Nokia Lumia 1520 Overview

Announced Nov 27, 2013 •
6 screen | 20 megapixels (rear) | 1 megapixels (front)
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Reviewed Feb 7, 2014
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Product description
Announced Nov 27, 2013

Nokia's first "phablet" debuted with outstanding camera specs: a 20-megapixel PureView camera with optical image stabilization as well as the ability to save uncompressed Digital Negative (DNG), or "RAW," files. While Nokia's Lumia Black update now adds RAW shooting to the Lumia 1020 as well, the 6-inch Lumia 1520 was the first to debut the technology on a Nokia device, along with the new Nokia Camera app.

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Review, Feb 7, 2014
Quick specs
OS Microsoft Windows Phone
OS Version Windows Phone 8 with Lumia Black
Front camera effective pixels 1 megapixels
Front camera resolution 1280 x 720
Rear camera effective pixels 20 megapixels
Rear camera focal length 26 mm
Rear camera aperture 2.4
Camera image stabilization Optical
Video camera recording format 1080p (Full HD, 1920 x 1080)
LCD size 6
Built in memory 16 GB (RM-940 only)/32 GB, 2 GB RAM
Weight 206 g (7.27 oz)
Dimensions 163 x 85 x 9 mm (6.41 x 3.36 x 0.34)

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Our review

The Nokia Lumia 1520 is a Windows Phone device that combines very good image quality with manual control over shutter speed and ISO, an excellent camera user interface and Raw capture. This makes it an ideal tool for those mobile photographers who want more control over the image taking process than is offered by the Android and iOS competition. If you feel comfortable with the 1520's phablet dimensions and can live with the slowish camera start-up and the limited choice of imaging apps in the Windows Store you can't go wrong with Nokia's latest device.

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