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Nokia's Lumia 1020 features 41 megapixel camera

Market research firm IDC recently carried out a survey of smartphone owners in 25 countries to identify what factors were most likely to drive future purchases.

The results placed camera resolution 15th on a list of 23 features. Audio quality for voice, battery life, device security and browsing came top of the poll.

"Most people just look at their photos on their smartphone or via a social network on a computer and for this the other vendors already provide very good quality," Francisco Jeronimo, a mobile phone analyst at the firm, told the BBC.

"Nokia needs to convince consumers that this new handset outperforms others in low light replica sweet alhambra necklace conditions, otherwise they would only really notice the difference if they zoomed in on the images on a large screen or printed out a poster.

"It may be the best smartphone out there but I doubt it will be enough to convince many users to jump platform from Android or iOS which accounted for 92% of global shipments in the last quarter."

Zoomable videoThe Lumia 1020 marks the second time Nokia has fitted a 41MP sensor to one of its phones.

Last year it launched the Pureview 808 model, but its appeal was limited by the fact it ran the ageing Symbian operating system for which few developers are still writing software. The new handset instead runs on Microsoft's Windows Phone platform which has more than 160,000 apps.

Will smartphones kill the compact?It may be too soon to sound the death knell for compact digital cameras, but perhaps the writing is on the wall.

Cameras in phones have certainly come a long way from the days of badly lit, pixelated pictures but still have some fairly hefty limitations.

Not least is the size of their lenses and the ever concerning matter of battery life.

Compact system cameras, basically much smaller versions of DSLRs (digital single lens reflex cameras) are also becoming more popular.

So, these two types of device will probably squeeze out the cheaper, lower end digital cameras at some point in the not too distant future.

As well as offering highly detailed photos at up to 38MP resolution, the new phone also uses a process called "oversampling" to combine the pixels of an image into a smaller 5MP version from which it removes unwanted visual noise.

Unlike its predecessor, the Lumia 1020 can replica van cleef and arpels sweet alhambra necklace save both types at the same time, meaning that the owner does not need to worry about switching settings.

In addition, the handset's video recording capabilities take advantage of the extra resolution, allowing the user to zoom in four times while recording a 1080p high definition video without losing quality, and six times into a 720p version.

It also adds optical image stabilisation by mounting the lens system on ball bearings and using a gyroscope and motors to counteract any movement to prevent the problem of camera shake.

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Media captionStephen Elop, chief executive of Nokia: "We've also made the back the new front"

However, all this comes at a premium price. When it launches in the US it will cost $300 (198) on top of a two year contract.

One analyst suggested Nokia wanted the new handset to act as a "halo device", attracting shoppers to other products in its range.

"Nokia is positioning the Lumia 1020 as a flagship product for the next generation of smartphones," said Ben Wood, chief of research at the CCS Insight consultancy.

"Alone it will not transform Nokia's fortunes but the significant media coverage it will generate centred on its innovative camera technology will be a major boost not only to the Lumia brand but also the imitation van cleef necklace Windows Phone platform.

"Its high price will undoubtedly come under scrutiny and Nokia must carefully manage this, stressing that it is a flagship product that will likely generate relatively modest volumes."

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