Nokia Lumia 1020: First impressions
NEW DELHI: Nokia has unveiled the Lumia 1020 smartphone in India though it is yet to announce the price tag. The manufacturer showed off many of the camera features and technologies that go into the phone at a media event on Thursday, but refused to divulge the price. While potential customers will be able to buy the smartphone on October 11, we got to spend some time with it at the event. Here are our first impressions of the Nokia Lumia 1020:
The latest top-end Lumia phone in India has a 41MP camera at the back. While its megapixel count is huge, the design is not as absurd as that of Galaxy S4 zoom (16MP rear camera). However, the phone's design does not have the understated elegance of Sony Xperia Z1 (20.7MP camera). At 158gram, Nokia Lumia 1020 is still heavy and you can feel the weight in your hands as soon as you hold it.
The Nokia device has a big bump off the back, where the camera sensor is located, but despite the odd design, this phone looks good. Moreover, the positioning of the bump is such that you are unlikely to encounter any problems while working with the Lumia 1020 with one hand. It looks similar to last year's Lumia 920 rather than the newer Lumia 925, with edges on top and curves on the sides.
But let's go straight to the most exciting part of Lumia 1020 - the 41MP camera. It has all the makings of a great snapper, from high-end PureView image processing technology to terrific zooming (for a smartphone). Its backlit sensor design allows the camera to get more light for better lowlight imaging, which we witnessed ourselves during our time with the device. The photos are actually shot at 38MP (4:3 aspect ratio) or 34MP (16:9 aspect ratio). However, we noticed a slight lag during image processing in both 5MP and 38MP resolution settings. Saving the image takes a little time at both resolutions. In our view, unless one knows enough about camera settings, the settings in Lumia 1020 should not be fiddled with, else the images can end up being over- or underexposed. The default camera app in Lumia 1020 captures images at just 5MP resolution and you have to remember to use the Pro Camera app in order to take the higher resolution photos.
The photos we clicked with the phone had excellent colours and contrast, and with the right settings, you get amazing photos with a lot of details. In fact, the phone allows users to take photos, then zoom in and crop certain portions without losing any clarity. The zoomed-in photos show no pixilation and look very good. While Nokia has done a good job with the phone's zooming capabilities, Lumia 1020 is not blessed with optical zoom even though rivals like Samsung Galaxy S4 zoom and Sony Xperia Z1 both have it.
With a full review, we will be able to determine whether Lumia 1020's lossless zoom is just as good as optical zoom, and we keep our judgement reserved till then.
That notwithstanding, Lumia 1020 has gotten us quite excited about the camera, though we feel most of its features will be used occasionally.
Lumia 1020 has decent hardware, but nothing that would put the competition on the edge. In fact, it shares the screen size and quality, chipset, software features and connectivity suite with the Lumia 925.
The only difference - apart from camera, of course - is twice the RAM and internal storage. (2GB and 32GB respectively).
Lumia 1020 may be a great option for anyone looking for a camera they can carry around. But if the best smartphone is your priority, Lumia 1020 is probably not the ideal choice.
Of course, we cannot be sure of the value-for-money aspect unless Nokia announces the price tag of this smartphone. Nokia Lumia 1020: First impressions - The Times of India