Nokia teams up with National Geographic to celebrate 125 years and the power of the Lumia 1020

While regular Pocketables readers know that I've been a long-time user and fan of Android, one area that I've found seriously lacking in practically all of the Android phones I've used to date is the camera. Indeed, many Android manufacturers have struggled in this area, some with more success than others.

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One manufacturer that doesn't seem to be struggling at all is Nokia. I'm thinking specifically of the Nokia Lumia 1020, a Windows Phone device with 41 – yes, 41 – glorious megapixels. The camera on this device is so spectacular that Nokia recently teams up with National Geographic's award winning photographer, Stephen Alvarez, to celebrate not only the 125th anniversary of the publication, but also the power of the Lumia 1020 camera.

If you're skeptical of how amazing this smartphone camera is, just check out the video below. It's hard to believe that all footage was captured on the Lumia 1020, but it's true.



As you can see, not only did Alvarez go on an amazing adventure circumnavigating through the Grand Canyon, but he was able to take the Nokia Lumia 1020 with him as his only camera. Until now, this would have been unheard of, especially among professional photographers. However, it's hard to argue with 41 million pixels – bigger than many DSLRs. Settings are also easily accessible in an easy-to-use interface, including shutter speed, ISO, and white balance, although automatic settings should perform equally well for the untrained amateur, like me.

In all honesty, after seeing the images captured here, I'm stunned. Who knew all of this could be done with a smartphone?

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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

6 thoughts on “Nokia teams up with National Geographic to celebrate 125 years and the power of the Lumia 1020

  • November 20, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Was the camera crew recording the professional photographer using the Lumina as well?

    • November 20, 2013 at 12:56 pm

      I believe so – it says that all footage was filmed with the Lumia!

  • November 21, 2013 at 7:31 am

    The Nokia Windows Phone devices have excellent cameras.
    My wife’s 820 (8MP) is our go to camera.
    Have not touched my real camera in more than a year!
    My Nokia 1520 (20MP) should come in the mail today. I expect it will be just as outstanding.
    I don’t take a lot of pics, so I cannot yet rate the Nexus 5 camera, fairly. But so far, it does not compare at all. Pics are not as good looking as the 820. More utilitarian than warm.

    • November 21, 2013 at 8:12 am

      For an Android phone, I’ve been pleased with the Nexus 5. I haven’t played around with any Windows Phones extensively, but this video is certainly impressive!

  • November 21, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Just got the Nokia 1520 in the mail.
    Plugged in and charging now.
    1st test, low light, Nexus 5 wins!

    • November 21, 2013 at 9:41 am

      2nd test, outdoors, Nokia wins.
      Auto settings on both devices.


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