Microsoft Lumia 1030 a.k.a "McLaren" said to boast a 50MP rear camera, 4th-gen short-pulse LED flash

Microsoft Lumia 1030 a.k.a "McLaren" said to boast a 50MP rear camera, 4th-gen short-pulse LED flash
As Microsoft is reportedly prepping a successor to the one of the more popular Nokia Lumia devices up to date, the Lumia 1020, which is universally praised as one of the more potent cameraphones out there. Codenamed "McLaren", the device in question could end up being called the Microsoft Lumia 1030.

While the Kinect-like gesture input-technology that the McLaren was rumored to sport has been reportedly put on hold, the device is still said to don some quite intriguing features and pieces of hardware.

As the Lumia 1020 is popular for the capabilities of its 41MP PureView camera, it comes to no surprise that the recent round of rumors regarding its successor comprise a rear-positioned camera sensor with a respectable, two-digit megapixel count. If the rumor mill is to be believed, the Lumia 1030 (or whatever Microsoft decides to name it) will boast a 50MP camera, most probably of the PureView type. Apart from raising the ante in the megapixel count, the Lumia 1030 is also said to come with a physically-larger camera sensor, which is always welcome. In addition, the flash of the device is said to be not a xenon, but a 4th-gen short-pulse LED one.

When it comes to photography, there's a wise saying which claims that “megapixels are not everything”. While this is generally true, the Lumia 1030 will have to have some additional aces up its sleeve so as to successfully stand up to the best-performing smartphones in the imaging department right now. The answers to all of our questions regarding the Lumia 1030 might get unveiled at the upcoming MWC 2015.

In the meantime, we already got treated to some photos depicting a prototype Lumia device. Could this be the McLaren in question, the long-awaited successor of the Lumia 1020? 

source: WMPowerUser



56. Hamid.Z

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Everything is nice, but I'd like the xenon flash back :(

51. tasior

Posts: 265; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

Lack of xenon flash seems like a step back. Oh well, it's MS, so that should have been expected...

50. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

So THE BEST camerphone on the market even TODAY (as I type this on the 1st of December 2014) is going to be refreshed with a newer model?! Even if the rumors are 50% true, this device is shaping to be a KILLER phone... ... only so PhoneArena can take it. Give it poor reviews... Not include it in any blind camera tests... and then write up some literature about how it is/was "one of the more potent cameraphones" when in reality it is THE BAR all other smartphones compete against.

49. Phonecall01 unregistered

Sold. Just take my money MS !!!

48. unklmik

Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 01, 2014

"Alleged" is the key word. We'll not see any believable until after CES, if then.

47. shimanto1123

Posts: 105; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

Darude - Sandstorm


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Why no xenon flash? Xenon is still better than led flash! They should build both in the phone!

43. Ikechukwu

Posts: 264; Member since: Oct 03, 2011

bruh I might just get this ooo:

39. senrab

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 01, 2014

My question for anyone who has expertise in the area of Camera Flash technology is if a 4th-gen short-pulse LED flash performs better than a combination LED Flash + Xenon flash that currently exist on my Lumia 1020. I'll be very disappointed if I go backwards in flash technology. I take a lot of pictures of moving objects, and the Xenon flash works perfectly at freezing those objects and thereby produces pictures in perfect focus with no blurs. Anyone have any thoughts? Thanks!

45. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Well Xenon flashes higher intensity with a shorter span-few milliseconds, which is what helps it 'freeze' the moment. Currently LEDs cant match the speed/power in a phone setup. However, there are applications, and things all over the web, of photographers going to LEDs because of lifespan. They are using customer outage and speed to achieve same results. If the LED in the 4thgen shortpulse, can match intensity and milisecond output, then it should have no problem replacing the xenon in the phone.

34. Beijendorf unregistered

The rumour is from NokiaPowerUser, which are usually highly UNRELIABLE. And even THEY are sceptical about this rumour. I'd give this a 0/10, would not trust again.

24. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Folks January is not far ahead. Microsoft is said to be heading for CES so this smart phone be could be there to greet us. they have to have something interesting at CES next month or why even appear there. I hope Microsoft introduces a new cheaper Surface computer that cost less than 450 dollars with the type cover using an Intel Atom CPU running good old full Windows 8.1 / 10.. I have a feeling though they will introduce a smaller lumia tablet to replace the Nokia lumia 2520 and a surface 3. both will run ARMS CPU's, Windows 10 and will be running the new upcoming Microsoft "Universal Apps". I predict Microsoft will probably beat Apple to the market with a Microsoft branded 50 inch HDTV integrated to X BOX and Microsoft's Apps store and it's video and Music apps.

20. laughmi

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

we don't want 50MP cam. What about filesize and all troubles that come along and even if you can decrease the MP why to concentrate on that. We just want a good camera even if it is 5 or 8MP.

21. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

I'm sure you know oversampling from the 1020 right?

27. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Speak for yourself bud, i want a 50 MP. I'm upgrading.

36. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

925, 930, 1520, 830. Great stuff. However 41mp on the 1020 just is a cut above bar none. File size? 1020 comes with like 20gb or so of usable space after some app installs and games etc. You would need to take nearly 600+- full raw pictures without deleting a single one to fill up that type of memory. 600..... Considering you can upload the raws etc to onedrive, i would think after 200, you would clear them out.

41. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

dont include me on the "we dont want" statement ok? so you want a good camera? buy their low end phones.

18. jojon

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

Yep..that's what i'm talkin' about. That thing is a bitch, i want it in yellow!!

17. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

The face of the guy is visible lol

16. aksa123

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Dedicated camera button? Good.

13. daftside

Posts: 13; Member since: Apr 26, 2014

This thing is ultra hideous! I'm actually glad they scrap this one.

11. arturmeireles

Posts: 20; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

FINALLY!!! I hope comes with 3GB and a screen of 5"

22. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

And SD slot - it's a must for this phone.

31. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

1k pictures in a month and my 32gb has not suffered. One drive has proven great. I would like an SD Card, options are always great, but not a deal breaker for me.

10. hasell

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 25, 2014

this is gonna be awesome!! take my money Microsoft!

8. Symon_Fleece

Posts: 351; Member since: May 30, 2014

4th generation pulse LED Flash?

4. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

If its gonna look that ugly and bulky who cares.

7. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Actually we do. These preview beasts(808,1020) are undisputed kings of smartphone cameras. All they have to do is make it slim as possible and better shutter speed time. Microsoft really need a flagship device.

12. rency0722

Posts: 158; Member since: Jun 12, 2013

Sadly, having a larger image sensor and making it slim doesn't come in both ways, not unless they defy physics.

14. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Well then your categorization of 'we' is a minority. The sales of both 808 and 1020 have been embarassingly disappointing for Microsoft Mobile. They should really listen to the average consumers and fix its shortcomings rather then just making the phone thicker and increasing the MP count which beyond 40 is useless anyway. 'Undisputed king' doesn't mean anything if the bottomline sales is poor. Besides claiming Lumias, undisputed is a bit far fetched. Dxomark showed the Lumias to its rightful place. Awful video recording and oversaturated colours doesn't really make them an 'undisputed king'.

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