First shots from the Nokia Lumia 1520 analyzed

Being in the Netherlands, I can only hope to get my hands on the Nokia Lumia 1520 anywhere soon, but the major US blogs all published their reviews today, like  The Verge and  Engadget. But there's one European website that already could test the Lumia 1520, and it's one of the best of the continent: AllAboutWindowsPhone

And although I can only advise you to read Rafe Blandford's in-depth review of the Lumia 1520 in full, I was happy to find (only on this site) a few 5MP shots in their original format, and I'd like to focus on those in this post. Note that in his article he writes he'll be looking at the Lumia 1520’s camera performance, including video capture, in more detail in a later review, but I'm already very happy with these first snaps and the fact he's sharing the original files as well.

In the introduction of the Camera chapter, Rafe Blandford writes:
"The Lumia 1520 has a 20 megapixel camera, with an accompanying dual LED flash, but the critical numbers are f/2.4 aperture and a 1/2.5" sensor size (compared to 1/3" on most generic flagships). Also included in the PureView branded camera is Nokia’s implementation of optical image stabilisation (OIS) and 6-element Carl Zeiss optics. These characteristics put the Lumia 1520 into the very top tier of cameraphones. Indeed, of the smartphones currently on the market, it’s really only Nokia’s own Lumia 1020 that has a better baseline specification."

I took the liberty to "borrow" a few of the shots Rafe published and I asked my PureViewClub friend from the other end of the world, Bigley Ling (aka "bigs") to share his opinion on these first results. You'll find the shots below - click on the shot to see the original format as share on AllAboutWindowsPhone.

Everything below is written by Bigley Ling.

5 shots from the Nokia Lumia 1520

I guess we can call this an example of a portrait shot. What is immediately noticeable is the sharpness of the whole image, and while the sensor is not as large as the 1020's massive 41MP sensor, it still renders nice somewhat defocused background. Colors looks rather natural, and there is none of this over saturation, or warm color filtering we have become accustomed to with the Lumia 1020 images.

Some impressive Nokia Lumia 1520 shots!

Antti Tassberg is "Information Security Manager at Nokia", and I guess when you have a job like that you get to play with the newest toys first :-)

He published some very impressive shots from his Nokia Lumia 1520 on Flickr recently - you know, the upcoming Nokia "phablet" with a 20MP sensor and Carl Zeiss optics.

These shots are not available for download (I asked him to send me some already), so I made two screenshots - one of all the shots together (below) and one to get your attention on the front page :-)

RAW: the holy grail of smartphone photography

Something you want very much but that is almost impossible to get is often called 'the holy grail'. For the community interested in mobile imaging, Nokia announced the holy grail last Tuesday with RAW support for the Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1020.

Nokia stated that RAW support was a response to customer feedback but this announcement came as a complete surprise to just about all of us. It is proof yet again of the quality commitment of Nokia for photography. By Peter Meijs.