Nokia’s Lumia 1020 was announced today and we got to take a closer look at a few of the great new features including the ground breaking 41 megapixel camera with optical image stabilization.  The new Lumia 1020 is like a cross between the Lumia 920 with its innovative optical image stabilization and the Nokia 808 Pureview with its extremely advanced 41 megapixel camera sensor.  This makes for the most advanced camera phone ever. Nokia did not opt for an optical zooming interface where a mechanical lens would protrude from the phone for a number of reasons.  Firstly, they wanted to reinvent zoom by allowing you to re-crop and re-zoom any time you want.  When a photo is taken, a full 38 megapixel version is saved like a negative that you can go back to and re-edit at any time. By default, a 5 megapixel oversampled version of your photo is also saved.  The 5 megapixel version is what can be shared with any social networks or any of the other apps on your phone.  Nokia also implemented a new Camera interface that offers all sorts of professional level features like manual focus, exposure compensation, shutter speed controls, etc.  What’s interesting is that there’s now a setting in Windows Phone where you can choose the default camera interface.  Nokia sets their own Camera Pro interface as the default, but if you want you can choose the default Windows Phone interface, or Nokia’s Smart Cam interface for other special camera modes like Best Shot, 10 frames per second action shot, etc.

The Lumia 1020 does not include wireless charging like the Lumia 920 does, but it does offer the ability to add on different shells or Expansion Sleeves as we used to call them 10 years ago in the days of the iPAQ H3600. You can get one that enables wireless charging or another that adds an extended battery, extra camera grip, physical shutter button, and a standard tripod mount.

Overall we’re very impressed with the new Lumia 1020.  Check out the video below for some of the features in action.

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