After months of widespread rumors and leaks, Finnish handset maker Nokia today officially launches its latest flagship Windows cameraphone, the Lumia 1020, at a press event in New York City. The headline spec is, of course, the Lumia 1020's 41MP imaging sensor, an iteration of the groundbreaking technology the company debuted last year in the 808 PureView phone.
This time around though, Nokia has paired their photo enthusiast smartphone with the Windows Phone 8 OS, Zeiss six-element lens and improved image processing. The camera creates two images simultaneously for each capture. One file is saved at the sensor's full resolution. The second image, suitable for sharing, is a 5MP capture. The benefit here is that you can zoom in and out non-destructively post-capture.
As with the Lumia 925, an optical image stabilization system is present. This one though has been redesigned with a ball-bearing housing and tiny audible motors that are activated to keep the sensor and lens on the same plane.
Also new is a Nokia-developed app, dubbed Pro Cam. Manual camera controls include ISO, shutter speed, exposure compensation, white balacnce and manual focus. Nokia also announced a partnership with Hipstamatic in which the camera app maker will launch Oggl Pro alongside the release of the Lumia 1020.
And because no true camera-oriented device would be complete without accessories, there's a snap-on camera grip that provides a shutter release, tripod socket and a sculpted hand grip. A snap-on wireles charging shell, as seen on previous Lumia models will be avilable as well.
The Lumia 1020 will be available in yellow, back and white color schemes. In the U.S. The Lumia 1020 will be avilable exclusively from AT&T. Devices will be in retail stores on July 26 and you can place a pre-order on the AT&T site beginning July 16. Nokia promises that the Lumia 1020 will be available in China and parts of Europe, "in this quarter."
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