1. senrabwh's Avatar
    I have a Lumia 1020 and I love my Xenon Flash. It has enabled me to take blur free photos of my new 9 month old boy, which are priceless to me. That being said, why are cell phone manufacturers not moving toward this technology but instead staying with inferior LED flash technology? Hasn't the Xenon Flash Technology advanced since the 1020?? Will MSFT bring out a 1020 replacement with Xenon flash or go back to LED? Does triple LED help with motion shots? I'm looking for an expert or knowledgeable individual to explain this to me. Thank you in advance! 👍
    nohra likes this.
    05-26-2015 10:47 AM
  2. gpobernardo's Avatar
    Yes, I've got the L1020, too, and I've found several uses for the Xenon flash, most of them in high-speed shots (for fast-moving objects, such as a BB travelling at 180 feet per second leaving the barrel of a BB gun).

    However, the Xenon flash also has drawbacks including high power consumption (higher than LED) and a bit bulkier circuitry (capacitor needed). Most users might find battery life more essential than Xenon-flash-related photography effects.

    To answer your questions:
    The capacitors used in Xenon flash units should have become thinner since the launch of the L1020, but whether or not this development would fit in "slimmer" devices is uncertain. Hence, it is also unknown if Microsoft will release a successor to the L1020 that also has a Xenon flash.

    Any "flash" unit that uses LED does not necessarily aid in motion shots as much as Xenon flash units do, simply because the duration of the flash, or burst of light, in LED "flash" units isn't as short as that from a Xenon flash. Strictly, an "LED flash" unit isn't really a camera "flash" unit. LEDs can't give bursts as short as Xenon flashes because LEDs aren't as bright as Xenon tubes - a Xenon tube can deliver very bright light in a fraction of a fraction of a second, whereas an LED may just be warming up by then (LEDs do have a "warm up" phase, but not as slowly and observable as incandescent bulbs).
    RumoredNow likes this.
    05-26-2015 01:25 PM
  3. senrabwh's Avatar
    I see, thank you 😊! I hope a 1030 does come out! 5.5" with a 3300 mah battery!
    gpobernardo likes this.
    05-26-2015 11:27 PM
  4. gpobernardo's Avatar
    And the N ≥ 41 MP, where N is the real, mono-layer sensor resolution of the camera.
    05-27-2015 01:28 PM

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