A niche device, the Lumia 1020 is pricier than most high-end smartphones that will make some salivate.
Nokia’s new Lumia 1020 is the company’s most significant device yet. Announced only a few weeks ago, the handset’s biggest selling point is easily its 41-megapixel camera sensor, which Nokia paraded around as the best mobile camera the industry has ever seen.
Having seen the gadget in action, it’s easy to see why Nokia is so confident.
But even with such an enormous sensor, how does it stack up against the competition?
Apple's iPhone is currently the most widely used camera in the world (data is available for Flickr only) — that’s an accomplishment in and of itself. And while it doesn’t have the highest megapixel count, or even the most robust feature set, the iPhone 5’s camera is still more than capable of producing excellent results. Apple says its cameras are so popular because the company focuses on more than just megapixel count.
The Nokia Lumia 1020 smartphone's camera captures extremely high-resolution images with fine detail, and puts creative controls at your fingertips.
A niche device, due to its extreme focus on its camera, the Lumia 1020 is USD 100 pricier than most high-end smartphones. Having said that, for the aficionados there are relevant high points, but for the general user, the lens makes it a little bulky while multiple camera apps are confusing. It lacks manual f-stop control and presets for common shooting scenarios.
Lumia 1020 high-octane shooter, along with camera app, defines this marquee Windows 8-based smartphone. What will make photographers salivate is that 1020 pushes the smartphone camera envelope with a combination of raw image-capturing prowess and close-cropping capability that makes it one of the most artistically-enabled smartphone cameras that we've tested.
Casual users may not venture from automatic settings and may not notice much difference in image quality unless they frequently crop photos tightly.
Another similar device is the 16-megapixel Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom. Of course, the S4 Zoom's optical zoom element could give the 1020 a run for its money.
Design and build
The first thing you're probably asking yourself is if owning the Lumia 1020 is like carrying a bulky point-and-shoot camera in your pocket. Blessedly, it is not.
Compared with the chunky Galaxy S4 Zoom and bulbous Nokia 808 PureView (the company's first attempt at a 41-megapixel phone), the Lumia 1020 seems only slightly thicker than the Lumia 920 and 928, both of which