Nokia has just released the best camera phone on the market. The Lumia 1020 smartphone went on sale last week and features a 41 megapixel camera – more megapixels than any other smartphone by far, and even more than most point-and-shoot digital cameras.
The race to provide higher-quality pictures and videos in mobile devices has been heating up this year, and Nokia just thrust itself to the head of the pack. Nokia did this by focusing on its camera and photo-management technology to the exclusion of other gadgets in the hope that the Lumia 1020 would become the go-to smartphone for photography enthusiasts and others that value the image-capture function of smartphones above other functions.
The Lumia 1020 captures incredibly high-resolution photos through a combination of first rate hardware and software. Not only is the sensor capable of capturing a large number of pixels, the phone also utilises a record six overlapping lenses. Nokia also worked with Microsoft to prioritise the operating system’s photo storage and management technology.
By comparison, Apple’s iPhone 5 has an 8 megapixel camera and Samsung’s Galaxy S4 has a 13 megapixel camera. Nokia is betting that once people start seeing the vastly superior quality of the images that their friends are posting to Facebook from the Lumia 1020, word of mouth will spread and Nokia will reap a massive return from getting out so far ahead of the pack in image-capture technology.