Nokia unveiled the Lumia 1020, a cameraphone that offers 41-megapixel photos on the Windows Phone operating system
Nokia’s newly launched Lumia 1020 comes in a variety of colours; yellow, black or white
Nokia has unveiled the Lumia 1020, the widely expected new Windows Phone 8 handset with a whopping 41-megapixel camera.
Calling it “the next chapter in smartphone photography”, CEO Stephen Elop unveiled the new handset in New York, saying its high-end camera captures clear photos day or night.
The camera has a new sampling technology with “the most sensitive sensors”, that means it work well in low light. The camera takes a normal 41-megapixel image and then saves a second 5-megapixel image, giving photos even more detail and sharpness – and making it easier to share photos online. The oversampling also works with video.
It also features optical image stabilisation to help avoid blurry photos and video, as well as a Xenon flash, which Nokia claims is better than the LED ones featured on rival smartphones. “Finally you can actually use your flash,” he said.
The Lumia 1020 features six lenses to let you zoom without losing sharpness, Elop added, but said the software was key. For example, if you zoom in to take a photo, you can later zoom further out – the phone captures the surrounding data even if you don’t ask it to. “I can go back at a later date and create a new story from the same image,” Elop said.
It also comes with a new app, Nokia Pro Camera, to help users to take the best photos, by altering exposure, white balance, shutter speed and other settings. Slide the settings around, and the display gives you a real-time view of what the effect on the image will be, whether it’s brightening the image, blurring objects in the background or creating long-exposure photos.
Aside from the camera – as it indeed is a smartphone – the Lumia 1020 will run Windows Phone 8, and come with Nokia Music and Nokia Here maps, the latter of which is updated for more “human” searching and uses augmented reality called “Livesight” to show how far away locations are.
It features a 1,280 x 768, 4.5in display, 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 32GB of storage and 2GB of RAM. The Lumia 1020 will be available in yellow, black or white. As expected, the device is tapered to make room for the bulkier camera while still keeping a slender profile, and is 0.41in thick and weighs 158g.
In terms of accessories, there will be a wireless charging cover, and there’s a camera grip shell for $79 that adds extra battery life.
It will be available 26 July in the US for $300 on a two-year contract at AT&T, and will land in “key European markets” starting this quarter, Nokia said.