On October 6th Microsoft launched the long-awaited successors to the Nokia Lumia 930 and 1520, the Lumia 950 and 950XL. Now Juha Alakarhu, Director, cameras for phones at Microsoft, has written a post on the Microsoft Devices Blog that provides some more detail about the camera hardware and software in the new models and shows some impressive looking sample images. 

The new models use a PureView camera module that combines a 20MP BSI CMOS sensor with a Zeiss-branded F1.9 lens, optical image stabilization and a triple-LED flash. Sensitivity can be increased up to ISO 12800 and of course the video mode is capable of recording 4K footage. At the front there is a 5MP wide-angle camera for selfies and video-chats.

Microsoft Lumia 950XL, ISO 64, 1/250 sec, Image: Microsoft
100% crop: impressive detail

Alakarhu claims that on the software side of things image processing has been optimized in terms of exposure, color and pixel-level image quality and that the sensor's native dynamic range is so good that the camera's HDR mode is hardly needed. He also explains the function of the triple-LED flash that automatically matched the color of ambient light. 

It's not the first time we've heard these sort of claims at or shortly after a device launch, but Microsoft has posted some pretty impressive looking full-size image samples that have been captured with a prototype device to back up its statements. We are certainly looking forward to production units becoming available putting it through its paces. For now head over to the Microsoft Devices Blog to read the full post and view the samples.