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.
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.
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
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
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