Three UK gets some hands-on time with the Lumia 1020
Three UK has published the above video on its YouTube account, walking viewers through the new Lumia 1020. We're currently at the New York event where Nokia is unveiling this new flagship Windows Phone and will have more details and footage shortly.
If you're with Three and are looking at the Lumia 1020, you'll be pleased to learn the mobile operator will be looking to stock the handset. We'll have more information soon.
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It's not a gimmick, as the 41mp isn't exactly used as it usually is on other cameras/phones.
For your consideration, I'll make it simpler: It is used for lossless digital zoom. As a photographer, you should know that most cameras rely on optical zoom to prevent images from getting pixelated when zooming. You've also notice on P&S cameras that beyond zooming optically, when they zoom digitally, the image becomes pixelated. Less details.
Nokia used the 41MP sensor to prevent that. As a photographer you should know that it is not a gimmick and it's actually a leap in P&S technology.
Of course there's more to that than zooming. The camera, by default, actually just saves 5MP photos. It oversamples the sensor. Takes the surrounding pixels' data (in the sensor) and uses it on a single pixel. It can slightly help on low light shots. Think of it as a simpler version of RAW files. A single pixel on this sensor actually carries more info. It's called oversampling. Some of that ability is lost on zooming and is completely lost at full zoom. But at full zoom, you actually achieve less noise, and less vignetting since it just uses the middle part of the sensor. But oversampling is gone.
You understand now? Plastering 41MP on the back and using it in ads might be a gimmick of sorts, but it's true anyway. It does use a 41MP sensor it sure as hell puts it to good use.
As a hobbyist, this is good for me. I never get to carry my GX1 all the time. But I do carry my phone wherever I go. If I have a 1020, I won't have to regret not bringing a camera since I actually have a P&S-slash-phone with me.
If you want to learn more, read about the Nokia 808. It uses a similar technology.