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.
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?