Damian Dinning on Nokia Lumia 920 vs Nokia 808 PureView

This early morning brought a lot of tweets from Damian Dinning, Lead Program Manager Imaging Experience at Nokia, explaining some differences between the Lumia 920 and the 808 PureView. I will quote them (slightly edited) below, since everyone following the PureViewClub is of course interested.

Received lots of questions this week regarding PureView #808 vs #920. Going to need to do this over a number of tweets, here goes...

1. In situations where camera movement is not an issue #808 will provide more detailed images with less noise due to oversampling... But where camera movement is evident for either stills (typically low light) or videos #920 will be better due to OIS.

2. In low light if devices are handheld and used in auto #920 will be better due to OIS - no blur and brighter images. If #808 is used in night mode or manual ISO allowing speeds to 2.7secs and supported it will provide better images due to oversampling.

3. In video, for most people, due to OIS you'll get smoother looking videos with #920. #808 however in video does provide lossless zoom oversampling due to high res sensor.

4. in terms of audio recording, the difference is mono in the #920 vs #808 which is stereo.

5. #808 due to high res sensor has lossless zoom in stills and as already mentioned also in video.

6. #920 thanks to the new capabilities of the WP8 platform can use 'lens' apps. This allows greater extension of the camera capabilities. You'll see this at launch with some cool lenses from Nokia such as Smart Shoot and Cinemagraph, wih more to come in the future. We're VERY excited about some of those we have in the pipeline.

I think that covers the main differences people are interested in. Note: These are based on launch SW and are intended as a general summary. Note that actual side by side comparisons of course will be required to see specific differences important to you personally. As a summary, PureView is industry leading imaging technology designed to make a real difference.

So that's a lot of info for a few tweets :-) I was most surprised by the recording of the Lumia 920 being limited to mono - but since the microphones are just on one side, it would of course be impossible to make it stereo.

Moreover, there seems to be no zoom possibility at all in the Lumia 920, at least not "lossless". When I asked Damian on Twitter, I got a clear explanation: The default (MSFT) camera has pinch to zoom in video and stills, but unfortunately it doesn't allow zoom during vid recording. So the Lumia 920 offers the possibility for a "traditional" zoom (4x), but it won't be lossless as with the 808 PureView.

To conclude I'm looking forward to the lens apps very much, I'm sure that getting the talented people from Scalado in will prove to be rewarding for Nokia and the consumers.