Nokia Lumia 1020 monster camera wins one for science

Nokia Lumia 1020 monster camera wins one for science
The 41-megapixel sensor on the Nokia Lumia 1020 is able to produce photos that other devices simply cannot match. What is even more remarkable is that the Lumia 1020 can be had on a 2-year agreement with AT&T for only $99.

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.

Thanks to optical image stabilization, lossless zoom, and the high-resolution of the Lumia 1020’s camera, the images captured by the device enable the viewing of detail that is not even visible in the original photomicrograph.

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.

source: WMPoweruser



23. inlinev

Posts: 16; Member since: Feb 02, 2014

I'm definitely taking better pictures than I ever have with a smartphone with the Lumia Icon. The Snapdragon 800 combined with a 5 inch 1080p screen certainly helps.

19. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Best camera bar none.

17. iTechies

Posts: 88; Member since: Dec 28, 2013

too bad taking photos is not my hobby. for me, smartphone with an average camera(12mp or 8mp) is enough for me. because i want a smartphone with more powerful or higher specs. not a higher camera pixels.

13. zennacko unregistered

I wish they tested the 1020 with that DIY microscope (that was published here IIRC) that could produce some nice shots.

10. Xenaz

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 28, 2013

Cool story

9. antonioli

Posts: 200; Member since: Sep 08, 2013

Impressive. Congratulations.


Posts: 261; Member since: May 03, 2013

Good job guys! Here's the grant $$$ promised from nokia for promo

5. papss unregistered

The camera on this phone really is in a league of its own. I'm still learning to take better photos on my wife's phone.

8. icyrock1

Posts: 307; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

11. papss unregistered

Lol right. I'm going to take android community as factual? Okay..

14. icyrock1

Posts: 307; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

DXoMark did the review. They're also the place every one quotes when they say that the pureview has the best camera (along with the 1020). So, this is a valid (and respected ) source in the tech community.

12. papss unregistered

Furthermore it had the s4 beating the 1020 and that's laughable at best

15. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

It was an average of photo quality and video quality, and no offense, but the Nokia Lumia 1020's

16. DarkStar286

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 18, 2014

To be fair DxOMark look at both photo and video and the 1020's (I've had one since the day it came out) video performance isn't that great. Plus they only rate a device once and the 1020 was tested before the Amber and Black updates vastly improved the photo quality. If they were to test it again today it'd still be behind on video, but would undoubtedly be top for stills.

26. preetmalhotra

Posts: 114; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Dethroned doesn't means that now 808 will start taking poor photographs! And you simply cannot measure a sensor's full potential in a LAB! PS. Don't fight now!

3. ZeroCide

Posts: 819; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

Nokia FTW!!!

2. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

So, when is well paid ad, the more MP suddenly start to matter??? LOL "What is even more remarkable is that the Lumia 1020 can be had on a 2-year agreement with AT&T for only $99. Even at full retail, $610, it is a great deal " We get it.

4. papss unregistered

We get it.. You hate WP.. You want a carrot?

25. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

In his ass..

1. garyII

Posts: 160; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

nice !

6. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Just think what 808 can do with this. Because 808 have biggest sensor than any other phone do. Truly amazing work done by Nokia (best engineers)

27. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Yeah but no ois

29. NFSHesham

Posts: 297; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

Unfortunately the 808 has been officially discontinued while the 1020 is still being produced and is still available

18. Kan_wha

Posts: 88; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

Scientific imaging companies must be crapping their pants right now. Cause a lot of those cameras and rigs pieces cost upwards of $10000 each (many pieces needed for most sets to work), then you add all the proprietary software... If this is good enough to replace the science supply racket, labs no longer have to pay 100k for a decent microscope with image capture capabilities.

21. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2365; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Nokia lumia 1020 , nothing comes close

22. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

But don't forget that 808.

28. NFSHesham

Posts: 297; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

the 808 is discontinued , the 1020 is still in production and availability while the 808 isn't .

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