The folks over at Consumer Reports issued a detailed review of the 41-megapixel camera on the Nokia Lumia 1020 smartphone and, after running the high-grade device through the ringer, the publication had mostly good things to say about the camera…but it’s not the best in the industry.
The area where the Lumia really set itself apart from the competition was still images. Consumer Reports noted that the camera offered the sharpest still images of any smartphone that the publication has seen to date. In particular, the device boasts impressive performance under low-light conditions thanks to the device’s image stabilizer and backside illuminated (BSI) sensor.
However, the report indicates that the publication was unable to confirm Nokia’s heavily publicized 41-megapixel spec, as the testers were only able to record images with a maximum resolution of 38.2 megapixels. Also, color accuracy proved problematic for the device, as photos were reported to have a bluish tint under most lighting conditions. However, the color issues could possibly be fixed later down the line with a firmware update.
The camera also appears to offer great flexibility and control as the Lumia’s Pro Camera app provides a variety of individual controls to adjust exposure levels and other settings including ISO, manual focus, white balance and exposure compensation. While the controls were top notch, the publication noted that the Samsung Galaxy S IV Zoom’s controls prove superior.
Video performance on the handset proved to be a much more mixed bag for the Lumia 1020. The report indicates that performance was solid under good indoor and outdoor lighting conditions, though the blue tint issue occurs with video as well. The camera struggles with low-light conditions however, with videos appearing dark with visible grain.
The Nokia’s powerful Xenon flash also proved to be a standout feature. While it’s not unique to Lumia 1020, the quality of the flash is relatively unseen in smartphones and proved to be a boon when shooting within dark environments.
The report notes that the Lumia 1020 still rests amongst the upper echelon of cameras within smartphone devices, but the inability to shoot quality video footage in dark environments coupled with the color consistency issues hold it back from being the best on the market.
For more information on the Lumia 1020’s 41-megapixel camera, check out the full report at ConsumerReports.org.
Sources: Consumer Reports