Red Bull Photography shows us the Lumia 1020 and its super-camera still has a few tricks up its sleeve

Red Bull Photography shows us the Lumia 1020 and its super-camera still has a few tricks up its sleeve
Extreme sports photographer Predrag Vučković had everything set up to capture some sweet BMX trick action on his BMX W2D (Water to Dust) project, featuring BMX rider Varo Hernandez.

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



1. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Love my 1020 Waiting for the 1030, or whatever, with S805, ....

2. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Hmm I remember You said you hate it and keep just because of camera.

3. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014


15. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

The 1020 was the worst windows phone I owned. I don't know why it had to go back like 5 times to Nokia repair. I think the phone was too under powered to handle that camera.....oh well. Maybe next one

16. rsiders

Posts: 2037; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Never ever had to do that with mine. Has worked flawlessly and continues to impress with image quality.

4. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

The time will come....just wait a little :)

11. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Nokia's pureview is awesome...... Always amazed us.

5. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

More than a year since it was released, still the best camera on any smartphone right now. Brilliant job Nokia/MS!

7. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Sure it is, but i want to see the Lumia 1030....

6. Gawain

Posts: 452; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

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"

8. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

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.

10. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Just wait for the Lumia 1030, with Lumia camera app (faster than ever before).....

14. jael206

Posts: 147; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

With the proper settings, esp on the shutter speed, you will be able to get this

21. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

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.

9. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2364; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Niceeee.. My 1020 is my main camera, love it

12. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

As I've said in a previous thread... perhaps a little older, but still THE camera to beat. The Lumia 1020 IS the bar other smartphones measure up to. These images are amazing.

13. rsiders

Posts: 2037; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

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.

17. Armchair_Commentator

Posts: 222; Member since: May 08, 2014

Those are some unbelievable photos for a camera phone, it alone is making me keep an eye on WPs

18. jojon

Posts: 437; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

One year on and I cannot even imagine myself with any other phone, other than the 1020 replacement ofcourse

19. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

It's a cool phone. Too bad it has one major flaw: Microsoft Windows Phone operating system.

20. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Absolutely agree. Get rid of that platform, and NokiaFtw will reign, yet again.

23. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Flaw? Maybe that's another user based error. Windows Phone is just fine for me.

22. lawsofeffect

Posts: 42; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

isn't Microsoft dropping the Nokia/Lumia branding - will be interesting to see what happens with this great camera

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