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Fashion photography with the 41MP Nokia Lumia 1020

By dpreview staff on Oct 1, 2013 at 11:00 GMT

We all know that smartphones are equipped with better and better cameras, but few of us would ever consider using one for 'serious' photography except in an emergency. Nokia's 'conversations' blog is featuring an interesting project by its own 'camera expert', Ari Partinen along with colleague Marko Saari, who wanted to see whether the new Nokia Lumia 1020, which features a 41 megapixel 'PureView' sensor could hold its own in a studio fashion shoot. 

Studio Photography - Syncing studio flashes with Nokia Lumia 1020

The 1020 is unusual in offering a fair degree of manual exposure control, including ISO, shutter speed and white balance. But (not surprisingly) it lacks a PC socket to trigger large studio flashes, so Partinen and Saari had to improvise. 

Partinen explains: 'The flash on the Lumia 1020 has two short pulses. So we used a small external flash as a medium to disable the first pre-flash pulse coming from the Lumia 1020, and then fired the main external flashes only on the second pulse. This made sure the main flashes were synchronized perfectly with the moment we pressed the shutter key on the Lumia 1020.'

Photo: Ari Partinen and Marko Saari
Photo: Ari Partinen and Marko Saari

This bears a little further explanation - many inexpensive third-party flashguns feature a mode which allows them to be wirelessly triggered by the second of two flash pulses, since a 2-stage flash is so common in compact cameras and DSLRs. This 'interstitial' flash then triggered the main studio lights. 

 Photo: Ari Partinen and Marko Saari
Via: Nokia

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m87501
By m87501 (6 months ago)

"but few of us would ever consider using one for 'serious' photography except in an emergency."

That's what was said by many about digital cameras in the 1990's

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ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (6 months ago)

Really? I don't remember anyone saying that.

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carabas
By carabas (6 months ago)

Wow, these pictures are incredible, the horses almost look human !

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zos xavius
By zos xavius (6 months ago)

Why the long face?

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monkeybrain
By monkeybrain (6 months ago)

Why isn't this on Connect? What's the point of having Connect if you don't feature the articles about mobile photography on it? This is especially so when posting articles like this here will surely just stir up a hornet's nest.

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dholl
By dholl (6 months ago)

Seconded. This is what Connect is for.

And the pics look awful by the way. Plastic-processing.

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carlos roncatti
By carlos roncatti (6 months ago)

Got to love how awful the face became on the first photo...shooting portraits with a 28mm eq...it´s willian klein doing fashion...man, how much does a company spend on marketing? soon enough we are going to see ads saying you dont even need to compose anymore. Leave the "camera" alone and it wil do the job for you...microsoft on photography...

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WACONimages
By WACONimages (6 months ago)

Come on DPreview! For every photo challenging a newbie smart-phone can be used! Are you gonna post that as news every-time?!?!?

I'm a experienced full-time event/concert/press photographer. So next time I take some nice pics at a gig with a new smartphone you will post this on your front-page?

I'm a gadget freak to quiet a bit myself. But I'm getting real tired about the smartphone hype. Use that time maybe to post more! lens reviews and camera reviews as well. Just saying.

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dholl
By dholl (6 months ago)

There's an obvious agenda here: lens reviews result in less potential Amazon sales than overhyped Smartphone articles do.

Simon Joinston used to say he kept all Smartphone guff on Connect, which meant that DPR weren't wasting resources when otherwise they could be reviewing Canikon's flagships or lenses.

But now with the iphone panorama, and now this, we can safely say that DPR have forsaken the idea of optimal IQ in favour of Smartphone convenience.

A betrayal of what this site was supposed to be about? That's a matter of debate, I'd say.

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Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (6 months ago)

"lens reviews result in less potential Amazon sales than overhyped Smartphone articles do."

Oh yeah?

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David Fell
By David Fell (6 months ago)

It is getting wearisome, this banging on about mobile phones and their cameras. I got a free upgrade to a Xperia Z, my Lumix LX2 is better. The Xperia is on eBay - as a phone? Dreadful! So many HW/SW problems, I gave up. Friends have Galaxy's which routinely lock up and require SW updates, re-boots etc., etc. So I too can have a 41mpx camera with a shoddy phone attached? yay, with a small y... Notably these reviews fail to mention the usefulness as what the item is meant to do, make calls. BTW: the pictures, what is so special? Sorry to whinge, but DPR need feedback, and reluctantly, this is mine.

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CyberAngel
By CyberAngel (6 months ago)

"shoddy"
and you never even used a Lumia 1020!
That makes you a hater and liar, a baby-snake?

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larrytusaz
By larrytusaz (6 months ago)

Sigh. A-freaking-gain. Olympus got it right way long ago, "camera phones are to photography what 3 minute noodles are to cooking." And why again is this at the MAIN page? I thought the point of this site was I'd NEVER have to see such articles EVER again while at the "normal" site.

Yes, the skill of the photographer is the main thing, using a DSLR does not alone make you a real photographer, but the tool DOES matter too. If you were trying to be a pro golfer, would you buy REAL golf clubs or show up at the course with broomsticks & swear repeatedly how irrelevant the tool is? Care to become a pro basketball player using the $1 purple-colored vinyl (or whatever) balls you see at the aisle of your local Dollar General store? If you wanted to be a news reporter, would you submit articles written with a crayon?

Heck the Nikon D3100 kit I paid $250 for & gave to my snap-shooting wife would be a better tool. My Sony NEX-C3, same thing, & it's small, esp with the Sigma 30mm f/2.8 prime.

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Langusta
By Langusta (6 months ago)

I guess you need to look really hard to find a worse IQ/$ in a camera. Well...since it's DPR we are talking about a camera not the phone / housing that holds it...right?

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moizes 2
By moizes 2 (6 months ago)

By posting that, you, guys, just put an extra nails in the coffin of real photography. You know what I mean, but I am not sure you do fully understand what you are doing.

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petal123
By petal123 (6 months ago)

You could, if you want, see it the other way around. By judging the pictures it becomes obvious why smartphones can´t match a camera as a tool for taking decent pictures.

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moizes 2
By moizes 2 (6 months ago)

Tell it to young people! How many of them are interesting to see any different? We, older pros, must educate them and show the right way in photography, if someone wants, of course. We cannot rise the future artists by ignoring the reality.

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AshMills
By AshMills (6 months ago)

Oh dear. Sorry they do not surprise me.

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whtchocla7e
By whtchocla7e (6 months ago)

Some of you guys used to be that creepy guy in the yellow shirt, walking around with your amateur 35mm cams, printing snapshots, disgracing the art and profession of photography.

Same situation here, only the roles have reversed :)

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luminis scripti
By luminis scripti (6 months ago)

A camera phone will always remain just that: a camera on a phone. It will never "hold its own" against ANY format camera, digital or film, let alone a medium format traditionally used for fashion photography. Yes, it's nice to have a decent camera on your phone, as a last-resort backup, but no one can expect it to seriously become the "tool if the trade."

Nice try Nokia, nice try. *slow clap*

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photobeans
By photobeans (6 months ago)

I wouldn't say that. Technology progresses and camera phones are making leaps. Perhaps in a few years, we could see aps-c sized sensor phones with some breakthroughs in optical imaging.

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luxor2
By luxor2 (6 months ago)

Trying to make a silk purse from a sow"s ear, just use a D50 kit etc. for a few hundred and take much better photos, please!

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wcbert
By wcbert (6 months ago)

A gimmic, just like when someone did a fashion shoot with a IPhone last year.

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misha marinsky4
By misha marinsky4 (6 months ago)

To all the naysayers: This is Moore's Law in action.

Think of it as a chart, with the lines of APS, FF and camera phone converging.

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AshMills
By AshMills (6 months ago)

If they all end up looking like cr*p..

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Plastek
By Plastek (6 months ago)

Moore's Law doesn't apply to image quality. Physics of digital photography have very little to deal with pure physics of semiconductors.

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Sean65
By Sean65 (6 months ago)

Pretty crap really. The distortion makes the models look like freaks. But hey, 41MP? Time to burn our medium format. (Again.) lol

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Langusta
By Langusta (6 months ago)

Or maybe "camera obscura" as size of the lens would suggest

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Rupert Bottomsworth
By Rupert Bottomsworth (6 months ago)

You'd get a better result from a Holga.

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reginalddwight
By reginalddwight (6 months ago)

The model in the first shot must love how the Lumia 1020 has warped her face to look like that of an alien from The X-Files.

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iudex
By iudex (6 months ago)

Exactly! :-) http://www.everwonder.com/david/aliens/alien00.jpg

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Optimal Prime
By Optimal Prime (6 months ago)

Oh dear...

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Rbrt
By Rbrt (6 months ago)

So this is the direction Vogue is going in? Give me a break.

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CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (6 months ago)

41 MP Nokia Lumia 1020.

No.1 Sponsor right now.

Beyond doubt.

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John Vicksburg
By John Vicksburg (6 months ago)

"CameraLabTester has not added any gear yet."

But...

"Total comments: 738"

No.1 Bulls**tter right now.

Beyond doubt.

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CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (6 months ago)

John Vicksburg account created 10 minutes ago.

Total comments: 1

Wow.

Step into the light, sponsor supporter!

.

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John Vicksburg
By John Vicksburg (6 months ago)

Oh, forget it! Maybe I'm just trying to be like you. ;)

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Juck
By Juck (6 months ago)

>>Maybe I'm just trying to be like you. ;)

Please don't do that John.

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John Vicksburg
By John Vicksburg (6 months ago)

@ Juck: haha, ok!

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CyberAngel
By CyberAngel (6 months ago)

Where is the FILTER!!!

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