Nokia Unveils the Lumia 1020: a Smartphone with a 41-megapixel camera

Late last week, Finnish cell phone creator Nokia announced an impressive new smartphone; the Lumia 1020. While it offers appealing features with its Windows Phone 8 OS, 4.5" AMOLED display, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processing unit, 2GB RAM, and 32GB or internal memory; what really makes the 1020 interesting is its "PureView" 41-megapixel image sensor.

The sensor in this tiny smartphone can produce images with a resolution of 7712 x 5360 pixels, with image detail that is quite impressive. The camera features a Zeiss optic comprised of six physical lenses, with built-in optical image stabilization. Nokia claims that this combination allows the 1020 to deliver, "crystal clear pictures even in low light conditions.". They go on to claim that the PureView technology inside the Lumia 1020 (which includes its OIS and the new second generation PureView 41MP sensor) helps the device, "produce some of the sharpest images possible by any digital camera.". Those are some strong claims for sure, and looking at the sample images they've provided, there's no doubt that the 1020's image quality is impressive for a smartphone. However, I have a hard time believing it will come close to today's ILC or dSLR cameras.

To help you capture these amazingly resolute photos, Nokia has launched a new application called Nokia Pro Camera, which is their take on Intelligent Auto mode. This app will allow novice shooters to capture pleasing photos, in various shooting conditions. Nokia Pro Camera also allows for simple editing and sharing of your photos and videos from the Lumia 1020.

Alongside the 1020 announcement, Nokia also released their new Nokia Camera Grip, which attaches to the 1020 and enlarges the right hand side of the phone / camera. This gives you a better purchase on the unit with your right hand, making photo taking much more comfortable; more comparable to using a compact point-n-shoot camera, rather than a super slim smartphone.

For more details about the Lumia 1020, see the official press release below. You can also check out some hi-res sample photos from the smartphone.

Lumia 1020 Sample Photos (click to enlarge)




Zoom. Reinvented. Nokia Lumia 1020 arrives

Espoo, Finland and New York, NY - Today, Nokia established a new benchmark in smartphone imaging with the arrival of the Nokia Lumia 1020, boasting a second generation 41 megapixel sensor. Unlike any smartphone in the market today the Nokia Lumia 1020 reinvents zoom, enabling people to discover more detail than the eye can see. With Nokia's innovative PureView technology, including optical image stabilization, the device is able to produce some of the sharpest images possible by any digital camera.

This is made possible by leading hardware technology combined with a new application called Nokia Pro Camera, which makes it easy for anyone to take professional quality images. Either before a picture is taken or after it has been shot, the zoom capability enables people to discover and then rediscover the personal stories each image can tell. With a beautiful interface that visually demonstrates how settings will affect the final photo or video, Nokia Pro Camera makes it easier than ever to capture, edit and share photos and videos with unrivaled clarity.Nokia Lumia 1020

Using a new feature called dual capture, the Nokia Lumia 1020 simultaneously takes a high resolution 38 megapixel image for endless editing opportunities, and creates a 5 megapixel picture that is easy to share to social networks with Windows Phone 8.

The Nokia Lumia 1020's 41 megapixel sensor features leading ZEISS optics with six physical lenses, plus optical image stabilization, delivering crystal clear pictures even in low light conditions. It also captures blur free videos with stereo sound even at the loudest concerts thanks to Nokia Rich Recording, which handles sound pressure levels six times louder than conventional smartphone microphones.

"We want to take people on a journey from capturing pictures to recording and sharing their lives," said Stephen Elop, President and CEO, Nokia. "The Nokia Lumia 1020 will bring new meaning to pictures and continues to strengthen Nokia's leadership in imaging."

Nokia also released a new imaging software development kit (SDK) that provides key image editing features of the Nokia Lumia 1020 to developers. The SDK is available today at with a number of developers including Vyclone, Yelp and CNN integrating these features into future releases.

Hipstamatic showcased Oggl PRO, an exclusive application for the Nokia Lumia 1020 offering the most advanced smartphone camera controls for their creative community. It was also announced that popular applications Vine, Path and Flipboard will soon be available on Windows Phone.

Adding further professional capabilities and additional battery life, Nokia announced the new Nokia Camera Grip. This is an accessory that complements device features usually reserved for stand-alone cameras, like the Nokia Lumia 1020's built-in xenon flash and mechanical shutter. The Nokia Camera Grip also has a tripod mount, and is expected to be available this month for an estimated retail price of USD 79.

The personal nature of Windows Phone makes it the perfect platform for the Nokia Lumia 1020, showcasing live images on the Start screen with the Photos tile, quick sharing to social networks, and easy access to files across a number of devices with SkyDrive. With the dedicated camera button, Windows Phone is designed with imaging in mind.

To help people see what's around them and discover new places to take photos, the latest developments in LiveSight will available in HERE Maps soon. The Nokia Lumia 1020 also comes with ad and subscription free Nokia Music streaming.

The Nokia Lumia 1020 will arrive first on U.S. shores exclusively with AT&T, with sales expected to start on July 26 at a price of USD 299.99 on a two-year contract.

The Nokia Lumia 1020 is then expected to arrive in China and key European markets this quarter. Nokia plans to ship an exclusive variant of the device with Telefonica to select European and Latin American markets. The Nokia Lumia 1020 will be available in yellow, white and black.

Nokia Lumia 1020
Operating systemWindows Phone 8
HERE location servicesFree global HERE Maps and HERE Drive+; Free HERE Transit available in the Store
Display4.5" AMOLED WXGA (1280x768), 2.5 D sculpted Corning Gorilla Glass 3, PureMotion HD+, ClearBlack, high brightness mode, sunlight readability, super sensitive touch, Nokia Glance Screen
Battery2000 mAh battery, wireless charging supported via cover
Processor1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4
Main cameraPureView 41 MP with optical image stabilization, Resolution: 7712 x 5360. Includes Nokia Pro Camera. Xenon flash for still images, LED flash for video
Front facing cameraHD 1.2 MP wide angle
Memory2 GB RAM, 32 GB internal memory; 7 GB free SkyDrive cloud storage

Read more about the Lumia 1020 on our product pages and at Nokia Conversations.

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