Nokia Lumia 1520 samples show off its 20-megapixel PureView camera

Nokia Lumia 1520 samples show off its 20-megapixel PureView camera
The Lumia 1520 is Nokia’s first phablet with a gigantic 6-inch display and an impressive 20-megapixel camera. It’s coming to AT&T in just around a week on November 22nd, but we already hold one in our hands and have something exciting to share with you - camera samples.

The 20-megapixel PureView auto-focus camera on the Lumia 1520 comes with a dual LED flash and protrudes just slightly on the back - not so much as to be in the way, but enough to make it clear to passers-by that it’s a serious cameraphone you’re holding. You can choose to capture full-res images along with smaller 5-megapixel images for quick social sharing. The handset ships with the Nokia Pro camera application that we first saw on the Lumia 1020 and it’s the same neat interface with dials for easy adjustments for white balance, manual focus, ISO, shutter speed and exposure.

It’s worth underlining that the Lumia 1520 is one of very few smartphones to support real lossless zooming. You can zoom in around 2x without actually compromising the image quality. Nokia has also promised bringing RAW image support for this handset so you can really get serious with your photoediting.

You also have plentiful options for video capture as you can pick between 1080p and 720p and supported framerates of 30, 25 and 24fps. How does it all look? Take a look at the images and video taken on the Lumia 1520 on a cloudy fall day. We've included both the full-res image as well as the lower-sized one, and that's why some images might take a longer time to load.


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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)

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34 Comments

1. hritikbhimani

Posts: 29; Member since: Jan 08, 2012

:Lumia 1520 comes with a "single" LED flash" ....i think it comes with DUAL LED FLASH anyways the samples looks crisp....waiting for a detailed comparo between this and xperia z1 's camera while the z1 has slightly bigger sensor,nokia makes up for it with supersampling,better flash & OIS ....will be a great fight for the second spot behind lumia 1020 as the best camera phone

2. Victor.H

Posts: 1079; Member since: May 27, 2011

Absolutely, it's dual flash. We've now fixed this in the text.

13. MojoDojo

Posts: 102; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

When chosing aspect ratio 4:3, whats the maximum megapixels the camera will take pictures in?

21. mousesports

Posts: 286; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

yes thats is

29. TechCrazyedBoy

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 12, 2013

u got that right buddy...Oh yeah the Z1 and Lumia 1520 have the same MegaPixels...20.7MPs..

3. mousesports

Posts: 286; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

In pictures 13 and 14 ... how you switch from 5 to 19 MP so fast ... thats the same as 5 MP then because the girl in red is in the same position

7. MojoDojo

Posts: 102; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Are you saying that its the same file of the 5 MP picture because the girl in red is in the same position?

8. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

the Nokia Lumia 1520 simultaneously takes a high resolution 20 megapixel and creates a 5 megapixel picture.

10. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Was about to post this. Anyway, that feature is great. I wish my Lumia 925 has an option to simultaneously take an 8MP shot and an oversampled 3MP shot lol

12. MojoDojo

Posts: 102; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Megapixel count for the full res pictures depends on which aspect ratio you choose. I know 16:9 takes in 16 Mp pictures. Dont know about 4:3. Maybe you do?

14. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

19MP in 4:3

15. MojoDojo

Posts: 102; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Nice :)

16. mousesports

Posts: 286; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

thats great then :D

20. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 592; Member since: May 26, 2011

I can't any noticeable difference between any of the 5 and 19MP pictures, so you might as well use the 5MP mode and save the storage space with the smaller size pictures.

27. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

It is because of the way it supersamples the picture. If you take just a 5mp picture, you are actually not utilizing the way it takes that 5mp from the 20mp one.

4. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

Wow that's very good, as expected from nokia

5. fouadqr

Posts: 326; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

1520 is the best ..|:-)

6. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Pretty good! But the Z1 actually takes more detailed pictures! At least in daylight. Anyway, I think that 1520 and Z1 are the best devices 2013!

9. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

*Best Cameraphones*

11. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

*Best overall smartphones* Lumia 1020 easily wins the cameraphone category.

24. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

1020 is excluded. It's obviously the King of Camera phones lol. let me change that: *best cameraphones excluding the 1020/808* But best overall smartphones? That would be a long debate.

17. BorisAndrei

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 12, 2013

@PhoneArena You're device seems to be faulty. Well, judging from the video sample, the OIS seems not working. I hope you rectify this as this can greatly affect the review of this device. :))

34. kirholstov

Posts: 146; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

*your

18. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

just put android on it and Im sold

22. chaosnightmare

Posts: 182; Member since: May 20, 2010

Agree. WP8 could b smooth and simple but it sucks in apps, mods and customizations and since Nokia was bought by m$$ or something I doubt a nokia-pureview/android combo will ever happen

25. papss unregistered

I prefer it to be MySpaceless and more wp8

26. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

were free to dream. arent we?! btw if i could figure out how to flash a stable android rom on it i would defintly buy it,

33. shreyas.s666

Posts: 83; Member since: Aug 24, 2012

Enough ! nokia won't go with android and we have enough devices with android.

19. maverick786us

Posts: 159; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

How much is the size of 20mp images produced by Lumia 1520?

23. papss unregistered

Nice pics... These samples are more detailed than my note 3 photos but don't look as nice as my 1020. I'll take one in red please

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