Nokia Lumia 520

Nokia Lumia 520 (photo by Nokia Lumia 1020)
Nokia Lumia 520 (photo by Nokia Lumia 1020)

Nokia Lumia 520
30th November 2013

As Christmas is coming up, what better present to give someone who has never had a smart phone before, but one of the Nokia Lumia 520’s which runs Windows 8, and has reasonable specifications. Even better some retailers are selling them at a great price. So one was purchased for a present and to make sure they get a great experience from the Windows Phone 8 OS, I set it up properly, and made sure their Skydrive account was created. The phone itself is quite good and feels solid and not cheap. The photo quality is good overall (see photos below), although no night shots were taken. A great low cost Windows Phone which can be updated next year to 8.1 and it is virtually the same as the 520 that was announced this week (the 525 has 500Mb more RAM).

Front of the Nokia Lumia 520
Front of the Nokia Lumia 520
Back of the Nokia Lumia 520
Back of the Nokia Lumia 520
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Nokia Lumia 520 – Auto Settings, Cloudy Grey Day
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Nokia Lumia 520 – auto settings, cloudy grey day
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Nokia Lumia 520 – auto settings, close up
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Nokia Lumia 520 – auto settings, cloudy grey day

A Night With The Nokia Lumia 1020 41Mp Pureview

A Night With The Nokia Lumia 1020 41Mp Pureview
9th November 2013

Being a long time photographer using a variety of camera from my first at school a Pentax SP1000 SLR, to one of the latest Canon EOS DSLR’s, I was skeptical that the Nokia Lumia 1020 would delivery the results in night time photos, as so far nearly all mobile phones have been poor in very low light situations¬† and only one which performed well in these conditions is the Nokia 808. Using the Camera Grip and a tripod the following photos were taken at night and the results are astounding for a phone camera.

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London Eye at twilight – Shutter 1.0 secs, ISO 100, Focus Infinity
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Trafalgar Square – – Shutter 1.3 secs, ISO 100, Focus Infinity
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Trafalgar Square – – Shutter 1.6 secs, ISO 100, Focus Infinity
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Trafalgar Square – – Shutter 1.3 secs, ISO 100, Focus Infinity
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Trafalgar Square – – Shutter 1/77 secs, ISO 100, Focus Infinity

A Month With The Nokia Lumia 1020 41Mp Pureview

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A Month With The Nokia Lumia 1020 41Mp Pureview
4th November 2013

Daily use of the phone and camera has gained more respect for what Nokia and Microsoft has done. This version is running Windows Phone 8 (amber) and the next update will be in the next few weeks to 8.1. The Camera Grip also arrived, and as you see in the photo at the top of this post and others below, the Camera Grip made by Nokia turns the 1020 into a camera. The grip has an extra battery, shutter button and a tripod connection. It just slips on and doesn’t increase the weight that much, but improves the phone to be used as a camera. One of the better accessories for a phone. The other photos have been taken over this month in different levels of light and each is labeled. All the photos below, except the last one have all been captured using the ‘auto’ settings. Click on the photos, have a look and make your own judgement on the quality the Nokia Lumia 1020 can bring.

Camera Grip - Rear View
Camera Grip – Rear View
Piccadilly Circus, London Early Morning
Piccadilly Circus, London Early Morning
One of the Lions Trafalgar Square, London Early Morning
One of the Lions Trafalgar Square, London Early Morning

The Nokia Lumia 1020 takes great photos in good light as you see the two above – the clear morning sun light with shadows from other buildings are captured well.

Marathon Runners captured using the Smart Cam
Marathon Runners captured using the Smart Cam

The photo above was captured by the Smart Cam App, which is now integrated in the Nokia Camera Pro now.

Big Ben zoomed in
Big Ben zoomed in
Zoomed in on the Squirrel
Zoomed in on the Squirrel
Royal Albert Hall at twilight
Royal Albert Hall at twilight
Hyde Park in Autumn
Hyde Park in Autumn
Roses inside
Roses inside
Harrods at night
Harrods at night
Flowers Outside After Rain
Flowers Outside After Rain
Dried Fruit Zoomed In
Dried Fruit Zoomed In
Street At Night Using Camera Grip, Tripod.
Street At Night Using Camera Grip, Tripod.

The last photo above is the first one using the Camera Grip and a Tripod with a shutter speed of 1 second, ISO of 100 and Focus at Infinity. This was a quick test to see what it can do, so now in the next couple of weeks will capture some night photos using these new accessories.