In yesterdays post about the rumored 8Mp in the Lumia 920, we touched on the possibility of other methods to achieve 808 Pureview quality photos/videos without the need for the gigantic sensor. Here’s one of the tweets I had referenced regarding the matter; as you can see Damian as always stressed on the fact that Purview is a mix of both Hardware & Software to achieve astounding results, ending with “there are many ways this can be applied”. As of now we’ve only heard of a single way applying pureview to reality which is oversampling, but in reality it’s not a very reasonable solution considering the size of the sensor required as well as the price of said sensor + Greater lens aperture and a hundred other reasons that are too technical for my understanding.
At this point it’s also worth noting that apparently the Nokia People have been referring to the 808 as the Pureview Pro which would lead us to believe that it was never meant to be the baseline standard of the pureview concept, I’d also like to remind you that as they told us at MWC “The reason we went with such a ridiculously large number of pixels was to put an end to the MegaPixel race, it’s not the number of pixels you have; but what you do with them”. And in case you were about to suggest a slightly higher amount of MP with some lighter form of oversampling, I’d like to point out that Damian also said that a Pure-View lite would be out of the question for the N8s camera as even that doesn’t have enough pixels to get the desired results.
All of which would lead us to assume that Damian’s team have been hard at work trying to find a way to do away with the crazy 41Mp sensor and find a work around; hopefully that’s exactly what they’ve achieved in the upcoming 8MP Pureview. Although I can’t seem to figure out a way to achieve loss-less zoom without the need for oversampling and ditching some pixels, I’m sure some sort of new video stabilization would greatly help the video quality (Damian previously excluded image stabilization as the stabilization technique in videos is based on the gyroscope, which for some reason can’t be applied to stills) but the removal of loss-less zoom would be disappointing, but then again us tech geeks are a hard crowd to please. I think 99% of the population would be satisfied with whatever Nokia has up its sleeve as long as it takes amazing photos, but my two-cents say to expect the Perfect Pixel, without the perfect Zoom.
And my thoughts about the upcoming devices as a new Breaking Bad fan:
And just to add to the excitement, @Nokia just tweeted this along with “Can’t wait!”