As you might know, earlier today, Nokia unveiled their new WP8 smartphone: the Lumia 1020. While the smartphone has some pretty nice technical specs and comes with very cool accessories, one of the most important features of the device is the camera, and the Pro Camera App that comes with it.

As Nokia has already accustomed us with, their smartphones have awesome cameras, and the Lumia 1020 has one of the best cameras on a smartphone ever seen so far. In the demo, we saw the Nokia Lumia 1020 go against the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 5, in a low light scenario where the subject was moving, and the quality of the Lumia 1020 picture was mind blowing.

Nokia Lumia 1020 Camera with 41MP Sensor


The new Lumia 1020 has a 41MP sensor that can take pictures with an amazing amount of detail. The resolution allows users to take wide angle pictures and use the zoom feature that Lumia 1020 has to find minute details in their photos. In the demo, we saw just how well users can zoom into their pictures, and truth be told, everyone was amazed how one can find a needle in a haystack (literally) by zooming way in and seeing the individual straws.

This level of detail is possible thanks to the state of the art sensor which combines 7 pixels into one, in order to get an astonishing amount of detail in the images. Also, Nokia installed into the Lumia 1020 a new image stabilization system that uses ball bearings to keep the 6 ZEISS lenses steady and eliminate all the blur from the images and videos.

Also, thanks to the Xenon and LED flashes, the Nokia Lumia 1020 performs great in low light conditions. This feature works with the image stabilizations system to provide to users the best possible experience they can have with a mobile phone camera.

Nokia Pro Camera App

Although the Nokia Lumia 1020 has a very powerful camera, much of the magic happens thanks to the Nokia Pro Camera App. The developers have managed to make this app very easy to use and provide the user with manual controls for pretty much anything. When the user takes a picture, the phone will actually take two versions of the photo. One will have the full 41 MP resolution, which can be used to zoom into, or to edit later and the other one has a resolution of 5 MP, which is perfect for sharing on social networks.

By using the Pro Camera App, users will be able to manually tweak the different settings in order to make the perfect picture. Exposure, focus, ISO and shutter speed can all be manually adjusted from the Pro Camera App, which give users complete control over their photos and brings the smartphone camera closer to professional equipment.


Both the Lumia 1020 camera and the Pro Camera app are state of the art, proving that smartphone cameras can get better and better with each generation. While there is still much ground to cover before they will provide professional results, companies like Nokia are definitely closing the gap.

Our very own hands-on video is coming up in a minute. Stay tuned.

Update: Here is our video demo.

Disclosure: Nokia paid for the travel and accommodation for this event.

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