Himalayan town of Nainital, where we tested the 1020. And we got very good results.
When you click a picture, the camera saves a high-resolution (34 MP) and a low-resolution (5 MP) copy. Users can choose to click at 5 MP to improve shooting speed, as saving high-resolution pictures takes more time. This camera is excellent at capturing details, so most users would like to shoot at 34 MP, but the downside is that it takes up around 10 MB per picture and the phone only has 32 GB internal storage, with no scope for expansion other than the cloud.
Lumia 1020 comes with Nokia’s Pro Camera app, which lets you shoot as you would while using a DSLR’s manual mode. You can adjust shutter speed, exposure value, ISO, white balance and focal length. All of these appear as dials on the screen and you can easily adjust them before clicking. But it takes time to adjust the options and we found ourselves using auto mode most of the time, especially when shooting moving objects.
The major problem with this phone, though, is the ecosystem. Windows Phone does not have the apps to support Lumia 1020’s camera. An Android or iPhone user can choose from a host of excellent apps for storing and sharing photos, such as Instagram, Everpix, Google+ photos, etc. These are still missing from Windows Phone, but it has cloud storage apps such as SkyDrive and Dropbox. The 1020 could have sold much more if Windows Phone had supportive apps.
If you want the best smartphone camera in the market, go for the Lumia 1020. If you are looking for a smartphone with a good camera, look elsewhere.