The Lumia 1020 is arguably one of the most iconic devices to emerge from Nokia under the leadership of CEO Stephen Elop, particularly its signature bright yellow variant. It remains widely regarded as one of the best camera phones of that era.
It was announced at a lavish event in New York and featured a “second generation 41-megapixel sensor” – the first having appeared in the Nokia 808 PureView
The 41 megapixel sensor used Carl Zeiss optics and included six physical lenses, plus optical image stabilization. The camera module is shown below:
The Lumia 1020 had a feature called “dual capture” which allowed two images to be taken simultaneously, one being a high resolution 38-megapixel image which allowed further detailed editing, and another being a 5-megapixel picture that was easy to share.
Rather than using digital zoom, which was the usual approach on the majority of mobile phone cameras at the time, it used Nokia’s PureView technology which offered “lossless zoom” by reducing the output size of the picture. Other features were offered in the “Nokia Pro Camera” application included an adjustable shutter speed of up to 1/16,000 s. A later software update to the device introduced support for capturing RAW files and more advanced image processing.
As a complement to the photography-centric credentials of the Lumia 1020, Nokia offered a $79 accessory known as the Nokia Camera Grip. This made it easier to hold the phone when using it as a camera and featured a shutter button and tripod mount.
The Lumia 1020, which was powered by Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8, was initially offered exclusively with US Carrier AT&T followed by a global roll out.
Below is a picture of Stephen Elop on stage at the launch event: