Nokia Lumia 1020 Review- The Camera smartphone that Rules them all
Rarely do you find a smartphones, that tout a specific feature that claims no one in the industry can match and it delivers. The Lumia 1020 is that device, Nokia has created the world’s first 41 megapixels camera. Yes!! let that sit in properly. What you ave here is a device that sports the usual amenities on a Windows smartphone; the 4.5-inch 720p Puremotion HD+ display. dual-core snapdragon processor, 2GB of ram (Nice bump). A 1.2MP HD wide-angles front facing camera and yes the icing on the cake is the 41 megapixel camera. Nokia did just pack in megapixel for this camera. This is a Pureview camera with built in Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), with an active shutter, Dual Xenon flash and LED Flash. Now aesthetically the inclusion of a 41MP camera adds a bump to the Lumia 1020 making the device looking like a thin Lumia 920 with a slight headache. But this is a well crafted piece of hardware, with trimmed edged that allow for better contour and grip of the device. Like its aluminum older brother the Lumia 1020 does not have wireless charging built-in. So How does the Nokia Lumia 1020 stand up to its bold camera claim.
Some would ask, is it too much megapixels (41MP) for a camera let alone a smartphone. The Camera on the Lumia 1020 does a great job at picking up a lot of details. Crisp and cleaning photos, one of the great benefits of the camera is the post process zoom. You can zoom out of a photos that was taken zoomed in.You can find sample shots below, as well as a sample of the video quality of the camera recorded at 1080p 24fps. See our full camera tips & tricks for the Lumia 1020 here.
Download 34MP version of stills here
A lot can be said for the Lumia 1020, there are some drawbacks to this marvelous device must with Microsoft to blame. You can clear see and feel how Nokia has pushed the operating system to the limits with innovation after innovation, with some of the limitation of Windows phone glaring in your face. Granted Nokia has done a fine job of covering them up an highlighting what I would call the best camera to have and not just on a smartphone. There are many aspects to like with the Lumia 1020 camera. From its loseless zoom, to the detail you get in image capture. The ease of use to truly remarkable with the Nokia Pro Cam app which does a lot in making the user experience a good one, and even brings some level of pro photography in the mix. The Lumia 1020 retails for $299 with a 2 year contract on AT&T and is priced than what you expect from a smartphone today. But I say its worth the purchase, its got a camera that is 2nd to know and will be for quite some time. Plus Nokia has added some future proof elements to ensure that once Windows Phone 8 gets update. Your Lumia 1020 won’t be languishing in the dust. A great smartphone and Camera overall, one I would recommend as a solid buy.