No doubt Nokia has been in the forefront of camera phone hardware. I’ve had their N82 and N8 (which I’m still using) and recently they stunned the world with their groundbreaking Nokia 808 Pureview which had an impressive 41mp cameraphone. Now Nokia is again pushing the boundaries of camera phone technology with their latest Nokia Lumia 1020. During the launch night, they showcased the nifty camera interface of the Pro Camera App that can make camera usability idiot-proof, the impressive mechanical shutter slow speed functions, the low light capability all packaged in the sleek Windows Phone 8. Then the eye-popping Php 35,650 price tag (which comes with a free grip worth Php 4000) was announced.
A Niche Phone
There is no doubt Nokia Lumia 1020 is the best camera phone out there, it can even roll over some of the best advanced compact cameras in the market. But the question is are you willing to shell out a whopping Php 35,650 for it? I’m not sure who will be the target for this phone, even for a photographer like me who makes a living out of Photography had some doubts if I should get a camera phone of this price tag especially when it compares to high end phones like the iPhone 5S or Samsung’s recent Galaxy Note 3 which is marginally cheaper. Until a camera phone can shoot RAW files I won’t take them seriously.
Still I’m sure there are select people who would be attracted to the Nokia Lumia 1020 and they have a good reason to though, it is currently the best smartphone Nokia has produced at the moment.