A few years ago, when the Nokia N8 had just been released, I did a post titled N8 v a DSLR. It turned out to be hugely popular because the notion that a cameraphone could challenge the almighty DSLR, was a a concept that was almost unbelievable. At that point in time I did not suggest that the N8 was better than the DSLR, but that it was good enough for day light shots, and in the night you’d find it lacking – still it was a sign of things to come.
At the India launch of the Lumia 1020, I spent some quality time with the new king of smartphone cameras and it is hard to come away without being thoroughly impressed with what Nokia has been able to cram into a ‘fairly’ slim device. Pricing concerns aside, the sheer power of the 41 megapixel sensor is felt the moment you pick the device up. Since the phone has a mechanical shutter, you can hear and feel the shutter open everytime you launch the camera. It is a very subtle sound, but one that manages to resonate power.
Unlike the Lumia 920, the 1020 features a matt finish that looks and feels premium. I liked the glossy finish of the 920, so I wasn’t entirely convinced about how the matt finish would pan out, but Nokia’s somehow managed to make it feel even nicer. In the video below I go over the hardware, compare it to the Lumia 925, take a look at the Pro Camera application and play around with the camera grip accessory that Nokia will be selling alongside the 1020 – among other things.
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At Nokia’s Lumia 1020 keynote, Stephen Elop had to take one of the most awkward public questions a CEO has had to take in a long time. It was a really public setting with the entire world’s tech press in attendance, and the event was also being live streamed across the world. Five minutes before the question, Ralph de la Vega, President and CEO-AT&T Mobility had been on stage, and Stephen Elop had just called AT&T a great partner.
Then comes the extremely awkward question. The lady from Forbes.com called AT&T a horrible partner, while praising Nokia’s Lumia devices. There is a lot of merit in that question, and you can see that everyone agreed with her by the cheers the question got, but what could Elop possibly say to go out of a high?
There are lots of ways that you can answer that question, after all most CEOs are also masters of saying a lot without saying anything, but I really liked how Elop tackled it.
Elop’s really taken that question by the horns. Says the challenge is Nokia’s and not AT&T’s. He’s right.
— Vaibhav Sharma (@v4ibhav) July 11, 2013
Instead simply saying that they’ll working more closely, train more people and the usual press speak, he acknowledged a more fundamental issue. Making Lumia work is Nokia’s problem and not AT&T’s. While they might also want a third ecosystem at some level, there’s only so much they’ll do.
Elop’s answer is testament to the challenger mindset that he’s been talking about for the last few months, and it is refreshing to see a CEO being honest about a company’s challenges.
The event’s ended with an awkward Q (Re: AT&T) but I liked Elop’s attitude while answering it. All in all, one of Nokia’s best events, easy.
— Vaibhav Sharma (@v4ibhav) July 11, 2013
For once, Nokia had managed to knock this keynote right out of the park, and ending on such a tricky question could have taken from the experience just a little bit, but Elop handled it well, and for that he deserves credit.
A 41 Megapixel Windows Phone from Nokia has been on the cards ever since the PureView 808 was announced, and it took more than a few months, but the Lumia 1020 PureView is finally official. If a camera enthusiast could dream of the specs he or she would want in a device, this is what it would be. An incredible 41 MP sensor that lets you zoom without loosing quality, optical image stabilisation for great low light shots, pixel binning for even less noise, Xenon flash if you’re looking for even more light, a LED light if you’re shooting video in the dark, high amplitude capture mics so that you get great audio for your videos, Nokia’s Pro camera app to give you greater control over shooting modes, and finally a 6 part ZEISS lens.
In 2012 Nokia made a similar device, the Pureview 808, but that device ran Symbian, a dated operation system and it weighed 169 grams and measured 123.9 x 60.2 x 13.9 mm. The Lumia 1020 PureView is 130.4×71.4×10.4 mm and weights 158 grams. Nokia’s kept the huge 41 MP sensor AND the Xenon flash, yet has been able to bring down the thickness to just 10.4 mm from 13.9 mm. For comparison’s sake, the Lumia 920 is 10.7 mm thick. We might finally have a killer cameraphone that’s small enough for people to be happy about making it their daily driver.
Here is all you need to know about the Lumia 1020 PureView:
- 41 megapixel sensor captures the sharpest images with details never thought possible from a smartphone
- Nokia Pro Camera boosts creativity through simple and easy to use controls usually reserved for the expert photographer
- Nokia Rich Recording delivers distortion free stereo audio in the loudest environments
- Comes with the only fully integrated and true offline Global maps experience from the HERE location suite
- PureView 41MP sensor with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
- Backside-illuminated image sensor
- 6-lens ZEISS optics
- high resolution zoom 3x
- autofocus, xenon Flash, LED for video, 1080p video at 30fps
- Includes Nokia Pro Camera app and Nokia Smart Camera app
- Secondary camera: HD 1.2 MP wide angle
- Operating system: Windows Phone 8
- Networks: GSM: 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 1900 MHz, WCDMA: 2100 MHz, 1900 MHz, 850 MHz, 900 MHz, LTE network bands: 1, 3, 7, 20, 8
- Speed: HSPA+: DL Cat 24, dual carrier 42.1 Mbps/UL Cat6 5.76Mbps
- HERE location and mapping service; free global HERE Maps and HERE Drive+, free HERE transit available in the store
- Memory: 2GB RAM, 32GB internal user memory; 7GB SkyDrive cloud storage
- Display: 4.5’’ AMOLED WXGA (1280×768), 2.5D sculpted Corning Gorilla Glass 3, PureMotion HD+, Clear Black, high brightness mode, sunlight readability, Super Sensitive Touch for nail and glove usage, Nokia Glance Screen
- Processor: 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4
- Size: 130.4×71.4×10.4 mm, Weight: 158 g
- Connectivity: USB2.0, BT 3.0, NFC with SIM based security, WLAN a/b/g/n, A-GPS and Glonass, 3.5 mm audio connector
- Battery: 2000 mAh battery, wireless charging supported via accessory cover
- Audio: IHF speakers, 2 microphones, Nokia Rich Recording, HD voice compliant, 3.5mm AV connector
Nokia original accessories
- Nokia Camera Grip PD-95G
- Confidence to take the perfect shot
- Built-in extra battery for longer usage,
- Ergonomic grip with a two-stage camera key,
- Universal tripod mount
- Nokia Wireless Charging Cover CC-3066
- Effortless charging just a snap away
- Enable wireless charging with form fitting Qi compliant snap-on cover
- JBL PowerUp Wireless Charging Speaker for Nokia MD-100W
- Nokia Purity Pro Stereo Headset by Monster (BH-940) • Nokia Wireless Charging Car Charger CR-200
- Yellow, white, black
- Maximum talk time (3G): 13.3 h • Standby time: 16 Days
- Video Playback time: 6.8 hours • Music Playback time: 63 hours
Nokia sales package accessories
- Charger: AC-60
- Cable: CA-190CD
- Battery: Pre-installed (BV-5XW) • Headset: WH-208
- Guides: User guide booklet
- Other inbox content: SIM door opening key