Nokia Lumia 1020 Overview
Nokia's Lumia 1020 is a 41MP camera-centric smartphone for Windows Phone 8. Aimed squarely at photo enthusiasts, the Lumia 1020, like the 808 PureView before it, employs a large and extremely high resolution 41MP imaging sensor along with clever processing to address two major shortcomings of almost all smartphones: poor low light performance and the lack of a high quality zoom option. The Lumia 1020 has the decided advantage over the 808, though, of running on the Windows Phone 8 platform instead of the end-of-life Symbian OS. In addition, Nokia tells us the Lumia 1020's sensor hardware and design are completely new, rather than a recycle of that found in the 808 PureView.
While a 41MP sensor is bound to stand apart from previous Lumia models, the 1020 can actually be seen as a continuation of Nokia's attempt to differentiate its high-end models by catering to the needs of mobile photographers. Recent Lumia models have featured a multi-aspect ratio sensor, fast F2.0 six-element lens construction, optical image stabilization and a top sensitivity of ISO 3200.
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The Nokia Lumia 1020 is a strong Windows Phone handset that delivers class-leading photo quality and features an innovative and useful digital zoom. The fly in the ointment is the camera app’s speed: both shot-to-shot and startup times are longer than we’d like. With that caveat, mobile photographers who already use Windows Phone will salivate over the 1020; users on other platforms will have to consider the app environment before making a switch.
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