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Nokia shares first official image samples from 41MP Lumia 1020

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Initial image samples from the new Lumia 1020 provided by Nokia have us eager to start snapping our own gallery. Click on any image to view it in high resolution.

Nokia is already showing off the imaging capabilities of the Lumia 1020 smartphone it announced yesterday

The samples show off the photographic possibilities made possible by the device's 41MP imaging sensor, an iteration of the groundbreaking technology the company debuted last year in the 808 PureView phone. While the 41MP spec and 34MP to 38MP maximum file output size (depending on aspect ratio) sounds impressive, the real value of such high pixel density lies in oversampling for a higher quality image output at more manageable files sizes. The Lumia 1020 allows you to simultaneously shoot both a full-resolution capture and an oversampled, immediately shareable 5MP version of every image. (If you really want to delve into the science of oversampling, check out Nokia's whitepaper on the Lumia 1020, and specifically page 6.)

And while the 808 was the first phone to showcase this technology, expectations are even higher for the Windows Phone 8-powered Lumia 1020, which Nokia says offers completely redesigned sensor hardware. We think the Lumia 1020's 41MP 1/1.5" back-side-illuminated sensor might hold even more promising photographic potential with its more modern design, combined with a faster aperture.

Although the 1020's sensor is around 30% smaller than the one found in the 808, it's still larger than the 1/1.7" type found in most high-end enthusiast compact cameras. The Lumia 1020's aperture is also 1/3EV faster (F2.2 vs F2.4), which makes up for much of the difference in sensor size.

The 808's front-side-illuminated sensor didn't perform as well as its spec may have suggested. When tested by DxOMark, the 808 performed only slightly better than a 5-year-old-camera — specifically the Canon PowerShot G9. The 808's Nokia/Toshiba sensor was larger and several years newer than the G9's, yet it barely out-performed it. It was noticeably out-done by a contemporary camera, Canon's S100. Both the Nokia and the S100 used FSI CMOS sensors and yet the S100 was found to be noticeably better. This means there's considerable room for the new BSI sensor in the 1020 to improve over the 808's: meaning we may finally see a smartphone that's not just a match for the latest mainstream compacts, but one that can compete with some of the best enthusiast compacts on the market.

The Lumia 1020 also employs optical image stabilization, a six-element Zeiss lens and a new Nokia-developed Pro Cam app, which seem to result in some impressive initial samples provided by the Finnish phone maker today. 

While we'll wait to make any real conclusions until we can take our own sample images with the Lumia 1020, our hands-on with the device at yesterday's press event in New York City has us eager to see more.

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Johnsonj
By Johnsonj (9 months ago)

Fast apeture at f 2.2. Koooooool

5 upvotes
n1b
By n1b (9 months ago)

Sensor 1/1.7" ==> Crop factor ≈4,3
Which means f/2.2 x 4.3 = f/9.46 in 35 mm equivalent
Not so fast, I guess :)

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (9 months ago)

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AnHund
By AnHund (9 months ago)

f/2.2 is f/2.2 regarding light no matter the crop factor.

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n1b
By n1b (9 months ago)

Incorrect.
f/2.2 regards only to correlation between physical dimensions of focal length and diaphragm. Lumia 1020's focal length is 26.0 mm, therefore 35 mm equivalent focal length of 1020 will be = 26 x crop factor = 26 x 4.3 = 111.8 mm
Physical dimension of f/2.2 diaphragm for FF 111.8 mm will be 50 mm. Can you imagine 50 mm diaphragm on a smartphone? :)
But since it's only f/9.46, then FF 111.8 mm will have 11.8 mm diaphragm size.
Now, back to Lumia: f/2.2 at 26mm focal length (crop factor 4.3!) will have the same 11.8 mm diaphragm size.
QED :)

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CyberAngel
By CyberAngel (9 months ago)

It's 1/1.5" or 2/3" half of the 4/3" standard
thus the crop factor is 4
Now you can recalculate everything

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n1b
By n1b (9 months ago)

> thus the crop factor is 4

:)) yeah, it changes everything - HUGE difference!!! f/2.2 at crop factor 4 is enormously faster, than f/2.2 at crop factor 4.3!!!

The fact is it's nowhere near crop factor 1, so it can't be as fast as full frame f/2.2

> Now you can recalculate everything

$100 and I'll recalculate it for you.

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capanikon
By capanikon (9 months ago)

This is a really terrific camera for people who don't care about photography.

6 upvotes
Gadgety
By Gadgety (9 months ago)

It's a terrific camera that's always with you if you care about taking pictures or filming. It also has a manual control interface. It's amazing in a tiny package.

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (9 months ago)

Noone said that, say, a FF or an APS-C camera (with a decent lens) can't take better images. However, the best camera is always the one with you - and I seriously doubt you always drag your large-sensor traditional camera around ;)

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (9 months ago)

"I seriously doubt you always drag your large-sensor traditional camera around ;)"

Why not? There are a lot of small cameras with large sensors now that can fit in a pocket. Most people don't wear skinny jeans. :)

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mad marty
By mad marty (9 months ago)

There is not one large sensor camera available to carry around in my jeans besides the rx100 which costs the same as the 1020 (2/3" is still tiny and even 1" isn't impressive).
For me the camera industry don't want to produce big sensors in small bodys. They just want to sell lenses with their mft and dslr. So Nokia took the chance and made a step forward even if they probably can't keep up with some point and shoot sensors in the same size.
It's great that nokia made the 1020. For me no need for a p&s anymore until they put an mft sensor in them.

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vv50
By vv50 (9 months ago)

with a p&s in your pocket, you have a camera and that's it. don't forget with devices like the 1020, you don't need to carry 6 extra items with your camera: radio, mp3 player, pda, web browser, GPS PND, and a separate phone.

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rpm40
By rpm40 (9 months ago)

There are several cameras out there cramming a big sensor into a small body, beside the rx100- the Nikon A, Ricoh GR, Leica X1 all do a pretty good job. They are pricey, but the 1020 would be up there too if not for the phone carrier contracts.

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mad marty
By mad marty (9 months ago)

I was speaking speaking about point and shoot.
I don't count the expensive fixed focal range cameras as an alternative for p&s or the Nokia. For me these are niche enthusiast cams.

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CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (9 months ago)

Hey Nokia!

Why not come up with a cool camera that has a phone built in?

Ooops! Is this it?

.

3 upvotes
Trollshavethebestcandy
By Trollshavethebestcandy (9 months ago)

Unless I hear a mirror slap it is not a camera ;)

10 upvotes
CyberAngel
By CyberAngel (9 months ago)

unless I hear my friend calling to me it is not a phone

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Roger Knight
By Roger Knight (9 months ago)

I just love this camera.....Er..sorry, phone!
With the grip accessory it would make a terrific travel camera.
It's simple enough to crop the shots to make telephoto shots out of wide angle takes without losing any resolution.

2 upvotes
Gadgety
By Gadgety (9 months ago)

And a HD video camera with noiseless zooming and HD sound!

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (9 months ago)

"And a HD video camera with noiseless zooming and HD sound!"

You meant lossless zooming? ;)

BTW, Apple will also start providing decent, lossless zooming in their iPhones. See my pretty thorough report at http://www.iphonelife.com/blog/87/imaging-video-guru-reporting-lossless-video-zooming-ios7 if interested.

Of course they will still lag behind Nokia in other respects: quality audio (heck, they don't even provide stereo, let alone wide-bandwidth and wide-dB audio in the iPhone 5), IOS, wideangle lens. It's highly unlikely they'll be able to produce something similar in the next 2-3 years.

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Nathebeach
By Nathebeach (9 months ago)

Very nice action shot of the guy jumping the railing. Looks like they have one, maybe two bright lights on the subject. Seems suspiciously well lit for a night club shot. Do you suppose that Nokia is trying to show their camera in a good light with a pro photographer? Hey I can't criticize that; I would do the same if I were them. My point is I cannot wait to see what it can do in poor lighting. Time will tell.

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Waimak Stud
By Waimak Stud (9 months ago)

If they were doing that, I would have expected them to get rid of the red-eye and maybe clean his shoes up a bit.

2 upvotes
Zlik
By Zlik (9 months ago)

It has the on camera flash look (which I don't really like), and is definitely just one source (the xenon flash). Look at the shadows (there are none on the subject, because the flash is almost at the same position as the lens). Xenon is more powerful than LED, and can freeze action much better, which is what they are demonstrating here. Neat if you don't have any other option, but I still don't like that washed out on camera flash ;)

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ulfie
By ulfie (9 months ago)

The first one of the baseball is as good as Sony's full-frame RX-1. Just kidding... ;)

0 upvotes
ezradja
By ezradja (9 months ago)

slightly better than 808!
Wish the sensor has better lens (what I meant, optical zoom lens with a proper body) but the 1020 lens is quite decent, judge on these images.

1 upvote
Stu 5
By Stu 5 (9 months ago)

The lens is a heap of junk. Look at the edges of the cityscape photos compared to the centre. Even at very small sizes it is very noticeable. A decent sensor mounted behind a dreadful lens.

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (9 months ago)

"The lens is a heap of junk. Look at the edges of the cityscape photos compared to the centre. Even at very small sizes it is very noticeable. A decent sensor mounted behind a dreadful lens."

It (particularly the decentered lens - see the blur in the right half of the frame) seems to be a problem of the prototype unit. GSMArena's latest report ( http://www.gsmarena.com/nokia_lumia_1020_preview-review-952p7.php ) states the following:

"“We are also pleased to report that the blurring along the right side of the frame, which is visible on the samples wasn’t present on our unit so it is definitely due to a imperfect prototype unit.”"

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ozgoldman
By ozgoldman (9 months ago)

Interesting article indeed. My wife has the Nokia 808 and with that 41mp camera it does take pretty decent pics, and is quite brilliant at video.
And on the subject of correct spelling and English per se, just take a look through this forum to note the appalling English that is written by some who contribute to this site. And unfortunately, the worst offenders are coming from English speaking countries.

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reality_check
By reality_check (9 months ago)

WHAT? The English spelling system has tens of thousands of spelling errors. It has twice as many spelling rules. Out of 7000 common words, half of them are mispelled and a third of them invites mistakes in decoding (and reading). Let people spell words like they are pronounced. That's progress! I AM right, BUT YOO, SUR, AR ... RONG!

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babalu
By babalu (9 months ago)

Wow, what a crop. ...And it seems we can even spot a near-
collision of a black sedan and a yellow taxi in the roundabout
shot from above ... its a few inches miss..

2 upvotes
hwttdz
By hwttdz (9 months ago)

I'm impressed, but for a phone. Not all megapixels are created equally, and this one when viewed critically looks kind of like an image that has been scaled up. That said, still very impressive for a phone. And scaled down to a 10 megapixel image this looks fantastic.

3 upvotes
unknown member
By (unknown member) (9 months ago)

"And it seems we can even spot a near-
collision of a black sedan and a yellow taxi in the roundabout shot from above ... its a few inches miss.."

LOL, you've never been to or driven in New York City, have you?

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El Cajun
By El Cajun (9 months ago)

"apeture"? Could a writer for Digital PHOTOGRAPHY Review be troubled to spell one of the most basic photographic terms correctly? Or how about using spell check?

I'm sorry - this makes it hard to take the author seriously.

2 upvotes
Erin Lodi
By Erin Lodi (9 months ago)

Thanks for pointing out this error! Much appreciated, we wish our spell check systems worked better too.

6 upvotes
marike6
By marike6 (9 months ago)

No big deal, but if TextEdit on OS X and your own forum software both flag "apeture" as an incorrectly spelled word, why wouldn't DPR's internal spell checker?

The word "aperture" must be used hundreds of times per day on DPR.

1 upvote
Jeff Greenberg
By Jeff Greenberg (9 months ago)

El Cajun: "Or how about using spell check?"

Starting sentence with "Or" will
get you points off on your 6th grade grammar test.

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 2 minutes after posting
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Nathebeach
By Nathebeach (9 months ago)

or how bout offering constructive criticism instead of trolling for dollars?

2 upvotes
Stefan Gunnarsson
By Stefan Gunnarsson (9 months ago)

I feel sad for guys that sit and make remarks like:
"I'm sorry - this makes it hard to take the author seriously "

3 upvotes
oscil8
By oscil8 (9 months ago)

Chill, it's one spelling mistake in a well written article. In 95% of the blogosphere you have to fight your way through a thicket of "For sure", "As such", "That being said" which are only there to increase word count.

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vv50
By vv50 (9 months ago)

there are many respectful ways to point out an error, but by using a snide one it only reflects the commenter's character

0 upvotes
tompabes2
By tompabes2 (9 months ago)

so you really think that a typo means that the whole review is worth nothing and the author is not to be taken seriously? Really, some people write in forums only to complain about something, whatever it is, they're happy only when they can spot something that's wrong.

0 upvotes
CyberAngel
By CyberAngel (9 months ago)

ape-ture?
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=ture

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