Nokia presented its new smartphone Lumia 1020 in New York. The main feature underlined by Nokia CEO Stephen Elop was the 41 megapixel sensor. This sensor is already known from the Pureview 808 but the new Lumia has now a Windows8 operating system instead of the already very old Symbian. Besides the camera the Lumia 1020 is very similar to the Lumia 925.
The camera internals did not change significantly in comparison to the Pureview 808. There are still 6 lenses and the sensor with 41 megapixel remains the same. New is an image stabilizer and a Xenon flash. The maximal resolution of the images is 7712 × 5360 (aspect ration 4:3), hence 38 megapixels are used – not the maximum.
As used with the 808 a oversampling technique is used in order to minimize image noise and to enable digital zoom without loosing sharpness. For this the camera generates with one shot one image in full resolution and one with 5 megapixels which are overlayed. This is also used with video recordings.
With the clear focus on the camera – which can nowadays seen as a trend in order to abandon compact cameras and use only smart phones instead – Nokia is not alone. Also Nikon and Samsung recently introduced such phones, e.g. Galaxy S4 Zoom.
The new camera app offers a bunch of new features including manual focus, manual exposure time, set of ISO values and white balance.
The new Nokia Lumen 2012 shall be available in US from 26 July 2013 at provider AT&T. In combination of a 2 years contract the costs shall be around 300 US $. According to Nokia the phone shall also be sold in China and European market in this quarter, the price is not fixed yet.