Nokia Lumia 1020 – New leader of the concert camera phones?

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Looking for the best concert camera phone? Nokia Lumia 1020 – Distortion free audio + OIS + Lossless zoom


Nokia has released a new phone that has superb concert recording abilities. It’s a much waited upgrade over the Nokia PureView 808 phone. Also the first Windows Phone (WP8) that has the amazing 41 MP camera! Sensor size isn’t as large as the one that is on Pureview 808, but Lumia 1020 has OIS (optical image stabilization), and that makes it much better for concert use. Also the Lumia 1020 has much better specs on every other area. It’s easy to say that this is currently the best concert camera you can get. But I’m not saying it’s the best smart phone out there. That’s entirely a different topic, and that war is endless.

Nokia Lumia 1020 – Strong points for concert recording

– 41 MP Pureview Camera, Carl Zeiss Tessar lens (f/2.2)
– Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
– Lossless zoom. 3x zoom (1080p HD) and 6x zoom (720p HD)
– Nokia stereo Rich Recording technology with HAAC mics. Distortion free stereo audio! (audio levels of up to 140 dB!)

See the full specifications (

Nokia Lumia 1020 video samples:

Not too many live recordings yet. I will post more, when there is more available.

Joy and Madness – August 11, 2013:

Nokia Lumia 1020 – Justin Timberlake / Jay-Z – Legends of the Summer – I Want You Back / Izzo

Bruno Mars – Treasure LIVE – Recorded with Nokia Lumia 1020 at Staples Center

Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars videos are not from the the greatest recording locations, but both have surprisingly good audio.

Nokia Lumia 1020 links – reviews etc.

Nokia Lumia 1020 review –

Nokia Lumia 1020 Camera Review: Is It Really That Good? –

Review: Nokia Lumia 1020 camera – video capture –

AT&T Nokia Lumia 1020 review: The best Windows Phone ever made –

Nokia Lumia 1020 review –

Nokia Lumia 1020 review –

Nokia Lumia 1020 – A closer look at the 41MP PureView camera –

Review: Nokia Lumia 1020 camera – photo capture –

Nokia Lumia 1020 where to buy?

I have no idea in which countries this phone is already available (I know it’s not available here in Finland yet), and it’s AT&T exclusive in US (how long? no idea). Nokia continues their strange marketing tactics with their phones.

You can try and Amazon UK.

Other phones for recording concerts?

If you want to get a distortion free concert recording with your phone. Check out Windows 8 phones (WP8) Nokia Lumia 620/720/810/820/822/920/925/928/1020, Symbian Belle phone Nokia PureView 808 (discontinued?), and the Android phone HTC One. See this blog post for more info.

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