Calling all photo enthusiasts! What if I told you there was a phone in the market that will challenge you to drop your DSLR camera (not literally!) and instead use your smartphone to capture all your new photographs?

Telus put the new Lumia 1020 in my hands and being cam-crazy, you can bet I enjoyed this review! I’m not at all nearly close to being a professional photographer (I don’t even know what ISO means) but this is why this phone is so great.

The Lumia 1020 is a niche device for those that enjoy photography on a more professional level than the average user.  The Lumia 1020’s camera quality lies between a DSLR and a point-and-shoot camera and captures with great sharpness and offers realistic and vibrant colours with advanced camera setting options. The auto settings make it easier for the average user to produce fantastic photographs – so you don’t have to be a photo-pro to take pictures using your new Lumia 1020.

Regardless of camera skills, I love that TELUS offers Learning Centre sessions, giving their customers one-on-one access to device experts who can teach you all there is to know about your new device, whether that’s the Lumia 1020’s advanced camera, or one of its many features.


One of the awesome features in the camera is their Zooming Feature which makes it simple to zoom in and out at a particular area by a one-finger swipe.

Swipe up to zoom in and swipe down to zoom out, anywhere on the screen.


Another fantastic feature on the Lumia  1020’s camera is their Cropping Feature.
The cropping feature allows you to crop and save without losing quality of your photo.


 Check out these photos I took below of examples of the amazing quality that is not compromised by zooming and cropping your photographs.




Wow, huh? One of my issues with my old smartphones was the lackluster photo quality especially when zooming. I was blown away by the Lumia 1020’s amazing camera features!

So we all know the camera is spectacular (the best I’ve encountered thus far on a smartphone) but I bet you’re wondering about everything else on the phone. Is it worth the buy?

As a smartphone, it offers the best of what Windows Phone currently has to offer in regards to smooth, fluidic user interface with no lag.

The phone offers customizable tiles (icons) for your apps, games, media, photos & more.  It comes with Microsoft Office which includes Excel, Word, PowerPoint and OneNote and Skydrive Storage for your pictures, documents and notes.

Watching media (for example Youtube) or playing games shows crisp, high-definition quality given the 4.5 inch AMOLED display with the resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels.

It’s a little heavier and bigger than your average flagship phone but it has a solid and premium feel because of the curves of the poly-carbonate body.

Even with the protruding camera lens on the back, I found with regular use, it became less of an issue when holding the phone. I would recommend purchasing the camera grip that is intended to take easier point and shoot’s with this phone and it also adds extra power of 1020 mAh built-in rechargeable battery which provides you with up to 285 extra shots or 48 minutes of video.

I do however wish there was better grip on the phone as I found it to be a little slippery and could be cause for phone drops. I would recommend a proper case that offers better grip for this phone.

This is by far the best camera phone on the market and is ideal for both the professional and amateur photographers alike.

If you’re still thinking of the perfect gift to place under the tree this year for that special someone on your list that enjoys taking pictures and in need of a new smartphone, definitely consider the new Lumia 1020.

The Nokia Lumia 1020 is available at Telus on a 2 year Term on a TELUS SharePlus Plan or $700 no term.
It comes in Yellow or Black. To learn more information on the Lumia 1020, visit TELUS online here.

Disclosure: I was given product in exchange for my honest review; however, all opinions expressed are my very own.

29 Comments on Zoom in with the New Lumia 1020

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    June 10, 2014 at 12:37 pm (3 years ago)

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  2. Victoria Ess
    January 19, 2014 at 11:18 am (3 years ago)

    Those are some amazing photos you took! I wish it was time for me to get a new phone!

  3. Cheryl (@loucheryl)
    January 15, 2014 at 3:35 pm (3 years ago)

    This is such an awesome phone. The camera looks amazing. So cool.

  4. jen
    January 4, 2014 at 3:24 pm (3 years ago)

    Looking for a new phone..great review Carol!

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    December 29, 2013 at 5:47 pm (3 years ago)

    the camera looks awesome!

  9. Kathy Reitlo
    December 29, 2013 at 5:01 pm (3 years ago)

    Phones have come a long way. I love the camera part.

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    December 28, 2013 at 4:46 pm (3 years ago)

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  15. marla
    December 27, 2013 at 1:21 am (3 years ago)

    This is an amazing product!i would look like a start photographer. the quality is amazing

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  17. heidi c.
    December 24, 2013 at 10:57 pm (3 years ago)

    This looks like a great phone! I am in need of a new smart phone and I love the camera on this one!

  18. Miriam Wilton
    December 23, 2013 at 1:03 am (3 years ago)

    my cousin has one of these. the photographic ability is just amazing. i can’t get over it

  19. Miriam Wilton
    December 22, 2013 at 2:41 am (3 years ago)

    i am on iPhone addict. This phone is pretty awesome though! just wondering if my pocket is big enough….

  20. Loretta
    December 20, 2013 at 5:55 pm (3 years ago)

    nice phone! i want!

  21. Anne Taylor
    December 20, 2013 at 2:51 pm (3 years ago)

    A really wonderful and informative review! We are in the market for a new phone and this looks very appealing!

  22. Melinda L.
    December 19, 2013 at 3:33 pm (3 years ago)

    Wow Nokia’s zoom feature looks like a dream come true, it would be perfect for those landscape portraits that I like to take. Thanks for the review

  23. Judy C (Judy Cowan)
    December 19, 2013 at 1:40 pm (3 years ago)

    Thanks for the review. I have been trying to decide on a new phone and it having a decent camera is on my want list. I will definitely check this one out!

  24. Laurie B
    December 19, 2013 at 12:10 am (3 years ago)

    Awesome review! Before reading it (just looking at the pics) I had no clue it was a review for a phone! I thought it was for a new slim camera. Absolutely love it. I really enjoyed how you summed it all up for us. Thank you!

  25. Paul
    December 18, 2013 at 5:31 pm (3 years ago)

    Great review! You provided just the right amount of info to help those looking to decide on their next smartphone. Definitely will consider the Lumia 1020 on my wishlist of must-haves this year. Thanks!

    • Carol @CarolAuCourant
      December 18, 2013 at 11:11 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you for the comment, Paul!
      I’m glad I was able to help; it’s a fantastic phone! Hope you find it under your tree this year!

  26. Natalie Jessop
    December 17, 2013 at 7:31 pm (3 years ago)

    I really love this review, Carol.
    I had my eye on this phone but I really wanted to know how the phone was in general aside from the great camera. Thanks!

    • Carol @CarolAuCourant
      December 18, 2013 at 5:23 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks, Natalie! I found it important to include the other features of the phone as well. I know I would want to know if I was in the market for a new phone! 🙂


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