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.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_F2FiN-A_YU&2=640&h=360]
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.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmjEOQaARVo&w=640&h=360]
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.