Nokia Lumia 1020 launches: the best camera phone ever made?

Nokia Lumia 1020 launches: the best camera phone ever made?

So the Nokia Lumia 1020 is here at last, unveiled by CEO Stephen Elop at a dedicated press event in New York today.

The 41-megapixel PureView Windows Phone will be available in the US exclusively on AT&T in just two weeks' time, with a UK launch pencilled in for sometime this quarter.

We already covered the spec this morning, so we won't repeat it all here, but the highlights include that 41MP camera with six lens elements, a 4.5in AMOLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor running at 1.5GHz, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.

It's all about the camera, though, and Nokia certainly hasn't held back. The PureView sensor, Zeiss optics and Xenon flash make all the right noises on the hardware front, while software-wise the all-new Pro Camera software delivers an impressive array of tools we're not used to seeing on smartphones, with manual focus being possibly the most impressive.

You also get optical image stabilisation, a feature last seen on the Lumia 920, while the massive 2/3in sensor is backside illuminated, which allows more light in and therefore should boost low-light photography compared to its spiritual ancestor the Nokia 808 PureView.

Speaking of that sensor, its 41MP oversampling tech affords 3x lossless zoom – in other words its the benefits of optical zoom achieved digitally.

A bunch of new accessories are also on the way, including an ultra-thin wireless charging shell, a chunky camera grip which adds a further 1,030mAh battery to the 2,000mAh cell inside the Lumia 1020, and a GorillaPod-style flexible tripod.

It's an impressive package all in all, and one of the few big smartphone arrivals we've had lately that actually looks like it might live up to the hype.

As we mentioned at the start, the Lumia 1020 will be an AT&T exclusive initially, and will go on sale in the US network in a fortnight priced at $300 (around £200).

In the UK, the likes of Phones4U, Three and O2 have all indicated they will carry the Lumia 1020, and it should find its way onto most carriers' lists of 4G devices when it does touch down. More info when we get it.

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sparx1981  Jul. 11, 2013 at 21:35

so is it me or does this 41mp sound impressive, but in fact it's the equivilent of 3 x optical zoom?

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 11, 2013 at 22:43

so is it me or does this 41mp sound impressive, but in fact it's the equivilent of 3 x optical zoom? Ahem?
Not sure I understand? You can digitally zoom and zoom and zoom... But yes, apparently
you can get the equivalent of a 3x optical zoom in terms of actual quality...

Anyhoo.

Shock: to see if I could possibly live with the 1020 I borrowed a Lumia 820 earlier. Will have it for a few days, and so far I'm not disgusted. I pretend it's not M$ related which uses up all my hypocrisy reserves. But so be it.

Shocked also to see that Microsoft's Mac-ky sync app is much much better than Google's ridiculous File Transfer for Mac OS.

Camera on the 820 is pretty good, too.

madstock  Jul. 11, 2013 at 22:59

There are a few more photo examples here: http://aani.nokia.fi/2013/07/11/21795/ - if you open up the "glasses" shot, the utterly mental (in a good way) quality becomes apparent - dust particles and hair are all present, correct and visible.

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 11, 2013 at 23:36

There are a few more photo examples here: http://aani.nokia.fi/2013/07/11/21795/ - if you open up the "glasses" shot, the utterly mental (in a good way) quality becomes apparent - dust particles and hair are all present, correct and visible.

Impressive.

jacko100  Jul. 12, 2013 at 00:15

4 years too late - tech that add little value really - with NFC. digital wallets leading the way etc - great a high res camera !! add that windows OS (its good but is it as good as android ? (coming from a IOS fanboy too!)

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 12, 2013 at 09:14

Jacko,
that is a completely subjective statement.
I mainly use a Meego device, iOS now and again. I have used every single Android flagship - for a couple of days to 2 weeks, months or a year. I CANNOT STAND Android.
I can't even pinpoint the exact or most important reason. I find it messy, like an eternal beta side project of an ad company. Oh, wait...

A lot of people think I'm wrong. So what?

How's the leading mobile camera of little value? Says who? You? Good for you. Means you can happily buy a G510 or N4. But some folks like a good cam. You're telling them to buy an inferior cam because the OS doesn't fit your wants?

And though I agree that the 1020 is way late, 4 years? Do you know how crap Android phones were 4 years ago?

Stelph  Jul. 12, 2013 at 09:31

Looks very nice, as mentioned its certainly the only top end phone I am interested in at the moment, although I would have liked to have seen a lens cover/protector as I wold worry that the projection would make it more likely to scratch....which would then show up in the high res photos :/

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 12, 2013 at 09:33

Looks very nice, as mentioned its certainly the only top end phone I am interested in at the moment, although I would have liked to have seen a lens cover/protector as I wold worry that the projection would make it more likely to scratch....which would then show up in the high res photos :/


True. I know 2 people who treat their devices quite carefully and yet managed to scratch that tough crystal thingy on the iPhone5's lens....

krogothnx  Jul. 12, 2013 at 09:47

those sample shots look nice, but lacking 2 things;

1 - those are all well-lit examples. Life isn't well lit. We need low-light samples.
2 - how do we know these are from the 1020? Nokia's not exactly been truthful on the 'look what our phone camera can do!' front recently...

I have to be a little cynical because i would love this kind of camera on a phone - But after my past experiences, it'd really have to be special to get me to use WinPhone again.

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 12, 2013 at 09:51

those sample shots look nice, but lacking 2 things;

1 - those are all well-lit examples. Life isn't well lit. We need low-light samples.
2 - how do we know these are from the 1020? Nokia's not exactly been truthful on the 'look what our phone camera can do!' front recently...

I have to be a little cynical because i would love this kind of camera on a phone - But after my past experiences, it'd really have to be special to get me to use WinPhone again.


I have seen 100s of photos taken with 808s... I have no reason to doubt those pics are the real deal. Also: The 808 takes excellent low-light pictures.

Still...
Not sure I could live with something hooked up to M$'s info-greedy sphincter

krogothnx  Jul. 12, 2013 at 09:59

Aye, that's the same problem for me. I'd happily get this if it ran something more obscure like tizen, bada, ubuntu touch/mobile/whatsitcalled or even firefox OS...

sparx1981  Jul. 12, 2013 at 10:07

For me I just wish Sony made this. With their Xperia styling of late and a slightly larger screen this would be a no-brainer. I'm not sure if I like the Nokia styling and also the screen being fairly small may put me off but this camera is definitely a selling point.

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 12, 2013 at 10:08

Firefox OS hahaha - ahem, you're right.
That 820 I'm using... It's all fine. But typing in a live email address to access the app store? Who... It's like joining in at a round of musical chairs with the NSA and Ballmer ...

mightyforest  Jul. 12, 2013 at 16:26

4 years, haha so its in the same range as the latest iphone

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