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PureView Phase V detailed: a 10 MP Lumia 830 camera with Nokia's thinnest OIS module

PureView Phase V detailed: a 10 MP Lumia 830 camera with Nokia's thinnest OIS module
Ladies and gents, it might have slipped the Lumia 830 presenter to mention that the Nokia PureView camera technology officially entered its Phase V stage today, but this little fact didn't escape our attention, so let's dive into the future of Microsoft's Windows Phones shooter tech that was just demonstrated on stage at the IFA expo in Berlin before our very eyes.

Nokia introduced its so-called PureView camera tech brand just two years and a half ago, with the jaw-dropping 808 PureView monster with a whopping 41 MP sensor hump on the back. This one marked Phase I of the technology, indicated by the so-called pixel-binning and lossless zoom technologies, that allowed for superior detail and quality unseen on a mobile device until then. Then, later that same year, came the pivotal Lumia 920, which was the first flagship that Nokia produced with the Windows Phone mobile OS. It didn't have the giant 41 MP sensor of the 808 PureView, opting for an 8.7 MP one instead. What could be considered PureView Phase II there, however, was the optical image stabilization tech, that put the whole camera module on suspension, allowing it to compensate for hand tremor up to 500 times a second, and pushing most major phone makers to follow.

Nokia's CEO at the time, Stephen Elop, promised to merge Phase I and II in a PureView Phase III handset that would feature both the OIS, and the pixel-binning, as well as lossless zoom technologies in one module. That promise was realized last summer, with Nokia's Lumia 1020, which did sport a version of the 41 MP monster, and an optically-stabilized module. Later on, in the fall, the company introduced its first phablet, the Lumia 1520, with a slimmed-down version of the signature 41 MP PureView sensor that had a smaller, 20 MP resolution, aided by OIS tech in its turn, for Phase IV of Nokia's groundbreaking mobile camera tech.

Nokia 808 PureView
4.88 x 2.37 x 0.55 inches
123.9 x 60.2 x 13.9 mm
5.96 oz (169 g)

Nokia 808 PureView

Nokia Lumia 920
5.13 x 2.79 x 0.42 inches
130.3 x 70.8 x 10.7 mm
6.53 oz (185 g)

Nokia Lumia 920

Nokia Lumia 1020
5.13 x 2.81 x 0.41 inches
130.4 x 71.4 x 10.4 mm
5.57 oz (158 g)

Nokia Lumia 1020

Nokia Lumia 1520
6.41 x 3.36 x 0.34 inches
162.8 x 85.4 x 8.7 mm
7.37 oz (209 g)

Nokia Lumia 1520

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.

The company just introduced the Lumia 830, and it looks like we are entering Phase V with it, as it sports an even smaller than the 1520, new 10 MP PureView sensor, while at the same time flaunting the slimmest OIS module Nokia has ever created, allowing the shooter to fit in a thin, stylish chassis. As you can see from our quick sensor size comparison chart below, the 1/3.4" is a tad smaller than the grey area which indicates the average smartphone sensor size, but the devil is in the details. Here's the nitty-gritty on the new PureView sensor:

Lumia 830 sensor is of pretty average size

Lumia 830 sensor is of pretty average size

  • Primary camera sensor size: 10 MP, PureView 
  • Camera Focus Type: Auto focus with two-stage capture key 
  • Camera digital zoom: 4 x
  • ZEISS optics: Yes 
  • Sensor size: 1/3.4 inch 
  • Main camera f-number/aperture: f/2.2 
  • Camera focal length: 26 mm
  • Camera minimum focus range: 10 cm

The new sensor features 6-lens Zeiss optics, backside illumination, and genuine 16:9 sensor format out of the box, like on the Galaxy S5. The sensor's light sensitivity can go up to the decent 3200 ISO count, which, coupled with the slower shutter speeds made possible by the stabilisation tech, should allow for better-lit night and low-light scenarios, hopefully without grain and blur. Here's an official demo of the new Lumia 830 PureView camera from Microsoft, for your viewing pleasure, as well as a few camera samples of our own.



source: Nokia

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posted on 04 Sep 2014, 06:07 2

1. DogeShibe (Posts: 949; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


I don't get why this has f/2.2 while 730 has f/1.9?

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 06:30 2

10. Ashoaib (Posts: 2428; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


lumia cameras are performing better than the competition, only draw back is windows... they should release two variants of their flagships, one with windows and the 2nd with android

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 06:36 2

15. DogeShibe (Posts: 949; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


Ashoaib pls

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 06:57

18. haseebzahid (Posts: 1836; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


and 3 for IOS -__-

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 07:33 8

22. Liveitup (Posts: 1572; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


If Windows was a drawback other platforms wouldn't be imitating its UI. Thought for the day.

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 22:50

27. hurrycanger (Posts: 1289; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


hmm, I'm not really sure how you're looking at the word "UI". It means to me more than just flatness.

And Windows as an operating system is way more than just the UI. Other operating systems sure aren't imitating how Windows Phone works. Like, for example, (just an example), even if Android gets a custom skin that looks just like WP, yet it still works the way Android works and runs the stuff Android runs, it would gets no "drawback" from WP. Hmm...

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 06:31 1

12. Birds (Posts: 1028; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


Because one has OIS to stabilize low light photos and one doesn't.

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 06:40 4

16. DogeShibe (Posts: 949; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


Not what I wanted to know...I know OIS helps reduce blur due to motion.
But thanks.

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 06:32 1

13. amrut.m (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 May 2014)


1.9 means it has bigger apeature better low light as it has small megapixel module.
2.2 has bigger sensor keeping sharpness and light detail

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 06:35

14. DogeShibe (Posts: 949; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


Yeah I know that.For 830 ... I sense noise ... While 730 should do great macros.
L730 has to be a best seller...

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 07:57

25. DevilsAdvocate (Posts: 11; Member since: 28 Jun 2014)


You are right. But 830 has OIS I guess.

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 06:08 1

2. DogeShibe (Posts: 949; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


Anyway this is great but I like 730/735 design...slightly resembles Lumia 800.

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 06:09

3. jeeta444 (Posts: 135; Member since: 24 Mar 2014)


Which soc is L830 using ??
is it having a S400?

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 06:12

6. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 792; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Snapdragon 400, although details are rather scarce

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 06:10

4. raunak (Posts: 505; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


Phase 3 was first introduced with 1020, not with 1520.

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 06:27

7. Daniel.P (Posts: 102; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)


Fixed, thx!

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 06:29

9. DogeShibe (Posts: 949; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


Please explain my question above too!

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 06:12

5. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 792; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Isn't the Lumia 1020 the one with the PureView Phase III camera?

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 06:28

8. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5953; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


I am curious what MS is going to be announcing to replace the L1020 and L1520. Presumably the product designation will be L1030 and L1530, but internally, what will be the specs?

I really hope MS dumps the carrier exclusivity in the U.S. Carrier exclusivity is a plan for a sales fail.

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 06:59

19. haseebzahid (Posts: 1836; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


most probably a SD804 2GB or 3GB 2K res model. just for good marketting

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 06:31

11. tasior (Posts: 256; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)


It doesn't look like Phase 4. It looks like Phase 2 all over again...

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 06:42 1

17. SIGPRO (Posts: 507; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)


What do you mean?

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 07:40

23. tasior (Posts: 256; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)


It looks like step back to 920 like cameras. No more lossless zoom, just good low light photos.

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 07:02

20. Gadgety (Posts: 107; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


Nokia smashed the door in when introducing the 41mp lossless zooming mobile camera, branding it Pureview. Pureview lossless zooming was possible through the giant sensor.

Elop subsequently tried to rebrand Pureview to signify all Nokia (and no Microsoft) camera tech offerings. This obviously had the intention to piggy back on the 41mp camera, and diluted the Pureview brand. Now, calling this Pureview Phase V, shows how diluting the brand has continued for five phases. Pureview today means what - a camera of some type. Gee, now its flatter. An amazing story of how to trash branding.

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 07:44

24. tasior (Posts: 256; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)


They did the same with ClearBlack display technology.
http://www.allaboutsymbian.com/features/item/19865_When_a_brand_name_survives_its.php

Lumia is now Nokia only by name... Even at this Berlin presentation, there wasn't a single person with characteristic Finnish accent...

posted on 08 Sep 2014, 09:41

29. sks1969 (Posts: 86; Member since: 04 Mar 2012)


Dude, you had the optics Phd she did the demo of the 830, she did the thing about bees and the needle in the haystack when the 1020 was announced.

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 07:03

21. Gadgety (Posts: 107; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


*(now Microsoft)

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 10:01

26. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1145; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


selling at 423 American Dollars this is not a cheap smart phone but I could buy one.
but I like a lot of Lumia 1020 fans want a Verizon version of the Microsoft-Lumia 1020
with the 41 pixel camera. the 1520 is cool but a little big to me.

posted on 07 Sep 2014, 10:57 1

28. trueDTS (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Sep 2014)


is 925's cam still better than 830's?925 has 1/3" sensor,F2.0?

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