Nokia’s Lumia 920 Shows that PureView Isn’t About the Megapixels

After Nokia unleashed its 41-megapixel 808 PureView phone back in February, most people thought that it would set the bar for future phones branded with the PureView monkier. “PureView” came to mean, “a ridiculous number of megapixels in a phone camera.” Turns out that’s not the case.

The company unveiled its new Lumia 920 phone today, which also carries the PureView name. It features a much more modest 8-megapixel camera, showing that PureView isn’t about the megapixels after all.

The camera features a Carl Zeiss lens, and is reportedly superior to all previous Lumia phone cameras. The Verge reports that, despite the fewer megapixels, the phone offers a great camera attached to a great phone, rather than an absurdly awesome camera attached to a disappointing phone:

[Nokia’s Lumia 920 is] a powerful Windows Phone smartphone with a PureView camera. But, instead of having a massive 41-megapixel sensor, it uses a much more pedestrian 8-megapixel chip. Where the 808 PureView allowed for very impressive zooming and amazing control over depth of field, the 920 has no such abilities. However, Nokia is quick to point out that the 920’s camera is no slouch. It features a new, “floating lens” optical image stabilization system (that uses a set of tiny springs to stabilize the lens) for much sharper photography in low-light situations, an improved app and camera interface, and the ability to record 1080p HD video.

Just as the monstrous number of pixels was the 808 PureView’s distinguishing factor, the new “floating lens” technology is the Lumia 920’s. It’s a first for cameras in the smartphone market, and offers major advancements in image stabilization.

Here’s a short promo video for the floating lens feature, showing how much it can stabilize your imagery [Update: It has come to light that Nokia actually faked the footage.]:

Other specs and features for the device include a 4.5-inch 720p screen, a 1.5GHz processor, and wireless charging using a special charging pad.

No word yet on pricing or availability.

  • Mitsuma

    The video is fake. You can see a van, light and a guy with a dslr or the Nokia in a reflection. You should add this to the article.

  • Tor Ivan Boine

    yeah, it really helps on stabilization when you are filming with a DSLR inside a van. check the reflection at the 0:27 mark ;) the verge har a slow motion of it

  • Fabrizio

    Unfortunately, it’s a fake. It was shot with a professional DSLR. Just check the reflection at 0:26 – you distinctly see a van with professional video equipment following the cute girl on the bike. Gizmodo has this covered, and they’re pretty upset.

  • Beetlejuice

    Well you can see a Van @ 0:27 in the window on the little “house”…

  • Gospel Quaggia
  • Bas ter Beek

    Good one sir.

  • MikeAlgar42

    Well, I thought the OIS On was really good, so I guess it convinced me I should get a crew with a van and a DSLR.

  • fenomatik

    Also if you go to 0:48 , you can clearly see the DSLR shadow which is hooked up to the swing . Bingo !

  • Sam Agnew

    You see? You team up with Microsoft and BAM! you start lying…

  • Sam Agnew

    You see? You team up with Microsoft and BAM! you start lying…

  • brob

    we’re supposed to be distracted by the hot girl

  • Matt

    Sorry, but I was interested in the 40 mp pureview. Ground breaking tech that could change the industry and make them a lot of money. I like to patronize innovation. But, not in a neutered version that is being offered. This is what happens when the ‘business’ people get involved with tech, they ruin good opportunities.
    I could have lived with it being a windows phone, but won’t put my money into something that is pedestrian at best. I guess I’ll go with a iphone then.