Nokia Announces the Lumia 1020, a Very Camera-Like 41MP Smartphone


After months of rumors about an “EOS camera,” Nokia has finally announced its new Lumia 1020 photo-centric smartphone, a device that fuses serious camera functionality with the concept of a phone.

On the inside of the Windows Phone 8 device is a powerful second-gen 41-megapixel sensor (we’re assuming the 808 PureView sensor was the first gen). It’s the largest backside-illuminated sensor to be introduced on a smartphone.

There are 32 gigs of onboard storage, which is helpful given the size of the photos that’ll be popping out of the beastly sensor. Want to share photos quickly and easily? The phone automatically generates share-friendly 5-megapixel versions of your photos that can be sent to friends and family without killing your data limits.

Look at the front of the camera, and you’ll find a 6-lens ZEISS lens with second-gen optical image stabilization. There’s also a manual shutter and a large xenon flash that can illuminate scenes much better than the dinky flashes found on most smartphones these days.

On the back of the camera is a 4.5-inch HD display that’s covered with durable Gorilla Glass and is sensitive to touch even to fingernails and gloves.


The phone can also do video: it shoots 1080p HD video at 30 frames per second, and can do 4x zoom with no loss in quality.

Nokia is releasing a new companion Pro Camera app for putting powerful features at your fingertips. Using the app, you’ll be able to manually adjust various camera settings such as flash, focus, ISO, shutter speed, white balance, and exposure.

Here are some sample photographs shot using the Lumia 1020:

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Want a better grip on the phone that feels more like you’re holding a dedicated camera? There’s a Nokia Camera Grip accessory that can provide that. It’s an official case that snaps onto the phone, mimicking the look and feel of a serious compact camera. The case also provides extra battery power, a dedicated shutter button, and a universal tripod mount.



You can pick up a Nokia Lumia 1020 in black, white, or yellow starting on July 26, 2013 through AT&T. It’ll be priced at $300 when purchased with a two-year agreement.

  • Matt

    Cool, now just need it on more carriers. AT&T is not very good in my area…

  • tonyc0101

    Windows 8 and At&T…not a good start :/

  • Ed

    Smart Phone with “Windows” How Dumb is |That ??

  • MJ Coffey

    Sweet. Are there any full-res samples available yet?

  • Joshua Tobias George Barrett

    Have you ever actually used a Windows Phone?

  • Banan Tarr

    Samples that I’ve seen look great in daylight and pretty grainy in nighttime (BUT, still pretty good for a phone). I would consider buying this phone, but I’m waiting to see what Sony unveils with the “Honami” — a camera phone which supposedly packs the same sensor tech as the Nikon D800 @ ~20 megapixels. The Honami also runs Android. I haven’t tried Windows Phone 8.

  • Mantis

    I have, and they’re great. Unless you like to use lots of the popular apps that Android & iPhone users get to use, in which case they’re about as good as an old flip-phone.

  • A.J.

    41MP? Are we all printing billboards with our camera phones now?

  • JoeNoName

    41 pixels but the final image is just 5. Thats what makes it with such a high quality.

  • agour

    I quite fancy having a phone with a decent camera. But I’ll wait until real-world examples come out, I’m not too interested in the images that a press release kit show

  • Sam

    But is it indestructible

  • MJ Coffey

    It’s no 3310. That should answer your question :)

  • rz67

    You got the orientation wrong. The camera’s on the back and the screen is in front…

  • David Liang

    Yeah, I’m waiting to see the results of Sony’s i1/honami. I like phones design but 41mp? I’d prefer a 16mp like Sony’s and hopefully with ability to save in Raw…

  • tttulio

    They cram 41MP so to Zoom by using the cropping of the sensor and then you add a grip to hold it properly.
    Why not make it a bit thicker and have a better lens or a screw on lens?

  • Lancau

    Smaller the size, the better it fits.

  • Matthew Wagg

    Well that looks amazing and a 41mp sensor and all that tech packed in there as well. I would snap one up in a heartbeat if it weren’t for one thing. Windows phone software. It is the no.1 reason I walked away from my 10 year relationship with Nokia.

  • Dean W. Thompson

    I am 100% looking forward to this phone! I can’t wait for this windows phone.

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  • Renato Murakami

    Sold. Sending my 808 to my mom and getting this for me, as soon as I can.
    For those looking for real life test situations on this, I’d recommend looking for tests on the 808. I imagine it’ll be just the same, but with less shake and better low light pics.

  • Renato Murakami

    Adding to the info I collected from other websites: Seems there will be OIS for video (dunno if it’ll also be available for photos, but probably), and there are some interesting things for low light: a mode for light painting it seems.

  • Julien

    The result is not just 5 megapixels. It saves a lower res 5 megapixels image so that you can share it easily, but it still keeps a copy of the original image. Though 41mp might seem a little too much on a phone camera, it’s designed to allow people to zoom on their image, something you can’t do on most phones. So if you only want something like 8mp, you can zoom or crop the image the way you want it before printing it or publishing it online.

  • Julien

    Have you tried Windows Phone? It’s really good! I’ve had one for two years and would never switch to current gen iPhone or Android. Windows Phone is so much better, so much easier and faster to use. A lot of people complain that it’s missing apps, but all the apps I need are there, and since there’s a great community on Windows Phone a lot of the apps that are not available yet have an unofficial version available, like Instagram and Snapchat.

  • haha

    does is shoot raw?

  • Julien

    If so they didn’t mention it in their press conference. Si far I don’t think that any app on Windows Phone allows to shoot raw, but we’ll see. With a camera like that I’m sure a lot of people will be interested in shooting raw so maybe someone will create an app for it, or maybe Nokia will add the option later on.

  • Matthew Wagg

    Yeah I had one on my last contract and I hated that I couldn’t mod it how I wanted. The only os I like is android

  • Sean

    I have a windows phone…its OS is amazing.. but has incredibly stupid omissions like the inability to create playlists….the lack of apps doesn’t bother me as much as much as basic functionality….

  • WC

    Stronger than Nikon D800!