Nokia Lumia 1020

July 11, 2013 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones | 12 Comments | |
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The Nokia Lumia 1020 is a new camera phone with a second-generation 41-megapixel sensor, six-element f/2.2 Zeiss lens, optical image stabilisation, mechanical shutter, Windows Phone 8 operating system and PureView technology on board. Using a new feature called dual capture, the Nokia Lumia 1020 simultaneously takes a high resolution 38 megapixel image and creates a 5-megapixel picture that is easier to share to social networks. Other highlights include a 4.5" PureMotion HD+ OLED screen with a resolution of 334ppi, Gorilla Glass 3, 2GB RAM, 32GB/64GB internal storage and a 2-megapixel secondary camera module. The Nokia Lumia 1020 will launch first in the US exclusively with AT&T, with sales expected to start on July 26 at a price of $299.99 on a two-year contract. An optional Nokia Camera Grip adds a shutter release and tripod mount, and is expected to be available this month for an estimated retail price of $79.

UPDATE: Nokia has released 18 sample images captured with the Lumia 1020.

Nokia Press Release

Zoom. Reinvented. Nokia Lumia 1020 arrives

Espoo, Finland and New York, NY - Today, Nokia established a new benchmark in smartphone imaging with the arrival of the Nokia Lumia 1020, boasting a second generation 41 megapixel sensor. Unlike any smartphone in the market today the Nokia Lumia 1020 reinvents zoom, enabling people to discover more detail than the eye can see. With Nokia's innovative PureView technology, including optical image stabilization, the device is able to produce some of the sharpest images possible by any digital camera.

This is made possible by leading hardware technology combined with a new application called Nokia Pro Camera, which makes it easy for anyone to take professional quality images. Either before a picture is taken or after it has been shot, the zoom capability enables people to discover and then rediscover the personal stories each image can tell. With a beautiful interface that visually demonstrates how settings will affect the final photo or video, Nokia Pro Camera makes it easier than ever to capture, edit and share photos and videos with unrivaled clarity.Nokia Lumia 1020

Using a new feature called dual capture, the Nokia Lumia 1020 simultaneously takes a high resolution 38 megapixel image for endless editing opportunities, and creates a 5 megapixel picture that is easy to share to social networks with Windows Phone 8.

The Nokia Lumia 1020's 41 megapixel sensor features leading ZEISS optics with six physical lenses, plus optical image stabilization, delivering crystal clear pictures even in low light conditions. It also captures blur free videos with stereo sound even at the loudest concerts thanks to Nokia Rich Recording, which handles sound pressure levels six times louder than conventional smartphone microphones.

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

Nokia also released a new imaging software development kit (SDK) that provides key image editing features of the Nokia Lumia 1020 to developers. The SDK is available today at with a number of developers including Vyclone, Yelp and CNN integrating these features into future releases.

Hipstamatic showcased Oggl PRO, an exclusive application for the Nokia Lumia 1020 offering the most advanced smartphone camera controls for their creative community. It was also announced that popular applications Vine, Path and Flipboard will soon be available on Windows Phone.

Adding further professional capabilities and additional battery life, Nokia announced the new Nokia Camera Grip. This is an accessory that complements device features usually reserved for stand-alone cameras, like the Nokia Lumia 1020's built-in xenon flash and mechanical shutter. The Nokia Camera Grip also has a tripod mount, and is expected to be available this month for an estimated retail price of USD 79.

The personal nature of Windows Phone makes it the perfect platform for the Nokia Lumia 1020, showcasing live images on the Start screen with the Photos tile, quick sharing to social networks, and easy access to files across a number of devices with SkyDrive. With the dedicated camera button, Windows Phone is designed with imaging in mind.

To help people see what's around them and discover new places to take photos, the latest developments in LiveSight will available in HERE Maps soon. The Nokia Lumia 1020 also comes with ad and subscription free Nokia Music streaming.

The Nokia Lumia 1020 will arrive first on U.S. shores exclusively with AT&T, with sales expected to start on July 26 at a price of USD 299.99 on a two-year contract.

The Nokia Lumia 1020 is then expected to arrive in China and key European markets this quarter. Nokia plans to ship an exclusive variant of the device with Telefonica to select European and Latin American markets. The Nokia Lumia 1020 will be available in yellow, white and black.

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#1 giuseppe

41mpx on a sensor so little are not really useful. too noise for me.
you can see it just considering a little zoom on a picture (during day or night). Obviously, as a cameraphone, it is a good product, but definitively i will not consider it as a product for photographers. Here some samples:

10:01 am - Friday, July 12, 2013

#2 Peter

Now take your XY DSLR camera and try to make a similar night photo handheld with high ISO as it is on that photo published at the article you mentioned. You won't get any better photo.

Plus for those paparazzi photographers who like to call themselves street photographers such a camera is more than great.

12:38 pm - Friday, July 12, 2013

#3 whatever


I hope you are not a photographer yourself because you clients must be very poorly treated by some snobby imbecile person, if that's your definition of a Photographer.

9:34 am - Saturday, July 13, 2013

#4 Sanjay Kumar Negi

Nokia Lumia 1020 is now launched and featuring 41 MP camera with PureView Technology and offers nice touching experience. The camera in this phone is capable of capturing quality photos on day and night. Very good phone but the specs looks poor except camera only.

11:18 am - Tuesday, July 16, 2013

#5 Fotoclipping

It is right and doing good work. Thanks for sharing your nice information and the blog, please keep sharing.........

9:14 am - Monday, August 5, 2013

#6 Nirjondipo

Great articel

2:48 pm - Thursday, September 5, 2013

#7 dean

Camera response too slow. Pictures saturated. If you want to capture a photo quickly, forget it and if you want to take multiple pictures, no chance. Is it worth unit. I am not yet convinced

3:58 pm - Sunday, September 29, 2013

#8 Jason

The quality of the images taken with the Nokia Lumia 1020 are too good compared to all other phones I've used till now.

2:16 pm - Monday, September 30, 2013

#9 asetter

Nokia Lumia 1020 , review know more visit

5:30 pm - Thursday, October 10, 2013

#10 Pramod

Awesome review . I own this phone and i'm quite happy with its performance . Its a great device .

11:16 am - Sunday, December 22, 2013

#11 Michael

Gorgeous and powerful !
Do this phone support NFC?

3:09 pm - Tuesday, December 31, 2013

#12 asima

Wow, everything looks so amazing!ipad

4:46 am - Monday, April 21, 2014