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

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

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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.com)

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 – theverge.com

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

Review: Nokia Lumia 1020 camera – video capture – allaboutwindowsphone.com

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

Nokia Lumia 1020 review – techradar.com

Nokia Lumia 1020 review – engadget.com

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

Review: Nokia Lumia 1020 camera – photo capture – allaboutwindowsphone.com

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 Amazon.com 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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Looking for the best concert camera phone (2013)?

Recording concerts with a phone – Which one should I get?

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If you want to get a distortion free concert recording with your phone. Your options are pretty much limited to the 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 (with little caution, see the end of the post).

Problem with the iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC 8x etc, is that they have poor microphones. Mobile phones mentioned earlier has built-in HAAC microphones (High Amplitude Audio Capture microphone) that tolerate really high sound pressure (up to 140dB!) giving distortion free recordings (with bass) pretty much in any concert situation.

UPDATE!

New camera phone alert! Nokia Lumia 1020: See this page for more info!

Paging Nokia Lumia 920/925/928 owners, Nokia just released Pro Camera update with new features (Lossless Zoom, stereo recording and much more!)

Some examples recorded with phones that have HAAC/Nokia Rich Recording technology:

Nokia Lumia 620 – Drums test


Where to get one? Nokia Lumia 620 at Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

Nokia Lumia 720

 

Nokia Lumia 820 – Accept – Metal Heart @ Pakkahuone Tampere, 6th November 2012:


Nokia Lumia 820 at Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

 

Nokia Lumia 920 – HTC 8X vs Nokia Lumia 920 – recording a live Deadmau5 event


Nokia Lumia 920 at Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

 

Nokia Pureview 808 – Reverend John Wilkins @ Rauma Blues 2012


Nokia Pureview 808 at Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

 

And just for the kicks, here’s my recording with the Nokia Lumia 620 and Nokia Pureview 808 (Lumia 620 used for video, and both phones used for audio). Bootleggers would call this a “matrix-recording”:

 

HTC One (2013)

Reserved for HTC One. Apparently they have used Nokia HAAC microphones without permission. Now some models comes with the built-in HAAC mic, but the never batch has different microphones? More about it when the whole situation is more clear.

Source: Nokia granted preliminary injunction against HTC in the Netherlands over high-amplitude mics


Hopefully other phone manufactures also adds similar technology to their phones, as we all want great distortion free videos from concerts. I’m gonna update this blog post when new models comes along. 🙂

For a great resource of Nokia “Rich Recording” material, check out: nokia808recordings.blogspot.com


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