/// Nokia Lumia 1020 Nudges Smartphone Cameras to the Next Level

August 12, 2013  |  All Things Digital

Smartphone cameras have improved a great deal since the birth of the smartphone, but photos captured in certain settings — people in dark bars or wedding reception halls, your kid across the soccer field, that deer out in the backyard — are still pretty mediocre. Nokia, the Finnish handset maker that in recent years has struggled to compete in the smartphone market, wants to change that. Yup, I’m talking about the Nokia Lumia 1020, the company’s new, “notice-me” smartphone with a 41-megapixel camera. The camera is comparable to what you’d get with a simple point-and-shoot. [ See post to watch video ] Some of the technology in the Lumia 1020 actually borrowed from an earlier smartphone, the Nokia PureView 808. With the Lumia 1020, which runs the Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system, Nokia threw in two high-end features that are meant to make images look much better: A special backside-illuminated sensor, which helps in low-light situations, and optical image stabilization, which helps prevent blurry photos. There are also manual controls in the camera, for people who fancy themselves shutterbugs. I’ve been testing the Nokia Lumia 1020 smartphone for the past week, and I was impressed by its camera. It took crisp, clear photos in low-light environments (“Oooh, can you send me that picture?” friends would say in social settings). Colors looked rich and saturated, although, sometimes a bit yellowish

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