The Nokia Lumia 1020, at first you look at the phone and it’s like one of those phones you’re not quite sure of. First of all it’s yellow, yes yellow! Which.. is kind of… let’s just put it this way who in their right mind would choose a phone that’s yellow? But honestly after how many days of use, the color starts to grow on you. Maybe it’s just refreshing after having black or metallic phones.
Let’s skip the outward appearances for now as well as the other phone features because through the lens is where the magic really happens. The Nokia Lumia 1020 has a whopping 41MP pureview lumia camera, which is just waiting to be used and to quote unquote replace your DSLR! Below are a few shots from various situations so that you can be the judge.
The dynamic range on its sensor is great, though one experiences a little bit of lag when shooting it’s forgivable when realizing you can digitally crop to your heart’s content.
A little lowlight test during a charming Nokia dinner.
Morning gloom seems to look artistic and deliberate.
How many of you guys have stood up from your non-window seat inflight to snap a few shots?
Hotel lobby photo! Handing your phone to someone to take a picture also doesn’t spell disaster or out of focus shots since it’s easy enough for anyone to use. DSLRs usually require further instructions to get at the very least a decent photo.
Casual shots outside a car window.
I really enjoy the wide field of view the camera gives 25mm @ 16:9 aspect ratio with Carl Zeiss optics with the widest aperture at f/2.2. It’s not as wide as let’s say an action sports camera but there is obviously less distortion to post process.
Simple street shots can easily be fit to print!
The phone also encourages one to shoot considering it’s so small and doesn’t make you feel like you’re carrying Fort Knox with all your expensive lenses and gear. More shots and definitely more keepers.
Perfect tool for food blogs too, without disturbing fellow diners. Listed macro focus is at 15cm, though I didn’t have a tape measure with me I felt that the camera had a little trouble focusing at that distance.
At the Grove, Nokia was having an event which I walked over to get a closer look and photo and was spotted by one of the emcees and won a wireless charger kit!
They also gave me some stickers with my photo, haha!
XBOX One, cleared out.
My buddy Pancho, candidly shot.
Better weather this time, don’t mind the “not bad” face.
Details seem to pop out at you, the images the camera produces may be a bit contrasty to some but I like it.
More of the stock photo look. I say that in a good way, meaning the images are good enough to license out!
All in all I believe the Nokia Lumia 1020 is a great addition to your existing camera gear, though it is convenient and discreet for shooting, the lag one experiences with the software leaves more to be desired. You can use this for casual shots, street snaps or portraits. If you are looking to shoot sports or lowlight images, one still needs the more robust DSLR systems or mirrorless cameras. But I’m being unfair aren’t I? This is one camera that you will always have on you, and the habit of seamlessly sharing online or storing straight to your Skydrive encourages one to keep shooting, be it for personal, work, or social media usage.