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We know a lot of you have been itching for some low-light camera samples from the Nokia Lumia 1020, a device that should be landing on your doorsteps as early as today if you pre-ordered from AT&T.

Last night, we hopped into mid-town Manhattan to grab some samples with the 41MP beast and they’re posted below. We also have four samples comparing to the Lumia 920 and Lumia 925, so you can see the differences therein and two video clips as well.

The images have been resized for the web (click to enlarge) but as always, we’ll give you the full resolution ones here on our SkyDrive (link, 149MB ZIP), should you want to pixel peep...

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We've already taken a look at how the new Blackberry Z10 measures up against the Nokia Lumia 920 and now we'll take a gander at the camera. It's been well proven that the Lumia 920 performs rather well in low light situations. The optically stabilized, back-lit sensor pairs up nicely with the f2.0 lens to light up some of the dimmest situations.

The Blackberry Z10 is fitted with an 8MP, back-lit sensor and a f2.2 lens. While it lacks optical stabilization, on paper, the Z10's camera reads as if it can handle low light situations fairly well. Gizmodo had the opportunity to test things out and it appears the Z10 was not only smoked by a Windows Phone but also an iPhone and Android device as well.

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First off, congratulations to Nokia’s Chanse Arrington who’s Head of Developer & Content Marketing at the company. He was just married and while the addition of a wife to his life must be fulfilling, we’re focused on that Lumia 920.

The picture above is taken with the 920 as posted to his public SkyDrive account (he Tweeted the image yesterday). The picture is obviously very low light though a flash is used this case to brighten the scene.

Flash photography is a finicky subject. A lot of us shoot “natural”, which means big heavy lenses and only on available light. But sometimes you have to use a flash for certain situations. One thing though pros never do is use the “on board” flash—it’s like sacrilege. That’s why they always have giant flash contraptions with diffusers and such to give a much better photo.

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Though we're still a few weeks from release with the Lumia 900 on AT&T, that's no reason why we still can't see what the flagship phone can do.

Specifically we're curious about how that Carl-Zeiss 8MP camera performs, especially with the mediocre results from the Lumia 800 (we find the Titan to have the best low light performance). Turns out, Nokia seems to have done a bang up job with the camera as evidenced by some macro-samples found by My Nokia Blog on the forum NeoGAF:

We also managed to get a few sample pics for you guys with low light and flash -- what we consider a crucial test -- and the high ISO performance actually seems quite good. That last photo of the bear is in virtually no light. Sure the ISO is crazy high with heavy noise but considering the horrendous shooting conditions, that's not bad. From all the samples seen, the colors seem quite neutral and natural, which we prefer over the heavy saturation of other cameras e.g. the Focus S.

Looks like those waiting for the Lumia 900 won't be disappointed by the camera (although we are getting a lot of reports that the chrome band around the camera scratches easily, so be warned)

Source: NeoGAF; via My Nokia Blog; Thanks to our tipster for the sample pics and who wishes to remain anonymous

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