DPReview: Nokia Lumia 1020 takes better pictures than any other phone on the market! image quality is best-in-class

| August 31, 2013 | 91 Replies

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When the Nokia Lumia 1020 was launched, doubters said reviewers would hate on its camera. When reviewers unanimously loved the Nokia Lumia 1020 and crowned it as the best camera phone, doubters went on to specify which particular reviews to watch out for. One of which was the camera centric site, DPReview which looks on meticulously cameras they review. Well, weren’t they shocked when their first impressions of the 1020 looked super positive. But how will their full review’s perspective differ from the initial impression?

  •  breaks new ground in terms of image quality
  • The default camera app is a powerhouse that experienced photographers will welcome.
  • The Lumia 1020’s image quality is best-in-class: in both bright and low light conditions, it delivers impressive performance.
  • 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.

The full review is spread over 11 pages. Grab a cup of coffee, sit back and enjoy. via Reddit

Whilst the whole phone is fast and fluid to their expectations, Pro Cam needs improving in terms of start up speed and shot to shot time. Another complaint heard is ‘lack of HDR’ and whilst it is possible over a lens app, it should be a direct option on Lumia. And of course, not as a separate lens app but within pro cam itself. Fortunately, DPreview doesn’t seem to mind separate lenses and praises the ‘nice panorama’.

Sharpening, saturation and contrast options shouldn’t be too hard to implement in future updates to pro cam.

The Good

  • Best-in-class overall image quality
  • Zoom doesn’t compromise image quality
  • Best-in-class low light performance
  • Well-designed full manual control in camera app
  • Sunlight-visible screen
  • Solid ergonomics with two-stage shutter release
  • Very good flash performance
  • Nice panorama mode
  • Very good video quality, especially in low light
  • Optional camera grip available

The Bad

  • Long shot-to-shot times
  • Slow camera app startup
  • No control over imaging parameters like sharpening, saturation or contrast
  • No HDR or true burst modes
  • Images soft in corners
  • Imaging app support limited compared to closest competition

The review score kinda looks like 808 to me :p.

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Category: Lumia, Nokia

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