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).
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.
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.
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.
The photo above was captured by the Smart Cam App, which is now integrated in the Nokia Camera Pro now.
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.
For those who fight for it, life has a flavour, the sheltered will never know