First, it fills a space not previously occupied by anything. The camera is a wide-angle fixed-lens compact digital camera. I did not previously own such a camera, unless you count the cell phone that this one replaced (I don't because of the huge gap in image quality between the two). This type of camera is great for street and travel photography because of the small size and weight.
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Next, it easily fits into my pocket and doubles as my cell phone, so it is always with me. Maybe I left my other cameras at home. Maybe I brought along my other cameras but exhausted the batteries or filled the memory cards.
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Third, every once in a while, I want or need to get a photograph to someone right away. With the Lumia 1020 I can literally e-mail an image within a few seconds of capturing it. Or I can upload it to Facebook or Flickr or text it or post it to this Blog. I can even post-process right on the camera. My other cameras cannot do that.
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So there most certainly is room in my (metaphoric) camera bag for the Nokia Lumia 1020, right along side my more expensive gear. I have no doubts that it will get plenty of use.
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With all of that said, it is important to mention that cameras don't matter. Photographic vision matters. Creativity matters. Making art matters. It really makes no difference what equipment you use.
Be careful of G.A.S. (Gear Acquisition Syndrome), as well. If you think you need a certain camera or lens, you probably don't. Simplicity is better.
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