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Do you need 41 megapixels? Our Nokia Lumia 1020 camera review
Peter M Ferenczi | Published: Aug 30, 2013 at 16:35:08 UTC349
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Gallery and Image Editor
The 1020 features Microsoft’s Photos gallery app, which is a decent way to flick though photos. You get 20 square thumbnails on a page, or you can zoom out of the single-image view to see a scrollable bar of around four more recognizable frames at one time. It supports albums, favorites and can group tagged images of people together. You can share photos via mail, messaging, Nokia’s Tap+Send feature or supported third-party apps from within the gallery (or within the capture apps themselves).
Nokia bundles its Creative Studio with the 1020, a filter and editing app with a few nice touches. You start off by deciding whether to use one of eight color-cast filters (Silver, Ivory, Seashell, Quartz, Jade, Aquamarine, Amber, or Opal) or sticking with the original as-shot image. Check out a few options below:
With that out of the way, the app offers some basic edits and enhancements. Under the Fix menu, you’ll find cropping and red-eye removal tools. The Adjust menu lets you tweak color balance and brightness, as well as clarity (affecting contrast and sharpness) and vibrance (more or less a saturation slider).
The Blur menu provides a “Radial+Tilt Shift” option that lets you create blur, either around circular area you pick, or with a tilt-shift, miniature look.
The Focus Object feature provides more elaborate blur control, letting you mask areas that you want sharp or blurry. You can zoom in for more precision with the mask, and the software does a decent job of finding edges to guess what you’re trying to accomplish.
Under the Play menu, there’s “color pop,” a selective color tool, and “collage,” which lets you group a few images into, well, a collage. It could be fun for creating digital postcards.
Microsoft came late to the post-iPhone, app-centric smartphone party, and now has to compete with iOS and Android for developer attention. App support is lacking compared to the two leading platforms: Windows Phone seems to be gaining traction, but its competitors have a long head start.
Good imaging apps are thin on the ground. Hipstamatic initially released the nifty Oggl exclusively for the Lumia 1020, though it's now available on more models. A version of Aviary’s photo editor is in the Microsoft app store. Nokia itself seems committed to expanding the imaging capacities of its phones: Pro Cam and Smart Cam are available for most of the earlier Lumia handsets. But it will be quite a while before the Windows Phone Store begins to match the breadth and depth of the imaging offerings on Apple’s App Store or Google Play.
If you’re coming from an established platform and have apps you can’t live without, make sure there are at least serviceable equivalents available for Windows Phone before committing to the switch.