Hang on, Nokia’s Lumia 920 only records mono video?
three of Nokia’s special High Amplitude Audio Capture (HAAC) microphones, co-developed by the corporate for the 808 PureView and delivering audio recording more corresponding to what the human ear can hear. However, in line with Nokia’s photography chief, the Lumia 920 won’t actually record stereo sound.
Damian Dinning, lead program manager of Imaging Experience on the Finnish firm, revealed the odd decision on Twitter, saying that “in terms of audio recording, the variation is mono within the [Lumia] 920 vs 808 [PureView] that’s stereo.” Questioned in regards to the disparity, Dinning revealed that “the mic and HAAC and hi-fi quality is equal to the 808, but limited to mono.”
It’s unclear at this stage whether that implies a brand new, mono-breed of Nokia’s Rich Recording technology, or if the corporate is skipping that branding altogether for the Lumia 920. Either way, it’s an unusual decision given the photography credentials Nokia is trying to push with the brand new flagship phone, which uses a unique “floating lens” system to deliver optical image stabilization, among other things.
The one saving grace may be the undeniable fact that software, not hardware, looks to be the cause of the mono recordings, and that implies Nokia could potentially address that with new firmware. Dinning himself points out that his comments at the Lumia are “based on launch SW and are intended as a general summary” though he insists that “audio will most definitely sound better than anything else” even in mono.
We’ve got a request in with Nokia for more details, and should update if we hear more. Meanwhile, have a look at our extended PureView play at the Lumia 920.
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