Lumia 1020 – the second of Nokia’s 41 megapixel smartphones – has been garnering lots of ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ in the tech media. One camphone fanboy even did a comparison review between the Lumia 1020 and a Canon EOS 60D!


The first 41 megapixel Nokia, the Pureview 808, seemed to slip by without a similar level of collective amazement, perhaps because cameraphones weren’t the topic of the day way back in February last year (see Pureview 808 story here).

The new version uses Windows Phone 8, which could be described as a ‘courageous decision’ by Nokia when Android is where the action is at present. The Lumia 1020 boasts a total redesign but carries a very similar Zeiss (not Carl Zeiss, mind) lens. A quick check of the specs indicates it’s fundamentally the same technology as the Pureview 808 re-packaged and re-launched.

Nokia says that it allows users to take ‘professional quality images’ with ‘unrivalled clarity’ using a new application called Nokia Pro Camera. So I guess that’s it for Canon and Nikon ““ may as well shut up shop. (Actually Nokia has form for over-reaching claims ““ at one stage it was calling itself the largest camera company in the world.)

It will be available on a 2-year plan from AT&T in the US for US$299. Australia is not mentioned in the global launch plans.