Lumia 950 and 950 XL camera details emerge: Better pixel processing, enhanced OIS and more

Lumia 950 and 950 XL camera details emerge: Better pixel processing, enhanced OIS and more
The new Microsoft Lumia 950 range is packed to the rafters with exciting features. A line-up of many firsts as far as Redmond's mobile ventures are concerned, we finally have a pair of Windows handsets that can mix it with the big boys. So keen was Microsoft to showcase the notable aspects of the Lumia 950 and 950 XL during the announcement, that the company scarcely discussed the camera features of these two new smartphones. The higher-end Lumias have always delivered stellar point-and-shoot experiences, with the Lumia 1020's 41-megapixel lens still lauded by mobile photographers. For those eager to learn of what else is in store for the camera of the Lumia 950 and its larger brother, Microsoft's Juha Alakarhu has shared a few details via Twitter. 

Alakarhu is Head of Imaging Technology for the Lumia Windows smartphones, and has dispelled some of the intrigue surrounding the 20-megapixel snapper of the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL. During the grand unveiling, Microsoft did confirm that the main camera is capable of 4K video, which is fast becoming the norm among top-tier handsets. But photo geeks will surely be enthused by some of the other tech. specs of the PureView shooter.

With both devices, you get 5th-gen optical image stabilization (OIS), which should make for more refined, crisper snaps and less jittery video. The camera also boasts RGB flash and natural pixel processing. Here's a full list of the details shared by Alakarhu:

  • ISO12800
  • F1.9
  • 5th-gen OIS
  • Natural pixel processing
  • RGB flash
  • Content-aware exposure times
  • Next-gen dynamic exposure: Two exposure times in the same image. Short for moving and long for static part in Rich capture.

Microsoft will apparently be sharing some sample images taken with the devices very soon. It's a little surprising that the company hasn't already released a bunch of photos, particularly since mobile photography enthusiasts will have been waiting keenly for the Lumia 950 announcement. 

Still, we fully expect the eventual results to be impressive, and if you're keen to learn more about these two new devices, be sure to peep our Lumia 950Lumia 950 XL hands-on coverage. 


source: Juha Alakarhu (1), (2) via WMPoweruser

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Lumia 950
  • Display 5.2" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, Hexa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(18h 3G talk time)
Lumia 950 XL
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3340 mAh(19h 3G talk time)

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46 Comments

1. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Missing my 808 quality photos ! Bigger sensor and 41Mpx. Give us a 1030 ms

26. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

what is 5th generation ios?

27. sangramchinnappa

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 08, 2015

OIS not IOS, n thats optical image stabilization, the current one used in Lumia 950 is the fifth version of that tech

31. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

It's a buggy Apple iPhone OS. ;)

2. imnotascammer

Posts: 160; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

Microsoft have to step on it and end the duopoly. They are the only one who can.

5. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 544; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

The duopoly will never end,the same way MS monoply in PC will never end.The mobile market is stagnant & mature now.

6. imnotascammer

Posts: 160; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

Like you've been in the future? I'd like to see them try..

10. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 648; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

I disagree with your statement. Microsoft achieved its position because of Microsoft Office in companies. When Office became available for Mac, it was too late for Apple and Microsoft ensured that Office would always run best on Windows. Why do you think Steve Ballmer made Office an exclusive for Windows Phone? He tried the same like in the 80ies. He failed because Office is not as important on Smartphones as on PCs. Productivity on Smartphones means mails, calendar and full internet access but not document editing. The smartphone sector is different because it is driven by private consumers and there is no software that gives one eco system the absolute advantage since all important apps are available for all major three platforms. Microsoft can turn the market around if they come up with the right software and product combination.

11. imnotascammer

Posts: 160; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

Well said.

16. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

You are so wrong... 80% of computer sold are sold to private consumers. 20% to company. And Apple been gaining traction in company part and increasing its part of the market. you need to wake up!

20. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Link to your information bud?

24. killerpollo

Posts: 89; Member since: May 15, 2015

"-Apple been gaining traction in company part and increasing its part of the market."- Not really, they have increased the interest on their pc's in the consumer market not enterprise simply because of software. Even Apple uses Windows for manufacturing their products and that makes sense, professional engineering, scientific, designing and architecture software is extremely complex and it was designed years ago and it is already on windows. I bet you Linux has a bigger cut than Apple on the enterprise level.

21. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

dude with suit & tie.....

32. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Windows share of smartphone market isn't that bad it's really good in Europe but it's extremely bad on China Windows needs more phones from China companies if others start building Windows powered phones it can easily beat IOS.

13. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

agreed, until something truly new and revolutionary comes around, nothing is going to take apple and android on

3. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

I´m excited about the next blind test comparison in PA: Sony Xperia Z5 (best smarphone camera on the market)http://www.dxomark.com/Mobiles/Sony-Xperia-Z5-Mobile-review-Best-mobile-photo-video-scores-to-date VS Nokia Lumia 950XL VS whichever 2 bests in the last camera compasisonhttp://www.phonearena.com/news/iPhone-6s-vs-Galaxy-S6-LG-G4-iPhone-6-blind-camera-comparison-vote-for-the-best-phone_id74404

18. hemedans

Posts: 746; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

nop still 808 is best camera on smartphone

30. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

In the list of DxOMark the Nokia 808 is in the 14th position, so I guess it is time to stop with the joke already:http://www.dxomark.com/Mobiles

42. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

If you knew how scores were computed...then yes we can go there. However. I would guarantee/argue that my 1020 would outdo the z5 in a photo shoot once I pulled out the 44MB, 39MP, DNG files. In fact I would argue in a real competition the 808 and 1020 would run away with it if we were allowed to play with the DNG files. Also don't forget...dxo DOESNT retest camera's. So the 1020 is on old software at the time of the testing.

28. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

i think the Lumia will win, even when the Z5's improved so much

33. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Lol Sony Z-series always have the worst cameras vs specs the Sony z5 camera's only improvement is a 3mp bump i don't think if it's gonna make any difference this site numbers are bulls**t.

35. akaliel

Posts: 34; Member since: Jun 19, 2015

I think we can trust DXOMark's review of the Z5 more than your opinion. Especially if you seem to think that a 3mp bump was the only improvement made to the camera since the last version.

40. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Hardware wise it's the only improvement i looked it up only difference is in software with is still weak.

38. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Well, it is your opinion against one of the bests (if not the best) experts in reviewing cameras in the web. Guess who people will trust more!

4. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3935; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Next Blind Camera Comparison, Lumia 950/XL, GS6, 6s Plus, Nexus 6P, Z5/C/P. 5 Go In But Only One Will Emerge Victorious.

9. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

As the usual on PA, Lumia phones are not included.

12. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3935; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

They Did One That Included The Lumia 930 Earlier This Year. Can't Post A Link Cause My Accounts Is To New.

22. rsiders

Posts: 1812; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

And the Lumia 1520 did win one too against the Galaxy Note 4 and friends.

36. akaliel

Posts: 34; Member since: Jun 19, 2015

The 950 phones won't be included b/c there's no test devices out. And even if they stole one from the show it wouldn't matter b/c the W10 camera software is still very premature. Many sites have been commenting on how slow and laggy the camera software was at the show. W10 mobile is still very unfinished. Hopefully in a month we'll see these comparisons though.

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