Nokia Lumia 1020 camera tests after the Black update show significant quality improvements

Nokia Lumia 1020 camera tests after the Black update show significant quality improvements
The Lumia 1020 flagship began receiving the Black update from Nokia, and its 41 MP shooter has benefited greatly from the improvements, judging from the tests you see in the slideshow below.

The comparison is between pics taken with Nokia Lumia 1020 on the previous version, and then with the new Black software that is rolling out to Lumias worldwide. The enhanced features include much more accurate color representation, less noise and sharper edges, and aren't all exclusive to the 1020, it seems, as the Black update was reported bringing more accurate colors to the Lumia 925 as well.

The speed of the camera and the shot-to-shot times unfortunately don't move by much, which hints at hardware rather than software limitations that come with the giant module inside the handset. The improvements go towards both the 5 MP automatic mode, and the full-res 38 MP one.


source: Sofica.fi

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Lumia 1020
  • Display 4.5" 768 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 41 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2000 mAh(13.3h 3G talk time)

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22 Comments

1. papss unregistered

Wow that's fantastic. Makes me wish I still had my 1020

7. TuanGugu

Posts: 46; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

Still had??

8. papss unregistered

I now have a l1520.

14. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

still missing my N8, was a great camera phone.

2. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

The best gets better!

5. papss unregistered

I agree.. Impressive for sure

17. adecvat

Posts: 640; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Second picture black worse than amber

3. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

This is very nice and now that Rose (Yellow / Red) photo would come more accurate.

4. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

I got the Black update. The only improvements/enhancements i'm seeing are from Nokia's side. There's little to NO improvement from Microsoft for its *@#*%$~! (i don't know what that is, just insert some high level bad nast word) OS.

6. papss unregistered

That's because its a NOKIA update.. Wow

10. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

11. papss unregistered

Again.. The black update is Nokia and the gdr3 update is Microsoft. You said black.

13. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Can you get the black update without the GDR3?

20. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I dont think you know what "NO" means. I would direct you to the changelog of the GDR3 update but from your past posting and intent on making WP like Android, it would be futile to actually show you the changes that GDR3 has brought.

12. T.F.O.A

Posts: 36; Member since: Dec 14, 2013

Nokia rocks! Anyway, where's android fanboys?

15. Reality_Check

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Why do you need "android fanboys?"

18. adecvat

Posts: 640; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Because Nokia is nothing without "android fanboys"

16. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

We'll I got the lumia black update and my lumia 920 camera is still cr@p I miss my 808 big time

19. Altair

Posts: 367; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

I am a proud owner of the Lumia 920. After Black update I went outside and took about 20 pics. I compared them to those, I took at first couple days when I bought it. There is major difference between shots. Offcourse I am using different software as well. Nokia Camera app is way better than the one at release. It is safe to say, that Nokia has done a lot of good job for its camera hardware and software.

21. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Crap? Does it insert ghosts and random people into the shot? Is everything blurry? I tend to think, from the shots i have gotten out of my 925, and 8x, and 521, that people expect a 1k dslr shot. If i was a betting man i would chalk this up to user error to be honest, I have seen many shots from the 920, and crap is anything but the word i would use.

22. Jehovah

Posts: 69; Member since: Jun 25, 2013

Great work... That yellow tint is almost gone now...

23. AeroPrime

Posts: 175; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

I have both of them :) double purity

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