Tried and Tested: the Nokia Lumia 1020, Perfect for Travelling

Carrying a DSLR while traveling is such a hassle because professional cameras usually weigh 1 kilo, more or less. But when I was told about the Nokia Lumia 1020 which has a promise of providing DSLR-quality pictures, I was delighted to try it since it only weighs 158 grams and measures 130.4mm which you can fit to your pocket.

The Nokia Lumia 1020 comes in white, black and yellow. Photo:

The Nokia Lumia 1020 comes in white, black and yellow. Photo:

In my recent trip to South Korea, I ditched my Canon EOS camera and brought the very handy Nokia Lumia 1020 instead. What made me come up with such decision? Three things:

1. It had me at 41-megapixel. The Nokia Lumia 1020 boasts of a whopping 41-megapixel sensor while my Canon EOS 600D only got 18-megapixel to offer so the difference in numbers is a no-brainer.

2. It’s lightweight. The Nokia Lumia 1020 only weighs 158 g. or 5.6 oz, it’s almost as light as my iPhone 5, so it won’t give you extra load specially if you’re travelling.

3. It’s super portable it can fit into your pocket. The Nokia Lumia 1020 measures 71.4mm in width, 130.4mm in height and 10.4mm in bulge.

Nokia Lumia measurements

I’m a practical person so knowing that I can take high-resolution photos from a camera that can fit my pocket is a decision that I did not regret. With its PureView technology, optical image stabilisation and amazing high-resolution zoom, who needs a heavy DSLR while on tour? And if you’re a trigger snap-happy photographer like me who don’t give much ado about focus, shutter speed, white balance, etc., set it in automatic mode and the Nokia Lumia 1020 will do all that jazz for you.

Furthermore, it’s not just a camera, it’s a smartphone as well! So if you’re a social media savvy person who wants to share your latest snaps ASAP, all you need is a wifi connection and you can share your photos instantly on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other social networking site. You want to use it a mobile phone? No problem, just insert your SIM card and voila, it’s a one-gadget-does-all!

Here’s a sample photo taken from my room at the 14th floor of Blessing in Seoul hotel:

Created with Nokia Smart Cam

If you will click the photo, it will reveal its original size: 3072 x 1728 (1.98 MB). Notice the sharpness, the details and the colors. It’s like taken by a DSLR right? Would you think at first glance that it’s shot only by a smartphone?

Now, I zoomed more than a 100% to a certain part of the photo and discovered that there’s a man in a red hood at the roof deck of one of the houses and there’s an SUV as well:


According to the Nokia Lumia website, the technology that makes this possible is called oversampling, which packs seven pixels worth of information into one. The result is a high-resolution photo so detailed that you can zoom really far into it and create new sharp and clear images out of the details.

Here’s a food shot, the 1020 automatically switches to macro mode:

Created with Nokia Smart Cam

Here’s a shot of a hanging named padlocks Christmas tree from the world-famous fence beneath the N Seoul Tower, the highest point in the South Korean capital:

Created with Nokia Smart Cam

Let’s take another zoom-in shall we?


Click the image for a higher resolution version and you will get to appreciate it more!

Now, here’s a landscape shot taken from the Tower fence:

Created with Nokia Smart Cam

And here’s a photo of the N Seoul Tower, one of South Korea’s most-visited tourist attractions:

Created with Nokia Smart Cam

And here are some shots that appeared so “editorial”:




And this one’s taken inside the Teddy Bear Museum, a low-light location:

Teddy Bears

This one’s inside the subway train. Nag-smile pa si ate. Can you spot her?:

Subway Train

Pwede na bang pang-OOTD?


I’m sure with the sample photos that I posted above, you are convinced that the Nokia Lumia 1020 set the bar high for camera phones in terms of both hardware and software features. For the gadget savvy, here are the specs you need to know:

  • 4.5-inch PureMotion HD+ ClearBlack AMOLED display @ 1280×768 pixels, 332ppi
  • Gorilla Glass 3
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon Krait 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • Adreno 225 GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB internal storage
  • 3G, HSPA+, 4G LTE
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • 41MP f/2.2 1/1.2″ PureView rear camera, Zeiss optics, Xenon flash
  • 1080p HD video (low-light, image stabilization, mechanical shutter)
  • Pro Camera (ISO, white balance, focus & shutter speed controls)
  • 1.3MP wide-angle front-facing camera, 720p video
  • GPS w/ aGPS support, GLONASS
  • Windows Phone 8
  • Li-ion 2,000mAh, non-removable
  • 130.4 x 71.4 x 10.4 mm (dimensions)
  • 158g (weight)

Launched in the Philippines last October, the suggested retail price of the Nokia Lumia 1020 is P35,650.00 and it comes with a Nokia Camera Grip worth Php4,000 free. It’s available in yellow, white and black colors.

Nokia Lumina

Watch the commercial for Nokia Lumia 1020 here:

For more information, visit the official website:

1 Comment on Tried and Tested: the Nokia Lumia 1020, Perfect for Travelling

  1. I read reviews about this device and they said it took 9sec. to save pictures which is for me too long to wait and be able to missed some great moments–better than never. Agree?

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