Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Quick Look at Nokia 1020 Camera Phone for Video

It has been awhile since I have written about a recording device. When the point and share camcorder line was kicked to the curb by smartphone technology that forced me to make adjustments.

I can't freely use the word camcorder unless I'm talking about a dedicated device. I've been using the term recording device to cover smartphones and tablets, applications, still digital cameras and camcorders.

With the Windows Phone 8 Nokia 1020 camera with smartphone capabilities I'm pushed further across the line only I don't know where the line is anymore.

I feel the longing building up in me. I don't want to want it. But I do. I just do.

Before I go on a drool fest, here are the relevant specs:

Video Primary Camera: f/2.2 aperture (maximum lens opening) 1080p recording 30 frame per second recording .mp4 H.264 There is a 6x zoom but it is unclear if it is optical or digital. Optical image stabilization and auto focus.

Secondary Camera: 720p at .mp4 H.264 with an f/2.4 aperture.

Sensor: 1/1.5 inches with 41 megapixels saving in jpeg format.

Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 Dual-core 1.5 GHz Not going to be sluggish but Quad-core would be better.

Memory: Internal 2 GB, SD Card 32 GB and 7 GB Microsoft Cloud Storage. With the size of the photos and videos this thing can churn you are going to need all that you can get and then some.

Why Do I Want It?

It really is a camera. There are quirks in the interface from what I can tell from a distance but there are possibilities here.

It is the right size, has the right number of megapixels if I need to crop a photo to a certain area. With an attachment I can hold it like a camera. Record and store remotely; this could be a keeper in certain citizen journalism/police recording situations.

I have an Android tablet and my Android phone is way over its freshness date. I'm willing to give this a look-see and fair consideration.

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