HMD Global now owns PureView trademark

HMD Global, the maker of Nokia phones, now owns the “PureView” brand, that Microsoft acquired right after the purchase of Nokia’s Devices and Services business back in the day. PureView debuted in 2012 and is being showcased the world at the MWC 2012 with the launch of Nokia 808 PureView. Continue reading “HMD Global now owns PureView trademark”

Ari Partinen, Nokia’s Camera Expert moves to Apple

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Ari Partinen, the man instrumental behind some of the most iconic camera centric devices to come out of Nokia just announced his departure from the company. Not one to leave much to doubt, he also confirmed that his next destination will be Cupertino, California. Senior Lumia engineer, Ari has worked on game changing devices like the Nokia N8, PureView 808 and the Lumia 1020. Partinen’s experience stretches from camera module production all the way to tuning final image quality and has worked on tuning at the ISP level for some of Nokia’s biggest projects. Continue reading “Ari Partinen, Nokia’s Camera Expert moves to Apple”

Nokia Lumia 930 with 5inch Full HD display, 20MP PureView camera announced


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At Microsoft’s BUILD conference, Stephen Elop took the stage and announced the new Nokia flagship ie the Lumia 930. The phone will ship with the latest release of Windows Phone dubbed as Windows Phone 8.1. Essentially the international variant of the Lumia Icon, it brings top of the line specifications with a very cool new design that is a departure from the Fabula design language.  Continue reading “Nokia Lumia 930 with 5inch Full HD display, 20MP PureView camera announced”

Here’s what Microsoft did to accommodate Nokia Lumia 1020’s 41 MP camera on a Windows Phone

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So, the official Windows Blog has published a Q&A between Nokia’s Kevin Shields and Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore to explain an interesting doubt we’ve been having. What did Microsoft have to do, to accommodate the monstrosity of a sensor’s data into the Windows Phone’s pipes, especially when considering the fact that the MSM8960 chip actually cannot handle more than 20MPs of sensor data. So, how did Nokia do it, and what did Microsoft do to help Nokia bring this technology to Windows Phone? Lets find out what Joe Belfiore and Kevin Shields have to say, minus the extra crap from their Q&A. Read on.

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Explaining the innovation behind the Nokia Lumia 1020 – Tidbits from the WhitePaper

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As you know by now, the Nokia Lumia 1020 is completely out in the open, and it is all about the camera. The 41 Megapixel sensor is back, and the Lumia 1020 takes over its predecessor as one of the best smartphone cameras ever. While the output is stunning, there is a lot of behind the scenes work going on inside the camera in terms of hardware as well as software, and as a tradition since the Nokia 808 PureView, Nokia have released a Whitepaper that details all the technological innovation packed in this cameraphone. We know that might be a hard read for the most of you, so we have done the heavy lifting of text crunching and are providing you with the most interesting tidbits out of it, read on!

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Nokia Lumia 1020 Hands On

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I just got my hands on the shiny new Nokia Lumia 1020 with some brilliant camera features. The camera is a 41 Megapixel Pureview camera with Carl Zeiss optics. It feels slightly heavy at 158g but a lot lighter than the Lumia 920 and slightly more than the 925. Watch the hands on video below. Continue reading “Nokia Lumia 1020 Hands On”

Nokia Lumia 1020 with 41MP camera, OIS, Xenon flash announced

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At an event in New York, Nokia has just announced the long awaited Lumia 1020. The phone combines the stunning 41MP sensor seen first on the PureView 808 with the Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) system of the Lumia 920 to create an imaging powerhouse. An improvement over the 808’s sensor is the back side illumination technology built in.The phone saves both full resolution as well as an oversampled image simultaneously when you shoot. The oversampled image combines 7 adjoining pixels to create a super pixel with greater detail, clarity and extremely low noise. The optical image stabilization system uses ball bearings to keep video absolutely stable. The Xenon flash helps to achieve that in low light conditions. The Lumia 1020 uses the new six lens optical system that should allow for superior image quality. To take advantage of the advanced hardware on the handset, Nokia has  built a new Pro Cam application that gives the user full control over the camera including manual exposure, focus and shutter speed controls. Continue reading “Nokia Lumia 1020 with 41MP camera, OIS, Xenon flash announced”

Nokia Lumia 1020: What we know till now

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The long wait is finally coming to an end, with today’s launch of the much expected and awaited camera flagship from Nokia. Ever since the Nokia 808 launched in February 2012, the device has been unanimously praised as the world’s best camera on a phone, and it has stayed true even now. Efforts to dethrone the 808 have been unsuccessful till now, even with Nokia’s other PureView’s cameras, but that was not really their notion anyway. The Nokia 808 PureView phase I, it was called, once the Nokia Lumia 920 released with other capabilities, which was denoted as PureView phase II. Reported claims of specifications, images, hardware shots, accessories have all leaked out to the internet way before the device has even officially launched. So, what do we know about it till now? Find out all the details below.

UPDATE: AT&T just outed 3 promo videos

Looks like the camera UI is much better than what we had imagined, anyway read on for more videos below.

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Nokia 808 PureView Gallery and Camera update now available in India

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When it comes to keeping the promise for Software Updates, Nokia is definitely one of those few companies who complies with such promise. Nokia pushed the Gallery and Camera update as software update to its imaging super-champ Nokia 808 PureView back in March. This update is now available in India.  The update which is little more than 2MB in size has been pushed through Software Update application than as separate firmware update. Continue reading “Nokia 808 PureView Gallery and Camera update now available in India”

World’s smallest dual axis OIS gyroscope for smartphones introduced by InvenSense

If the Nokia Lumia 920 and the HTC One are anything to go by then optical image stabilization are all set to become standard features in smartphones over the next year or two. The deterrent so far has been the size of the MEMS gyroscopes which don’t allow ultra slim phones. InvenSense intends to change by introducing the world’s smallest dual axis gyroscope for optical image stabilization in smartphones

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Radically smaller capacitors to enable thinner xenon flash modules for phones

Jealous of the Nokia 808 PureView owners who can take low light images and party shots with ease because of the xenon flash in their phone but not impressed by the thickness of the phone ? Researchers at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University might have just the solution.
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End of an era, Nokia 808 PureView to be the last Symbian phone

Two years later, the burning platform is officially no more. As part of its Q4 financial results, the Finnish smartphone manufacturer announced that the  Nokia 808 PureView is the last Symbian phone. Nokia managed to sell close to 2.2 million Symbian phones presumably spurred by demand for the camera powerhouse that is the 808. Continue reading “End of an era, Nokia 808 PureView to be the last Symbian phone”

Nokia Lumia PureView Windows Phone with 41MP camera rumored to debut at MWC 2013

When the first PureView device, the Nokia 808 PureView was announced it was rumored that the first Windows Phone running device with similar tech inside it won’t be announced anytime soon. Fast forward to 2013 and we have the first rumors of Nokia EOS which is said to be the codename for a Lumia device equipped with a sensor similar to the Nokia 808.

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Nokia Lumia 920 with PureView Press Image Leaked

This might be the Nokia Lumia 920 , the first Nokia Windows Phone to run on Windows Phone 8 and feature PureView Camera technology. When Nokia launched the PureView 808 running on Symbian earlier this year, it was not clear why Nokia would launch a Symbian phone with latest camera technology in 2012 when it’s primary focus was on Windows Phone . Looks like we should be seeing a Nokia Windows Phone with PureView Camera technology soon.The leak talks about a 4.5 inch Lumia 920 and we can see Carl Zeiss branding on the back . The lens and flash arrangement seems similar to the Nokia N9 and Lumia 900 and slightly different from the Lumia 800.The phone will mostly run on Microsoft Windows Phone 8. Continue reading “Nokia Lumia 920 with PureView Press Image Leaked”

Nokia PureView 808 purple tint issue to be fixed via SW Update

Over at Nokia’s support forums, a statement has been put up regarding the much reported purple tint issue on the the 808 PureView’s display. In fact our very own unit initially faced this problem before being replaced. The screen sporadically takes a very prominent purple tint when exposed to bright sunlight or in a very dark room.

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