The 41 MP Lumia with a back side illuminated sensor, a 6 part Zeiss lens, OIS and more has just been announced. One of the really nice things about the Lumia 1020 is that it captures two photos everytime you press the shutter, a full resolution image (34 MP or 38 MP depending on whether you’re shooting in the 16:9 or 4:3 resolution) and a oversampled 5 MP photo that’s extremely crisp owing to each pixel in it being created from 7 pixels.
Another really nice addition is to shoot first and zoom later. So even after you have taken the shot, you can reframe the photo. That means you can zoom in (or out), focus on an entirely different part of the image, change the angle and so on.
So what kind of photos can you expect from the device? Here are some samples, click through for the full resolution photos.
34 MP shots (16:9): Some of them are over 10 MB in size.
Regular 5 MP photo samples: These are photos you’ll email, post to facebook and generally share. Like earlier, click through for the full 5MP photo.
If you’ve forgotten what’s the advantage of shooting with a 41 MP sensor, here’s a reminder.
That is the power of having just an incredible sensor in your phone. You can go from barely seeing the girl, to a full blown portrait.
While these photos are from Nokia’s press site, over the years I have grown to trust Nokia’s samples to be a fairly accurate example of what the phone is capable of. While our day to day results will not be as impressive as these (Nokia does multiple photo sessions, has 100s of discards, perfect lighting, professionals taking photos etc), most people will be happy if they manage to even get photos that are 70% like these.
If you’d to see even more photos, this is the link to Nokia’s press site. If you are interested in the details behind this engineering feat, here is Nokia’s official whitepaper explaining everything – both hardware and software.