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.
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.
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.
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.
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.