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Nokia Lumia 1020 unveiled with 41 MP sensor, OIS and lossless zoom

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Nokia Lumia 1020 unveiled with 41 MP sensor, OIS and lossless zoom
Answering everyone's prayers, the just-announced Nokia Lumia 1020 finally combined the PureView Phase 1 mobile camera technology as found in the 41 MP sensor of the 808 PureView, and the optical image stabilization (OIS) technology of Phase 2, which first appeared in the Lumia 920.

These two cameraphone "firsts" are now merged in one and the same device, and with a modern mobile OS to boot. Nokia took the stage to unveil what will likely be the cell phone camera to beat in the foreseeable future. Let's get the boring specs out of he way before we go into the nitty-gritty of the camera unit.

Lumia 1020 flaunts a 4.5" 768x1280 pixels PureMotion HD+ AMOLED display with ClearBlack filter and Gorilla Glass 3 on top, so you can expect blur-free visuals, high contrast ratio and low reflection. There is the usual high-brightness mode, which in Nokia's late flagships means the excellent 600 nits, which would aid sunlight visibility. The supersensitive touch tech is present as well, so the screen can be operated with gloves on.

The handset, available in black, white and yellow, measures 130.4 x 71.4 x 10.4 mm and weigh 158 g, which makes it thinner and lighter than the chubby Lumia 920, despite all that camera jazz inside, since with Lumia 1020 the wireless charging ability is added via a separate cover if you want it. It's powered by a dual-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, features 2 GB of RAM, which is double the usual WP flagship amount, and 32 GB of internal memory. The 2000 mAh battery is good for seven hours of video playback and 13 hours of talk time, so it's right up with your typical flagship endurance.

Nokia brought over the stereo Rich Recording technology with HAAC mics, which should make for the best-sounding video footage from any phone, judging from the amazing results that came with the 808 PureView.

Now the dry specs of the camera - breathtaking 41 MP BSI 1/1.2" sensor, 3x lossless zoom (up to 6x for HD video), six-elements lens with ZEISS optics, second generation OIS suspension for shake-free videos and blur-free low-light photos that can compensate for up to 500 movements a second. The famed pixel oversampling again combines up to seven pixels in one super pixel at the default PureView mode, and can shoot simultaneously in the high-res 34 MP or 38 MP modes, and the PureView 5 MP mode for easier sharing. 

Nokia Pro Camera is the new application that takes advantage of all the sensor power and has some pro shooting modes and controls like shutter times, ISO, manual focus and exposure settings, and so on. The Camera Grip accessory is real, and is essentially a case with a side grip, 

The oversampling tech now comes to video capture as well, so you get the highest quality footage possible with a phone, even when zooming while you record. Add to those a powerful Xenon flash and an LED light for video recording, and you easily get the best cameraphone on the market, available this month. AT&T is getting it exclusively July 26th for $299.99 on a two-year contract, and you can preorder it starting July 16th.

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posted on 11 Jul 2013, 10:10 22

1. sriuslywtf (Posts: 262; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


Best of nokia!! Nokia FTW!! Galaxy s4 zoom.. Gtfo

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 10:36 12

22. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


ftw for sure not...... but Android should use this camera definitely!
btw, Nokia is evil like Microsoft so will never buy it :)

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 10:56 17

30. ANANDALTER (Posts: 123; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)


no thanks, we are happy with MS

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 11:21 7

41. zuckerboy (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


can you explainn 'we' ?

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 11:53 3

58. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1145; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


'we' regarding nokia fans + people who really owned, liked, experienced WP from nokia devices without any bias

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 11:13 6

39. alterecho (Posts: 1085; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Nokia evil???? Care to explain??

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 11:25 4

45. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Hope Nokia will never go androlag.
Explain me one thing. You're bitc^ about Nokia so hard so why are you tearning for its camera? Your samesung has nothing to offer?

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 11:44 5

51. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1625; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


Hhahaha it has androifd to offer my friend......android is the most advanced OS in the world. Period.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 11:55 2

59. ZeroCide (Posts: 695; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


LOL!!!!!!!!!!!HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 11:58

61. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


so? so? so?

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 12:36 1

63. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 968; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


is that why Samsung is leaving android slowly and going to tizen

most advanced in the world the ui isn't simple there's nothing advanced about it you can call it the most complex in the world that works better also

why is the most advanced OS in the world a center where developers lose money and waste time

conclusion go go nokia best of luck to you with your new beast !

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 12:45 2

65. x_maly_x (Posts: 68; Member since: 01 Jun 2013)


Android is not a system...this Prehistoric overlay of java, on Linux kernel....has always been and will laggy...

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 13:08

66. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


don´t push with this friend:)
it is android but it´s an advantage for you. For me, it´s a disadvantage.

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 16:37

71. Dastrix (Posts: 599; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


What a lame argument. That's total opinion mate.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 11:44

53. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


*yearning

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 10:36 12

23. PunyPoop (Posts: 741; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


Elop is destroying everything ;(

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 10:58 2

32. juandante (Posts: 301; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


Mr Flop no more Nokia, until this guys is fired.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 11:01 3

35. juandante (Posts: 301; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


no no no

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 10:51 7

29. johnbg92 (Posts: 4; Member since: 06 Feb 2011)


It's just sad to see that a year later nokia is just releasing a new camera with the same phone... albeit an amazing camera

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 10:12 15

2. _Bone_ (Posts: 2135; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


2000mAh, that's big NAH

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 10:46 6

25. Commentator (Posts: 2436; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


"Exclusively from AT&T" is a big NAH. Windows + AT&T, how much more evil can you get?

In a world where Samsung, HTC, and even Apple are pushing their devices across all carriers it's a little disheartening to see exclusivity continue.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 10:12 1

3. papss (unregistered)


I still don't see a price.. I'm still not sure which color to get either

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 10:15 10

6. _Bone_ (Posts: 2135; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


"AT&T* and Nokia announced today the Nokia Lumia 1020 featuring breakthrough PureView camera technology. Available exclusively from AT&T beginning July 26, the Lumia 1020 is priced at $299.99 with a two-year agreement and comes in matte black, matte white and matte yellow. Customers excited to reserve theirs can pre-order beginning July 16 at."

The absolute retards... $300 on 2yrs for 2011 specs and a nice image sensor????

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 10:19 9

9. roldefol (Posts: 2977; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Where are you getting 2011 specs from? S4+, HD AMOLED and 2 GB RAM = Galaxy S3.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 10:30 11

17. _Bone_ (Posts: 2135; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


It has an old dual core CPU, 1gigs of ram and Adreno 225, I mean the midrange SD400 blows it out of the water and Nokia charges an extra $100 compared to the current crop of flagships sporting SD600/800, Adreno 320/330, 2GBs of RAM, ~3000mAh battery, 5" FHD screen, microSD slit, IEEE 802.11ac all in a slim design. That's insane. I love a good camera, but that's just ridiculous. I'm not hatin', I looked forward to this. The 2000mAh battery is a reason alone to pass on it, even for $450 retail, but it looks to land for $700.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 10:33 7

20. HASHTAG (unregistered)


Bone, I don't know how retard you can go.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 10:48 3

28. _Bone_ (Posts: 2135; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Of course you don't, cause you're retarded... nah joking. I jut have nothing intelligent to say to you.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 11:01 1

34. muhsen (Posts: 259; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


s4+ is old dual core cpu ???? its 10 times better than the s400 found in the s4 mini/zoom and mega 6.3
and if the s4 zoom has a price of 500-600$ price then what would u expect from this supercamera ??hd + is and 2gb is 2011???? it seems u r from another world !!

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 11:22 1

42. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


It's not about ridicolous cpu race only refirement and evolution
Play your andro lag phone and stay away from Nokia's related topics

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 10:28 2

14. Carlitos (Posts: 333; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Besides a better camera I think $300 is a steep price! And it does have 2011 specs. They could have at least increased the battery which is a real bummer.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 11:44

54. Commentator (Posts: 2436; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


2012 specs, Carlitos. I don't think there were too many S4 Pro devices around with 2GB RAM and 768p screens in 2011.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 10:13 6

4. jckc92 (Posts: 25; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)


I have the 928 and was waiting for this phone. But besides the camera it has the same battery and storage! Can't see changing phones just for the camera. C'mon Nokia, add a bigger battery, more memory, and something to WOW us...

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 10:18

8. roldefol (Posts: 2977; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I'm hoping that next year or even this holiday season, there will be a new EOS with even better specs (bigger screen, maybe a Snapdragon 800) on both Verizon and AT&T. At the very least the 920/928 replacement should be on both carriers this fall. Verizon has done Nokia a lot of good the way it's pushed the 928.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 11:48

56. lovefist (unregistered)


Yep. I was looking forward for any mid range announcements but since its just a phone with a great camera.. Hohumm.
I buy phones for productivity and communcation not taking pictures and playing around with camera settings. Those I just consider as bonuses.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 10:13 6

5. ihatesmartphone (unregistered)


Go windows! Go Nokia!! :D
Bye bye Android ;)

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 10:16 18

7. zuckerboy (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


LOL you think android is gonna lose to that brick :D c'mon get real

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 10:30 3

18. Rorschach (Posts: 37; Member since: 26 Apr 2013)


Until the folks at Windows do their part and improve the OS, it will not come close to the likes of Andriod and iOS

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 10:21 1

10. papss (unregistered)


Hmm I'm not paying 300 on contract for this phone.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 10:23 5

11. sum182 (Posts: 229; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Man....they just had to go and take a really nice phone....and kill all its attractiveness by putting windows on it. Poor thing....

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 10:26 4

12. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5554; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


That's a freakin' awesome phone, good job Nokia!

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 10:29 3

16. roldefol (Posts: 2977; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


They surprised me with the 2 GB RAM. They really crammed as much into the phone as they could within the processor & screen limitations MS dictated.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 10:26

13. papss (unregistered)


Maybe I should sell my N4 to pick this up?

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 11:46

55. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1625; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


Thanks for sharing your economic queries with us all.....

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 10:29 2

15. sonisoe (Posts: 329; Member since: 06 May 2009)


sadly, this excellent camera isnt gonna make a lot of people switch..hopefuly am wrong, i do wanna see nokia succeed given their artistry in hardware design & engineering incl. this fantastic camera and software development (nokia map etc)...

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 10:30 1

19. BattleBrat (Posts: 1097; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Dammit, they know I'm a sucker for Zeiss glass. IT BETTER make it to Verizon or Tmo....

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 10:34 1

21. roldefol (Posts: 2977; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Sure, after AT&T's 6 month exclusivity period. :(

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 10:45 1

24. snowgator (Posts: 3233; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Wow.

Camera first, phone/multi-media device second and third. This is aimed at a very particular market. I can see it being a success, but it is a bit of a gamble. Can't make it in the industry without a gamble or two. The first Galaxy Note was released with lessers specs as well until it proved to be a hit. Now it is all shades of premium with copy cats galore. This has that potential.

It could also be a huge, stinky bomb. We watch and wait......

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 10:46 1

26. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5620; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


when it comes to WP devices this is clearly the one to have by a long shot.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 18:49 1

68. Jiin- (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


Oh, it'll take some long shots. ALL KINDS OF SHOTS.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 10:47 2

27. Penny (Posts: 1192; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Apparently, the inclusion of a BSI sensor is pretty important as well as the 808 Pureview did not have BSI. Images should be great from this phone.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 10:56

31. vslayer (Posts: 34; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


now phonearena i dare you to compare all of the smartphone camera today..... :) im tired of saying that iphone 5 , gs4 is much better photos

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 11:00

33. kozza3 (Posts: 574; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


they should have made it thicker with a huge battery, obviously people are going to buy this because of the camera and not the form-factor

i don't understand the designers these days

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 11:03

36. timukh (Posts: 177; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Super awesome camera, great new features but sadly no improvements in the hardware other than the 2GB of RAM. And with the july availability it seems that Nokia was ready with this device for quite a long time so they did the mass production already and maybe they were waiting for microsoft to release 1080p and quad core support sooner so that they could incorporate it. But sadly the two most important features still seems missing and till MS releases that there will already be an android phone with even higher resolutions!
Oh MS! What can I say more. $299 is obviously a NO! May be $199 was still considerable.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 11:08

37. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


"WOW 41MP BSI Sensor" Nokia you got me confused to choose.
if Honami disappointing Lumia 1020 + Xperia ZR will be my last option

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 11:11

38. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 298; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


"Answering everyone's prayers..."

Doesn't run Android. Prayers not answered.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 11:24

43. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


prayers, not fanboys

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 11:53

57. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 298; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


LOL Well hello Mr. Pot, I'm Mr. Kettle.....

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 11:56

60. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1145; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


im stove.
"BUUUUURRNNN"

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 11:14

40. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6580; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Ok 2 questions first y call it 41MP when the sensor itself says 38. 2nd what's the zoom ?

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 11:44

52. picka_vi_materina (Posts: 164; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


Think of the full 41MP sensor as a circle. If you draw a square (4:3) or a rectangle (16:9) inside the circle, there are parts of the circle that are not used which results to the lower resolution. The below is an example of the Nokia N9 sensor of 8.7MP. You can see the principle which I explained in the image.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-v13ancCGz8I/ThlfKAl52eI/AAAAAAAAA4E/PK-gI_h3ewk/s640/Nokia+N9+Sensor+Area+Nxx-sensor-specs.jpg

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