Nokia has just unveiled the Lumia 1020 Windows Phone 8 smartphone. The Lumia 1020 is the first Nokia WP8 device to get the ‘proper’ PureView treatment, which originally started with the Symbian-powered Nokia 808 – probably the best camera phone on the market. The Nokia Lumia 1020 has a 41MP camera sensor and uses oversampling to create even sharper and more detailed photos.
The Lumia 1020 features optical image stabilisation (OIS), both a xenon and LED flash, six Carl Zeiss lenses, Rich Recording and a 1.2MP front camera. As well as great hardware, Nokia has some super software on board such as the Pro Camera app with swipe-able dials to manually control pretty much all parts of your shot. Another feature is dual capture, allowing you to capture a full resolution (34MP and 38MP) image and 5MP over-sampled image at the same time.
Some camera-centric accessories include a camera grip for the handset and Nokia even plans to release the SDK to give developers deep access to the camera settings API. Away from the camera, the rest of the phone isn’t bad either. It has a 4.5-inch AMOLED (768 x 1280) display with Corning Gorilla 3 Glass, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon, 2GB RAM, 32GB storage, 2000mAh battery, Bluetooth 3.0 and NFC.
We know that Sony Mobile is planning its own imaging heavyweight camera smartphone in the form of the ‘Honami’. Whilst the camera sensor is unlikely to sport anything as big as Nokia has here (20MP is rumoured), Sony is planning on bringing a number of new camera features as disclosed by a number of leaks recently. This includes 4K video recording, Steadyshot (we don’t know if this will be hardware or software based), Timeshift burst as well as Sony introducing its own camera API.
Given what Nokia has announced today, do you think the Sony Honami will be able to compete? Are you lured by Nokia’s WP8 imaging monster? Would you like to see a similar sized CMOS sensor in an Xperia handset with bump in tow – or does the design come first? We’d love to hear your thoughts below.