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Finally the Nokia Lumia 1020 is de-throned as the best camera on a smartphone – details on the new champion – Updated

I have fond memories of my Nokia Lumia 1020. It had a camera that was in a class of its own. And it has held on to this crown despite being obsolete in smartphone terms. 

By today’s standards the Nokia Lumia 1020 is a compromise. It’s runs Windows Phone which despite being one of my favourite operating system lacks the same level of apps in terms of content and quality versus android and iOS, and is extremely slow from shot to shot. 

So what phone has de-throned the Nokia Lumia 1020. 

Well it’s the LG V10. 

I can hear loyal Nokia fans screaming in disbelief. Well facts are facts. Steve Litchfield and I went out armed with our respective phones, Steve with his Lumia 1020 and 950 and myself with my iPhone 6S Plus and LG V10. 

Steve went to his favourite church to demonstrate the quality of the 1020 low light shots. The subject matter was a sign/plaque high up on the church wall. So Steve went first and took a great shot of the sign in low light and showed me the level of detail. It was impressive. So I took a shot on the iPhone 6S Plus which was ok and good enough but not as the same level of the 1020. So next I used the LG V10. Well the LG V10 produced a shot significantly better than the 1020. And this was all auto. Surely a one off, so another shot was taken. Same stunning shot and way better than the 1020. 

And the story continued with a few other low light shots. However, I do expect the new flagships from LG and Samsung to improve further in the camera department.

One small point, both of Steve’s Lumias (1020,950) both crashed in a space of 30 minutes several times. 

PS Steve had a Mozo leather back on his Lumia 950 which looked much better than the default plastic back. But sadly the standard 950 even with a leather back felt cheap and nasty. Shame. 

Below is shot from LG V10. It was actually fairly dark inside the church so the V10 did a stellar job. The plaque writing when zoomed in is really visible. 


Update – Steve has emailed me his 1020 shot which was taken using xenon flash. Note that’PureView zoom’ was done at capture time, for best quality. Not ‘afterwards’. In my opinion it is still a good shot as I said above but not as good as the LG V10. But do you agree? 


Nokia Lumia 1020 – Review – 10 Part Review

Below are all the review posts I have written covering the Nokia Lumia 1020.

Part 1 – https://gavinsgadgets.com/2013/11/13/nokia-lumia-1020-first-impressions/

Part 2 – https://gavinsgadgets.com/2013/11/14/day-2-with-the-nokia-lumia-1020/

Part 3 – https://gavinsgadgets.com/2013/11/14/day-2-with-the-nokia-lumia-1020-part-2/

Part 4 – https://gavinsgadgets.com/2013/11/15/day-3-with-the-nokia-lumia-1020/

Part 5 – https://gavinsgadgets.com/2013/11/16/day-4-with-the-nokia-lumia-1020/

Part 6 – https://gavinsgadgets.com/2013/11/18/day-56-with-the-nokia-lumia-1020/

Part 7 – https://gavinsgadgets.com/2013/11/18/windows-phone-and-the-nokia-lumia-1020/

Part 8 – https://gavinsgadgets.com/2013/11/21/nokia-lumia-1020-update/

Part 9 – https://gavinsgadgets.com/2013/11/27/final-thoughts-on-the-nokia-lumia-1020/

Humour – https://gavinsgadgets.com/2014/04/09/fight-htc-one-m8-vs-nokia-lumia-1020/

Final thoughts on the Nokia Lumia 1020

I’ve had the Nokia Lumia 1020 for around 2 weeks courtesy of Nokia.

I really enjoyed the Lumia 1020. I preferred it over the Lumia 925 as I preferred the polycarbonate build over the Lumia 925 aluminium frame. I also loved having the top notch 41mp camera. I took some fabulous photos and having the immense detail has proven invaluable.

If I was being extremely nit picky I wished the phone camera software had a HDR mode. In fact, talking about modes for novices I think have some preset shooting modes eg waterfall, fireworks, action etc would be great. Once again in a relatively short space of time window phone apps have improved. Couple that with the new processors and upgrades to the operating system, and you have an alternative to android.

I don’t know why, but I actually prefer windows phone to android. As I mentioned yesterday, I’m looking forward to the Lumia 1520.

Nokia Lumia 1020 update

I haven’t written anymore on the Nokia Lumia 1020, partly because I was involved in a car accident a few days ago, and suffering from that. So what does the 1020 have to do with the accident.

Well, it was a very reassuring moment following the accident when I realised that photographic evidence would be needed. I quickly took the 1020 and started taking photos. I now have 34mp pureview shots of the scene and damage which can be zoomed in with incredible detail and accuracy.

And I have a feeling that the other party involved in the accident will not expect there to be such detailed photographic evidence!

As the saying goes, it is the camera in your pocket that often counts to capture that moment.

Day 5/6 with the Nokia Lumia 1020

It’s interesting how since using the Nokia Lumia 1020 over the last 6 days how it has completely changed my mind on the phone. In the beginning I couldn’t quite grasp the real and full benefit of the hardware. But as soon as I removed the Pureview 34mp hi resolution photos of the 5mp I had previously viewed, it was then that the full magic of the 1020 hardware came to light. Have a look at my flickr photo stream to see full res samples. Click here.

And then you have all the manual control settings to produce some even more remarkable end results. But I will say that if all you do is share photos on social media and nothing else, then the 1020 is overkill.

I have started to post edit some of the 34mp photos and because the photo has so many pixels it has allowed some huge improved post processed photos.

In fact the fun really begins using the pro features on the 1020 and then after you remove the 34mp version. I don’t think I can say much more since the remainder of the 1020 is based on the Lumia 925 which I have written and reviewed extensively.

If photography is your hobby or interest, then the Lumia 1020 should be on your wish list.

But I have one frustration, and that’s in my other article for today.

Day 3 with the Nokia Lumia 1020

I took some more photos with the Nokia Lumia 1020. See my flickr account for some of the shots. Sadly whilst the sun was present, so was the brutal weather. The sunrise shots were taken just as the heavens opened up at full blast. The other shots taken during the day were against gale force winds.

Actually the wind was strong enough making it tricky to stand upright. But none of the 1020 shots were blurred. That was partly due to the optical image stabilisation. I also noticed with some of the shots with bright sun, the xenon flash fired to help spread the light more evenly.

I still stand by my first findings that in good light, the benefits of the 1020 camera will be not visible. It you need to zoom in, then the 1020 is ideal. In lower light the 1020 starts shining. And when you start getting creative with the camera settings I started to take some photos impossible with other smartphones. I also think the 1020 post processing is slightly too aggressive on some photos.

Moving on to the rest of the phone, it works as expected. It is good to see more camera centric apps appearing, as well as more mainstream apps. Whilst the 1020 feels less polished compared to an iPhone, I am finding it far greater fun to use.

I took a number of photos and did notice the battery level dropping, so if I was out for a while, I would get the camera grip which has extra battery power built in.

The polycarbonate build of the 1020 is excellent. It feels great in the hand, just bright yellow is not my colour. Black would be my colour of choice.

One thing I don’t get is why I can’t transfer the 41mp photos over the air. I will have to connect the 1020 to my computer at the weekend to extract these via USB. I had heard about slow camera start up times and slow shot to shot times. My experience is that it’s reasonable in its start up, and perfectly ok between shots. It didn’t slow me down. However, if it was an action shot of the moment, the 1020 would miss the moment.

Update – late last night I finally extracted the Pureview Hi-res versions off the 1020 on to my mac. Not as easy as I thought as you have to download special software from Nokia, and at first I downloaded the wrong app. I am exporting 7 hires shots to my flickr account at the moment (6.20am) so by 7am the full 34mp photos will be uploaded. The extra definition is excellent.

Day 2 with the Nokia Lumia 1020 – part 2

Ok, so part 1 looked at bright power sunrise photo shooting. So how about no sun and very overcast. In my mind this is where I started to get really impressed with the 1020. Also, I was able to reframe and zoom in on the cows. The iPhone 5S had no chance in hell getting the level of detail on the cows when zoomed in.

So below is the first shot from the 1020.

And now a crop of the cows in the distance.

And now the same shot from the iPhone 5S. But zooming in on the cows wasn’t really that great to view at all.


So do you agree with my verdicts?

My view of the 1020 is that it really is all about the camera. In some bright light situations it doesn’t in my opinion offer a night and day difference but as soon as the lighting changes, or you need to use some of the pro features it comes into a world of its own. In fact the advanced camera features are brilliant. I took a few pitch black shots and was impressed by the results.

My only disappointment is that the new Nokia Black update is not due to arrive until 2014, and I would have loved to have been able to install this now. Not that it is available in any event.

Using the 1020 as a phone is fine. It’s the Lumia 925 in polycarbonate and with all the weaknesses and strengths of a windows phone.

Day 2 with the Nokia Lumia 1020 – part 1

It was a great sunrise this morning and so I thought I would take a few photos with the Lumia 1020 and iPhone 5S. Later on in the afternoon the sun faded and the light wasn’t very good. So what I have found is that while the 5S takes very good shots, as soon as the light fades, the 1020 can still take really good shots. Also in every shot the 1020 appears to have more detail, and the proof is on the reframing and zooming in on a photo even in poor light. In fact the level of detail possible was impressive on the 1020. And don’t forget the iPhone 5S has hardly any controls for the camera. The 1020 has a wealth of options to help take a stunning photo.


The photo above was taken with the 1020. Below is the same shot using the iPhone 5S, normal and the other in HDR mode.



Ok, another view from the 1020 below.

And now the iPhone 5S , in normal and HDR mode.



So which do you prefer?

From what I can notice the 1020 does sharpen and saturate the colours more. The 5S is more natural in its results. But there is no denying the 1020 delivers more detail.

Nokia Lumia 1020 First Impressions

When I returned home yesterday I had a yellow Nokia Lumia 1020 waiting for me.


The Nokia Lumia 1020 is basically a Lumia 925 with a 41mp camera on the back. If you want to read about the features of the software, either click the reviews link, or if viewing the mobile format, tap menu, reviews.

So my first impressions. Instead of an aluminium frame on the 925, the 1020 is made of a high grade polycarbonate. It feels better built than the 925 in every way but has identical specs apart from the camera.

So with my sim installed, I fired up and setup a few accounts. I then went to run the software update and it was telling me I had the latest firmware installed. Except I don’t. I have tried so many times but I can’t get the new update. So I then opened the windows marketplace app store to reinstall my purchased apps, except there was no list showing me which apps I had downloaded or even previously bought. So far it wasn’t going so well.

So time to try the camera. I tried a number of photos inside the house in dim overhead light. The detail and clarity is clearly evident and on the whole very impressive. I need to try taking some more photos over the weekend to see really test the camera. In one low light shot, I actually felt the iPhone 5S took a more natural looking shot (colours) than the 1020.

Anyway, it’s very early days, so if you have any questions please fire away.

Nokia Lumia 1020 coming up

Now that Windows Phone has had GDR3 and all the extras updates from Nokia, I thought it was a good time to spend time with the 41mp smartphone from Nokia.

I must admit to being excited to use another Windows Phone. The Lumia 620 and especially the 925 were a joy to use. As to parts that were important to me, the camera and sound quality via headphones were both excellent. So the Lumia 1020 and it’s 41mp shooter potentially could be a match made in heaven.

We shall see.