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

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.

Related phones

Lumia 1020
  • Display 4.5 inches
    1280 x 768 pixels
  • Camera 41 MP (Single camera)
    1.2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB,
  • Battery 2000 mAh
  • OS Windows Phone 8.1



43. Parsian

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 05, 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

38. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012


32. E.S.1

Posts: 308; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

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

34. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

too bad she just got married

37. E.S.1

Posts: 308; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

It's ok I'll wait :)

31. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

the place just made the pics nice.

28. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

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

36. alpinejason

Posts: 262; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

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

40. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

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

21. tedkord

Posts: 17532; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

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 ...

20. Penny

Posts: 1880; Member since: Feb 04, 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.

27. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 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`

30. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 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

33. Penny

Posts: 1880; Member since: Feb 04, 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.

13. Penny

Posts: 1880; Member since: Feb 04, 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.

15. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

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!

23. AntiFanBoyz unregistered

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.

42. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Thank you both!!!

7. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

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

8. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 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.

12. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 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.

29. Penny

Posts: 1880; Member since: Feb 04, 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.

24. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 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.

26. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 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)

35. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 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?

39. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 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)

44. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 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!

6. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Photo #8 can be used as a wallpaper.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.
FCC OKs Cingular's purchase of AT&T Wireless