Nokia Announces The Lumia 1020- A Windows Phone With A 41 Megapixel Camera

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The iPhone, Galaxy S4 and HTC One all have great cameras, but they are nothing compared to this. Today in New York Nokia unveiled their latest and greatest Lumia, the Lumia 1020 with an absolutely insane 41 megapixel camera. Yes you read that right– not 8, 10 or 13 megapixels but 41! If you love taking pictures with your phone this is definitely something you’re going to want to check out.

At first glance the Lumia 1020 looks a lot like a thinner version of the Lumia 920 AT&T announced last year. It’s got a similar 4.5 inch 720p HD screen, 1.5 GHZ dual-core processor with 1 GB of RAM, 32GB of built-in storage, and runs Windows Phone 8. All of that is solid but of course the big story here is that big camera, that incredible 41 megapixel PureView camera.

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Whether your taking pictures of friends during a sunny day at the beach or at a dark party at night, the Lumia 1020’s camera will make those pictures look great. You see, Nokia didn’t just stuff as many pixels in here as they could, they gave the camera a large sensor, a Xenon flash and optical image stabilization all this together with the new Nokia Pro Cam means that your pictures will look great no matter where you take them.

Pro Cam is a new app Nokia made to take full advantage of that PureView camera. Pro Cam is loaded with features including giving you the full camera controls you’d normally find on a point-and-shoot or DSLR camera (like the ability to manually control white balance, exposure and focus) and the ability to zoom into photos after you take them and still have them look sharp. Anyone who has ever cropped or zoomed-in on a photo taken by their phone will know that the quality of the picture gets much worse the more you zoom in. You see, on an 8 megapixel camera the entire picture is 8 megapixels so the more you zoom in the less pixels you see. Since the Lumia 1020 has that 41 megapixel lens, when you zoom in your picture is still losing pixels but it’s since it’s going down from 41 it’ll still look great even as you zoom all the way in. The Pro Cam app even lets you zoom out of pictures you’ve already taken with the phone since its capturing that zoomed-in part you were focusing on as well as the zoomed-out scene around it.  Basically, no matter where or how you take your pictures they will look pretty amazing on here.

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A sample shot Nokia posted taken by the Lumia 1020 at night (pic from Nokia, click to enlarge)

Now when it comes to pictures on phones the biggest thing we do with them is share them. For those worrying that the Lumia 1020’s 41 megapixel pictures will be too big to share you can relax. The Pro Cam app doesn’t just add a whole bunch of cool features like those mentioned above, but it also takes a 5 megapixel shot at the same time it takes that 41 megapixel picture (well technically it’s not really 41, but either 34 or 38 megapixels depending if you’re holding your phone horizontally or vertically). Anyways, that 5 megapixel shot is based on the larger 34/38 megapixel shot and since its much smaller and much faster to upload it will often be what is used when you share a picture. Your phone will still have that full 34/38 megapixel picture stored and you can still transfer that onto your computer, upload it to the cloud or share it online if you want.

Speaking of sharing, while Windows Phone can share your pictures right to Facebook and Twitter, it doesn’t yet have an official Instagram app. Well, Nokia knows this so they partnered with Hipstamatic to create Oggl Pro, a new app exclusive to the Lumia 1020 and the first Windows Phone app to allow you officially upload your pictures to Instagram. According to the Hipstamatic press release Oggl Pro will be available “soon” for other Windows Phone 8 phones with at least 1 GB of RAM, but for now it’s exclusive to the 1020. Nokia also said that Twitter will be bringing Vine to Windows Phone and the Lumia 1020 sometime later this year.

The Lumia 1020 will be available on AT&T starting July 26th, with pricing being on the more expensive side of $299.99 with a new 2 year contract. Hey, no one said 41 megapixels would be cheap.

We’ll have more on the Lumia 1020 shortly, but in the meantime check out Nokia’s site here for more on the Lumia 1020.

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Posted on July 11, 2013, in AT&T, Cell Phones and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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