The Nokia Lumia 1020 is one of many innovations that Nokia announced at a recent press event. Although the Lumia 1020 had long been rumored to focus on the camera feature of the smartphone, many news outlets are wondering whether or not this $299 AT&T smartphone (that will be released at the end of July) is in demand enough by the target market.
Forbes reported that the phone runs on Windows Phone 8 and will have an image stabilization system along with a Carl Zeiss F2.2 lens. Nokia’s focus on producing a 41-megapixel smartphone camera shows that it is positive there are users out there who want such a device. It comes with an additional shutter click attachment (that attaches to the bottom via the charging port) to help it function more like a camera.
While many users may argue that their 8- or 12-megapixel smartphone cameras are enough for the pictures they take with their smartphone, there is also a demand by users who want to replace their regular point-and-shoot camera with their smartphone. Having an all-in-one device that combines a user’s phone and camera makes for better portability, less to carry around, and even better photos. Because most of the regular point-and-shoot cameras aren’t 41-megapixels (the highest available on Amazon currently is about 20-megapixels), Nokia lovers know they can expect a great camera that also happens to be a cell phone.
While there are a lot of other features that go into taking great photos (like aperture speed and image stabilization), higher megapixels usually results in crisper images at higher resolutions.
The suggested price of $299 isn’t terribly outrageous for either a smartphone or a high-quality point-and-shoot camera. Several 20-megapixel cameras retail for around $100-$150, and Sprint currently has the new 12-megapixel Samsung Galaxy S4 for $149 at upgrade or with a new 2-year contract. Without a new contract, the Galaxy S4 retails for $599. However, the S4 runs on Android.
To compare, Nokia’s flagship smartphone, the Lumia 920, is 8-megapixels, runs on Windows Phone, and is currently available for $99 on AT&T‘s website with a 2-year contract.
Whether you are running iOS, Android, or Windows Phone 8, the fact remains that the new Nokia Lumia 1020 has the highest quality camera phone on the market today. And after its release at the end of July, we will know just how excited the market is to have such a powerful camera attached to a cell phone.
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