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Nokia Lumia 1020 A Camera with a Phone or a Phone with a Camera

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Nokia Lumia 1020*

 

A 41 MP Nokia phone was announced today by Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop in New York City. Noticeable on stage were the colors worn by Elop, Juha Alakarhu and Kristina Bjorknas – black, yellow and white are the new phone colors.

The specs for this new 6 lens camera/phone are:**

Runs on Windows 8 phone OS.
HERE Global maps and HERE drive – no need to be connected to WiFi
2 GB Ram, 32 GB internal memory, with 7 GB SkyDrive Cloud storage – free.
1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor.
2000 mAh battery, wireless charging supported via cover.
Front facing camera HD 1.2 MP wide angle
Display has 4.5″ Amoled WXGA (1280×768), 2.5 D sculpted Corning Gorilla Glass 3, PureMotion HD+, ClearBlack, high brightness mode, sunlight readability, super sensitive touch, Nokia Glance Screen.

The phone’s camera has some really nice features, including the claim of reinventing the zoom. While looking at the zoomed in photo you can change the orientation for the picture. As shown the camera was able to zoom in really tight into a stack of hay and find the needle hidden within.

There is real-time feedback via the viewfinder, so when you change settings like exposure or focus, you can see how it will affect the photo before taking the picture. In other words you can chose what to focus on, background or foreground and see changes in preview picture. As shown during the presentation you can take a picture of a flower with someone standing in the background, you can chose to focus on on the flower and make the person blurry or focus on the person and make the flower blurry.

HERE maps is a nice feature where you can search for a coffee shop (or whatever else you want to search for) hold the phone up like you are going to take a picture and flags of all the coffee shops will appear and change as you move direction, either removing them and adding new ones.

A Software Development Kit (SDK) available.

During the presentation I kept wondering if this was a camera with a phone or a phone with a camera? The whole presentation focused on the phones camera abilities and nothing about how the phone actually functions.

The phone will be available July 16th for 299.99 with a 2-year agreement with AT&T. Which for me, and I am sure a lot of people, will be a problem, as AT&T service is very spotty. Even in Cary NC with a high population there are developments where you cannot get their service. In San Diego and Los Angeles California there are many dead areas which is extremely frustrating. Running Windows 8 is also another reason I won’t be buying this phone – if it was a Google or iPhone I would consider it, but not until others had used it first. Why? There was really no discussion on the phone aspect of the Lumia 1020 and this worries me. I have a wonderful Canon DSLR that I use for my professional photography and using my cellphone is not an option, as for me the screen is way to small to even consider. For being at parties or with family I don’t mind taking a cellphone photo but again, not for my professional photos.

It was interesting when an audience members asked what features compete with the iPhone besides the camera the first thing stated was the Windows phone 8, then control screen wireless charging through attachment shell.

The attachment shell is a nice feature to have the wireless charging. The Nokia Camera Grip will be able to hold a tripod, battery built into the shell, and 2 shutter control besides using it one-handed.

* Picture courtesy of Nokia.com

**Nokia Press Release

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