Friday, July 12, 2013

Nokia finally announces the Lumia 1020, the first Windows Phone with a 41-megapixel camera

Nokia Lumia 1020

Building on the great innovation they came up with the 808 PureView, Finnish manufacturer Nokia has finally revealed the Lumia 1020, the first Windows Phone to pack a ginormous 41-megapixel camera.

The Nokia Lumia 1020 combines what Nokia had packed into their previous smartphones — a 41-megapixel backside-illuminated camera sensor with an optical image stabilization and a Xenon flash. The camera, which features the Zeiss optics (previously Carl Zeiss), sports six lenses and can take photos of up to 34 or 38-megapixels which depends on the aspect ratio.

Nokia Lumia 1020 Philippines

A new app called the Nokia Pro Camera brings a fresh user-interface that is easy to use which allows anyone to capture professional-looking photos without having to deal with dreading dials and buttons. It offers settings which photo enthusiasts will appreciate such as ISO, white balance, exposure, and shutter speed. It even has manual focus capability!

There is also a new feature called the Dual Capture (no, this is not what you are thinking) which takes advantage of the high megapixel count and takes two photos at once — one 34- or 38-megapixel photo which you can freely use later for editing, cropping, and more, and an oversampled 5-megapixel one for easy sharing and uploading.

34MP sample photo from Nokia Lumia 1020Click to view full-resolution 34MP photo

5MP sample photo from Nokia Lumia 1020Click to view full-resolution 5MP photo

Nokia also announced a new imaging software development kit (SDK), which is now available, that provides key image editing features of the Nokia Lumia 1020 to developers. In fact, Nokia has announced that many top imaging apps like Vine, Path, Flipboard, Oggl Pro by Hipstamatic, Vyclone, Yelp, CNN, Snapcam, Panagraph, and Foursquare will be using the SDK to offer great features to the users. And yes, those are coming to Windows Phone.

Nokia Lumia 1020 Camera Grip Philippines

They also showcased the new Camera Grip accessory which adds an additional 1,020mAh of power, a tripod mount, and well, the grip which should let you easily hold the phone with one hand just like a normal camera.It’s going to be priced at $79 in the US.

Spec-wise, the Nokia Lumia 1020 sports a 4.5-inch AMOLED Gorilla Glass 3 display with a 1280x768 (WXGA) resolution, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor with 2GB of RAM, 4G LTE, 2,000mAh battery, and 32GB of storage.

Nokia Lumia 1020 Specifications and Features
4.5-inch AMOLED display with WXGA (1280x768) resolution
Corning Gorilla® Glass 3
Super Sensitive touch
41-megapixels PureView camera (7712 x 5360) with optical image stabilization (OIS)
1.2MP front-facing camera with wide-angle lens
Full 1080p HD video capture at 30fps
Xenon and LED flash
32GB mass memory
2000mAh battery
GSM / HSPA+ / LTE (Compatible with Smart and Globe)
1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 dual-core processor
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Windows Phone 8 OS

The Nokia Lumia 1020 will come first in the US exclusively to AT&T starting on July 26 for $299.99 on a two-year contract and is then expected to arrive in China and key European markets this quarter.

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