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Sample Gallery: Nokia Lumia 1520 smartphone images

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Nokia enters phablet territory with the 6-inch Lumia 1520, also its first device to offer RAW shooting capabilities.

Nokia's newest smartphone debuted with outstanding camera specs: a 20-megapixel PureView camera with optical image stabilization as well as the ability to save uncompressed Digital Negative (DNG), or "RAW," files. While Nokia's Lumia Black update now adds RAW shooting to the Lumia 1020 as well, the 6-inch Lumia 1520 was the first to debut the technology on a Nokia device, along with the new Nokia Camera app.

We've been shooting with Nokia's first phablet for a little while now and have put together an image gallery while working on our comprehensive in-depth review which we will publish soon. Until then have a look at the images below and let us know what you think in the comments.

Nokia Lumia 1520 sample gallery
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Comments

Total comments: 64
jose vu
By jose vu (8 months ago)

hi, how to view the image full screen and also how to download them for further investigation?
Thx

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R C Hunt
By R C Hunt (8 months ago)

Double click the image - as usual

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jose vu
By jose vu (7 months ago)

I nvr know that, haha, thx a lot

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meanwhile
By meanwhile (8 months ago)

What is the story with the double images? The first ones of the set look sharper and seem to have higher DR (or at least better color). What is the difference in processing/process between the two?

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thinkfat
By thinkfat (8 months ago)

I wonder where the photos were taken? Some look familiar, especially the Christmas market, could be Nürnberg?

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shaocaholica
By shaocaholica (8 months ago)

I hope that the MS and Google effort to put RAW into phones will spur Apple to do the same.

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rfsIII
By rfsIII (8 months ago)

Bingo! These are beautiful sample gallery shots. Whoever did these should do all the sample shots for DPR.

1 upvote
jmanzar
By jmanzar (8 months ago)

I like the pictures but this phone is probably too big for me.

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dpfan32
By dpfan32 (8 months ago)

Some good some very soft and out of focus... It's not really a PureView IMHO

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (8 months ago)

And these aren't real full sized samples.

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Noogy
By Noogy (8 months ago)

I have been using the 1520 for a couple of weeks now. I have been able to take really decent photos with it so far. Outdoors it would be hard to tell which photo is taken by a "proper" P&S and this phone. In darker scenery it runs into usual noise problems (but I can shoot with it through ISO1600 with really usable images, which I had hardly been able to do with my previous smartphones). This runs on Windows Phone 8, btw. It is also a centimeter taller than my Galaxy Note 2. It is as big as HTC One Max but thinner. I have relatively long fingers so I find the phone comfortable to use and hold. But clearly a phone this size, plus WP8, is not for everyone, so it is best you try for a few minutes before you buy. I got a black unit with a matte body not the "slippery" red body that was featured in this review.

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vlad0
By vlad0 (9 months ago)

I wish the 808 had RAW support.. that would truly be the pinnacle of smartphone photography.

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SergioMO
By SergioMO (9 months ago)

I´ve one too, it´s fantastic (as a portable camera), just it. Put a Nokia 808 camera in a Android phone and you can rule the mobile world !

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SergioMO
By SergioMO (9 months ago)

I´m still in love with my Note 3 ! You can see a nice comparision in gsmarena.com (http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_note_3_vs_nokia_lumia_1520-review-1027p7.php). Videos in Note 3 are better and the photos are closer in bright conditions.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (9 months ago)

Does the Samsung shoot raw?

And I wouldn't go by the Nokia 1520 "examples" from above. Find full resolution DNGs.

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SergioMO
By SergioMO (9 months ago)

No ! But the 4k video is amazing , also the 60fps record. If you wish there´s android apk that enables raw shooting mode. I´ve a old Nokia 808 and leave it at home. Don´t need it anymore. The amount of useful things you can do with Note 3 (s-pen) is immense.

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SergioMO
By SergioMO (9 months ago)

http://www.droid-life.com/2013/11/25/google-confirms-raw-photo-support-and-burst-mode-coming-to-android/

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (9 months ago)

SergioMO:

What does the Nokia 808 have to do with shooting raw?

And will you be able to update your Samsung Note 3 to the newer version of Android (4.5?), so the Samsung can shoot raw?

Okay then the Note 3 shoots 60p, that's not raw.

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SergioMO
By SergioMO (8 months ago)

No doubt for me, Nokia 808 will have a RAW , and yes, Note 3 or 4 or 5 will adapt to Android changes.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (8 months ago)

Sergio:

Perhaps I'm wrong, but to the best of my knowledge the Nokia 808 does not shoot raw and can't be updated to do so--at least with an approved OS update.

Yes some future version of the Samsung Note may indeed shoot raw, not clear if the current versions can be updated to do so.

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Daniel Saredi
By Daniel Saredi (9 months ago)

I own the 1520 for 4 weeks now and am very happy with it. First, I had my concerns on the 6" display and that it could be too big to carry in my pocket, etc. After only a short time I got very used to it and am more than happy to use it as my new smartphone. I previously owned the Lumia 920. The camera is great and the FHD screen resolution is top. It is also a very fast phone and I realized it when I compared it side by side with the 920. Start-up time and opening up apps are often much faster on the 1520 (of course it sometimes depends on the app). I really love this new Nokia phablet (and I even like the name phablet, which is very common and well known by now), at least in Europe.

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springsnow
By springsnow (9 months ago)

Is raw really beneficial here? I mean I would think there will be too many things that require post processing (distortions, lens corrections, noise at low ISO) for raw to be worthwhile vs a good/better JPEG engine. I know the benefits of raw on DSLRs and cameras with big sensors, but it seems counter productive on a phone.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (9 months ago)

Noise control is better with raw. Even with pixel crammed small sensors.

Higher ISOs can be used.

WB balance adjustment is much better.

There's a bit more exposure adjustment capacity with raw too.

Less smearing and no jpeg "artifacts".

Again: White Balance alone is reason enough.

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Magnus3D
By Magnus3D (9 months ago)

If iPhone supported RAW, which it obvously don't then everyone would love it and praise it. No one would question why it's implemented. But as soon as any other manufacturer implements RAW before Apple it's questioned and seen as something stupid and silly which no one would ever need in their mobilephone.

See what i'm saying ? :)

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Michael Ma
By Michael Ma (9 months ago)

That's exactly what these photos need. Lens distortion corrections, noise reduction, some balancing with the shadows and highlights. For people who do this with every photo they shoot, it's really no big deal. Everything you mentioned can be done in less than a minute. With some additional time, you can probably do a lot more if the pic deserves it. People look forward to post processing when we get home.

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photogeek
By photogeek (9 months ago)

I wish it was available on T-Mobile. Gonna have to wait until AT&T exclusivity runs out. Looks like the next year will be the year of really big-ass phones. Apple will come out with a 6" one, too.

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RichRMA
By RichRMA (9 months ago)

Just when you thought nothing could be as odious as "Instagram" along comes the "selfie" fad to further degrade the photographic hobby. The phone is the vehicle for that particular fetish.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (9 months ago)

Only that dumb term is new.

Digital made self portraits cheap and easy, snapping a self portrait has nothing to do with camera phones any more than any other kind of digital camera.

However decent camera phones are also smart phones so instant web posting becomes easier than say in 2006 when camera phones sucked and weren't interneted..

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Giklab
By Giklab (9 months ago)

Rich, would you care to explain how this is relevant to the article?

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mailman88
By mailman88 (9 months ago)

I've had my Nokia 1020 for a week now and love it. The detail from the pics is fantastic. I just shoot and transfer pics to Skydrive.

Hard choice for me, buy the 1520 or 1020. The 1520 has a faster processor and shoots raw. The 1020 has more megapixels. Nokia will upgrade the 1020 to shoot raw soon.
So I bought the 1020....

Oh by the way, my 7D is still works and I use it.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (9 months ago)

How long does transferring say 20 DNGs to Skydrive take?

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mailman88
By mailman88 (9 months ago)

20 pics, haven't tried it yet. But 5 pics is less than a minute

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (9 months ago)

how big is a DNG file from the N1020?

thanks,

[Never mind found some 1020 DNGs I had, about 42MP per shot, so that's a fast upload speed.]

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aris14
By aris14 (9 months ago)

Top handy solution even for pros...
But who actually cares for a little (or more ) of " I can do everything" products?

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (9 months ago)

Don’t think anyone is suggesting this is a do everything camera. I bet the buffer is kind of slow, and it sure doesn’t take interchangeable lenses. So probably not great for shooting a basketball game.

Right do everything tools don’t usually do everything, but they do somethings well enough, see here the Leatherman multitools.

And still this is only the second camera phone to shoot raw.

Do you break out a typewriter or pen when you want to write a letter, or do you use that do everything tool called a computer, which can, with the right software, also play music, edit photos, do architectural renderings? Oh and email?

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artwine
By artwine (9 months ago)

Personally, I love the word phablet. Now I just would like to see this on Verizon and preferably running Android.

1 upvote
papa natas
By papa natas (9 months ago)

uberawesome!!!

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belard
By belard (9 months ago)

My 2014 resolution:

Ditch the word 'phablet'.

Partially yours,
The World

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ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (9 months ago)

'Tablone', then...

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photo_rb
By photo_rb (9 months ago)

How about just ditching phablets and the name will follow.
:-)

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (9 months ago)

It seems to be the commonly used term....so no, we probably won't ditch it :)

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jwalker019
By jwalker019 (9 months ago)

"Commonly used"? By whom? Have never heard this term before except in "print" / on the web.

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Tonkotsu Ramen
By Tonkotsu Ramen (9 months ago)

Phablet is very common.

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Serge Yavorski
By Serge Yavorski (9 months ago)

Phablet is fine with me. I don't get what problem some folks have with the word.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (9 months ago)

Please post some DNG samples for download.

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YiannisPP
By YiannisPP (9 months ago)

Some of the 5MP samples look pretty bad, like the one of the church and the one of the car. I've seen stellar samples from the 1520 like this for example:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/36088371@N00/11106588633/sizes/o/in/pool-2353118@N20/

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (9 months ago)

Do you know if that Flickr example was shot as a DNG? And at what ISO?

Do you know what the light source is?

The lack of shadow noise is impressive.

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mkowalski
By mkowalski (9 months ago)

The lack of shadow noise comes from tone curve. The same for examples above - dark areas fall into blacks. Easy way to achieve low noise levels.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (9 months ago)

mkowalski:

Did you look at the Flickr example? Those aint black shadows. And above base ISO shadow noise is not something dealt with simply by "tone curve". Not clear what that is. I know what RGB curves are in Photoshop and GIMP though, and never seen them remove noise from a shadows. Right can make shadows darker, but that's not got much to do with this Flickr example.

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YiannisPP
By YiannisPP (9 months ago)

Hi Howard. That was ISO 100 (I would've been really surprised if it were anything else!) and the guy says it was his first photo with the phone, so I doubt he shot his first photo with in DNG and converted it:) If you download the photo you can see the EXIF, says windows phone, no conversion software. Pretty impressive I thought... I somehow don't think a small sensor dedicated compact camera can match this particular shot in detail. Talking about the 12MP ones out there with 1/2.3 or 1/1.7 sensors.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (9 months ago)

Y:

Slow connection at home so I’ll skip downloading it.

Yes, it’s still impressive for base ISO and shooting jpeg. But I want to see what say ISO 1600 looks like when shot as a raw with this camera. (I tried a Nokia 1020, shooting jpeg, and ISO 1600 was a problem in the shadows.)

I’d bet the 12MP Olympus XZ10 could challenge this image, but I don’t have ISO 100 raws from that compact. Only a few ISO 2500 raws, which are excellent. And of course if you wanted to print bigger or crop more the Nokia affords both, but then the Olympus has a real optical zoom and likely better optics. (That particular Olympus lens is optically excellent–better than PanaLeica compact zooms.)

Thanks for linking; it’s impressive.

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Ben O Connor
By Ben O Connor (9 months ago)

As an owner of a 1520 (for 24 hours) I recommend this "device" to everyone, especially to photographers (pro/enthusiasts)

- first of all its a great screen
- two decent cam onboard
- you can slide your MicroSD in, and share your photographs

It is very capable on surfing, and size is not smilar to a surfboard!!!

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RichRMA
By RichRMA (9 months ago)

"Pro/enthusiasts?" No one can accuse you of not having a sense of humour.

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Digital Suicide
By Digital Suicide (9 months ago)

All looks good, the only thing phone itself is too big. I wish Nokia would come up with something smaller (like 925) and the same 20 Mp camera. Don't offer me 1020, I don't like it for its bulkyness as well.

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (9 months ago)

the 1020 is the same size as 925...as far as I can tell

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Daxs
By Daxs (9 months ago)

Looks like people don't care about phone, most important is camera! LoL
For me, phone is phone with camera!
If you really interested in pictures you not gonna fight about stupid phone camera!

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (9 months ago)

And if the only camera you have with you is the phone, what then?

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BlueBomberTurbo
By BlueBomberTurbo (9 months ago)

Actually, the camera on a smartphone is now a major influence to buyers.

http://connect.dpreview.com/post/3605860092/camera-features-sway-mobile-phone-purchase-decisions

I know if the Lumia 1020 was available for T-Mobile in the US, I'd have one right now, regardless of the fact that I prefer Android.

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Daxs
By Daxs (9 months ago)

I'm still taking pictures with phone but just for quick memories shots and really don't care my phone have 5mp or 20mp camera! Important is normal quality! I don't want to print them like a posters, and 5mp its ok for phone camera!
How many people need really 20mp in the phone?
How many friends gonna see your 20mp quality phone shots with difference? There will be some party shots anyway!
Just bigger number and that's it!

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yellodog
By yellodog (9 months ago)

@Daxs The whole point of PureView is not that it's 20mp but that the 20 mp can be reduced to a smaller picture with no noise which can make a big difference if you are shooting in poor light. Noticable even to friends who don't care about photography.

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yellodog
By yellodog (9 months ago)

And of course the ability to zoom and still render a clean image.

2 upvotes
Daxs
By Daxs (9 months ago)

Imagine, you show your friend birthday picture where everybody is drunk and your friend said "Amazing shot, there is no noise" :D

2 upvotes
new boyz
By new boyz (9 months ago)

I have 2 friends who bought Nokia PureView 808 purely for its camera. So it sort of important.

You see, everybody needs a phone, so why don't get the one with the best camera if you're a photographer?

2 upvotes
Devendra Deshpande
By Devendra Deshpande (9 months ago)

If that's your opinion, aren't you on the wrong site? :-)

1 upvote
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