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Is a PureView Lumia going to have 21MP camera?

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Is a PureView Lumia going to have 21MP camera?
Yesterday Nokia outed one enigmatic video titled "Things are about to change", featuring just girl on a bike shot in motion with what appears to be image stabilization. Speculation rose immediately that Nokia might be teasing an eventual Windows Phone handset with the groundbreaking PureView smartphne camera technology.

PureView refers to the way pixels are utilized, grouping neighbouring ones into one super pixel, so it doesn't necessarily have to come from the giant 41MP sensor of the 808 PureView, smaller resolutions can be used for the same "pixel oversampling" effect with less detail, of course, which will still be leaps and bounds ahead of what we have in current handsets, save for the Nokia N8.

The duration of the video, 21 seconds, as well as the fact that Phi is the 21 letter of the Greek alphabet, and a Nokia Phi is widely rumored for reveal next week, led a WP-centric blog to speculate that a PureView Lumia might have 21MP camera. 

We've heard speculations before the 808 Pureview was revealed that Nokia has 20-something MP sensors in the lab, and MSNerd said not long ago that Verizon will be getting a PV Lumia with smaller resolution than on the 808 PureView, so everything is possible, although it seemed pretty early to hope for this tech to be brought over to Windows Phone before. What do you think, does this guesswork have some merit, or isx it too deep of a conspiracy theory?

source: MonWindowsPhone via WMPU

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posted on 30 Aug 2012, 02:13 15

1. redmd (Posts: 1355; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

21MP is good enough of the sensors are great.

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 02:26 10

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

Agree! It is good enough especially with the said features --- It definitely will crush the Ativ S' camera.

What I'm wondering now is how will Nokia do their first HD screens and multicore processors.

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 04:00 2

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

I think a 4.7" screen coupled with 720p resolution. Dual-core snapdragon s4 same with ativ S. Design would be a hint of the previous designs but I think it would be a little different this time. They're a little smart to get over with n9's looks. But I also think that they would still follow some design cues on that look.

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 02:22 11

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

It's possible. Good theory. Thumbs up for those who deciphered it. I know, you people are so bored to think of this. But hey, at least, you have that "sherlock" talent.


posted on 30 Aug 2012, 03:12 3

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

i think its a good camera... one of the nokia developer tweet that pureview tech might not come to WP since the OS has restrictions and its not the same as symbian..it has limitations... coz he said if nokia will put PV tech to lumia, it will be expensive...

now i think this is a good start!!! 21 mp with PV goodness is a good start... it make a lot of sense now..one blogger said that nokia phi might feature PV tech coz Phi is the 21st letter of roman letter..

Nokia Lumia is way better than any phone manufacturer that will make WP...

name it.. lumia has it...

ativ s is a good device but it is already showing some weakness.. its not really build good... you can see some scratches at the back of the device...

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 06:18

7. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4292; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

Err...Phi....Greek...not Roman!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 19:44

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

oh sorry... :P

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 08:49 2

10. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

Aluminum is a soft metal, so it can scratch relatively easily. Even the N8 could get scratched, which is one of the reasons I'm glad Nokia does Polycarbonate for its bodies, because if it does get scratched or dented, the color remains the same

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 09:00 2

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

true that. I saw this vid in youtube that says even if you scratch the aluminum part of n8, it won't be unnoticeable because the color goes all through deep the aluminum. Then there I was, got a cutter and boom scratched the back of my n8 like no tomorrow. White scratches are now visible in my n8. I'm so stupid trying that. I totally regret it.

On the other hand, the plastic top and bottom of my n8 is the same polycarbonate used in lumias. Proved it when my n8 dropped from the second deck of our double deck. It leaved a dent but it goes unseen because the color goes all through out.

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 19:46

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

but for me, N8's aluminum body is way better than samsung's phones with same aluminum...

i think nokia should remake the look of N8 to their lumia line!

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 05:11 1

6. MeoCao (unregistered)

21MP with pixel zooming means the phone can take picture of far away object with normal camera lens, But that obviously consumes lots of power so let's see how Nokia solves this problem.

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 06:34 3

8. mohitmk21 (Posts: 15; Member since: 07 Aug 2012)

not concerned about design nd build quality because nokia will b taking care of same and i trust them for that, concern would b the hardware inside and display..

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 06:42 1

9. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4292; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

Agreed...build quality is nice tough not sleek or slim... The hardware area always leaves them behind!

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