The Nokia Lumia 1020 Is the Only Camera You’ll Need When Traveling

I use an HTC One, but its camera is subpar, and I take a lot of pictures. When the Nokia Lumia 1020 was released, who wasn’t intrigued by its camera? I sure was, and so I bought one. But could the 1020 function as my only camera while on a dream vacation in Paris and Dubrovnik? I would soon find out.

GearDiary The Nokia Lumia 1020 Is the Only Camera You'll Need When Traveling

From the moment we arrived in Paris, I started snapping pictures predominantly with the Lumia’s Pro Cam app set to 5 megapixels, which is oversampled for lossless zoom. About midway through the trip (or about the time we moved on to Dubrovnik), I changed the settings so that the camera would take a 5 megapixel plus a 34 megapixel picture at the same time.

GearDiary The Nokia Lumia 1020 Is the Only Camera You'll Need When Traveling

I took over a thousand photos on that trip — many of them in extremely poor lighting conditions. As would have happened no matter which camera I was using, there were some photos that were much better than others; I had blurry shots, I have under or overexposed shots … and I had some photos that took my breath away.

GearDiary The Nokia Lumia 1020 Is the Only Camera You'll Need When Traveling

Take  a look at the following galleries, and tell me if you can honestly tell that these photos were taken with a smartphone camera rather than a DSLR. Each picture is a thumbnail, and clicking it should open up a larger gallery.

GearDiary The Nokia Lumia 1020 Is the Only Camera You'll Need When Traveling

Notre Dame Cathedral & Treasury

Along the Seine River

Napoleon’s Tomb in the Dôme des Invalides

The Musée de l’Armée

Les Catacombes

Seen Around Paris

In and Around Old Town Dubrovnik (Read my separate King’s Landing / Dubrovnik post)

The Medieval Foundry in Old Town Dubrovnik

My conclusion? After traveling with the Nokia Lumia 1020 as my only camera, I can safely say that it is absolutely the best smartphone camera available, and it is easily powerful enough to function as my only camera when I travel. The phone’s operating system isn’t that bad, either. 😉

What do you think? Would you be willing to travel with no better camera than the one on your smartphone? I have no regrets.


About the Author

Judie Lipsett Stanford
I've had a fascination with all types of gadgets and gizmos since I was a child, beginning with the toy robot that my grandmother gave my brother - which I promptly "relieved him of" in 1973. I'm a self-professed gadget magpie. I can't tell you how everything works, but I'm known world-wide for using a product until I have a full understanding of what it does, what its limitations are, and if it excels in any given area — or not.