Just now in New York, Stephen Elop took to the stage to reveal the much-leaked Nokia Lumia 1020. His presentation was excellent, showing much enthusiasm for what is undoubtedly a sublime mobile device. The camera is a completely redesigned 41MP sensor, following on from Nokia’s Symbian-based 808 PureView. In its redesign, the Nokia engineers have cleverly integrated the Optical Image Stabilization from previous Lumias (such as the 920) and with enhanced ‘backside illumination’ coupled with the monster 41MP sensor, it produces an enthralling culmination of both types of photographic hardware and software mastery, never before seen in any other mobile handset on the market.
The Lumia 1020 will be available on AT&T here in the States starting on July 26th, for $299.99 on a new 2-year contract. AT&T have partnered with Nokia for the past 15 years, but recently have been the exclusive carrier for the Lumia 900 and the Lumia 920.
The crowd at the press event audibly cheered when Stephen Elop and two of the Nokia engineers showcased how clever one can be with long exposure – the lights went out and the pair spun their Lumia 1020s in the air, so that the resulting image was reminiscent of long-exposure shots with sparklers: they had written “1020” in the air. Very cool.
The Nokia Lumia 1020 goes further in terms of hardware design too, and with the lack of integrated wireless charging (it’s available in a snap-on case), Nokia have managed to produce a very slim device, especially when compared to its older brother, the 808. It certainly looks the part for 2013.
Together with the new Nokia Camera Grip ($79) which integrates a second battery, tripod mount and two-stage shutter button, serious photographers will not be left wanting – this kit is a mobile photographer’s dream.
In addition to all of this superb hardware is the software, Nokia have obviously been working around the clock to rewrite the camera software so that even modest photo-geeks can understand and use the onscreen settings easily and comfortably. Implementing a “dial” settings grid, users can very easily select the specific settings they want for particular scenarios, or simply leave things in “Auto” and still capture amazing shots that, when zoomed in on show spectacular detail, even more so than on the Nokia 808.
A very exciting launch, and a very well-delivered keynote. The Lumia 1020 is certainly here to shake things up in the mobile phone market. 🙂