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National Geographic uses a Nokia Lumia 1020 to get some truly amazing images

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National Geographic uses a Nokia Lumia 1020 to get some truly amazing images
The Nokia Lumia 1020 has a fantastic camera. It's very hard for anyone to really dispute that point. It is one of, if not the best camera that you can find on a smartphone. However, as much as Nokia would like us all to focus on the camera, many users still can't get past the idea of using Windows Phone (though it is a solid mobile OS) in order to get at said camera. Still, that isn't stopping Nokia from advertising nothing put the camera.

The latest ad for the Lumia 1020 camera comes in the form of a partnership with National Geographic, during which Nat Geo photographer Stephen Alvarez took the 1020 for a tour of the southwestern U.S. and used it as his primary camera. Alvarez undeniably got some amazing photos with the 1020, and the promo video about the trip was also completely shot on a 1020. The original story, not surprisingly, has some pretty glowing quotes from Alvarez about the device, like this one:
Since the Nokia Lumia 1020 is so small and light I can actually compose shots from some pretty crazy positions. I find myself being much more creative with this little phone than I might be with my DSLR.

Of course, Alvarez is clear that he wouldn't replace his DSLR with the Lumia 1020, but the device does seem to get closer to professional grade than you might expect. Alvarez said that he was even able to make 22-inch prints from Lumia 1020 photos that look as good as a DSLR shot. Check out the source, because what a professional photographer can do with this device is quite amazing. 



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posted on 29 Aug 2013, 16:51 8

1. Penny (Posts: 1096; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Wow, those are great shots!

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 18:26 2

8. james004 (Posts: 471; Member since: 15 May 2013)


microsoft isnt buying nokia anytime soon so they better start using android.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 19:04 13

10. Penny (Posts: 1096; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Clearly, you're lost.

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 02:53

20. ihatesmartphone (unregistered)


You're lost!! XD

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 06:53

38. gazmatic (Posts: 513; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


How does it feel being wrong?

if you want Nokia with Android then go look for newkia

it's going to flop so hard because people like you won't buy it

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 18:48 6

9. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2992; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Great shots indeed!!
I saw it on wpcentral and was awe-inspired!
A 'brick' in a fools hand is a great tool to a professional.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 20:51 5

15. akki20892 (Posts: 3244; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Stunning shots....Mazinggggg photos.....Nokia u doing well with national geographic. Perfect phone to take great photos and it's tough too for rough journey, Perfect phone for national geographic.

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 02:52 1

19. ihatesmartphone (unregistered)


I really want this phone :(

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 07:19 1

28. Pedro0x (Posts: 271; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)


Have you tried to zoom in to those photos? They are full of noise.

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 07:43 1

29. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 823; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


They're full resolution shots. 34MP. Those shots are never going to be noise free. The only other phone that has a chance in hell of doing better is the 808 PureView.

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 08:33 1

30. Pedro0x (Posts: 271; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)


Yeah, ofcourse, I know but I thought that it would be much better but it looks hidious in full res. And that guy in video must be stupid because how can he ditch a pro DLSR camera for this?! I would understand if he had a little camera for 100 dollars.

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 02:15

37. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


the noise free super high res photos are zoomed post snap. zoom while taking the pic and you see noise. snap a pic then zoom, and you'll be able to zoom more than any other cam phone, and its clear as can be.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 16:56 9

2. Gadgety (Posts: 63; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


"It is one of, if not the best camera that you can find on a smartphone." One of...and the competitors are?

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 21:18 7

16. alterecho (Posts: 1054; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


1020's predecessor, Nokia 808 Pureview.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 22:16 7

17. cam-whore (Posts: 164; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


that is right, there is just no competition....

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 16:57 1

3. gazmatic (Posts: 513; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


Why didn't you link the video?

the video is the real treat

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 17:23 3

4. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5447; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Great advertisement. :)

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 05:13

22. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5447; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I agree that it is nice advertisement and that Nokia Lumia 1020 has the best camera compared to the other smartphones, but again, it is ADVERTISEMENT and in my oiinion all those talks which compares Nokia Lumia 1020 with DSLR is just a bulls**t!

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 05:28

23. papss (unregistered)


If you are going to call bull on this then you need to call all comments by any third party bull. No need to troll and I expected more from you.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 17:36 8

5. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1111; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Beautiful.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 17:54 8

6. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7328; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Holy s---. I was never crazed about Nokia, but this just changed all of that. I kind of want a L1020 on T-Mobile now....

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 18:14 7

7. carlos2121 (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Aug 2013)


Video and Photos Lumia 1020 Beautiful Beautiful Beautiful :)
youtube.com/watch?v=IBNWzX_J05o

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 19:36

12. papss (unregistered)


Wow I've never seen that video.. I can't believe some of the zoomed views.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 19:19 2

11. papss (unregistered)


Wow that's crazy good. I've taken amazing photos with mine but this guy clearly knows what he is doing.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 19:50 5

13. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6128; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Now those are beautiful shots NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC/NOKIA.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 19:51 1

14. pwnarena (Posts: 824; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


aren't the photos too grainy or is that what the nokia representative called "beautiful noise"?

the noise becomes very pronounced up close. still, they look great.

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 02:36 1

18. Antonyjoseph (Posts: 213; Member since: 06 Apr 2013)


I be been going crazy ever since I saw this on WP. The problem is one should know to use the features like that NG professional. I wish Nokia would also include a some kind of booklet for photograph dummies (like me) on how to use the features.

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 05:31

24. papss (unregistered)


They do. They have a tutorial built into the phone that goes over it extensively.

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 03:02 4

21. Nokfan1603 (Posts: 26; Member since: 13 Mar 2013)


To the author of this article: It is simply amazing that even a professional photographer of the National Geographic is really impressed with the Lumia 1020; a one of a kind phone. The pictures are stunning. You cannot achieve this kind of result with any other smartphone (maybe the 808). Why is it, that you have to put so many negatives in this article? E.g.: marketing strategy, OS, questioning the truthfulness of the photographer's opinion about the device... The contrary happens in Phone Arena's articles about iphone or Moto X, where everything is positive and weaknesses are turned into strengths. Probably, you do not like Nokia Lumia and even less Windows Phone, nevertheless from a professional, I would appreciate more objectivity. This comes from a Nokia Lumia fan who also likes Windows Phone.

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 05:34

25. papss (unregistered)


Don't hold your breath sir.. This is a blogging site which means they give their personal opinion versus any professional editorial. If you want less personal opinion you will have to go elsewhere.

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 09:45

32. sergiobr (Posts: 391; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


I follow this blog, and I know a lot of serious people that post comments there. True professionals papss.

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 10:18 1

33. papss (unregistered)


I'm talking about the bloggers that write articles on this site, not the folks who comment.

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 12:40

35. Penny (Posts: 1096; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Honestly, I didn't even read the article (went straight to the pictures) until you pointed this out, and I agree. So many bloggers seem to express 'surprise' when something goes right with a Windows Phone, but then quickly negate it with a "however, this is why you should still be skeptical about getting this device..." spiel.

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 05:53 1

26. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2327; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Amazing... Thanks Michael...

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 07:19 1

27. ashdch99 (Posts: 14; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


amazing...

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 08:45

31. sergiobr (Posts: 391; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


Why don´t you search for professional opinions ???http://connect.dpreview.com/post/5588168824/nokia-lumia-1020-natgeo?utm_campaign=internal-link&utm_source=news-list&utm_medium=text&ref=title_0_2?news ... 80% more or less said "noisy ... pictures not acceptable ... 808 pureview is much better... Horrible Pixel Quality... unsharp... a fair bit of publicity...bad set of photos, etc." The pictures in 5Mpx is the best FOR PHONES ! Just it ! nothing special ! As I allways says ... (did you hear it papss ?) My 808 (cheaper) for photos and my S3 by NFC for the rest ! True photos ? Sony Rx100

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 10:23

34. papss (unregistered)


Wow nice search and link lol You can have your 808 with its zero support and your laughable s3. Lol s3...geez that cracks me up. I'll take my 1020 any day of the week over either of those but if you can't afford something made this year and you need to justify yourself be my guest.

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 13:29

36. sergiobr (Posts: 391; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


My S3 is the best think I purchased until now, NEVER stop. 808 is just for photos, the rest ... horrible ! If you want to buy 1020 and waste your money in wp be my guest too ! Now I understand what you mean by "justify" ! lol

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