Even at full retail, $610, it is a great deal when you consider the functionality you get in addition to a great camera. The Lumia line of devices is defined by great camera technology, and the 41MP beast in the 1020 continues to impress, including scientists.
John Graff and Mark Li-chen Wu, researchers in the Department of Pathology at the University of California – Irvine’s School of Medicine, have published a letter in the medical journal Histopathology. Titled The Nokia Lumia 1020 Smartphone as a 41-megapixel Photomicroscope, the two researchers extrapolate how the device overcomes difficulties often encountered when using a smartphone camera to capture photomicrographs through a microscope eyepiece.
Photomicrographs are used in examining biopsy samples, to diagnose diseases like cancer. In order to capture high-resolution images of what is seen through the microscope, the common practice is to have a stable frame set up with a traditional camera mounted on to it. Graff and Li-chen have found the Lumia 1020 eliminates the need for such a set-up thanks to all the technology packed inside.