Nokia Lumia 1020 Preview – Photography Guru

Nokia Lumia 1020

Nokia Lumia 1020

Nokia have just announced their new flagship – the Lumia 1020 uber-cameraphone. The Nokia Lumia 1020 could have the fastest processor in the market but that isn’t what’s important about this device. That’s because the Nokia Lumia 1020 is the first new-gen smartphone to sport a behemoth of a sensor at an astonishing 41 megapixels. Couple to that a 2.2 lens aperture and a six-element Carl Zeiss lens and you’ve got a seriously capable cameraphone.

Design

Nokia Lumia 1020

Nokia Lumia 1020

The Nokia Lumia 1020 follows the same design language as Nokia smartphones of yesteryear. It is a huge rectangular slab of polycarbonate plastic with some minor design changes. It weighs just under 160 grams, much lighter than the 186 gram Nokia Lumia 920. The edges are rounded just like the old Lumia 920. Design-wise the Nokia Lumia 1020 phone is still one of the best looking devices around, but we wish Nokia had done something exciting with the look of this device. After all, the Nokia Lumia 1020 phone is the new flagship and would’ve looked even better with a metal overhaul.

Display

Nokia Lumia 1020

Nokia Lumia 1020

The Lumia 1020 comes with a 4.5-inch AMOLED display unit that Nokia claim uses their proprietary ClearBlack technology that results in deep blacks. The display is now called a PureMotionHD+ display, which we suspect is just a marketing gimmick. The display is covered with the new Gorilla Glass 3 that helps reduce the force of impacts from drops and is said to be much more resistant to scratches. The display is bursting with modern technology, but sadly Nokia have still chosen to bestow it with the relatively old 1280×768 pixel resolution. Make no mistake, Nokia Lumia 1020 is a high quality panel with excellent sharpness and contrast, but the phone would’ve been truly a flagship competitor if it had the FullHD unit instead.

Performance

The Lumia 1020 is powered by a Snapdragon S4 dual-core Krait processor clocked at a healthy 1.5GHz. The processor is complemented by a large dose of RAM at 2 gigabytes. Although the processor is quite old now, it still performs admirably on the Windows Phone platform thanks to Microsoft’s relentless optimizations of the operating system.

Camera

Camera sample

Camera sample

The only reason Nokia have brought out the Lumia 1020 flagship, is the fact that it features a truly ground-breaking camera that will wipe the floor with all its competitor’s imaging efforts. The camera has a massive 41 megapixel sensor. Nokia haven’t just stuffed a regular sensor full of mega-pixels either. The whole camera assembly is actually a 6 lens system designed and made by Carl Zeiss, so it’s definitely up there. The previous insane cameraphone, the Nokia 808 Pureview, had a similarly ridiculous megapixel count that resulted in a great fan following from photographers. The Lumia 1020 combines the best of both worlds with its rear camera. Thanks to the Windows Phone operating system, the 41 megapixel sensor will now enjoy a wider user base and a large selection of apps.

Software

Nokia Lumia 1020

Nokia Lumia 1020

The Lumia 1020 runs the latest from Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system. Nokia have bundled the new Camera Pro app with the phone that will give the user added flexibility over controlling how the camera behaves. The user can take 2 photos simultaneously that are shot at a high resolution (41MP) and a low resolution (5MP) for easier sharing. Photo parameters like exposure compensation and ISO speed can be adjusted at the same time.

Availability

Nokia Lumia 1020

Nokia Lumia 1020

The Nokia Lumia 1020 is an AT&T exclusive for the time being, but we expect it to hit retail stores in a short time. It currently costs $300 on a two-year contract but (as usual) we will have an unlocked version at the GSM Nation Store before everyone else so you shouldn’t have to wait long if you want a contract free Nokia Lumia 1020.