Nokia Lumia 1020 Smartphone Unveiled with 41MP Sensor and Robust Camera Features

Nokia Lumia 1020

Smartphone cameras are getting serious. Just as I’ve been working on a review of the Lumia 920 (preview: the camera is solid), Nokia goes and releases the new Lumia 1020.


The Lumia 1020 features a 41MP PureView sensor that provides the camera with a 6x zoom while still maintaining decent resolution. Additionally, the Lumia 1020 includes a Xenon flash bulb instead of the common LED “flash” found on smartphones today (iPhone 5 included).  There is 32GB of onboard storage for those large image files.

Check out the below image samples taken with the Lumia 1020 that shows a wide, then a zoomed shot of different scenes.

Nokia Lumia 1020 Wide Shot

Nokia Lumia 1020 Wide Shot

Nokia Lumia 1020 Zoomed Shot

Nokia Lumia 1020 Zoomed Shot

Nokia Lumia 1020 Wide Shot

Nokia Lumia 1020 Wide Shot

Nokia Lumia 1020 Zoomed Shot

Nokia Lumia 1020 Zoomed Shot

The camera features a Carl Zeiss Tessar lens with a max aperture of f/2.2 and an equivalent 26mm focal length. The lens features optical image stabilization.

Nokia Lumia 1020 Shallow DOF

Camera sensitivity ranges from ISO 100-3200, and white balance and scene modes are user selectable in the main camera app.

Nokia has also release a new Pro Camera app with quick access to manual adustment of flash, focus, ISO, shutter speed, white balance and exposure without having to pop into another screen or menu.

Video capture does 1080p at 30fps with up to a 4x zoom, or you can go 720p with up to a 6x zoom and no loss of resolution. That’s putting that 41MP PureView to work.

It has a 4.5-inch AMOLED PureMotion HD+ display (1280 x 768 pixels, 16:9 aspect ratio) made with Gorilla Glass 3 and is super sensitive to touch even with fingernails or while wearing gloves.

Nokia Camera Grip

Additionally, a camera grip is available as an $80 accessory for the Lumia 1020. It snaps on the phone to provide more of a camera feel and features extra battery power, a shutter button and a standard tripod mount.

Nokia Lumia 1020 Camera Grip

The Nokia Lumia 1020 runs on Windows Phone 8 and will be available on July 26 in black, white or yellow on AT&T for $300 with a new 2-year contract.



  1. says

    Sounds and looks great. Just one little problem…….

    WINDOWS 8?

    If they had put Android on it, it would have sold like no tomorrow. I’m not changing operating systems on my phone to the 5th place finisher in a 4 OS race.

    Somebody smart needs to hack this thing to run Android. They’d make a fortune.

    Too bad.

    • Cristian says

      Think the same! It’s a shame Nokia make so good hardware with so bad software!

  2. EricB says

    Checked out the Nokia site, seems the output format is JPEG only.. Crying shame to have 41mp images and no RAW… Now that definitely needs modding.

    I’d sooner have dual OS boot than a complete replacement OS I think.

  3. says

    41mp camera will definitely give a rise in the selling of Lumia 1020.the sleek body design is best.
    Disappointment is with That the phone does not come in black color.Black is most used color in mobile phones.

  4. Tarn Smith says

    There is ALOT to be desired with this unit. If you are looking for a big league player in this tiny ball park I would suggest you look at the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom. It is a full on Galaxy S4 Mini but with 10x Optical zoom! It has a larger sensor than the Nokia, it runs Android 4.2 Jellybean, it uses optical zoom rather than the Nokia’s digital zoom, makes phone calls, and is Samsung’s second generation of Smartphone/Digital camera hybrid so you can be sure there are no bugs.
    Check it out: