Nokia Lumia 1020 camera hands on

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be invited to a hands on event with the new Nokia Lumia 1020 at London Zoo. After a brief explanation of how the pro cam app worked and the capabilities of the device, it was onto the more important part of the day. We were lucky enough to snap pictures around the zoo and tested out what the camera, sorry phone, could do.

Initial impressions of the device are that it is a lot lighter than I was thinking, it only feels a bit heavier than the 925 and, whilst the camera does stick out a little bit on the back, you don’t really notice it when you hold the device.


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When using the pro cam app you have complete manual control over every possible setting you could want and there is a handy tutorial which shows you what each setting does when you change it. Just slide the icon round the ring and you can instantly see what effect it has on the demo picture.

When taking pictures, if you try to use some incompatible settings you get red marks on the icons and it just uses the auto mode instead.

Once you have taken a picture with the pro cam the fun really starts. You can view it in the camera roll as normal, but to really play with it you need to go back to the pro cam app. This is great when just tweaking one picture but, if you want to play with multiple pictures, it can be a bit fiddly. I was having to go into pro cam, edit the picture, then go back to camera roll, select next photo and repeat. However, once there you can re-scale the photo, zoom in or out, crop it to different ratios, rotate it, almost anything you want. The phone then displays the edited version, and only the edited version, but saves the full scale image in the background so when you transfer it to a computer you have both images. Size-wise the full resolution images (34 or 38MP) are up to 12MB and the smaller 5 megapixel crops are about 1.5MB in size. When you view the information on the phone you get a shot like this..

Nokia Lumia 1020 camera hands on

 

The loss-less zoom really is impressive, just wish you could have both zoom levels viewable on your phone at the same time, and not have to rely on transferring them onto a computer. When combined on one image they look like this.

Nokia Lumia 1020 camera hands on

 

I’ve included a few more shots, both full sizes and crops in the gallery for your viewing pleasure. The one in the dark is a bat, think it might have been a bit too dark even for the Pureview lens, I wasn’t using flash.

 

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  • Paul

    As interesting as this is, I think you need to update the title to “Nokia Lumia 1020 Camera – hands on” as you’ve only mentioned the “camera”. From the title, I was expecting to read about the other features to, and how they performed.

    • Iain McLaren

      Rest of features are pretty standard for Nokia Lumia and didn’t really play with them but I take your point.

  • Rod

    Minus the camera another boring same ole windows 8 device. This thing is DOA against the G2,Z1 and 5S

    • Keni Barwick

      Rod – Have fun with your chosen platform and I’ll have fun with mine…

      Paul – Thanks for the review, I will be looking forward to getting hold of mine very shortly! :)

      • PAul

        I’d like to take the credit for the review, but I’m sure you meant this for “Iain” :-)

        • Keni Barwick

          do’h – sorry Iain…

  • Looks awesome. I’m really looking forward to 1020 vs iPhone 5S shootouts – especially burst mode. The 1020 is going to have the zoom, but burst mode is really important too, so looking forward to seeing what both Apple and Nokia have done there.
    For me Windows Phone is edging the 1020 ahead at the moment, but iOS7 looks good so far – huge improvement over 6.

  • I really like these Nokia’s, I think they are finally catching up the mobile market. Not sure how the MS buyout will affect it all though..