News by Andrew Kameka on Thursday July 11, 2013.
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It's evident from everything that we've seen about the Nokia Lumia 1020, from the impossible-to-miss rear 41-megapixel camera to a press announcement devoted entirely to photography, that this is a device that's all about the camera. So what else is there to know about that camera? While we've already done our hands-on video with the Lumia 1020 from a hardware perspective, it seemed only right that we return for a closer look at the new camera capabilities and apps.
Nokia has chosen to stay the course of its camera-focused (yes, pun intended) sales pitch. The introduction of a new generation of PureView allowed for several new approaches to photo and video capturing. Smart Camera has already been detailed as the way to improve the way photos are taken, allowing for things like removing photobombers who appear in the background or reducing blur to focus and steady a moving subject. The all-new Pro Camera switches the emphasis to improving the quality of the images captured. It gives users far more control over things like white balance and exposure, something that's been possible in previous versions of Windows Phone 8, but gives immediate feedback and easier transitions.
In a whitepaper providing more details on the technology powering the Lumia 1020, Nokia expands on the concept of "reinventing" zoom. Though the camera interface provides an option to zoom in, it still captures a wider scene and can let users return later to show more things that they might have missed. The 3X zoom is not permanent, so it has post-capture options like straightening and expansion. Be sure to read the whitepaper if you want to obsesses over the intricacies of the software and the camera, or just wait until the phone is released July 26 and discover for yourself.
Below is a quick look at the Nokia Lumia 1020 software. We briefly cover how it relates to the Lumia 928 and Lumia 920, but the main focus (more puns!) is on the camera capabilities of the latest Lumia.Sprint
Andrew is based in Miami, Florida.