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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Lumia 1520
  • Display 6.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3400 mAh(25.1h 3G talk time)



1. veer.d

Posts: 89; Member since: Jul 12, 2013

nokia rocks

38. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013


2. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 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.

4. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

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

14. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 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.

24. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 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.

29. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Check again.

16. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

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

18. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

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

25. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

lol But National Geographic's Stephen Alvarez just did

32. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

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

53. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 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.

48. moolotovzz

Posts: 24; Member since: Mar 12, 2013

You, sir, are right!

9. SleepingOz unregistered

Even so, the pictures are really good.

10. shadez10

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

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

11. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 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?

41. Penny

Posts: 1859; Member since: Feb 04, 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.

3. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2358; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Geeeezuusssss!!!! Awesome pix #teamNokia

31. rantao333

Posts: 346; Member since: May 21, 2013

forget about android, here i come, nokia!

5. ijklmnop

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

Ill pick up Lumia 1520 over N3 any day

8. SleepingOz unregistered

And millions are picking the GNIII over this, everyday!

20. papss unregistered

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

28. saffant

Posts: 274; Member since: Jul 04, 2011

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

50. SleepingOz unregistered

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.

19. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 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.

6. iluvsonynokia

Posts: 161; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

simply amazing

7. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 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.

21. papss unregistered

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.

12. Diazene

Posts: 129; Member since: May 01, 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

17. maverick786us

Posts: 159; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

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

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