Would you select a smartphone based solely on the built-in camera?

I’m sure most of you have seen the commercial for the Nokia Lumina 1020 smartphone showing a bunch of parents at their children’s school play fighting with each other to get the best shot of their son or daughter on stage. Of course they are doing this because their smartphones are horrible at taking pictures from far away.

The commercial then ends with a couple sitting peacefully in the back, avoiding the brawl, because they have the Nokia Lumina 1020 smartphone which boasts a 41 megapixel camera.

Here’s the commercial if you want to watch it in its entirety:

If you can not see the embedded video above please use the following link: Meet the Windows Phone Nokia Lumia 1020. 41 megapixels. Reinvented zoom. Nothing else comes close

Here’s what I want to know. Is a 41 megapixel camera (more than 3 times the pixels of any other smartphone I’ve seen) a compelling enough reason to buy the Nokia Lumina 1020 smartphone? I mean, beyond the camera, the smartphone is a Windows phone which I am not a big fan of. And then there’s the issue of the apps and playing third fiddle to the iPhone and popular Android-based phones like the Samsung Galaxy S4.

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For me, the camera doesn’t sell it. I’d still rather have my Galaxy S4 and all of its features despite it only having a 13 megapixel camera. And besides, now that the standard has been set, how long will it be before all of the other smartphones have 40+ megapixel cameras too?

What’s your take? Would you switch to a Windows phone like the Nokia Lumina 1020 based solely on the fact that it has a 41 megapixel built-in camera? Leave a comment below with your thoughts.

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  1. asudduth

    I think as more and more people use phones as their primary picture-taking device this is certainly a selling point. (I also think that the World would be a better place, as there are sooo many horrible photos that people take with their phone)
    With that said, we all know megapixels aren’t everything. However with this phone having a 41MP sensor its not really so much about extremely large photos as much is it about “reinvented zoom” so you can be farther away from an object and seem as if you are close. I’ve seen some images people have taken and was surprised there is some decent depth of field too!
    In full disclosure, I am a Windows phone user, and I know a handful of people (both average joes and tech people) that have switched to Windows phone and absolutely love it. I’d love a new Lumia 1020 and maybe it would get me to stop carrying around a point and shoot camera with a decent zoom everywhere I go. (I’m still in a contract, but if anyone wants to send me a Lumia 1020, please comment below and I’ll give you my address!)

    • Patric Welch

      Why did I know you would be the first to comment on this one? :)