Nokia shares some fantastic photo and video work of National Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez

Nokia shares some fantastic photo and video work of National Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez
Nokia has teamed up with National Geographic to visit the seven natural wonders of the world. Several months ago, we shared the amazing pictures of National Geographic photographer Stephan Alvarez, and his impressions of the Nokia Lumia 1020 while he visited the Grand Canyon.

His next stop, this time armed with a Nokia Lumia 1020 and a Lumia 1520, was Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, one of the most picturesque cities in the world, and certainly among the primary images one has when thinking of Brazil or South America.

Rio is known for being a city between the mountains and the sea, and the Harbor of Rio de Janeiro is the centerpiece.  That is what Alvarez captured with his two Lumias, providing stunning results. Alvarez is a professional photographer who is accustomed to working with DSLRs that are essentially the space shuttles of the picture taking world.

However, Nokia has turned many of those perceptions on their head, and Alvarez has high praise for the quality of the two devices. Of particular note during his visit to Rio, Alvarez is amazed that he was able to capture lightning with a smartphone. He credited the speed of the Lumia 1520 and a little bit of luck (something even needed when using a DSLR to capture lightning) for getting the image.

We have shared a few of the photos from the trip to Rio, but there are dozens more via the National Geographic source link.  There are also two video uploads from Nokia.  This latest installment of the Nokia and National Geographic journey took place in January. We are looking forward to seeing the remaining five wonders of the world, as there is no doubt Alvarez and the Nokia devices will capture some great images from Mount Everest, the Great Barrier Reef, the Paricutin Volcano, Aurora Borealis, and Victoria Falls.

sources: Nokia (YouTube) and National Geographic



1. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Yes,,, WP is awesome! The capabilities of WP make Lumia hardware perfect!!

10. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

First photo is Amazingggggg. Unbelievable quality.

21. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

"The capabilities of WP make Lumia hardware perfect" WP is the only flaw in Nokia Lumia hardware.

24. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

its not windows its nokia...

2. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

(PERSONAL RANT ALERT) This camera addiction is just getting irritating now. Why do they keep focusing on the camera? They need more than that to sell their phones. We get the fact that as long as you are not an idiot you can take amazing pictures with any of the top end phones. Now how about what it can do for you as a "smart" phone, and how it is better than other platforms in some way or form. (I really don't care for cameras much, I don't like to waste time taking pictures that I will probably never look at instead of enjoying the moments).

6. Leonis

Posts: 338; Member since: Jan 08, 2014

If WP would have been better than iOS and Android they would have showcase that already. But the fact is they only got their camera to sell a product. These images are nothing impressive. Everyone can take these with their 2013 flagship phone. But you can't expect a lot more from a smartphone anymore. Everything is pretty much in place right now. Only things to be left is better specs every year. Camera on the smartphone is something they can improve more and is one thing "none geeks" actually understand and appreciate more than SD 850. I don't like when they are showing the same thing over and over all the time like Nokia is doing with their cameras though. But without that WP got nothing to sell really.

26. sbw44

Posts: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

"These images are nothing impressive." What are you blind or just stupid? Wow the android trolls are out on full force but one that confuses me is if WP is such a useless OS why does the same guys come here everytime and comment negative stuff? Like me, I think Justin Bieber is useless and crap but do I go around on websites saying that everytime??? Or me not liking Twilight movies, but do I go and argue that with their fans on websites??? Geez you guys are just plain weak!

29. Leonis

Posts: 338; Member since: Jan 08, 2014

You just counter comment me. So your argument that your don't go around commenting like that doesn't make any sense. The comment section is here for commenting. What you do is what you do. I comment on a lot of things on PA and if I feel to say something then I do it. Just like you did.

30. sbw44

Posts: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

Did you see me go on android articles and blindly comment something negative? What you are doing is blindly commenting negatively that's why I replied. Also you stating that Nokia can only brag about their camera's right? Why not? the 1020/808 camera's are so way ahead of the competition that it gives them the right to brag about it because no one can compete with them! Just tell me without android what can the like's of samsung brag about???? PS your comment about how these photo's are nothing impressive just shows how biased you are or how little you know about camera's!

31. Leonis

Posts: 338; Member since: Jan 08, 2014

Did It looked like I blindly comment? My points are valid when I say Nokia is only doing the same thing which is all about the camera on their phones. And these pictures can be done with any flagship android and iphone. It shows how little YOU actually know. This are some normal vacation pictures only being in a good commercial and you are buying it without thinking this is actually a commercial. Please search S4,z1, htc one and iphone 5s pictures on flikr or 500px. You will be amazed how beautiful pictures people are able to take with a cell phone. Something you seems to have NO idea of since you think 1020 is the best by far, which I think is totally bullsh*t. Some pictures are great and some are bad with this camera. Just like any other camera. And you think I am only talking about how good android phones are......... you are pathetic. Without android samsung can't brag? They actually got a good camera too. And bragging about the OS and UI is something that should be valid too. You just made up rules to suit your own argument. Is samsung would have been totally sh*t why do you think 30+ Million got their phones? I mean s2 and S3 was awarded the best phone of 2011 and 2012. HTC One won best of 2013 by far. This year Z2, HTC M8, S5, LG G3 and iphone 6 doesn't look like they will be any worse than 2013. I don't like WP and if you think that is trolling then thats you. Its called opinions. You need to learn that in the dictionary.

32. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

wp users and fans were always jealous of android and ios cause it has nothing to offer with hardly any apps and games, the tiles are messy unlike drop down notifications which wp users are desperate for. true the 4% share is killing them with no hopes of rising and who knows if wp will not rip in 2015.2016 like wp7 its not helping nokia cause wp is a platform no one likes

36. sbw44

Posts: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

Look at you commenting on a WP article and yet you call us jealous! Wow what a retard you are! Seriously dude

41. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Lol!!!!!!! These trolls don't have a real life..

35. sbw44

Posts: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

You think its bullsh*t now its all a sudden all good right? I own a 1020 and both my sisters has Note 3's and let me tell you when we look at how pics on a monitor there is a big f**king difference! there's a big difference between good camera's and the best! Even sites like DPReview,GSMArena and even here PhoneArena crowned the 1020 the best camera! Wow bringing in the sales to counter the fact that deep underneath the skins of android they are all the same so there is not much Android OEM's can brag about when it comes to UI! All Android OEM's basically has the same features just a different UI. tell me how many awards did Nokia win for their industrial designs? because you saying they only have camera's to brag about? Look at Sony,HTC,Oppo etc all of them are trying to differentiate through its camera's! If they stop making better camera's what else is there except batteries?? more ram? more cores? more screen pixels? the stuff you android troll like the most when WP/Nokia didnt have it! Thanks that we know that your very creative comment on here was because you don't like WP! and yet you are calling me Pathetic!

43. Leonis

Posts: 338; Member since: Jan 08, 2014

Sony could brag about waterproof phones. Now samsung can too. z1 and samsung s4 wasn't bad at all. S5 and z2 seems to have even better camera this time. HTC M8 too. The thing is If you look at s5, z2 and probably m8 commercials there are more than the camera and even though all runs android it still is different. My point is you can get great pictures with any flagship phones now a days. You on the other hand seems to think 1020 has got the best and no one even comes close which is wrong. The pictures of 1020 got very very over saturated color just like samsung but even more. It does not look natural at all. Sony and now Samsung can nog brag about pictures under water. Its all about opinions and you still don't get that. you think its all about trolling when someone is saying Nokia is only doing the same commercial over and over. I think you should take a look at Z2 and S5 commercials before talking again. Because bringing up sale number actually is a valid point. If camera was THAT important and 1020 would have been THAT much better and the OS would have been just as good then more than 4% would have noticed that. But apparently only smart people like you noticed that. I asked you to look up pictures from other phones from 500px site.. have you done so? Tell me those are not just as impressive to me after watching those.

44. sbw44

Posts: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

Boy oh boy. form DpReview "The Lumia 1020’s image quality is best-in-class: in both bright and low light conditions, it delivers impressive performance. In good light, the high-resolution sensor captures a tremendous amount of detail, even in darker, low-contrast parts of a scene that many competitors tend to smear with noise reduction. Colors are punchy but generally well rendered. The 5MP images are nicely sharpened and ready for sharing." "The Nokia Lumia 1020’s innovative zoom and impressive image quality set it apart from all competitors. By nearly every metric, it takes better pictures than any other phone on the market." From GsmArena "ike the still images, the videos produced by the Lumia 1020 are beyond the capabilities of any other smartphone on the market. The detail levels are excellent, the colors are extremely pleasing and the dynamic range simply cannot be matched by the competing phones, which all have smaller sensors. The 4x zoom when recording 1080p video is a more than welcome bonus, too." Proves It has the best camera on a phone but I guess you still don't agree right? With that achievement why shouldn't they brag about it? Look anyone can brag about their stuff, like Sony for example and their waterproof phones. How many others offers the same? There you mentioned the S5 also has it now. Now tell me which other phone has a camera like the 1020? it took them 5 year to develop the sensor on the 808 and another year for the 1020! That is true innovation and the reason why they can brag about it is because it will not be bettered anytime soon! It's been a year and it's still top. What has sales got to do with anything in the video? Seriously if you have nothing meaningful else to pull out of your, stop! because you embarrassing yourself! Lastly I have checked some pictures on flicker and while they are good the same can be said have you checked photos of the 1020 on flicker? I guess not seeing how you say that this things camera is not that good. But Like I said i took hundreds of photo's on my sisters Note 3 and while they are good they don't come close to my 1020 especially now after the black update which fixes the over saturation you talked and it increased the quality even more! plus on top of that it gives RAW DNG support! A huge plus for Professional! and not clueless trolls like you! Peace!

45. Leonis

Posts: 338; Member since: Jan 08, 2014

Do you see that bulk behind the phone? Thats the reason why 1020 got a good camera. It got a bigger sensor than any othe phone. Thats why its better in low light and is able to take great pictures. As I said... I never said 1020 takes bad pictures overall yet you are the one who think I did! I said 1020 isn't impressing me. I have seen pictures of 1020.... in fact the ones are right here in this article and you think I haven't seen pictures from flickr??????? How stupid are you really? Did you even know about 500px??? I happens to know a lot about cameras and I see little different of todays flagship phones. Its not all about comparing all the time. If one picture from a phone is good then its good! Get it? I have seen videos from 1020 too and its nothing really impressive at all for me. I ask a hell of a lot more from any OEMs unlike you who think 1020 is great. Sales number does matter because it shows Nokia got less to offer than android and iphones. I told you if the cameras is the big difference then people would have got this already and yet you think I just brought up sales numbers for no reason at all. Apparently people are happy with their cameras on their phones! Do you understand why i brought up numbers? I have said it 3 times before this comment and yet you have no clue at all. A phone should offer more than the camera. This is not the case with WP phones. Have fun with your camera. S5, z2, m8, g3 and iphone 6 won't have bad cameras at all. If Sony wanted to build sensor with the same bulk they would have done so. Sony is one of the best leading camera sensor manufacturer. Next time learn about camera before talking about technology you have no idea about. The difference with 1020 camera is nothing that will pull people to get that phone instead as long they run WP.

12. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

14. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Lol!!... You must be happy about WP8.1 coming soon..

15. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Both 930 n wp8.1....I can't wait

18. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

I can't wait for this 1520 to get Cortana... It's gonna make one of the most awesome devices available even better.

27. sbw44

Posts: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

Rod, how's the 1520 btw? I tried it out at a shop the other day and it really is not that big at all for me, also the screen is a beauty. I have to admit that before I was one of those guys who was against Nokia for going with WP and used to say how they should have used MeeGo and all. But after using the 1020 I can honestly say WOW its a breath of fresh air! I'm So happy with my Lumia

42. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

The 1520 is way better than my HTC OneX, my GF's iPhone 4s, and two other POS android devices in my house... So, it is the best phone that I have at my disposal... And, the size is perfect!.. Lol..

22. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

That phone is better than Windows Phone.

34. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

way well much better than wp even ios is much better than wp

20. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2361; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Troll alert!!!

33. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

jealous alert get over it jealousy is not good for you

37. sbw44

Posts: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

Why are you still commenting? what should we be jealous about???? we have the best camera's on a smartphone idiot!

25. sbw44

Posts: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

So what must they brag about? Look we have 8 core's or look we have a million apps? Just admit it on android its all the same! same specs, same apps even camera's now are equal on android but on Nokia their Camera's are so way ahead fanboy's like you can't stand to see it on on a different platform!

3. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

The camera on the 1020 is a Beast for sure.

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