New phone has a massive 41-megapixel camera

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by Doug Delony / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on August 29, 2013 at 2:00 PM

HOUSTON -- Blurred lines: is it a smartphone or a digital camera? It’s both, actually.

The Nokia Lumia 1020 looks like a slim digital camera, but when you turn it on you get more than the ability to take photos. It’s actually a Windows Phone smartphone with a 41-megapixel camera.

And it’s not just the megapixels that make the camera better than any other current smartphone’s. The lens is made by Carl Zeiss.

By comparison, the Apple iPhone 5’s main camera is 8 megapixels, and the powerful Samsung Galaxy S4’s camera has 13 megapixels.

Nokia touts that by taking photos with a 41-megapixel camera, you can “zoom in,” enlarge, and crop your shots without them getting pixilated.

Long story short, it’s a good phone with a great camera, but right now it costs $300 on a two-year contract. That makes it about $100 more than your typical smartphone. It’s only available through AT&T right now.

If you’re an Android or iPhone fan, you may have a hard time adjusting to Windows Phone, but I was impressed with how my PC handled the media files when I plugged it in. And that’s a good thing, too, since the Lumia does not have a removable SD card.

Reviews of the 1020 have been mostly positive, but everyone agrees that if you consider yourself to be a “real” photographer, you’ll likely still find yourself lugging around your regular camera when you go on trips. The 1020, however, is great for taking good quality snapshots on the go. You can even control the exposure, the ISO, and the focus.

As a test, I went to the Galleria and took a photo of Williams Tower using both the Galaxy Samsung S4 and the Nokia Lumia 1020. I took each photo and enlarged it and cropped it to show just the top of the building. The S4 seemed to have better contrast (something that can be adjusted, but I didn’t), but the 1020 definitely made for a clearer photo overall. View the photo comparison, click here: S4 vs. 1020.

Questions? Comments? Feel free to reach out to Doug on Facebook (facebook.com/KHOUDougDelony) or Twitter (@DougDelonyKHOU)

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