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07/12/2013

Nokia's extreme 41-megapixel zoom camera with phone

Nokia_Lumia_1020_41_megapixel_image_sensorCellphone company Nokia unveiled a new camera that also works as a phone.

You might be thinking that this concept already exists – phones have cameras. You can take quite good pictures with your smartphone, without needing a camera.

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But Nokia has taken things to the extreme with the new Lumia 1020.

An intense 41-megapixel image sensor has been attached to the device. By comparison, the Canon 5D Mark III pro DSLR camera has a measly 22.3-megapixel sensor.

The Lumia 1020 camera also has quite the lens, with razor-sharp  Zeiss optics.

There is no zooming, per se, but with a gazillion-megapixel image sensor and PureView technology, Nokia says people can use digital zoom to frame in their subjects without needing a real zoom.

It also has optical image stabilization to steady your shots and keep them sharper.

Oh, and this device is also a Windows 8 phone.

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Kidding aside, this is one of the coolest smartphones on the market. To be honest, Nokia has always made rock-solid phones with great cameras – a combination that no other company can deliver on - except with the HTC One.

The Lumia 1020 has a 4.5-inch screen on the back and the whole phone is powered by a 1.5-Ghz dual-core processor.

What was somewhat buried in the announcement was that Nokia said some great app such as Flipboard, Vine and Path will be available on the Windows Phone 8 platform.

Canadian pricing and availability is not yet available.

Is a good camera an important feature for a smartphone? Or is 41-megapixels overkill?

- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets

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Danny BradburyDanny Bradbury

Danny Bradbury is a technology journalist with 20 years' experience. He writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Financial Post, and Backbone magazine. Danny also writes and directs documentaries.

Maurice CachoMaurice Cacho

Maurice Cacho is a Toronto-based journalist mixing his love for tech with a passion for news. He's also CP24's Web Journalist and appears daily on CP24 Breakfast and weekly on the channel's tech show, Webnation, discussing tech news and trends.

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