Nokia video shows why the 41MP PureView snapper on the Nokia Lumia 1020 is better than a DSLR

Nokia video shows why the 41MP PureView snapper on the Nokia Lumia 1020 is better than a DSLR
Nokia has just posted a video on YouTube that makes you question why anyone in their right mind would want to lug around a DSLR wherever they go. Huge lenses, tripods and batteries are some of the extra equipment and accessories that have to be carried from one location to another. And when you want a picture of you and your SO, you have to turn over to a stranger a complicated piece of equipment that could easily be dropped.

"There is an easier way," says the voiceover announcer as we see a stranger, asked by a couple if he would snap a picture for them, reach into his pocket for the Nokia Lumia 1020. The video shows how the Nokia Lumia 1020 allows you to toss all of those accessories and "simply point and click". With OIS, you might not need to rely on a tripod for a stable, jitter free photo or video. And the digital zoom brings you close to the action. "Say goodbye to the DSLR and hello to the Nokia Lumia 1020," says the announcer as the ad ends.

The Nokia Lumia 1020 was originally priced at $299.99 at AT&T when first launched, a price that didn't stick. And while the camera-centric handset was the flagship Windows Phone model for a time, it has since been replaced by the Nokia Lumia 1520 phablet, thanks to the GDR3 update which allows the latter to match the specs on top-shelf Android models.

Still, if your main focus is on photography, you can do a lot worse than the 41MP PureView rear snapper on the Nokia Lumia 1020. And it surely is a lot easier to carry around than a tripod and zoom lens.

source: Nokia via WPCentral

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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)



1. hurrycanger

Posts: 1773; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Since I can't use a DSLR well enough, I agree with Nokia to some degree. But guess what, it's just because I don't freaking know how to use a DSLR!!! Those cameras are not meant for amateurs.

9. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

I picked up a Sony RX100 M1 and that pocket camera is killer though the M2 has NFC and stuff. It's pricey but it takes amazing shots and it's easy to use

47. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

67. Jimreardon

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 25, 2014

I have many cameras, and phone cameras. None of the phone cameras, even this nokia can not compare with dedicated cameras. My 2 favorite cameras, a Sony A77 DSLR is my favorite. 24.6 megapixels, it blows the doors off everything else I have used. My second favorite, also a Sony DSC-TX100V, which is 16.2 mega pixel. Both of these cameras will shoot a superior picture, to the nokia thanks to larger sensors. The TX100 is a pocket camera that is smaller than a cell phone, and goes with me wherever I go. For serious stuff I use the DSLR, as I have a choice of lenses, and manual settings. No I don't need to carry a tripod either. Both my Sony's can shoot 1080P video, and do it at multiple frame rates, 24P, 30P, 60i or 60P depending on the look I am after. Megapixels mean nothing. It is the quality of the sensor, and the electronics that process the data that makes the difference, and the Nokia fails in this department.

63. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Nokia is full of sh*t. Go ahead and use that phone in the full sun, and try seeing how well you can take pictures with that washed out screen. All the while, I'm using the view finder and having no issues taking pictures whatsoever. My camera will instantly focus and take photos instantly without fuss. I don't need a tripod either. OIS isn't something that is exclusive to Nokia phones, with all the real cameras having this feature LONG before they did in the lenses. Nor is it really necessary with the shutter speeds an DSLR can do vs. a tiny 41mp sensor. Sorry, you are more likely to drop a phone than a phone with a hand grip, unless your 1020 has the same grip as well. Good phone, bullsht reasons for thinking to have it instead of a real camera.

70. mousesports

Posts: 286; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

81. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I dont agree, my point n shoot nikkon is way better than any phone camera...

2. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Nokier Lumier 1020...

23. mousesports

Posts: 286; Member since: Feb 28, 2013


3. Lyngdoh

Posts: 319; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

I bet Nokia didn't use a 1020 to record that video.

13. user996

Posts: 221; Member since: Feb 25, 2013


30. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Every company use professional cameras to shoot their ad not phone.

31. Lyngdoh

Posts: 319; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

See the irony here. According to Nokia 1020 is better than a DSLR. But they will still use a professional camera to make their ads.

32. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

read my comment carefully.

34. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

At best it's little better than the worst DSLRs.

48. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

You don't even realize the compliment you just gave to Nokia.

61. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Apparently you aren't aware there are some really really bad DLSRs out there that are barley better than point and shoots.

55. papss unregistered

At worst its far better than ANY phone camera out there.

37. Lyngdoh

Posts: 319; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

I did read your comment. The difference with other companies is that, unlike Nokia, they wouldn't say that their camera is better than a professional camera but still use a professional camera.

49. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

I think you're mistaking misunderstanding for irony. The point Nokia is trying to make is that 1020 is better than dslrs for normal, non-professional individuals who just want to shoot great photos without going the extra mile, which they would if they bought dslrs. They didn't say film makers should ditch their dslrs for 1020s. Think about the size of a 1020 and a typical dslr, you'll realize in size to image quality ratio, what Nokia was able to accomplish with 1020/808 is truly amazing.

57. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

If that's the case, Microsoft is targeting the wrong audience. The casual user doesn't invest in a DSLR, they get a decent to great point & shoot. They should be aiming at the people who are looking at the Nikon Coolpix, the Panasonic Lumix, etc. And if they do target those people, the message is simple, "Why carry two devices when you can carry one?" So that's why they're targeting the wrong group, because as you said, no professionals are going to trade a DSLR for any camera phone. They show up to shoot an event like a wedding with a smartphone camera and they'll be sent packing.

62. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Have you ever even used a DLSR? Your an idiot if you can't figure the newer ones out.

65. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Well if size to image quality ratio is what you are looking for an RX100 will be far better with its much better sensor and lenses, not to mention CSCs that can give you DSLR image quality in a smaller package, but oh well, i would never trade a real camera for a phone, even though Nokia's phones have really great cameras. Not to mention the photo capture speed advantage that a DSLR has over the L1020.

74. Lyngdoh

Posts: 319; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

If you are talking about size then have you ever heard of mirrorless cameras? (Spoiler : They are slim and light)

78. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

I bet they did.

4. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

No argument about the camera, but, a DSLR's OS is better than Windows Phone OS.

8. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

crackwise out of ten I'll give this one a 13

11. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

I would give him a 41(MP) for that... ^_^

33. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Better than the likely malware infested buggy Android OS.

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