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Let's be clear about something right off the bat. Highfalutin digital SLR cameras are very much relevant and will be for a long, long time to come. DSLRs have nothing to worry about from smartphones, not now, not tomorrow, and maybe not ever. But compact cameras and consumer point-n-shoots in general? Well, they're already feeling the squeeze from increasingly capable smartphones, and if Nokia's Lumia 1020 lives up to the hype, it could be the beginning of the end for budget digicams.
Here's the deal -- the Lumia 1020 is said to wield a 41-megapixel sensor. Granted, there's more to photography than pixel count alone, but even hardcore skeptics are forced to do a double-take when spying the phone's rumored spec sheet. Plus, there's more to look forward to than the ability to take ginormous photos.
It has a Xenon and LED flash, shoots 32MP and 5MP at the same time in 16:9, shoots 38MP in 4:3, and has built in optical image stabilization (OIS). According to WPCentral, which has the skinny on all these specs, it's the same OIS found on the Lumia 920, 925, and 928.
Other features include an f2.2 aperture, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, NFC support, and the inclusion of a Pro Camera app with settings for ISO, white balance, manual focus, shutter speed, and flash.
The Lumia 1020 should land at AT&T by the end of the month. Digital camera makers, you've been put on notice.