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The Nokia Lumia 1020. First hands-on, unique product shots, all specs and accessories!

No, I couldn’t be in New York this evening – my bad, I was invited by Nokia but simply couldn’t make it… (something with work). But I’ve seen all three versions of the new Nokia Lumia 1020 (white, yellow and black), held them, seen the menu and even tested it (very shortly and I can’t share shots since the software wasn’t finished yet).

So I wasn’t at the official launch but at least I had the chance to make a lot of product shots and learn about all its specifications. So here it is: my preview of the Nokia Lumia 1020, the second Nokia PureView device with a 41MP camerasensor, combining it with Optical Image Stabilisation that really defined PureView 2.

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My very first impression? I’m loving it! To begin with, it appears to be so much lighter than it looks! All three versions are made of polycarbonate in the same matte finish as the black or blue version of the 920. So they feel soft, not as “sticky” as the white, yellow or red version of the 920.

And although it has the same 4,5 inch AMOLED Puremotion HD+ display (1280 x 768 pixels) we already know from the Lumia 925, and although the body looks a lot like the Nokia Lumia 920, it weighs only 152 grams – despite the big camera sensor attached to it!

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It’s size is 129 x 71,4 x 10,9 mm and 14,5 mm at the thickest part (top of the lens). “Under the hood” it has a 1,5Ghz dual core processor and 2GB of internal (RAM) memory. Like the Nokia Lumia 920 it has 32GB internal storage and no room for a micro-SD card. The “High Capacity” battery offers 2000 mAh.

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The camera
Yes, it has a 41MP sensor. And no, it isn´t exactly the same as the one on the Nokia 808 PureView. Why not? Because it has a slightly smaller pixel size – the sensor needed to be smaller to fit the design, and as they say: “something’s got to give”. So where the Nokia 808 has a 1,4 µm (micrometer) pixel, the Lumia 1020 has 1,1 µm. According to my source, software to support the camera has become a lot better.

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Also, where the Nokia 808 PureView had F2,4 aperture, the Nokia Lumia 1020 offers F2.2 (and as you probably know, smaller is better). The Lumia 1020 has a BSI sensor to improve the low light performance. Also, it has a RGB sensor (which stands for red, green, blue) for white balance correction. The Nokia 808 PureView didn’t have these sensors.

And of course, the Nokia Lumia 1020  has Optical Image Stabilisation as introduced on the Lumia 920 – although some thought it wouldn’t be possible due to its smaller size. Thanks to  OIS you can have 3-5 times longer exposure time, enabling you to collect more light per shot than with other cameras.

The Xenon Flash is a bit smaller than on the Nokia 808: GN 3.2 versus GN 3.5 – GN stands for light output. Like the 808, it has a LED focus assist/recording lamp as well.

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Nokia Pro Cam gives you quite some opportunity to manually change the settings: Flash, White Balance, Focus Mode, ISO, Shutter speed and Exposure Time.

Pro Cam

If you push the camera button in the screen to the left however, a whole new menu opens, with which you can combine all these settings while you can see how it affects your shot. I’ve checked it myself, it works like a charm and looks even simpler than the menu on the Nokia 808 PureView (which I loved as well though).

Speaking of the Nokia 808 PureView menu, I didn’t find a “bracketing” option though, nor  “interval” nor “self-timer” on the Nokia Lumia 1020. For HDR shots there are already great apps available in the Store, but many people liked to use “interval” to realize timelapse videos. It wouldn’t surprise me if developpers soon will have the chance to build applications for that as well.

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Of course it has no “optical zoom” in the traditional sense of the word. It has “lossless zoom” as we know from the Nokia 808 PureView, which is now called “Full Res Zoom”.

You can either choose to make your shot in just 5MP, or in 5MP and a “full res” result. In 16:9 format it will make a shot in 5MP and 34MP, in 4:3 format it will make a shot in 5MP and 38MP. Note that you can’t choose for the 8MP “PureView” shot as you could in Creative mode on the Nokia 808 PureView.


Zooming in on the shot will give you 3x lossless zoom (zooming in on the sensor as with the Nokia 808), whereas Nokia will promote “25x after zoom” when you are able to zoom in on the full res result yourself. Of course – like with the previous Lumia smartphones – it will be possible to edit and crop your shots on the phone itself.

Sharing a detailed crop from a full-res original to surprise others (and yourself) is a practice well-known to all owners of the Nokia 808 PureView, of course. So it’s not surprising Nokia is using this great user experience to promote this imaging power of the new PureView device.

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Zooming in video is 6x when you shoot the video in 720p, 4x when you shoot in 1080p (30fps). Other than on the Nokia 808 PureView, there is no 360p on the Lumia 1020. And as far as video is concerned: YES the Nokia Lumia 1020 offers Rich Recording in stereo, with the famous “high performance” (HAAC) microphones – it will record up to a staggering amount of sound without distortion.

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The Nokia Lumia 1020 has a 2MP front camera supporting 720p video (HD). And no, it does not support RAW format. It has a lower minimum focusing distance than the Nokia 808 PureView.

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Here’s a overview of all camera specifications :

- With focus you can set the focal plane manually from 15cm to infinity.
– Latest generation high-performance BSI sensor (largest ever BSI sensor in a consumer product)
– Sensor size 1/1.5”, 41MP, pixel size 1.1 micron, true 16:9/4:3 aspect ratio
– 35mm equivalent focal length:  25mm for 16:9, 27mm for 4:3
– F-number: f/2.2
– Mechanical shutter
– Optical image stabilisation (new type of barrel shift actuator which enables moving a heavy and complex full lens assembly)
– System of 6 lenses (5 plastic molded high performance plastic, one high precision glass element)
– Nokia image processing and pixel oversampling technology
– Nokia-developed 3A algorithms (auto-exposure, auto-focus, auto-white-balance) to increase image quality
– New white balance technology
– New generation powerful xenon flash with flat capacitor technology which enables more power in a more compact package.
– Video LED light

Some more specs
The Nokia Lumia 1020 is a pentaband device, also offering 4G (LTE). It has Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi and NFC. As expected, it doesn’t support IrDA or USB on-the-go. And with the Amber update, it (finally!) supports FM-Radio as well. It does not have an FM-transmitter though (some people would appreciate that, I never used it myself).

You’ll find the FM-Radio as an option in the general Music section in the menu (so the green button with the headset, not Nokia Music). You’ll find it on the Nokia Lumia 925 already as well. The average standby time is 561 hours, talktime 11,7 hours on 3G, and 9 hours on G2.

Nokia Lumia 1020 - Wireless Charging Cover 2Accessories
The Nokia Lumia 1020 supports wireless charging. Nokia will have an extra cover (Nokia CC 3066) which is remarkably light and fits like a glove – looks like it works as a protective cover at the same time.

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Also, there will be an extra “camera grip” which has another 1020 mAh battery built in. It’s possible to attach the camera grip to a standard tripod as well.

Nokia Lumia 2010 - Camera Grip 2The camera grip has an extra shutter button as well. It looks quite impressive, and I’m sure many photographers will want to use this kind of extension to their Nokia Lumia 1020.

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Also, Nokia will offer a classic leather case with a lens cover to protect the vital part of your Nokia Lumia 1020!

Nokia Leather Case

To conclude
So now you know all I know. I could just about scream knowing it will probably take me a very long time to get my hands on the Nokia Lumia 1020, unless Nokia loves the PureViewClub even more than I’m aware of. I need this device like I need oxygen, I really can’t wait to work with this beast of a smartphone camera.

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I love its design, its size and weight, I love the camera interface, the fact that it combines both the 41MP sensor with OIS. And I do love the fact that we can now have all this power on a device that not only has a much bigger screen, but also on a much bigger platform.

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Although a lot of people will probably think 41MP is highly overrated or even ridiculous (I can already here the echoes from more than a year ago), I’m sure many will be convinced by PureView’s imaging power and this device will have a very positive effect on both Nokia’s brand awareness and Windows Phone 8.

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PS all product shots in this post (with PureViewClub.com in them) were made with the Nokia 808 PureView and Nokia Lumia 925.

Update: read all there is to know about the Lumia 1020 in Nokia’s own whitepaper!

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131 Responses

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  4. fabio

    a foto é de otima qualidade, porem 41mp esperavo uma resolução gigante…leia a Bíblia Sagrada, Jesus te ama!

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  12. Want to view camera comparison of lumia 1020 vs 808 pureview. I think that 808 is win :)

  13. [...] proud… I’ve been having a very busy last week with the fantastic introduction of the Nokia Lumia 1020 for one thing. I couldn’t make it to New York because of the North Sea Jazz Festival last [...]

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  16. I need this device like I need oxygen – I love this line Marc, I cant also wait to get this device soon!

  17. jumana

    i loved the new phone of nokia lumia range finally the phone has tht i was been waiting for not just just smart but has much more to it i loved the with color the most n will definately buy dis for myself.

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  21. CyberAngel

    That’s why I listed the compensation
    808 vs 1020
    FSI < BSI
    f2.4 1/1.5″
    AND the OIS compensates for ONLY still object…maybe three stops
    BUT that smaller sensor was a MUST for that huge OIS system
    Trade-off is very very good, don’y you think!
    Also the software is superior to ANYTHING on ANY camera!

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  26. Dodge

    How fast is the shutter speed compared to the 808 in full resolution mode?
    I have stress shakes and cannot hold it steady enough for clear shots.

    • bigs

      remember the 1020 has optical stabilization, so your shakey hand issue has been somewhat resolved here. Also since the 1020 has a 2.2 aperture over the older 2.4 aperture found in the 808, expect faster shutter speeds.

      All these aids are implemented in the 1020 to aid the shakey hand.

  27. After looking closely on Nokia’s full-size sample photos I can say for sure that photos from 808 are noticeable sharper and 1020 pictures looks more “watercolorish”, noisy and over-processed.

    • made.in.finland.2012

      My friend who is interested in photography also says that pictures taken by 1020 are nothing extraordinary compared to 808.

    • bigs

      Unfortunately, the water color effect seen in the 1020 images is a characteristic of the BSI sensors we are seeing from other phones cameras. I am not sure if Nokia took the right turn here going BSI, but there had to a compromise to allow the 1020 to have optical stabilization, and also a thinner profile compared to the 808.

      The new formfactor and features like OIS for the 1020, is definitely more consumer friendly. The 808 is reserved for the Pro shooter.

  28. re_c

    Does the 1020 have an ND-Filter like the 808 for sunny shots ?

    • Marko

      I’ve been trying to find that out too :(

    • bigs

      Suspect no, as from the samples posted, we can see the 1020′s shutter is able to shoot a lot higher than the 808. 808′s max shutter is 1/666.

  29. [...] Fotocredit: Johan van Mierlo, Adam Lein en Marc Wielaert. [...]

  30. civichief

    The PhoneDaz Damian Dinning tweeted:
    “Really great to see so much of what we hoped for make it to the final device :) Great job & congrats to all my #Nokia friends & colleagues!”


  31. Florin

    Let’s hope Nokia will put some effort into promoting this one :) I thought I would be stuck with the 808 forever because I will never find another phone to satisfy my camera needs, but here it is! This is definitely my next phone! Can’t wait!!!

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