Some real photos from 6 Months of using a 41MP Nokia Lumia 1020

I have long been an advocate of both the Windows Phone operating system and Nokia Lumia phones, and one thing that I always look for in a new smartphone is a decent camera! “The best camera is the one you have with you” is one that rings strongly with me and I am frequently finding myself out at kids parties, in the park or just on family days out without my bulky DSLR (which is awesome, but due to the size of it I just can’t slip it in my pocket).

The Lumia 1020 therefore grabbed my attention (and media headlines) when it was announced with a 41MP camera! Now, this isn’t some marketing gimic or crazy “lets cram more MP in” kind of publicity stunt. This was coupled with some fancy Nokia tech (from their “PureView” camera team) which uses a combination of pixel oversampling and post-processing to produce fantastic images (the final images typically being around 34MP plus a 5MP version for sharing on social networking sites).

I won’t go into too much detail about the technical details here but you can certainly read more about it here, here and here.

So .. the purpose of this article is to share some of the photos I have taken myself in the 6 months or so of owning and using a Lumia 1020 in everyday life. I’ve specifically picked ones which don’t contain people (other than myself) and are pretty harmless (no photos of my kids of family just yet ;)).

Note – None of these images have been modified in any way other than using the stock Nokia Camera software on the phone itself. There has been zero post-processing, photo-shopping or cropping performed other than what the Lumia 1020 does itself when I hit the “take photo” button.



When I am referring to “Zoomed in Crop” below I am talking about using the phone software to re-process a “lossless zoom” image by oversampling from the original source photo (which is how the PureView camera works).


The first sample to share (and is one of my favourites, I actually use it as my phone backdrop) was when I was visiting a bird sanctuary on a family day out. I managed to snap a parrot through the cages and thought this would be an excellent opportunity to take a look at the “lossless zoom” capability. I was definitely not disappointed. I am most pleased in particular at the level of detail, clarity and colour depth from this shot.

Click / Tap on the images to see them full-screen, as well as download the originals (beware of large file sizes).



Please note all images are Copyright © Martin Hatch, so please ask permission if you want to use or distribute these. Thank you!

Left (Original Shot) | Right (Zoomed in crop)


The next shot was of the “Shard” (the new “tallest building in Europe”) from a platform in London Bridge station. Here the level of zoom is quite impressive (again, remind yourselves that this is a phone!)

Left (Original Shot of entire building) | Right (Zoomed in on a few floors)


I then did a similar thing with a shot of the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square

Left (Original Shot) | Right (Zoomed in on the roof)

I also did some more localised shots, this one of my hand (note the depth of field focus).

Left (Original Shot of entire hand) | Right (Zoomed in on a single finger tip)

Being a wintery period I came out one morning to find ice crystals all over the roof of my car (yes .. my car is bright orange ;)).

Left (Original Shot of entire hand) | Right (Zoomed in)

The next few are some wildlife photos I took while on holiday in Vietnam and Cambodia. Obviously some of these animals are a bit skittish, but the close in shot of the lizard in particular I thought was really impressive. Also the gecko on the lamp came out particularly well as it was pointing directly at a bright light from a dark corridor.

Left (Originals) | Right (Crops)

Finally I had some wildflower shots taken just this weekend at the Beth Chattow gardens in Essex.

Left (Originals) | Right (Crops)

So there you have it .. hopefully you can see a few things:

a) Not every photo you take is going to come out like an amazing magazine cover! But they are pretty damned good, especially for a mobile phone

b) For a smartphone the level of colour, clarity and details is seriously impressive.