Nokia Lumia 1020 Review: A Photographer's First Love

Rating:
4.0/5

In October, Nokia's Lumia 1020 went on sale in the Indian market. Despite being late to the Windows Phone game, Nokia differentiated itself by offering unique and powerful features on its phones. The Lumia 1020 is a product of that strategy. The handset has been acclaimed for its 41 Megapixel Pure View camera, which is one of the best imaging systems ever used on a smartphone. Launched at a price of Rs.50,000, it comes in a single SIM variant.

Nokia Lumia 1020 Review: A Photographer's First Love

Design & Form Factor

The Lumia 1020's design scheme stays in line with other phones from the Lumia series. It uses a plastic uibody which feels sturdy and solid. Nokia has given it a high quality matte finish that's resistant to fingerprints and dirt, allowing it to feel like a premium device. Move to the rear and you'll notice the massive camera module that sticks out of the phone's frame.

Nokia Lumia 1020 Review: A Photographer's First Love

Even though the black dome is made of solid aluminum, users will tend to worry for its safety while placing the phone on its back. The device is fantastic to hold since its matte finish allows for a solid grip. Its also lighter when compared to models like Lumia 920.

Nokia Lumia 1020 Review: A Photographer's First Love

You'll find a volume rocker on the side along with a power button, which also doubles as a lock button. There's also a shutter release button that works with the phone's camera. On the base of the device the external speaker and microphone, a microUSB port and an opening for a lanyard loop. On top, you'll find a centered 3.5mm headphone jack, along with the microSIM card tray and a secondary microphone for noise cancellation.

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Nokia Lumia 1020 Review: A Photographer's First Love

Camera

Usually, imaging is covered in the mid-sections of a review. But given that the Lumia 1020's most powerful feature is its camera, it makes sense to talk about it this early. Nokia has filled the phone with several apps and tools, all of which are aimed at offering a powerful imaging experience.

As you know, the Lumia 1020 uses a powerful 41 megapixel sensor. But apart from the excelent image quality, Nokia has also put a lot of effort into the phone's Camera app. Using the Nokia Pro Cam app, users can take control over parameters such as shutter speed, exposure, white balance, and ISO. In fact, the interface is so convenient and simple that you might not want to go back to your DSLR after using this handset.

Nokia Lumia 1020 Review: A Photographer's First Love

The Lumia 1020 packs a wonderful feature called as dual capture It allows you to capture a 34MP snap and a 5MP snap simultaneously. The larger image can be edited later, while the smaller one is convenient for sharing. Its Xenon flash makes it great for snaping pictures in low light.

Image quality is excellent and each picture offers a great amount of detail. In other words, Nokia has managed to deliver what happens to be the best smartphone camera in the market.

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Nokia Lumia 1020 Review: A Photographer's First Love

To let users make full use of the phone's imaging potential, Nokia is even offering a Camera Grip accessory that offers a two-stage camera button apart from tripod compatibility, and a 1020 mAh battery pack for a few extra hours of shooting.

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