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The Nokia Lumia 1020, announced in New York today, marries the second generation of Nokia’s massive 41-megapixel sensor and optical image stabilisation (OIS) to smash the benchmarks of smartphone photography.

The Lumia 1020 combines unmatched picture detail and quality with an effortless capture, edit and sharing features.


On a mission to make it easier for people to capture better photos, we’ve reinvented zoom by combining our next-gen 41-megapixel sensor, ZEISS optics with six lenses and OIS. The Lumia 1020 camera zooms into the details of every shot – over-sampling the results – making your photographs sharper and clearer than ever before.

With the Lumia 1020, you can now point and shoot without worrying about missing the moment, and then simply reframe the photo afterwards to make it perfect using our new Nokia Pro Camera application.


Tech Specs

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

Display: 4.5” AMOLED WXGA (1280×768), 2.5 D sculpted Corning Gorilla 3 Glass, ClearBlack, high brightness mode, sunlight readability, super sensitive touch

Battery: 2000 mAh battery, wireless charging supported via cover

Processor: 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon

Main camera: PureView 41-megapixel with optical image stabilization, Resolution: 7712 x 5360. Includes Nokia Pro Camera. Xenon flash for still images, LED flash for video

Front facing camera: HD 1.2-megapixel wide angle

Memory: 2GB RAM, 32GB internal memory; 7GB free SkyDrive cloud storage

I/O USB2.0, BT 3.0, NFC with SIM based security, WLAN a/b/g/n, A-GPS and Glonass, 3.5 mm audio connector

Size/weight 130.4 x 71.4 x 10.4mm, Weight: 158g

Nokia Pro Camera takes over as the default camera app on the Lumia 1020. This puts all the camera power in your hands, providing swipe-able dials and access to settings once preserved just for the experts. You can see exactly what changing settings like exposure level, white balance, shutter speed and film ISO do to a shot before you take it. Great for people who already know what they’re doing and those keen to learn more, it encourages experimentation and learning with every picture, thanks to built-in tutorials.

Dual capture. Once you press the camera button, Nokia Pro Camera simultaneously takes a full resolution photo for endless reframing opportunities, and also presents you with a 5 megapixel image, which is easy to share on social networks like Facebook or on your Windows Phone 8 SkyDrive.

Snap away and edit later. Reframe and re-zoom to produce different images, different stories from one single shot. This could be as simple as straightening the horizon on a sunset, or breaking up a whole group photo into individual portraits. The large version is always fully accessible, but the 5 megapixel version is there for lightning fast sharing. This feature is entirely unique to the Lumia 1020 and a revolution on its own.

Optical image stabilisation. The second generation of our already-leading OIS simply means better photography and video in low light conditions. With the large optics and sensor, Nokia’s engineers went on an epic journey of innovation, which resulted in them adding ball bearings into the camera module. Yes the Lumia 1020 has ball bearings inside it: and we think that’s pretty epic. With the whole camera module sprung to meet any hand movement and one of the widest apertures on a camera phone, OIS means there’s no need to fear camera shake or muddy results, even at night.

Next-gen xenon Flash. Freeze a ball in mid-air or take action shots in the dark. The xenon flash has the power to illuminate shots for the 1/16,000 of a second it takes to capture a shot with the Lumia 1020 at the minimum shutter speed.


Prefer the slow lane? Yep – you can take the shutter speed down to four seconds for effects like light trails from moving cars and intentional blur. The Lumia 1020 is all about allowing your creativity to take the lead.

Nokia Rich Recording. When you add in the fact that it captures stereo sound even at the loudest concerts with Nokia Rich Recording (capable of handling sound pressure levels six times louder than conventional smartphone microphones),  you have a powerful tool for capturing and sharing every moment of your life.


Imaging apps reinvented. Along with the Pro Camera, Nokia’s imaging team in Lund has created an SDK that provides access to developers to create their own imaging innovations. Today, Hipstamatic, Path, Yelp and CNN among others announced new and enhanced apps for the Lumia 1020 that take advantage of its imaging power. Nokia also announces new and enhanced HD versions of its well-loved Cinemagraph and PhotoBeamer apps to match and show-off the capabilities of this amazing device.

And let’s not forget that the Lumia 1020 is not just a camera. This is a state-of-the-art smartphone – a superphone. Running the latest and greatest Windows Phone 8, it’s LTE-enabled, there’s 32GB of storage on board, and it comes with full global navigation – the latest versions of our HERE experiences, and our ad- and subscription-free mobile music streaming service. Soup it up even more with over 165,000 apps in the Windows Phone Store.


Check out the sample images

Get into the details

Download the white paper, to learn all about the technology in the Nokia Lumia 1020

The Nokia Lumia 1020 will be available in yellow, white and black. It will ship first to the USA on AT&T, with sales expected to start on July 26th at $299.99 with a contract.

It will arrive in China and Western Europe this quarter. Nokia plans to ship an exclusive variant of the device with Telefonica in selected European and Latin American markets. Other markets will be announced shortly.

We’ll be covering all the details in-depth in forthcoming Conversations posts so keep your eyes peeled over the next couple of weeks as we tell you more about this superphone.

image credit: Kārlis Dambrāns