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Nokia Bringing 41MP Sensor to Lumia Smartphones?

By - Source: The Guardian | B 13 comments

Nokia may be working on a Windows Phone 8 smartphone called EOS which features the 41MP PureView sensor.

The Guardian reports that Nokia's 41-megapixel PureView sensor may be heading to its Lumia range of Windows Phone 8 smartphones. The first new model will supposedly be known as the EOS and slated for a summer release here in the States. Previously the sensor was packed into the Symbian-based Nokia 808 PureView back in July 2012.

Nokia revealed the 41MP sensor in February 2012 during the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona. The aim of the sensor was not to produce incredibly large images, but to take great pictures in incredibly low light. On the Nokia 808, images were around 5MP, thus the extra pixels were used for oversampling to reduce the amount of noise caused by the increased sensitivity of the CCD sensor.

"Pixel oversampling combines many pixels to create a single (super) pixel," Nokia explains (pdf). "When this happens, you keep virtually all the detail, but filter away visual noise from the image. The speckled, grainy look you tend to get in low-lighting conditions is greatly reduced. And in good light, visual noise is virtually non-existent. Which means the images you can take are more natural and beautiful than ever."

The level of pixel oversampling is highest when the photographer isn't using the zoom, the company added. It gradually decreases until the maximum zoom is reached, where there is no oversampling. The sensor has an active area of 7728 x 5368 pixels (over 41MP), thus depending on the aspect ratio the user chooses, the sensor will use 7728 x 4354 pixels for 16:9 images/videos, or 7152 x 5368 pixels (38MP) for 4:3 images/videos.

Nokia said that pixels have shrunk over the past 6 years from 2.2 microns, to 1.75 microns, to the current 1.4 microns – devices with 1.1 micron pixels are on the way. The problem is that the smaller you make a pixel, the fewer photons each pixel will collect thus lowering the photons means lowering the image quality. This is where Nokia's super pixel concept comes into play, producing detailed, flawless images.

The company launched the flagship Lumia 920 Windows Phone 8 device at the end of 2012, but was criticized for not adding the 41MP PureView sensor. Instead, Nokia tossed in what it calls "floating lens technology", calling on the gyroscope to detect any type of shaking (like unsteady hands) while taking a picture in low light, and compensating by moving the entire phone.

The Guardian notes that Nokia could create some distance between itself and Windows Phone rivals like HTC and Samsung by adding the 41MP PureView sensor to its Lumia line. But that will ultimately be up to Microsoft who defines the hardware specification. Cost could also be an issue.

 

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    Murissokah , February 7, 2013 2:13 PM
    That would easily become the number one reason for anyone to try WP8.
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    Parsian , February 7, 2013 2:07 PM
    The sensor's footage is incredible:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-IJIrl1G9g
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UX-Jw9mF0J4

    and here is combo of its amazing sound recording and light sensetivity/response time and low noise:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x717XQHfq_U
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9aFpDkjkMI

    I hope they bring the full package of sound recording and the sensor to the next Lumia (EOS) model
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    Parsian , February 7, 2013 2:07 PM
    The sensor's footage is incredible:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-IJIrl1G9g
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UX-Jw9mF0J4

    and here is combo of its amazing sound recording and light sensetivity/response time and low noise:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x717XQHfq_U
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9aFpDkjkMI

    I hope they bring the full package of sound recording and the sensor to the next Lumia (EOS) model
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    Murissokah , February 7, 2013 2:13 PM
    That would easily become the number one reason for anyone to try WP8.
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    Anonymous , February 7, 2013 3:03 PM
    EOS? Like Canon EOS? I'm sure its just a codename, but why make a codename that is the same name as a camera brand when the best feature of your phone is the camera.

    But kudos to them if the codename is meant to say that its owned by Captain EO. EO's.
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    mesab66 , February 7, 2013 3:46 PM
    EOS! As Ihughey said......Very odd title! I think Canon might have something to say - not that this sensor is going to remotely compete with their DSLR's.
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    Estix , February 7, 2013 4:00 PM
    My guess - EOS = "Enhanced Optical Sensor"
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    aibenq , February 7, 2013 4:40 PM
    Quote:
    ...On the Nokia 808, images were around 5MP, thus the extra pixels were used for oversampling to reduce the amount of noise caused by the increased sensitivity of the CCD sensor.


    umm... They use CMOS, not CCD... but their idea is kind brilliant, marrying PureView with Lumia. hope these will bring Windows Phone to better sale... ^w^
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    ohim , February 7, 2013 6:13 PM
    for sure CMOS, having a 41 mpx CCD sensor would buy you a nice BMW :) 
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    RazorBurn , February 7, 2013 11:49 PM
    This would be my next smartphone for sure..
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    nebun , February 8, 2013 12:01 AM
    41MP does no good if you have crappy software....apple's iphone5 camera puts most portable cameras to shame
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    wardoc22 , February 8, 2013 1:46 AM
    ParsianThe sensor's footage is incredible:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-IJIrl1G9ghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UX-Jw9mF0J4and here is combo of its amazing sound recording and light sensetivity/response time and low noise:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x717XQHfq_Uhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9aFpDkjkMII hope they bring the full package of sound recording and the sensor to the next Lumia (EOS) model


    Holy sh...
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    Anonymous , February 8, 2013 3:39 AM
    I bought the N8 within the first few minutes of its online release. The 808 would have been my next step IF Nokia actually put Windows 8 on the thing. Symbian could have been great if they didn't have to partner with Windows so early on for easy cash. They basically said they were going to Windows 8 right when the N8 came out, right when people took notice that Nokia actually made a phone anyone might want to buy in that smart phone market segment. Unfortunately publicly stating your abandoning Symbian made any potential developer that could have really progressed Symbian to simply not bother. It's a shame. I like Symbian and what Nokia does with their software, but the lack of 3rd party software kills it. The massive software collections for Android, Apple, and soon Windows 8 will ensure Symbian will be truly dead on the smart phone level.

    Then Nokia put Symbian on their 808... A LOT of people who want to buy the 41mp phone won't purely on the OS choice alone. I can not stay with an abandoned platform for an upgrade. I can be content with Windows. It likely won't be long until Windows will run all the Android market apps too, so there isn't a major downside.
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    rexter , February 8, 2013 4:09 AM
    aibenqumm... They use CMOS, not CCD... but their idea is kind brilliant, marrying PureView with Lumia. hope these will bring Windows Phone to better sale... ^w^



    Nice phone and all and I want one but unfortunately the Lumia 800 to 920 does not support 1700 MHz (AWS) frequency band. If the new phone does not support it then I'm done waiting for Nokia to get 1700 MHz (AWS) on their higher end phones. I'll be another ten years before I'll check on their products after that. 3 members of my family are waiting for higher end Nokia phones with that frequency band but 2 couldn't wait and went with Note 2 and S3, One got HTC. I might just check on BB10. That's 3 devices lost of sales for them... I know 5 other relatives were on the same carrier that uses that frequency band and they're getting Nexus and galaxy phones instead. How much more would they loose before they think about that? They should check why Google nexus could barely keep any in their inventory.