If we’re guessing about improvments coming to the next iPhone, then a better camera is a pretty safe bet. Each iteration of the iPhone has bumped the megapixels and improved image quality, low-light performance and added featres like HDR and panoramas. Many other makers (cough Samsung cough) have attempted to match the iPhone’s camera, but only one has really come close – Nokia. And the new Lumia 1020 looks even more amazing yet.
First, the specs: 41 megapixels, a six-element Zeis AF lens with optical stabilization, a 4.5-inch AMOLED Gorilla Glass screen and an optional handgrip case with a machanical shutter button, another battery, wireless charging and a tripod mount.
The target market seems pretty clear.
Why 41MP? Well, it’s not for shooting 41MP images, that’s for sure. They’d fill the 32GB memory up fast. Instead, the PureView tech takes that huge image and uses it to make more practical 5MP photos, downsampling the detailed data from the sensor. This effectively means that each pixel is getting information derived from seven pixels, and that means more detail and less noise, especially in low light. It also means that you can use a digital zoom without losing quality – up to a point, that is.
The camera app also looks cool, with manual control over ISO, shutter speed, focus and white balance.
The only problem? No Snapseed on Windows phone.