Nokia Unveils Lumia 1020 Smartphone With 41-Megapixel Camera

The much-anticipated 41 megapixel Lumia phone gets an official reveal at an event in New York City on Thursday.

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop unveiled the phone, calling it a “flagship device” at an event in New York City on Thursday. Photo: Sneurgaonkar/Flickr

Nokia has officially unveiled the Nokia Lumia 1020, a Windows Phone with a 41-megapixel camera. The phone will be exclusive to AT&T in the United States, available July 26 for $299.99 with a two-year contract. Preorders begin July 16.

The latest Lumia boasts a second-generation 41 megapixel-image sensor, Zeiss optics, xenon flash, manual shutter, and other photographic smarts, and seems to have crammed it into a much thinner chassis compared to the original 808 Pureview.

A xenon flash, which is technically superior to the common LED flash, helps the camera capture sharp images at night with good color accuracy. Carl Zeiss wide angle lenses will be on offer, with six lens elements used to enhance the sharpness further.

Each shot will generate a 38MP picture for all the fancy imaging and editing you can do, but will also create a 5MP shot for sharing easily on social networks too.

The technology is made possible thanks to combining seven pixels into one, which Nokia is calling oversampling, giving you not only a 5MP image but one that has a large amount of detail in one place, writes TechRadar.

Nokia claims to “reinvent zoom, enabling people to discover more detail than the eye can see” due to its PureView technology. Deploying features such as optical image stabilisation, the device claims to be able to produce some of the sharpest images possible on any digital camera.

Stephen Elop, President and CEO of Nokia said: “We want to take people on a journey from capturing pictures to recording and sharing their lives. The Nokia Lumia 1020 will bring new meaning to pictures and continues to strengthen Nokia’s leadership in imaging.”

The phone’s camera can capture full HD video, and Nokia said it has also paid special attention to the sound, helping it capture loud audio with minimal distortion. The phone has a 4.5-inch Super Amoled display, protected by the latest version of Gorilla Glass.

As Nokia CEO said during the launch event at a New York City pier, the phone represents the “introduction of the next chapter in smart phone photography.”

The Lumia 1020 includes a new application called Nokia Pro Camera, designed to make it easy for anyone to take professional quality images. Either before a picture is taken or after it has been shot, the user can see how the zoom capability and the chosen settings will affect the final photo or video.

The processor, however, remains a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon, and it will also ship with stock 32GB on-board storage, though there are rumours of a 64GB exclusive in tow for various carriers across the globe. Lastly, it also features a 1.2 megapixel front facing camera.

In addition to its powerhouse camera, the Lumia 1020 has an upgraded version of Nokia Here Maps. The augmented reality feature, which overlays metadata of local stores when you hold up the phone, can now be frozen to show a specific view, and even zoom in within that view, says Mashable.

The 1020 will arrive in the U.S. first and then roll out worldwide “this quarter,” Elop said.

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