Microsoft Store to offer free Nokia Camera Grip with Lumia 1020

As cool as the 41 megapixel Nokia Lumia 1020 seems to be, it will likely be even cooler if the owners decide to pay an extra $79 for the optional Nokia Camera Grip. Today, it was revealed that Microsoft is offering a way to get the camera grip for free.

The pre-order page on the Microsoft Store site reveals its free camera grip offer, which naturally requires that Lumia 1020 buyers also get a new two year contract from AT&T. The actual pre-orders go live on July 16th. The page says there will be limited quantities of the camera grip available but, as usual, there's no specific unit numbers revealed.

The camera grip for the Lumia 1020 will come in the same colors as the phone itself (yellow, black and white) and will clip to the back of the phone so that users can operate the camera by just holding it in one hand. It also includes a two-stage shutter key for manual picture taking and a universal tripod mount on the bottom. Finally, the camera grip is also an extended battery for the Lumia 1020, with Nokia claiming it will add up to 35 percent more battery life to the smartphone.

Source: Microsoft Store via WPCentral.com | Image via Nokia

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Considering this grip also includes an extended battery thats pretty good, but this is only the the **** U.S as usual with MS right? Pfft.

heatlesssun said,
Thanks fyr YOUR comment but what "proper" camera would you suggest that is also a smart phone?

(I'm assuming you're referring to me so I'll answer as if you were.)

I didn't recommend any camera because there are many to choose from, my original post was mostly a critique about the amount of acessories being available for this smartphone (almost as if the phone was being marketed as an all in one for the professional photographer. <For god sake, it's a phone>.
I would have to ask the only neowin user I know of who could possibly be one, Draconian Guppy)
And I cannot see how any smartphone, even the uber expensive galaxy camera could reproduce the images to the quality that high end dedicated cameras do in their stride, some of which cost about the same as this phone does off contract.
Now I'm happy to apologise for my lack of articulation, I'm not an educated man, and I fall short in many ways when it comes to literacy, but I fear you may have read more into my post than I had intended for it.

Edited by Aheer.R.S., Jul 13 2013, 6:12am :

Honest, heartfelt and unpretentious post, I apologize. Not common in these kinds of forums and I was just joking. I do think that people are underestimating this device as a fantastic camera phone, that's obviously what it was designed to be. I have no idea as to the real world quality of the 1020 and it's certainly a niche phone but for those like myself that are into cameras on phones its great to see someone "focus" on this function of a phone and push the state of the art.

heatlesssun said,
Thanks fyr YOUR comment but what "proper" camera would you suggest that is also a smart phone?

Samsung Galaxy Camera?

@Dushmany. Didn't you just correct another user's proper use of a word?

To quote you:

I didn't recommend any camera because there are many to choose from, my original post was mostly a critique about the amount of acessories being available for this smartphone (almost as if the phone was being marketed as an all in one for the professional photographer. <For god sake, it's a phone>.

First, your sentence-paragraph is a run-on. You used a comma splice. I don't care what part of the world you live in; proper English grammar is proper English grammar. Second (and this isn't a grammar point, but I'm throwing it in anyway), "accessories" is spelled "accessories". Third, "For god sake" should be "For God's sake," as in for the sake of God. Fourth, you didn't close the parenthetical with an end parenthesis.

Edited by wsuh723, Jul 13 2013, 2:52pm :

First, I would ask you to re read my post, second I admitted not being highly educated, sometimes I forget to correct a typo.
Other times, I don't know what the correct spelling is, I'm only human.

I think all people have a right to comment and express their opinions about a subject matter, regardless of their education level. I wouldn't have criticized your use of language at all, if you hadn't corrected someone else's. Perhaps that individual is less educated than you are, or perhaps they were just taking a shortcut.

Perhaps you were kidding, but if you were kidding, so was I. I just have a lengthier way of expressing my humor. That's all. I did add a smiley face at the end, after all. If that's not a surefire indication that I was being facetious, well, I don't know what is.

I think all people have a right to comment and express their opinions about a topic, regardless of their education level. I wouldn't have mentioned anything at all, if you hadn't corrected someone else's. Perhaps that individual is less educated than you are, or perhaps they were just taking a shortcut.

Perhaps you were kidding, but if you were kidding, so was I. I just have a lengthier way of expressing my humor. That's all. I did add a smiley face at the end, after all. If that's not a surefire indication that I was being facetious, well, I don't know what is.

When I corrected nitins60, I was fooling around, hence there no more follow up from either party.

When heartless posed his question, I took it as part sarcasm, and part genuine question, so I took the time to answer in the most diplomatic and genuine way I could think of, and meant what I posted.

You mention jumping on my grammar, and ok fair enough, but I noticed you did not correct anyone else on this page for their grammatical errors. In fact, after checking your profile, yesterday, I noticed you joined up specifically to tear into me about my grammar, as your post to me was the only post you had made.

Now to get back to the subject in had, (oh and by the way, off topic posting is frowned upon by Neowin Staff) For anyone who wishes to, intends to, or otherwise procure this smartphone, I would like to go on record that it's your money, do as you wish, I was only stating that the camera is a little overkill (and that it feels like smartphone manufacturers are running out of gimmicks to throw at these devices).

I didn't correct anyone else because no one else corrected anyone else's use of language. I don't care if people use improper grammar, spelling, or syntax. I really don't. So what if people mess up or struggle a little bit with spelling or syntax? I only correct people when it seems they're asking for my help. So that's why I corrected you. I thought you were asking for help when you corrected nitins60 and put a smiley face. See? Like this:

And, yes, I agree. you don't need 41MP for a camera, unless you're a photographer for BBC or National Geographic. But if you're a professional photographer, you're not going to be filming or shooting anything with a Lumia 1020 anyway. But people will do as they wish, and who's to judge them for what they want to do with their money, as you've said, right? And I also agree that smartphone manufacturers are at their wits' ends to figure out how to further improve phones. I think one of the problems with phones is that no matter how powerful the processor and how much RAM a phone packs in, it's going to be a long way, if ever, before the majority of people want to use their phones for everyday, heavy-duty tasks, such as serious word processing or hardcore gaming. I know for myself, I really like having a larger screen to look at while I compose documents or play games. That would be the final step in amalgamating phones and tablets and computers, though. But until that can be achieved, you're right in that smartphone makers will keep trying to up the phone experience with more gimmicks.

And what would be your definition of a real camera. I am willing to bet money that, from looking at the image, you will not be able to tell the difference..

try reading further down before jumping on someone for having an opinion.
And if that's still not good enough for you
The reason I said what I did is partly because of your post, when does Joe Average ever need so much camera tech?

To be honest, I would think the only people who would need such tech in real world situations, wold be professional photographers, and they wouldn't need this, as they'd have it in their choice of camera already.
I just think it's overkill for what, by definition is a phone, be it a smartphone.
But hey, it's your money, spend it how you like, I'm not trying to stop anyone from buying it.

I like to take pictures and wish my phone had a better camera than the one in the 920, even though for a phone camera it's already of high quality.
I wouldn't wish to drag around a separate camera for the occasional picture. And the tech in this camera and its quality pictures is superb, quite sure the previous EOS rivaled low-mid range camera's.
So either walk around with a dedicated phone and a separate low-mid range camera costing separately another 150-200euro's.
Or go with a phone like this and still get some high quality pictures. And that in just one device.