This week, Nokia took to the stage in New York to announce a the next phone in their PureView line – the Nokia Lumia 1020. Building upon the technology Nokia first released last year in the PureView 808, the Lumia 1020 offers a massive sensor capable of capturing extremely detailed pictures.
There’s more to this announcement than simply stuffing the PureView sensor from the 808 into the Lumia body and powering it with Windows Phone. Nokia added the optical image stabilization and the enhanced night pictures that they perfected in the Lumia 920, along with a 3x zoom. Plus they managed to significantly reduce the thickness of the device to just 10.4mm.
Using a new feature called dual capture, the Lumia 1020 simultaneously takes a high resolution 38 megapixel image and a 5 megapixel picture. The larger image provides endless editing opportunities, while the smaller 5 megapixel image is easy to share to social networks like Facebook or Instagram. Using this dual capture technique, the 1020 allows you to zoom out on a picture and then zoom back in on a different area of the picture. Even if you zoomed in on a different area when you took the original picture. MobilityMinded.com has a good article about the space these pictures take up and how/where you will find all the pictures, especially with the dual capture larger images. It’s worth a read if you’re considering this phone.
With such an advanced camera, Nokia decided that they needed to step up the capabilities of the camera software. The “Pro Camera” app allows you a great deal of control, if you so desire. If you just want to change the ISO, you can and all the other settings will remain on their automatic configuration. Of course, you can tweak everything or nothing.
There is also improvements to the video capture, audio capture, base memory, weight, wireless charging (it’s now part of a case and not built in), and even a camera grip accessory with a mechanical shutter, extended battery, and tripod mount.
When it comes to price and availability, Nokia was very happy to announce that AT&T will start taking pre-orders on July 16th, and start shipping on the 26th for $299.99 with a 2 year contract. Unfortunately, there was no announcement for Canada. That means if you were hoping to snag one of these early, you’ll have to make a run to the US and hope you can get one off-contract and are able to unlock it. There was also talk of a few European carriers that will be offering the phone in the next few months. But no news for those of us north of the boarder.
The Lumia 1020 looks like a great phone for people that like to take pictures on the go, and don’t want to carry their phone, and a point and shot or DLSR camera. It’s not going to convert any professional photographer, at least not yet. Maybe in a few more years. I’m certainly looking forward to taking one device with me and knowing it can capture