41 Megapixels Take Flight: Nokia Lumia 1020 Rides Atop AR.Drone Quadricopter
You may recall our recent review and showcase of Nokia's Lumia 1020 Windows Phone, with its high resolution 41 Megapixel camera, floating image stabilization and Carl Zeiss optics. Of course you do. We were pretty impressed by the device actually and more-so with its on-board HD camera and Pro Cam app software. So, when we got done putting the new Lumia 1020 through its paces, you might say we "kicked it up a notch" -- as in, say about 75 feet straight up, above the tree line.
You see, we got this nutty idea to strap the Nokia Lumia 1020 on top of a Parrot AR.Drone, hit the record button on the 1020's camera app and point that sucker straight up to the heavens. Why, you ask? Why not, we would offer. After all, with floating image stabilization on board, things should be able to float, right? But of course... roll it.
We soar high above the tree line starting around the 2:00 mark but don't miss Yogi trying to attack.
Ultimately, though our rig-up was a bit "ghetto," with its Velcro strapping, foam padding and painter's tape; it actually worked quite well for a number of flights. And believe it or not, neither drone nor phone was harmed in the process. The Lumia 1020 performed admirably offering impressive views, even if partially obstructed sometimes by the drone's spinning rotor blades and the air turbulence they cause.
Regardless, we hope you enjoyed our momentary lapse of reason and sensibility. Maybe the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active will get really "active" next, just for grins and giggles.