Red Bull Photography shows us the Lumia 1020 and its super-camera still has a few tricks up its sleeve
posted by Maxwell R. / Sep 22, 2014, 3:14 PM
Microsoft Mobile has been carrying on former Nokia’s camera projects with a variety of world-class photographers, showing us some amazing perspectives on the world around us.
Vučković has his whole kit for capturing images of his world, including an impressive array of Profoto lights. For this photo-shoot however, Microsoft swapped out whatever space-shuttle for a camera he normally uses, and handed him the iconic Lumia 1020, equipped with its mind-bending 41-megapixel camera.
The Lumia 1020 is over a year old, and while that may equate to roughly 7 in dog years, it is arguably two or three lifetimes in the technology space, particularly mobile. However, when you see the still images in the slideshow and video below, there is little argument about what this device with Nokia’s PureView technology can do, further showing it is a class leading camera by many standards.
Of course, the Lumia 1020 benefitted from being in the hands of a guy that knows his photography, and how to use light effects. That still does not demean the results though, as the pictures are fantastic. With regular household flour, some lights, and the evening backdrop, Vučković took some really nice pictures of Hernandez, “Our location was specially built for this purpose. For me as a professional photographer, [it] was surprising how Nokia managed [the] quality of the captured DNG files. The result was amazing, as you can see.”
source: Conversations with Nokia
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Love my 1020 Waiting for the 1030, or whatever, with S805, ....
posted on Sep 22, 2014, 3:18 PM 8
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Hmm I remember You said you hate it and keep just because of camera.
posted on Sep 22, 2014, 3:48 PM 5
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More than a year since it was released, still the best camera on any smartphone right now. Brilliant job Nokia/MS!
posted on Sep 22, 2014, 3:55 PM 8
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I want to know how he was able to capture the images at the time he wanted. The 1020 isn't exactly the fastest camera. My shots are always "late"
posted on Sep 22, 2014, 4:02 PM 2
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I was thinking similar. Plan ahead before taking your shots. The 1020 is always on time as the camera is fairly consistent with the shot to shot times. Usually the user is late pressing the shutter button to capture the photo in time. If I know I can only go a certain speed in my car, I should plan ahead to ensure I am not late as my car has limits that it cannot surpass. No matter what phone you have and how fast the camera is, you have to operate the camera within it's limits. Even the worlds fastest smartphone camera can't be any faster than it actually is. My wife has a 1020 as well and she wanted to take a picture of a house and I advised her to get the camera ready and she didn't and as a result, she missed the photo and we had to turn around and come back. I would have to have still been prepared with my iOS and Android device as well. The good thing with the 41MP camera is that we did not have to get out of the car to get the address. She took the picture from the street and we were able to zoom in and see the address by the door. The versatility of the photo is unmatched. We would have had to get out of the car and walk up to the front door and take a picture from the porch with my other smartphones to recreate the vantage point of the zoomed in picture. I'll take 41MP with a slower startup time any day. I took a pic with my 1520 and couldn't read the numbers as 20MP and a smaller sensor is insufficient and of course my iOS and Android devices were not close at all. Prepare for the shot and capture the best picture that any current smartphone can take. My 808 PureView does wonders as well. No DNG support but pure images even with JPG compression.
posted on Sep 22, 2014, 4:17 PM 3
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Most people use auto focus which takes time, you set it to manual focus and the only thing you are waiting on is the shutter speed (again manual) and save time of the image. Also if you use smart camera with its multiple shots, you can get action shots even out of the 521 that impress. Long press the shutter to get it to focus then just 'shoot' bam action pictures that you wont miss a shot.
posted on Sep 23, 2014, 6:56 AM 0
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I love my phone but I promise you if the successor to the 1020 is another exclusive for ATT that will be the end of my Windows days. It will be either the Sony Xperia Z3 or the iPhone 6 for me. These are amazing captures though and I love what I'm able to do being just an amateur picture taker/photographer.
posted on Sep 22, 2014, 5:26 PM 0
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It's a cool phone. Too bad it has one major flaw: Microsoft Windows Phone operating system.
posted on Sep 23, 2014, 6:40 AM 0
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Absolutely agree. Get rid of that platform, and NokiaFtw will reign, yet again.
posted on Sep 23, 2014, 6:45 AM 0
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