How good is the Lumia 1020 for Pictures?

imageThere have been a number of articles posted about this already, but I wanted to do my own post.  I was at the Detroit Airport about a week ago and when I pulled out my Lumia 1020 so I could show my boarding pass, the attendant began asking me  “Is the picture quality really that good on that phone?”  So, I responded… “let’s see.”

This is the picture I took at the Detroit airport

Lumia1020_Big Picture

But, that wasn’t the most impressive part about the conversation.  I showed her how I could zoom in on things I didn’t realize were there.  Although this next photo isn’t super clear, it showcases how you can zoom in on the farthest objects and still get a sense of what was taken.

Lumia1020_TSA Sign

I’m assuming you can see where I zoomed to, but just in case, here is the TSA sign that I zoomed in on.

Lumia1020_Big Picture 2

The phone does an amazing job at taking photos and videos.  When you take a photo, it saves two (2) copies – a 5 MP and a 41 MP file.  The 5 MP file allows for easy sharing of the photo on Facebook, Twitter, or sending it through text messaging/email.  The 41 MP file makes it super easy to capture your family photo or vacation location and have confidence that you can develop large prints for your home (or for the kid’s grandparents).

My photo example probably doesn’t do it justice.  Go to Nokia’s website where you can learn more about the Lumia 1020.

Printed Photo Size

How important is that 41 MP camera in the Lumia 1020?  Well, if you want to take those stunning photos and print them, you should have confidence that you will get clear prints up to 17 inches x 25 inches.

I found a post at Design215 that describes this pretty well:

Each colored box represents a certain number of megapixels. The numbers along the top and left side are print dimensions in inches at 300ppi (pixels per inch). Most books and magazines require 300ppi for photo quality. For example, the chart shows that you can make a 5″ x 7″ photo quality print from a 3 megapixel camera.

(picture taken from Design215’s web post)

Nokia’s Photo Example



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