I was given a new Nokia Lumia 1020 41 megapixel camera phone to try out for a month. A bitter pill, it turns out, because I had just got used to being able to take stupidly clear photographs on my phone when time came to give the damn thing back. I even had to learn how to use Windows OS for the purpose of this exercise, which, with me being a Mac user from the first days of ‘plug and play’, was a bit of a faff.
I’m not going to bang on about the phone’s features because this is not a tech blog and you can find out all about that on the Lumia 1020 web page. What I will say is that as an art grad I was attracted to the Lumia 1020 for its ‘pro’ integrated camera and it did not disappoint.
The camera offers a selection of pro settings such as ISO and white balance as well as video, location and panorama functions. It takes attractive extra-wide images that are perfect for blogging and offers a number of quick in-camera reframing and editing options.
I was impressed with how the phone camera coped in low light and when used to document printed photographs and ephemera close-up, in place of using a scanner.
The colour is vibrant, the tap-screen focussing is crystal clear (although sometimes with a slight delay) and its integration with social media and the many photo editing apps available on Windows is effortless.
As a Mac user I have previously struggled with compatibility but downloading pictures from the Lumia is dead easy using OneDrive (or SkyDrive on a Mac).
My only qualm was the battery life: fine for low to moderate use but quickly zapped with heavy use of the camera. (As I found on my first couple of days using the phone, when I was enthusiastically documenting the Sussex CAMRA beer festival and a cookery lesson with Michelin-starred chef Josh Eggleton.
I admit I probably didn’t take full advantage of all of the phone’s, or even the camera’s, features during my time using the Lumia. I did, however, get very used to enjoying the larger 4.5″ display for viewing images and reading online.
As a DSLR user I also found it refreshing to be able to take decent, high resolution photos on such a compact device. Although it’s much better than I anticipated, I doubt I’ll ever prefer a Windows operating system over Apple, but this is a small price to pay for someone whose pleasure comes from taking pictures. For that, the Lumia 1020 beats my iPhone 4S hands down.
You can see more photos taken with the Nokia Lumia 1020 on my Instagram feed
Disclosure: I was lent a Nokia Lumia 1020 for a period of one month for the purposes of review. I was also invited to take part in this cookery class hosted by Nokia and Great British Chefs. This review represents my honest opinion and experience.
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About Chloe King
I'm a freelance writer, designer and webby type. I live with my husband and daughter in the south of England. I like to cook and can throw a good party.
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