NOKIA LU­MIA 1020

Simply Her (Singapore) - - Smartshopper Road Test -

$999 (with­out con­tract), from all tel­cos and Nokia Store. 4.5-inch touch screen, 41-megapixel rear cam­era, 6x op­ti­cal zoom. EASE OF USE At 158g, it’s lighter than the Sam­sung but heav­ier than the iPhone 5S. It comes with a de­tach­able cam­era grip to hold it steady for in­door shots with­out flash. The lens sticks out slightly from the back of the smart­phone, and even though it’s less bulky than the Sam­sung, it’s still hard to take a photo one-handed, be­cause of its size. It’s eas­ier to ad­just aper­ture, shut­ter speed and ISO, thanks to a short­cut tool­bar with man­ual set­tings. RE­SPON­SIVE­NESS The slow­est of the lot – it lagged four sec­onds from shot to shot. OUT­DOOR SHOTS Gave the best out­door shots, with rich and vi­brant colours. IN­DOOR SHOTS The star per­former in low-light set­tings – im­ages were the clear­est and sharpest. The flash lit up sub­jects well, but added a yel­lowor­ange hue. How­ever, I could sim­ply raise the ISO to take clear in­door shots with­out us­ing the flash. CLOSE-UPS Macro shots were the most vi­brant and sharp, even when I zoomed in on flow­ers. MODES & EF­FECTS Fewer op­tions than the Sam­sung but more than the iPhone 5S. Other than panoramic shots, its Smart Cam func­tion shoots a se­quence of pho­tos so you can choose the best or com­bine them into one im­age. I like the Col­lage fea­ture best – it col­lates up to seven pho­tos into one im­age, which I could only do with an app in other de­vices. To add ef­fects, I had to use its Cre­ative Stu­dio app, with eight fil­ters. VERDICT Gives the sharpest and most vi­brant shots, in­doors and out­doors. If only it were quicker, for catch­ing spon­ta­neous mo­ments.

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