Leaked information for Nokia’s next flagship Lumia continues to flow: On Friday, a video surfaced showing the alleged Windows Phone with massive 41 megapixel sensor in action. Originally dubbed “PureView” technology, Nokia demonstrated the camera quality with a prototype phone in early 2012. With the large sensor and quality optics, the so-called EOS camera takes highly detailed photos that retain image quality even when cropped down in size.
Reports of Nokia bringing this technology to a Windows Phone device surfaced in January, and based on this video from ViziLeaks and spotted by The Verge, it appears Nokia is at least testing a phone design. The marking of XX for the number of megapixels would suggest this is a test device and the actual sensor resolution will instead be displayed in lieu of the XX:
Unlike traditional smartphone cameras, PureView uses a mechanical shutter, which can be seen in the video. Although no sample shots have leaked yet, here are a few from the original PureView 808 device captured by the All About Symbian blog. Be sure to view the images at full size to see the detail when zoomed in.
No other mobile phone has such camera technology, so this could be just what Nokia, Microsoft and Windows Phone need to stand out from the crowd. Although I’m certain Nokia has been refining the technology, it’s surely going to require a thicker phone when compared to its peers. For true mobile photo enthusiasts, however, it could be just the thing to get more people to try a Lumia.