new lumia especially after basically saying Samsung ativ s was nothing compared to the new lumia

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 13:10 2

40. boblight (Posts: 84; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)


Yup yup. I agree with you. I doubt that Nokia would be so crazy to do this. Mabye there is something that Nokia may be hiding from us, and is saving it for Sept 5. But still, designwise the 920 still tops the list. :)

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 18:22

48. Whodaboss (Posts: 176; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)


So, I think what I'm reading here is that you guys know exactly what type of PureView variations are available? Somehow, because you've heard about the 41mega pixel version there isn't any other variations of PureView. And if there were other variations that couldn't be good at all. Hmm... Funny that I'm sure most of these readers here are one's who always claim more mega pixels don't mean squat now all of a sudden it's the Holy Grail.

Even if this is true, so be it! I'm glad to know there are so many clearvoyant folks here who knows what will be a success and what will not. I'm sure all of you are rich with Apple stock because you knew the iPhone was going to be a hit.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 01:04

52. No_Nonsense (Posts: 826; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)


But more MP in PureView provides more oversampling. And I'm talking about the total sensor size. eg:2 MP in 808 provides 20 pixels condensed into 1 super-pixel and if this is true then 2mp will give a 4:1 ratio

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 09:07 12

2. MeoCao (unregistered)


PureView and 8MP? what a joke. I don't think it's true.

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 09:12 1

3. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


It's smelling N8 Camera to me

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 21:36

50. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


N8 sensor should be on Lumia 820.. and pureview on 920!!!

but i think N8 sensor is still superior since its 12MP...

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 09:13 4

4. dr_fajardo12 (Posts: 118; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)


mmm ill wait

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 09:21 15

5. Jericho (unregistered)


Lets just wait for the official specs.

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 09:21 2

6. valapsp (Posts: 557; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


I think everybody was expecting a 38 megapixel shooter for a Pure View model. not 8.

But let's be honest we (normal people) don not need such a camera because the output size of each photo would be at least 15 MBs.

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 10:03

24. redmd (Posts: 1279; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


I don't think you have a clear grasp of what a pureview tech is.

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 10:15 1

27. valapsp (Posts: 557; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


Actually I'm judging based on Nokia 808 PureView.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 01:36

53. chapizzo (Posts: 116; Member since: 13 Sep 2011)


Actually, you don't have no idea of what you speak. The file size is around 1MB when you use the pureview setting and not the full 38MP resolution. Afterall, the design was to use the pureview setting.

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 09:22 7

7. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


If the rumor is true, I doubt Nokia will see significant sales of the new phones. Sure, there will be some improvement, but enough to sustain the company? Doubtful. There are just too many compelling alternatives.

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 09:28 2

8. CharlieAtInfinity (Posts: 253; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


What the hell Nokia... 8 MP Pure View? REALLY? and also if there is no xenon flash then Nokia is digging their own grave :(

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 09:34 1

10. papss (unregistered)


I'd be pretty disappointed to be honest.. I have a contract just waiting to see what this event shows....

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 09:34

11. shikhar (Posts: 28; Member since: 14 Aug 2011)


I wanted a better camera on the Lumia 920 than what is on the Nokia N8. Sure, megapixel count is not everything, but this is pretty underwhelming. Nokia would have to employ a different concept of imaging in 920 as opposed to 808 (pixel binning) if they want the integrity of the Pureview to be upheld. And I wondered why it was a Lumia 920 only and why not something like a 1000 series phone.....

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 18:31

49. Whodaboss (Posts: 176; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)


Precisely. We don't know what Nokia has in mind. They maybe releasing an 8mp PureView now only to release a much better phone (spec wise) in the near future. And because the new iPhone will be released around the same time I wouldn't be surprised if they waited a few additional months to release Lumia 1000etc. For the life of me I don't understand all these negative comments. Moreover, IMO any of these phones will be and are better than the iPhone or any Android product. The OS is just better and with the new hardware it will be superior.

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 09:39 2

12. infernal88 (Posts: 113; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Calling a 8mp cam pure-view without having the multible pixels into one super pixel
Would be mess leading and more like marketing only technique ...hope nokia wont folllow such tricky ways ...would suck ro be them

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 09:47 2

17. redmd (Posts: 1279; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


So true. 8MP =/= pureview, it's just the N95. I think the rumors are true because Nokia might not have been able to put that huge sensor to their sleek Lumia line. Nokia might have just ride the pureview coattails and fool the innocent.

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 09:55

21. redmd (Posts: 1279; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


*N9

Let's just hope Nokia delivers.

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 09:39 2

13. GJanee (Posts: 214; Member since: 29 Jun 2011)


as i see noone noticed that ad1: a 41mpx camera is a total waste for a phone, ad2: it will not be affordable for most of the people so yeah, i'm not that disappointed.
i personally do not want to see a great nokia design ruined with that bulky bump for the high mpx camera. especially not the lumia design!

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 09:40 1

14. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


if this is true, nokia will flop. it might deliver good quality but in marketing, they will lose because people nowadays judge will quantity vs quality first --- in which they trust Samsung even more and Samsung's cameras don't suck, they're actually good.

so, 8MP? not eye catching. you're doomed.

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 09:47 1

16. FoneAddict (Posts: 259; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


No doubt Windows Phone is limiting the potential of PureView.

Nokia should have gone with Android, this is turning out to be a disaster for Nokia and it's all because they decided to place their entire faith on MS Trojan Stephen Elop.

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 09:59 2

23. applesauce (banned) (Posts: 165; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)


No, android is too crowded and too easily a target for apple. If not WP, they should have continued with MeeGo (which can be made to run Androids apps easily). Going with Microsoft gave Nokia a much needed cash and tech infusion to get them quickly to the forefront of WP. The turnaround time for that transition is staggering.
Also, Elop isn't some tyrannical dictator, deciding to make changes at random; he is the mouthpiece for the company, a company comprised of thousands of workers and shareholders, many managers, and a board of directors. He can't make changes or announcements without the board's approval, which is why his interviews tend to be so useless

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 17:43

47. juusitu (Posts: 4; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


That's so true! Elop has drag Nokia to the mud.

I mean look at much rewarded N9. He even didn't want to sell it in every country. By this he damaged it's sales not to mention had been promoted it. Instead he toured the world praising WP, wiped out every Nokias own OS Symbian/Meego under WP. He hasn't understood, that something must been sold, before WP-phones are in the market.

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 09:51

18. applesauce (banned) (Posts: 165; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)


I would expect no less than 16MP. We all know MP aren't everything, but the average consumer thinks more is always better, and with the Titan2 already having 16, Nokia is almost obliged to beat it.
That said, if they're able to cram the PureView software into any MP count, it'll more than likely be a better camera than anything except possibly a Sony Xmor (I think that is what they call their stacked sensors?), and even then likely better. Nokia knows it needs to strongly differentiate itself, especially against Samsung.

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