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Celebrity photographer uses Nokia Lumia 1020 at a destination wedding with stunning results

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Celebrity photographer uses Nokia Lumia 1020 at a destination wedding with stunning results
There's no doubt the Nokia Lumia 1020 is one of the best cameras on a phone money can buy, earning the top place in our Best Cameraphone Award. With a 41 MP sensor, Xenon flash and elaborate optical image stabilization, it shines in low-light photos and, apparently, in video footage as well, judging from the samples below taken at Capella Pedregal in Cabo, Mexico.

Celebrity photog Joy Marie Smallwood shot an entire wedding down there, and the bride and groom should be pretty happy about it, if we look at the results from the various scenes that include macro, landscape, sunset and party shots. 

Nokia Lumia 1020 performs admirably in all conditions, but don't take our word for it, have a peak in the slideshow below instead.



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posted on 04 Dec 2013, 09:57 12

1. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2515; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Glorious!

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 11:00 9

10. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3866; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Propaganda....

They took those pictures but RIGHT after those pics were taken with the Nokia 1020 they busted out the Nikon D3x or the D800 for the REAL pictures of the wedding. The ones they will cherish & show their kids when their kids are about to get married.

PLEASE... Camera phone wedding pictures, how WEAK. lol

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 12:10 17

14. mikelemon (Posts: 92; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)


Another android fanboy. How surprising.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 12:40 3

16. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7726; Member since: 14 May 2012)


SAE definitely isn't biased. You're new around here, so some slack will be cut.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 15:06 1

22. tech2 (Posts: 1906; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Wow.....you are really down to earth and not arrogant at all, aren't you ?!

P.S.: Even I hate it when people just label someone 'fanboys' because its not in their favour but there are better ways to respond

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 17:31 7

25. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


SAE is really showing his/her ignorance: it is the photographer and not the camera that makes for quality shots. A Nikon D800 or Nikon D3 in weak hands can still produce uninspired and lack luster shots, compared to photographs taken with a Lumia 1020, but in the hands of somebody talented and creative. Yes, it's probable the photographer did use another camera in addition to the 1020, but that's beside the point...

The fact remains that the Lumia 1020 currently has the best camera of any modern smartphone device available for sale to the public. While some Android smartphone devices do have respectable cameras, they still take second place to Nokia. Unless you want to cart around that ugly Samsung Zoom (horrible), Nokia is the best option. Not only does it have a totally kick-azz camera, but the rest of it is pretty solid too :o`

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 11:21

41. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3866; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I am basing this on EXACTLY what you say.

If a person can take really good camera phone shots, you don't think they will take GREAT shots with a $5,000 to $7,000 professional camera like the ones I stated?!? If you are weak with one you don't think you would be weak with both?!?

Remember the 1020 is a GREAT camera phone, probably the BEST there is BUT it's STILL a camera phone something that a Professional camera would certainly destroy.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 09:58 10

2. alterecho (Posts: 1073; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Stunning!
The locations are stunning too.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 10:00 3

3. Finalflash (Posts: 1589; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Damn, look at the size of those rocks. What a waste of money....wish I had that kinda money to throw at shiny rocks.... :(

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 13:01 3

17. andynaija (Posts: 455; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


It's not a waste of money if they are truly in love and faithful to each other for better, for worse, in sickness and in health, until death :)

"Sigh" Unlike some of these fake marriages that don't make it past 5 years...

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 13:36 1

19. the_best (Posts: 132; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


diamons on wedding rings is so tacky, only americans could ever Think of something like this, why dont you just make a tiara of papier mache dollar bills instead.
A clean gold ring with some inscriptions that are special to us is enough.
If want to spend money there are plenty of other that will strengthen our love for each other.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 10:24 6

4. GeekMovement (Posts: 1499; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Incredible. I want this phone!

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 10:30 9

5. apple4never (Posts: 934; Member since: 08 May 2013)


Amazing pictures from an amazing phone with an amazing camera. Simply speechless these pics are amazing. I love taking photos and i may get this for christmas !!!! better than 99% of point and shoots

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 10:45

6. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7726; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Photo #8 can be used as a wallpaper.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 11:22 9

11. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1577; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Technically, they can all be used as wallpaper

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 10:48

7. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 287; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


The images look damn good, but the full sized images are a little grainy at full zoom.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 10:56 2

8. Deaconclgi (Posts: 237; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Key words: "at full zoom". What photos have you seen on a phone or camera that are not a little grainy at full zoom?

I have yet to come across any photo on any device that isn't grainy when magnified. If you have found some, please provide a link because I would love to see a digital photo that isn't grainy at full zoom.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 11:33

12. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 287; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


They (phone camera shots) all do, and that's the point. The point being that this is nothing more than a publicity stunt because at some point your customers will want something bigger than a 4x6 print.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 18:14

29. Penny (Posts: 1129; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


It is by definition a publicity stunt, but that in itself does not take away from the point. As you said, all cameraphones suffer from pretty low IQ at full zoom, and therefore are not ideal for large prints. What this demonstration does show me, however, is that this camera can take some stunning pictures -- professional quality even -- if I were to use it for personal use and share my photos online. In fact, I would be confident in saying that the majority of pictures we take these days are viewed on our computers and online, even those from professional wedding photographers with their digital albums.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 16:55

24. sprockkets (Posts: 1155; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Uh, the night shot has all the people in it smeared due to long exposure. Wouldn't happen with a proper DSLR.

Sorry, unless they were doing it for free, if I saw someone use a phone, ANY phone, for my wedding pics, I'd fire them.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 17:36

26. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


sprockkets, the photographer responsible for these photos is a top quality professional, and chances are they wouldn't waste their time working for somebody like yourself. You couldn't afford to hire them, let alone fire them ;o)

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 21:54

35. sprockkets (Posts: 1155; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Oh really? I probably paid a third of this idiot did, and my guy actually setup proper remote flashes on each side of the hall for my wedding pictures for proper lighting and exposure. No POS phone can do that. Bounce flash? Nope, can't do that either. Proper viewfinder that works outside? Nope, can't do that on a POS phone.

Ad hominem attacks mr. phantom? What are you 10?

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 02:12

39. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


For all I know, there might even be a commander mode built into the Lumia 1020 that can directly trigger some SB910's. However, in case you forgot to notice, most of these wedding pictures were taken outside using natural lighting! Duh ;o)

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 15:01

44. sprockkets (Posts: 1155; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


That doesn't mean my photographer can switch to a phone camera, especially at nighttime! No excuse!

And no, there is no commander mode in a Lumia 1020! They could be set to go off via flash, but good luck with that tiny flash that phone has!

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 10:59 2

9. Sauce (unregistered)


Amazing photos from a good phone, but why all the hype? Adobe Lightroom or Aperature do wonders.

None the less, great results!

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 15:50 2

23. AntiFanBoyz (Posts: 76; Member since: 30 Nov 2013)


Agreed, good photographer, but it's hard to tell how good the phone did because the images have obviously undergone some post-processing. You can see halo around some of the edited parts.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 11:24

42. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3866; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Thank you both!!!

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 11:36 1

13. Penny (Posts: 1129; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


These are really nice. Great camera but even better photographer. I couldn't even get such nice pictures out of my dSLR because I lack her skill.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 12:31 3

15. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5612; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


No truer words have been posted. A great photographer could make pics taken with a BB Bold look stunning.

Still, the results make for a great advert for the L1020. Pity it is available only on AT&T in the U.S.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 13:35 1

18. Dowson (unregistered)


Honestly I think none of you have an idea what a great pic it is.

1. Most of them have a wrong focus
2. They are super noisy (look originals)
3. Dat "expert" has super hand shacking so most of them are blurred (OIS can't help that much)

Don't get me wrong 1020 is exceptional but this dude IMHO is kinda ridiculous ...

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 14:02

20. Penny (Posts: 1129; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


I do think they are fairly noisy, but I don't think most of them have the wrong focus. The blur you see is at 100% zoom, because of a)relatively small sensor size for 41MP, and b)over-processing with photo editing tools. None of that has to do with hand shaking and, as a person who knows what a great pic is, you should have been able to recognize that.

Nobody said that they were going to use these photos for large prints, and they look great when viewed as intended -- on a computer screen.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 17:48

27. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


Penny, I agree with all of your points. However, you have to wonder how many of these so called "critics" bashing the Lumia 1020 are talking trash because they were paid by Samsung/Google, or some other Nokia competitor. There appears to be quite a lot of negative comments, well beyond the point of reason...

It doesn't matter though, since the photographic results tend to speak for themselves :o`

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 18:52

30. BattleBrat (Posts: 1061; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Sensor size is irrelevant , most lenses lack the resolving power to take advantage of a sensor like that, Zeiss just released a 55mm lens that addresses that very issue

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 20:44

33. Penny (Posts: 1129; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Hmm, I guess you may be right about that BattleBrat. Although, my first inclination would be that the lens probably out-resolves the sensor in a device as small as a smartphone. It could very well be the other way around though, I don't know.

It's when you start getting to DSLRs that the sensors are able to outperform most common lenses. On a tangent, this is why I really want a Leica. Overpriced, but among the very best lenses and just fantastic colors and contrast.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 14:08

21. tedkord (Posts: 4507; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Never mind the pic quality, look at the quality of that location.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 18:03

28. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 693; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


And I thought my HTC One V's camera is nice

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 22:40

36. alpinejason (Posts: 262; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


The Nokia 808 does better.at least that is what my friend says.he has both and he is a professional

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 05:33

40. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 693; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


That's what I heard from everyone else too, even reviews said so

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 19:04

31. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 943; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


the place just made the pics nice.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 20:30

32. E.S.1 (Posts: 289; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


The girl is hot and that's all I see :)

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 21:24

34. apple4never (Posts: 934; Member since: 08 May 2013)


too bad she just got married

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 23:20

37. E.S.1 (Posts: 289; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


It's ok I'll wait :)

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 02:02

38. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2519; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Amazing...

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 11:32

43. Parsian (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Dec 2013)


I cant wait for the next iteration of this device. With Snapdragon 800 or 805, this will be able to record 4K and HDR video which would compensation for the small pixel's lack of dynamic range in video mode. Having said that, 1020's dynamic range is far superior to anything at the same pixel size in the market whether smart phone or point and shoot.

Ive put together a clip of this phones "capabilities"
/watch?v=HgKp56pUNV4&feature=c4-overview&list=UUdN​-2MzjL4nSXtg3E5nH1ZQ

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