Nokia Lumia 1020's camera deemed best in class by DPReview

It may be a fore gone conclusion that the Nokia Lumia 1020 Windows Phone camera is an impressive piece of hardware. That conclusion has been re-affirmed by's thorough review of the Lumia 1020. A review that concludes the Lumia 1020 is best-in-class in a few categories.

For those not familiar with, it's a photographic website that's been around for a while. It provides comprehensive reviews of photo gear, reports on industry news and has a discussion forum that covers just about every aspect of photography (digital and film). The review actually pops up on Connect, DPReview's website that focuses solely on mobile photography technology.

In a nutshell, DPReview considers the Lumia 1020 as the best-in-class for overall image quality and low light performance. The Lumia 1020 also gets high marks for it's zoom quality, flash performance and video quality.

Commenting on image quality, DPReview concludes,

"The Lumia 1020’s image quality is best-in-class: in both bright and low light conditions, it delivers impressive performance. In good light, the high-resolution sensor captures a tremendous amount of detail, even in darker, low-contrast parts of a scene that many competitors tend to smear with noise reduction. Colors are punchy but generally well rendered. The 5MP images are nicely sharpened and ready for sharing."

The downsides noted by DPReview on the Lumia 1020 include slow camera app startup time, long shot-to-shot times, the lack of HDR and burst modes and image softness in the corners.  Points we all recognize and hope will improve.

Nokia Lumia 1020

DPReview gave the Lumia 1020 a final score of 8.8. How does that compare with other smartphone cameras?

It's nice to see digital photography sources recognize the quality and capabilities of the Nokia Lumia 1020.  Recognition that not only shines a positive like on Nokia's efforts but also shines positively on the Windows Phone platform.

Source: Connect by DPReview; Thanks, Mike, for the tip!

George Ponder

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.