Nokia Lumia 1020 camera sample shots

Here's some sample shots we've taken with the Lumia 1020's 41-megapixel PureView camera

Nokia has just announced the Australian release of its new flagship Lumia 1020 smartphone. We've had the chance to use the device for the last few days, so is the camera really that good? Let's take a look.

The Nokia Lumia 1020.
The Nokia Lumia 1020.

If you're not familiar with it, the Nokia Lumia 1020 has a 41-megapixel PureView camera. Yes, 41-megapixels. Before you wonder why you would ever need that many megapixels on a phone camera, you can't actually capture a true 41-megapixel image. Instead, the Lumia 1020 uses what's called oversampling to combine up to seven pixels into one "pure" pixel when taking typical sized shots (5-megapixels).

According to Nokia, this means it will eliminate the visual noise found on other mobile phone cameras while at the same time allowing you to zoom in up to 6x without losing any detail. The camera works with a new app called "Pro Camera" which allows users to manually adjust settings like exposure level, white balance, shutter speed and ISO.

So, how does the Lumia 1020 camera fare for everyday photos?

All of the below photos were captured with a Lumia 1020. Most of them were captured using the standard auto mode, which automatically adjusts the exposure to optimise colour and brightness, though we did experiment slightly with some of the manual settings.

In terms of settings, all image sizes below are 5-megapixels at 3072x1728 pixels.

Remember to click each image below to enlarge the photo.

In this image, we manually adjusted the focus to ensure the railing was in focus.
In this image, we manually adjusted the focus to ensure the railing was in focus.

Here, the plant closer to the ground is in focus.
Here, the plant closer to the ground is in focus.

In the same position, the plant closer to the camera is in focus.
In the same position, the plant closer to the camera is in focus.

What do you think of the Nokia Lumia 1020's camera? Are you impressed with the results? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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