New York, NY—Nokia released the Lumia 1020, establishing a new benchmark in smartphone imaging with a second-generation 41 megapixel sensor. “We want to take people on a journey from capturing pictures to recording and sharing their lives,” said Stephen Elop, president and CEO, Nokia. “The Nokia Lumia 1020 will bring new meaning to pictures and continues to strengthen Nokia’s leadership in imaging.”
The Lumia 1020’s 41MP sensor uses Zeiss optics with six physical lenses, plus optical image stabilization, to deliver even in low-light conditions. It’s also said to capture blur-free videos with stereo sound even at the loudest concerts, thanks to Nokia Rich Recording, which handles sound pressure levels six times louder than conventional smartphone microphones.
The smartphone also boasts PureView technology, which combines with a new application called Nokia Pro Camera, developed to make it easy for anyone to take pro-quality images. The app provides an interface that visually demonstrates how settings affect the final photo or video. And, “Before a picture is taken or after it has been shot, the zoom capability enables people to discover and then rediscover the personal stories each image can tell,” added Elop.
Using a new feature called dual capture, the smartphone simultaneously takes a high-resolution, 38 megapixel image for editing opportunities, and it creates a 5MP picture that is easy to share on social networks with Windows Phone 8.
To add further professional capabilities and additional battery life, Nokia announced the Nokia Camera Grip. This accessory complements device features usually reserved for stand-alone cameras, like the Nokia Lumia 1020’s built-in xenon flash and mechanical shutter. The grip also has a tripod mount. It is expected to be available this month for $79.
The key features of Windows Phone make it the perfect platform for the Nokia Lumia 1020, added Elop, offering a dedicated camera button, showcasing live images on the start screen with the photos tile, quick sharing to social networks and easy access to files across a number of devices with SkyDrive.
In addition, Nokia released an imaging software development kit (SDK) that provides key image-editing features of the Nokia Lumia 1020 to developers. The SDK is available today at developer.nokia.com, and a number of developers, including Vyclone, Yelp and CNN, will integrate these features into future releases. Hipstamatic also showcased Oggl Pro, an exclusive app for the Lumia 1020 that offers advanced smartphone camera controls for their creative community. Plus, Vine, Path and Flipboard will soon be available on Windows Phone.
The Nokia Lumia 1020, which will come in yellow, white and black, will arrive first on U.S. shores exclusively with AT&T, with sales expected to start July 26 at a price of $299.99 with a two-year contract. nokia.com