As expected, Nokia yesterday opened his press conference in New York to present its new high-end smartphone, the Lumia 1020. It is no surprise that camera is at the heart of this new device whose specifications have been widely speculated on the Web.
[adsense] Nokia CEO Stephen Elop opens the conference and discusses the camera phones previously sold by the company. He looks at the technological advances made in the N95, the N800 or the Lumia 920. “But we will not stop there” he says before formally introduce the Lumia 1020.
For its spearhead, Nokia based on the work of 808 PureView presented at the Mobile World Congress 2012 and welcoming the Symbian system. We thus find a data sheet placing the smartphone among the pure camera phones. The famous 41-megapixel sensor is composed of six lenses and offers a maximum resolution of 7712 x 5360 pixels. “Your pictures are beautiful during the day or even the night Please” said Elop. Note that the Lumia 1020 has a opening of f/2.2, which is larger than its predecessor (f/2.4), which should allow to capture more light.
Like the Lumia 808 and 920/925, Nokia has implemented a mechanism of image stabilization to compensate theoretically tremors and vibrations in real-time during a video recording. The Nokia CEO explained that the aim was to link the floating lens with optical image stabilization ensures a 41 megapixel sensor.
There is also a Xenon flash which is brighter than the dual LED. Elop took the opportunity to compare a snapshot of the Lumia 1020 with those of a Samsung Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5.
With its 41 megapixel sensor, 1020 Lumia is not intended to encourage taking giant pictures but to make optimizations. With PureView technology, the mobile user can choose to lower the resolution of the image to 3 MP, 5 MP and 8 MP.
Nokia has implemented a technology oversampling to insert multiple pixels within a single active pixel. The higher the resolution is low and the oversampling will be high. This technique is useful for eliminating chromatic noise.
Elop also announced the availability of a development kit for developers who want to build photography applications. These will ship tools to configure the horizon, the focus or the ability to zoom in high-resolution. Among the partners of Nokia that already making use of the SDK, we find CNN, Hipstamatic Yelp, Foursquare, etc…
A new accessory called Camera Grip will be sold at price of 79 dollars and it will be clipped on the phone to offer a better grip.
Initially the Lumia 1020 will be marketed in at the AT & T from July 26 at price of 299.99 dollars with a subscription. Thereafter, the smartphone will be launched in Europe and China in the current quarter. Three colors are available: yellow, black and white.