The Nokia Lumia 1020 is a camera with phone features, so I have been told a few times when people see the 41-megapixel camera smart phone. You can't help but notice the camera on the 1020 especially with a bright yellow casing, which also comes in black and white. The camera on the matte finish back stands out, quite literally. It protrudes from the device that it never lays flat on its back.
Standing at 5.1 inches tall by 2.8 inches wide, the 1020 is slightly bigger than the S4, making it more masculine. Smaller hands will find it hard to reach the upper-left functionalities on the screen without moving the palm. However,
The Gorilla Glass 3 protects the screen from scratches though I am not so sure about nasty face-first falls on concrete. The 4.5-inch display features a 1,280×768 pixel resolution AMOLED screen making photos clear and crisp. Using the phone against the sunlight should be a breeze and viewing HD videos can waste your day. But watch out for the battery and although you can go through an average day without recharging, the camera and additional applications will strain the battery if you shoot for extended hours.
Other features are standard for the Lumia; the volume rocker, power/standby button and camera button are on the right side. At the top, you find the micro-sim slot and a 3.5mm headset jack. The device has a micro-USB charging port and speaker/microphone on the bottom-side.
You can get all the popular apps including Instagram on the Windows platform.
Now back to the Camera, which really is the focus of the 1020. If you are a pro photographer, you will fall in love with the specs and what you can do especially factoring in the mobility. But if you have no interest in images or videos, you might be missing half the capability of the device considering you might spend Sh79,000 for this Lumia. We may not cover the full specs of the camera, but this is what you need to know;
When you take a photo, it saves two versions; a 5-megapixel picture image you can easily share and use for social media and a 34-megapixle high resolution image which is only accessible when you connect your device to a computer.
Lumia 1020 has two main default camera apps or lenses. The Nokia Pro Cam allows pros to use the manual settings to alter specs like white balance, focus, ISO, shutter speed and brightness. The pro Cam has smart features includes face detection, best shot, action shot and motion shot. The auto
What might be confusing for the average user is the image ratio. You either have landscape images or narrow (portrait) photos. You can download the many photo apps to take proportional images or edit using an editor.
There is no optical zoom though it's not necessary on a phone. The zoom capacity is a bit limited but you can focus on more detail in post-production without losing clarity.
Photos taken with Nokia Lumia 1020. Be the judge.
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