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First Lumia 1520 photo samples reveal that the camera on the new Nokia is no wimp

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First Lumia 1520 photo samples reveal that the camera on the new Nokia is no wimp

Nokia fans, and Lumia 1020 aficionados in particular, have no doubt come to recognize the name of National Geographic's photographer Stephen Alvarez. The partnership between the handset maker and one of the most recognizable magazines in the world has spitted out some truly amazing photos that really showcase how much of a gap-closer the Nokia Lumia 1020's 41-megapixel camera really is.

In much the same fashion, Nokia has once again partnered with Alvarez, and gave him the opportunity to spend ten days with the new 6-inch Lumia 1520 phablet that Nokia announced just the other day. The Snapdragon 800-touting hardware beast has an admittedly more frugal 20-megapixel f/2.4 camera unit on its back, though that's still mighty impressive by smartphone standards. The shots that Alvarez has managed to produce are, similarly, as impressive. Those were all taken by the camera on the Nokia Lumia 1520, and the Finnish company promises that they haven't been touched in any way.

According to Alvarez, “the image quality is fantastic” and “every bit of the Lumia 1020's”. The photographer seems to dig the big display as well: “It's easier to frame because you can see the image much larger", adding that at the same time, the Lumia 1520 doesn't feel cumbersome. Seeing as the giant 6-inch screen is the cornerstone of the Lumia 1520, we're not at all surprised that the partnership is pushing this very aspect.

But, enough talk. Head straight for the gallery below and see it all for yourself (NOTE: images are pretty, so it will take a while until you load them in their full glory).

source: Nokia

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posted on 24 Oct 2013, 03:57 20

1. veer.d (Posts: 83; Member since: 12 Jul 2013)


nokia rocks

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 09:13 6

38. akki20892 (Posts: 2651; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


always

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 03:58 1

2. _Bone_ (Posts: 2061; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Very nice, but note that the night pictures were taken from a tripod at ISO200 around 1s exposure, which is not useful hendheld and/or when taking a picture of ppl. or anything moving. I'd rather see samples at ISO2000 and 1/16s, something humanly possible to remain steady, both photographer and subject.

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 04:02 16

4. eisenbricher (Posts: 964; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


You are asking for too much, serious people will never take serious night pics with shaky hands. Tripod is a must.

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 05:45 4

14. _Bone_ (Posts: 2061; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Did you read the post? I said I wanted to see higher ISO pictures for everyday situations like taking picture of ppl. which is not asking too much since the phone is capable doing so. These low ISO tripod shots are awesome but no tripod I know of can freeze your friends or moving cars.

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 06:41

24. eisenbricher (Posts: 964; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Did you even take look at 2nd and 2rd pic? They aren't the ones with large exposure times. Not even the 3rd one.

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 07:26

29. _Bone_ (Posts: 2061; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Check again.

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 05:58 3

16. rd_nest (Posts: 604; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


You go around carrying a tripod everyday? If that's the case, I will rather carry a D800 with me.

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 05:58 3

18. rd_nest (Posts: 604; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


BTW, no serious people will ever do 'photoshoot' with a tiny mobile -camera sensor.

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 06:44 5

25. eisenbricher (Posts: 964; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


lol
But National Geographic's Stephen Alvarez just did

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 08:28 1

32. rd_nest (Posts: 604; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


Yea, coz he was paid by Nokia to do that. Is that so hard to grasp or are you that stupid??

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 08:47 1

34. Bernoulli (Posts: 1396; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


People photoshop even with the crappy Galaxy series cameras, it's called Instagram

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 23:41

53. elitewolverine (Posts: 624; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


It was also about portability.

Sure you could carry a huge camera. I have 2 DSLR's, that for zoom and pictures are freaking awesome.

But for every day use, a 1020 is just simply amazing. Will it beat a dslr? Not really.

But for people not wanting to flop down $700 or so on an entry DSLR to pull it out maybe once a month vs a 1020 that you have every day in your hand for hours? It is a no brainer.

Yes I am that person that keeps a tripod, UV filters, 3 lenses and a Nikon in my car. (except in extreme heat). But not everyone is me and for what the 1020 does it is simply a beast.

If the 1520 can be on par with the 1020 in regards to quality etc, it is nothing but pure win.

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 17:03

48. moolotovzz (Posts: 24; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)


You, sir, are right!

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 04:44 3

9. SleepingOz (Posts: 2466; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)


Even so, the pictures are really good.

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 04:54 2

10. shadez10 (Posts: 385; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


then let the OIS do its work... :)

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 05:02 1

11. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 491; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


Common, seriously? That's samples only, don't be such a baby. It was photographed by a professional. What do you expect the outcome?

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 08:45

33. Bernoulli (Posts: 1396; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Iso sets the balance of natural light, at night time you want a higher number for the iso, not lower, and in none of the lumia series can the iso be 2000, it's either 1,600 3,200 or 4000, so please don't talk out of your ass.

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 11:36

41. Penny (Posts: 986; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


I've taken shots with my Lumia 928 with ISO 100 and 2s exposure without a tripod. As long as you can use something to stabilize the phone, like holding it in place on a table, or railing, or on the ground, you can keep it stable enough to utilize those slow shutter speeds.

But yes, this would blur any moving subjects in the picture, so it works best in a still scene or when you want to intentionally blur like people do with car tail lights.

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 04:02 8

3. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1433; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Geeeezuusssss!!!! Awesome pix #teamNokia

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 07:39 1

31. rantao333 (Posts: 157; Member since: 21 May 2013)


forget about android, here i come, nokia!

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 04:02 15

5. ijklmnop (Posts: 18; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


Ill pick up Lumia 1520 over N3 any day

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 04:40 12

8. SleepingOz (Posts: 2466; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)


And millions are picking the GNIII over this, everyday!

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 06:00 1

20. papss (Posts: 3376; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


You mean WILL pick the note 3.. The 1520 isn't out yet so customers aren't yet doing so.

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 07:12 1

28. saffant (Posts: 185; Member since: 04 Jul 2011)


Regardless of whether it was out or not lol. People will still pick Note 3 instead.

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 08:48 3

35. Bernoulli (Posts: 1396; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Nah, not many of us want sammys cheap plastics

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 09:01

37. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1618; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


lol dillusion....may i remind you samsung is the most popular smartphone manufacturer in the world fanboy??

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 13:26 1

45. Bernoulli (Posts: 1396; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


No that's apple, all of their phones are smartphones, but just like sammys line up, just because they're popular doesn't mean they're the best.

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 17:06 1

49. moolotovzz (Posts: 24; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)


it is hard to believe a person who has android 18 on his pic.. NO HATING THOUGH

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 20:20

50. SleepingOz (Posts: 2466; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)


What I meant is that they could have wait a little more to pick the lumia instead, like the few remaining nokia fanboys are doing. But yup, you're right. Many will still pick the GNIII over it, even when it'll be out.

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 06:00 1

19. rd_nest (Posts: 604; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


Nobody expected otherwise. That's what fanboys do even when a competitor has a vastly superior product and literally defined the catagory.

There would have been no 1520 if it wasn't for Note-series.

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 04:20 2

6. iluvsonynokia (Posts: 56; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


simply amazing

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 04:20 2

7. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


Though those are great photos, I'll wait for phonearena to do an actual review. Manufacturer sponsored photos can be a bit dodgy (e.g. the iPhone 5s photo of a jellyfish underwater when the phone isn't waterproof).

I like how Nokia has focused less on the camera this time and more on the user experience with (finally) up to date specs.

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 06:02 3

21. papss (Posts: 3376; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


If you are waiting on PA for photo samples you will be disappointed. They fudge up anything wp related and it's somehow worse then other less superior cameras. I just hope robot ray doesn't do the review.

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 05:05 3

12. Diazene (Posts: 123; Member since: 01 May 2013)


not bad, but certainly not amazing, I was hoping for sharper and less noisy pictures

hope they can fix it with a software update

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 05:58 1

17. maverick786us (Posts: 116; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


I am bit disappointed with soft images. I was having too many expectation from its camera

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 07:38

30. valapsp (Posts: 441; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


yeah its too noisy!

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 05:07

13. GeekMovement (Posts: 1497; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Best windows phone hands down. One of the best smartphones as well.

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 05:57 3

15. maverick786us (Posts: 116; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


I am bit disappointed with soft images. I was having too many expectation from its camera

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 06:03

22. valapsp (Posts: 441; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


I love this phone. I have to choose a carrier in a month so can someone tell me what's wrong with AT&T? Should I go with T-Mobile or Verizon? But the latter two will not have the 1520.

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 11:24

39. clevername (Posts: 1407; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


in my experience only thing wrong with ATT is price. coverage and data speeds were always great for me here in southern california

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 14:26

46. Immolate (Posts: 245; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)


AT&T is pricey like Verizon and the second place carrier for network, but #2 has become pretty good of late and no question that they are the better pick for phone selection unless you're a Droid guy.

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 06:22

23. mousesports (Posts: 211; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)


Nokia roks .

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 06:47

26. zuckerboy (Posts: 709; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


how can I get details of pictures ? (ISO , shutter speed vs )

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 06:55

27. Smokin (Posts: 97; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


That is awesome! that's even better than the Z1 imo

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 08:49 1

36. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2095; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


No words... Just impressive...

@Chris: I want a comparison of 1520 and Z1 cameras. :)

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 11:27

40. clevername (Posts: 1407; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


floored

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 11:51 1

43. freebee269 (Posts: 496; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


not gonna lie, when i seen that first picture of the buildings surrounding the park the first words that jumped to my mind was holy sh*t. that's impressive!

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 12:15 2

44. GrapeEyes (Posts: 243; Member since: 01 Sep 2013)


I have had enough of these android zombies!

It is simple. android has no charactor, warmth, emotion. It is all over the place.

The only reason why the Windows operating system on Nokia has not already destroyed android and ios is because microsoft played evil and put every update and improvement on hold so it can buy the Nokia mobile division on the cheap!!

If the deal does go through. You will see some incredible updates that will blow android and ios out the water!!!

Microsoft is greedy just like Apple, they both will do anything to make as much money as possible! but what goes around, comes around.

I know most Nokia customers are angry with Microsoft but trust me, if the deals goes through? massive mobile operating improvements will come in 2014.

Nokia will rise again.

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 07:18

52. LumiaLover (Posts: 160; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)


Mr Elop has done quite well out of all of this too. The whole situation stinks, but consumers will win in the end because we will continue to see amazing devices with unrivaled build quality and hopefully a much improved WP OS.

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 14:41

47. AceStorm1249 (Posts: 14; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


if it wasn't for the lack of many apps i would go for the lumia

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 07:15

51. LumiaLover (Posts: 160; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)


I hope they produce a 5" version of the 1520. This is a lovely device but it's just a bit too big for me. I have L925 which I love, but I was considering going down in size to the iPhone 5S, as I like to type one handed. The 1520 certainly caught my attention though. Hopefully next year I will have a tough choice to make between the iPhone 6 and the Lumia 5" version of this phone .

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