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Nokia's Lumia 1020 packs a 41-megapixel whopper

Face time

Battle of the bulge

You might be surprised

Seesaw

Side angle

Color range

Taking photos

Slide into action

Light it up

Flat top

Accessory advantage

Side view

Simply gripping

Head-on

Back of the grip

Wireless charging

Charging cases

Underside

Tripod

An even closer look

Nokia's Lumia 1020 stands out from the crowd with its Cyclopean -- and powerful -- 41-megapixel camera. The handset retails for $299.99 on-contract at AT&T.

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Apart from its camera, the 1020 looks most like the Lumia 920, but with a bigger bulge on the back. It has the same 4.5-inch screen and matches other internals as well.

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For its larger sensor size and camera module, the Lumia 1020 is actually pretty slim and easy to carry around.

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It only sticks out half an inch from the face to the camera unit.

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The extra, uneven height means it won't lie flat on its back panel. On the other hand, you can use the tilt to your advantage by angling the phone face toward you.

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This angle shows that the extra bump is relatively slight.

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The Lumia 1020 comes in matte white, black, and yellow. It isn't the most sophisticated design, but it does fit right into the Lumia line.

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Nokia's Pro Cam app loads by default; it's this app that lets you select more advanced controls and shoot high-resolution photos.

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Slider controls let you adjust exposure, shutter speed, white balance, and ISO settings right before you shoot.

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A small LED flash serves as the focus light, while the bright xenon bulb is the 1020's main flash.

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The flat top and bottom (pictured) house some of the 1020's ports. Volume, power, and the camera shutter button all live on the right spine.

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For an extra $80 you can pick up a light plastic camera grip that slips over the frame and helps you hold it more comfortably.

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Here it is again in white.

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The accessory case has a wider shutter button at the top.

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Here's how the yellow Lumia 1020 looks with a white grip case.

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The camera grip's construction, from the rear.

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You'll have to buy an aftermarket wireless-charging pad and charging back cover if you want to use this aftermarket feature.

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The snap-on case comes in mix-and-match colors.

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Flip the case around and this is what you get.

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Finally, you can purchase a tripod to screw into the camera grip and steady your photo project.

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Here, an empty camera grip case awaits a Lumia 1020.

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