Nokia (NOK +0.6%) officially launches the Lumia 1020. AT&T will begin selling the 41MP...


Nokia (NOK +0.6%) officially launches the Lumia 1020. AT&T will begin selling the 41MP sensor phone for a subsidized $300 on July 26; international markets will follow. The 1020's camera can take 38MP shots, and has a Carl Zeiss lens with 6 elements. An $80 camera grip doubles as a case and extra battery. In an attempt to differentiate from Windows Phone rivals, Nokia is releasing a PureView-only imaging SDK; CNN, Yelp, and Foursquare are on board. The 1020 is 10.4mm thick, and weighs a relatively heavy 158g. Will the phone prove a mass-market hit, or a niche product appealing to photo enthusiasts? (live blog) (specs)

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  • nosajio
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    Not this photo enthusiast. Why do I need a 38-41 MP for anything besides making a billboard? 5MP at most, is all I need for Facebook, for example. Would much rather have better low-light gathering ability for when I am taking photos in dimly lit restaurants or something.
    11 Jul 2013, 11:52 AM Reply Like
  • Matt-Man
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    additional pixels can be used for zoom by cropping the image. Low light performance should be good
    11 Jul 2013, 11:58 AM Reply Like
  • Doewap
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    This megapixel thing on the 1020 is being misunderstood.

     

    The device stores two images, a raw image, if you will, which you can keep to play with, and an actual 5 megapixel picture which has a very high quality because it is made up from a 7:1 compression of the raw image.

     

    Low light performance is best in business, thanks to the supersoaker ccd and 6 lenses.
    11 Jul 2013, 12:55 PM Reply Like
  • Berkshire Buffett
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    @nosajio... well then I'm not sure you're a photo enthusiast..
    11 Jul 2013, 05:53 PM Reply Like
  • Chad Mansell
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    Photo enthusiast? We are looking for PHONE enthusiasts who love taking great pictures. NOKs competition isn't Cannon or Nikon. Whenever we see any camera in an advertisement it always discusses MPs, and everyone knows the more MPs the higher the price of the camera. To have 41MP on a phone I can carry in my pocket rather than a $1000 camera dangling from my neck when I'm walking around the city or riding my bike makes me VERY interested.
    11 Jul 2013, 06:04 PM Reply Like
  • stealthology
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    Most geeks don't really care for photos (us), but there are a LOT of people who do.
    11 Jul 2013, 12:03 PM Reply Like
  • robmx
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    Still calling Nokia Lumias bricks when the latest Samsung camera offering is thicker and heavier but sporting a far inferior camera.

     

    Get over it.
    11 Jul 2013, 12:15 PM Reply Like
  • wrscomncents
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    I'm taping my 521 to my camera. I'll have a Galaxy s4 zoom.
    11 Jul 2013, 12:22 PM Reply Like
  • Seppo Sahrakorpi
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    http://bit.ly/176Gmon
    11 Jul 2013, 12:33 PM Reply Like
  • wrscomncents
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    @Seppo2

     

    I guess someone beat me to it. I thought I had a great idea.
    11 Jul 2013, 12:35 PM Reply Like
  • DWD Investing
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    Tape the 1020 to a telescope and you can shoot Mars.
    11 Jul 2013, 12:51 PM Reply Like
  • Doewap
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    Did you see the jumping subjects picture comparison that Elop showed?

     

    He did not use the Zoom version, just regular S4, but it sure made a bad impression next to the 1020 picture.
    11 Jul 2013, 12:55 PM Reply Like
  • ttc537dp
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    This is a must-buy item. You never know when the scene appears and you would want to snap the great moment. Job used to sell iphone's ability in taking photo. Now, Nokia break his selling point to the extreme. I guess this gives Nokia a minimum 1-year technology advance all other competitors in this area to buy himself time to chase back the lag in smartphone sales.
    11 Jul 2013, 12:36 PM Reply Like
  • Seppo Sahrakorpi
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    It took Nokia 5+ years of hardcore engineering to get to this point. They have this fortified by patents left and right up and down, over 70 on PureView alone the last time I heard.

     

    All Samsung et al can do is the sad SG 4 Zoom frankenphone:
    http://bit.ly/176Gmon
    11 Jul 2013, 12:40 PM Reply Like
  • wrscomncents
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    Here's an article comparing the Samsung s4 galaxy zoom with the 1020.

     

    Excerpt-We are not going to mince word, the Nokia Lumia 1020 blows the Samsung Galaxy S4 "Zoom" out of the water.

     

    http://bit.ly/11IECTX
    12 Jul 2013, 09:59 AM Reply Like
  • Seppo Sahrakorpi
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    This is a groundbreaking device. It is all about marketing now.
    11 Jul 2013, 12:41 PM Reply Like
  • Andreas Hopf
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    Don't worry. AT&T will manage to sink it like the Lumia 920.
    11 Jul 2013, 06:09 PM Reply Like
  • ntcop
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    I bought a fancy Canon SLR last year, but have hardly used it due to it's bulkiness. If the camera on the 1020 takes GREAT pictures, I'll definitely be a buyer.
    11 Jul 2013, 12:56 PM Reply Like
  • sourdo
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    Since I bought my Lumia 820 (I like it very much) I find I am using the camera for 99% of my picture taking needs. The idea of a much better camera is indeed interesting!

     

    sourdo (still long NOK)
    11 Jul 2013, 01:15 PM Reply Like
  • toonies
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    Nice device. Now I know what I want to be my next smartphone.
    11 Jul 2013, 01:53 PM Reply Like
  • Randal James
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    If you google the 1020 there are plenty of reports surfacing. Response is what you'd expect - Apple and Galaxy partisans say it is bulky and still a Windows phone. Tech people are amazed at the versatility. Market people wonder if it is enough to move people from one OS to another.

     

    I had not seen Elop before and was pleasantly surprised. He thinks well when asked tough questions - as he did when a woman at the announcement suggested that AT&T was a poor choice for an intro partner. He skated on that one and there was a separate news story today about VZ being under contract to buy a zillion iPhones this year. Sprint doesn't do Windows phones, so the logical option was...

     

    Anyway, for another Elop interview and a bit of a demo, here's the Verge's Q & A session post-announcement:

     

    http://bit.ly/1b4Ot9R
    11 Jul 2013, 08:51 PM Reply Like
  • SexyJon
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    Best smartphone available this year as far as I know. Why? Bigger screen then Iphone, better camera and navigation and hardware quality then Iphone. Much better OS than Android, much better overall hardware and software quality than Samsung. Featuring state of the art Nokia free Navigation software and long proven Nokia quality along with best smartphone camera ever and the WP8 that has, against my and so many others expectations, proven to be the best major smartphone OS today. Will be my next smartphone.
    12 Jul 2013, 04:42 AM Reply Like
  • BraggingBob
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    I like to see an image quality comparison between this technology and a real optical zoom camera. This would be more compelling.
    12 Jul 2013, 09:23 AM Reply Like
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