Microsoft’s own Joe Belfiore has apparently confirmed that the Nokia EOS 41-megapixel Windows Phone will launch as the Nokia Lumia 1020 PureView, posting sample shots from the smartphone to Flickr. The inadvertent name confirmation comes courtesy of two shared images that, according to the EXIF data from the shots, were taken on a Lumia 1020. Although EXIF data can be manipulated to suggest a different camera was used altogether, it’s unclear why Belfiore – Microsoft’s Windows Phone Manager – would bother tampering with his own shots.
The first image comes in at 2947 x 1658 resolution, while the second is somewhat smaller, at 2352 x 1568. Both were taken on June 29, according to the EXIF, and show Belfiore recovering after his third marathon in six months. [Update: The photos have been hidden from Belfiore's main image page, though the direct links still work at time of writing]
The roughly 5- and 3.7-megapixel images were exported through Adobe Lightroom 5.0, so it’s possible they’ve been cropped along the way. However, the sizes do fit roughly in line with what we’d expect from a PureView camera.
As we saw on the original 808 PureView, while the sensor itself may be capable of up to 41-megapixel shots, most of the time Nokia uses the surfeit of pixels in clusters, smoothing out any visual glitches and making for a more accurate end image but at a more manageable resolution. The 808 PureView, then, defaulted to 2-, 5-, or 8-megapixel stills in PureView mode.
Those extra pixels can also be used to deliver lossless digital zooming. Rather than enlarging – and thus muddying – the end image, the 808 PureView can crop out a specific section of the frame down to the point where one pixel on the sensor matches one pixel in the final still.
Nokia is expected to reveal the Lumia 1020 officially later this week, with an event on Thursday, July 11, in New York City. The company hasn’t been shy at stoking the rumor-mill, advertising the event with the catchphrase “41 million reasons to zoom in”, and with recent rumors suggesting it could hurry the Lumia 1020 PureView to store shelves as soon as this month alongside a battery-toting camera grip case.
VIA The Verge