Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Nokia Lumia 1020 Landscape Photography (Can It Replace A DSLR?)

Bixby Bridge View - Big Sur, California
I've been asked a few times since publishing my review of the Nokia Lumia 1020 if the camera is indeed good for landscape photography. Is it good enough that you could leave your DSLR at home?

Well, the truth is that the Lumia 1020 is quite good, but it does have some limitations. The four biggest obstacles are the fixed focal length lens, the fixed aperture, the extremely poor high-ISO performance, and the limited dynamic range. These things can all be worked around. Besides, limitations improve art. But it is certainly something to be aware of.
Stallion Springs Sunset - Stallion Springs, California
The Lumia 1020 has really high resolution. Huge prints can be made from these photographs. It has a Zeiss lens that is sharp. It has image stabilization and can save in RAW format (and the JPEGs are surprising good). Once you get past the negatives, there is plenty to like about this camera.

If you find yourself without your DSLR, or if you don't own a DSLR, the Lumia 1020 will get the job done, no problem. But I would not replace a better camera with the Lumia 1020. It is certainly an excellent tool to have, but I'm not convinced that it should be your only camera.
Soledad Mountains - Mojave, California
Cummings Valley Sun Rays - Tehachapi, California
McWay Falls And Pacific Ocean - Big Sur, California

Morning Joshua Tree Silhouette - Mojave, California
Energy - Tehachapi, California
Sunset Through The Oak Trees - Stallion Springs, California
May Sunrise - Tehachapi, California
Soledad Joshua Trees - Mojave, California
Abandoned In The Tehachapi Mountains - Tehachapi, California
Mojave Movie Set #2 - Mojave, California
Forest Trees - Stallion Springs, California
Rainy Day In The Desert - Rosamond, California

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