Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Nokia Lumia 1020 Review – The Perfect Smartphone for Photographers


Nokia, one of the worlds largest and most experienced smartphone makers has created what we call “The photographers’ delight,” which is the Nokia Lumia 1020. Although the Lumia 1020 was released during the first quarter of 2014, it’s still one of the best smartphones for photography produced till date. We all know smartphones can’t seem to displace digital cameras in the aspect of photography, due to the more sophisticated technologies used in development of the latter. However, the Lumia 1020 pushes the Smartphone photography limit to a whole new level.

Design and Build

The Nokia Lumia 1020 comes with a weird, bulbous design that’s quite unusual for most high-end Smartphones. It actually looks like a point-and-shoot professional camera, with a conspicuous protrusion that houses its sophisticated 41-megapixel camera. This Smartphone’s dimension is pretty much standard with a length and width that measures 5.1 and 2.8 inches respectively. The protruding part of the Lumia 1020 measures 0.51 inches, giving the Smartphone a bulbous appearance. It also means that you can’t effectively place the Lumia 1020 on its back, but then the protrusion helps to tilt the Lumia 1020, giving it a standby, geeky look.


OS and Features

The Nokia Lumia 1020 runs on Microsoft Windows 8 OS, not the version we all are familiar with but a tweaked version designed to handle the Lumia 1020 enormous camera functionality. However, looking at the interface may not immediately reveal to you the differences existing between the normal Lumia series smartphones and the Lumia 1020, but a closer look will convince you that the Lumia 1020 is in a class of its own. Notwithstanding, the Lumia 1020 still features the usual Nokia complementary apps such as driving apps, here-branded maps and Nokia apps. It also comes with cool photo tools such as Nokia Smart Cam, Nokia Pro Cam, Cinemagraph and Panorama.

Other key features worth mentioning are - Bluetooth 3.0, NFC (a prominent feature in most high-end smartphones) and other customized photography accessories such as the Tripod case. The Tripod case will help you convert your Lumia 1020 into a point-and-shoot camera, but does not come standard with the Lumia 1020.


The Lumia 1020 comes with a 4.5-inches AMOLED display, with a resolution that measures 1280 X 768 pixels. The pixel density stands at 334 ppi, and for enhanced protection, Lumia 1020’s comes with a corning gorilla glass 3 display, designed to resist scratches, as well as absorb impacts and shocks.


This is by far the Lumia 1020 most important functionality. Everything about this amazing Smartphone revolves around its unique, high-powered 41-megapixel camera. The Lumia 1020 comes with photo apps that allow you optimize its camera capabilities. The Nokia Pro Cam, one of such apps, is the Lumia 1020 default photo taking app that lets you easily manipulate Flash, ISO, Exposure and many other settings. The Nokia Lumia 1020 Pro Cam app lets you take a 5 mega pixel photograph by default, but it then stores a higher resolution copy, depending on the aspect ratio settings. For example, when the aspect ratio is set at 16:9 and you take a photograph, the Smartphone immediately saves your photo in a 5 megapixel as well as a high resolution format. The 5-megapixel format is absolutely important for file sharing on social media and with friends and family. The high resolution photos, which could vary between 34 and 38 megapixels, aren’t social media friendly but perfect for professional photo prints.


The Nokia Lumia 1020 comes with a standard 2000 mAh battery that guarantees a rated talk-time of 13.3hrs while under the 3G network coverage. The battery performance isn’t too bad as it is able to last whole day when the smartphone is used minimally. However, you should understand that battery performance tends to degrade over time, so you’ll need to keep a watchful eye on performance issues.

Storage and Memory

For a Smartphone packing a professional point-and-shoot capability, it will definitely need a massive storage capacity. The Nokia Lumia 1020 comes with a 32GB internal storage capacity, but for a 41-megapixel camera equipped Smartphone, It may not be sufficient after a few months of extensive photography. When it comes to RAM, the Lumia 1020 fairs better than its predecessors with its 2GB RAM. The 2GB RAM will be highly valuable when it comes to multitasking and photography, because these features, especially in the Lumia 1020, eat-up valuable memory space.

The Nokia Lumia 1020 takes mobile photography to a whole new level, thanks to its powerful 41 megapixel camera. However, it may not completely displace conventional digital cameras, but to an extent make them redundant. With an average price of N81000, the Nokia Lumia is well within the reach of the middle class. If you are photo journalist or professional photographer, then the Lumia 1020 will definitely make a perfect buy.