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


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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Looking for the best concert camera phone (2013)?

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


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.


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 and

Nokia Lumia 720


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

Nokia Lumia 820 at and


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

Nokia Lumia 920 at and


Nokia Pureview 808 – Reverend John Wilkins @ Rauma Blues 2012

Nokia Pureview 808 at and


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:

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Bruce Springsteen – Light Of Day (2012 Helsinki Live – 3 audio source mix)

Bruce Springsteen 2012-07-31 – Light Of Day Olympiastadion, Helsinki, Finland

I know I promised to update those previous Wrecking Ball tour specials, but I really wanted to edit the Light Of Day performance from the Helsinki gig first. Anyways…Here it is!:

Bruce Springsteen – Light Of Day (Live):

“Light Of Day” has always been one the better unreleased Bruce Springsteen songs. I know that the live versions have been released on two official releases (MTV Unplugged: In Concert (1992 and Live in New York City (2001)), but the studio version (from the Born In The USA sessions) still remains unreleased. Maybe the Bruce & Co will include it on “Tracks 2” box?

Info about the video:

Mixed from three different audio sources. Second source kicks in after the 1-2-3 countdown, and third source at 0:32. 3rd source is recorded with Nokia PureView 808. I first made a two source mix, but the PureView clip had so nice bass that I had to add it too (You’ll hear the difference when it kicks in).

I know that the video might be bit too bass heavy, because the 3rd audio source was added within final stages on Sony Movie Studio 10 HD video editor (Other tracks were mixed with Reaper). I also used only headphones when making the mix.

Video: From Youtube user wildandinn)
Audio: “Original video”, “Olympus LS-11 + MM-MCSM-4 microphones”, and Nokia 808 Pureview

Software used: Sony Movie Studio 10 HD Suite (Video) + vReveal 2 (Video) + Reaper 4.25 (Audio)

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Bruce Springsteen 2012-07-17 RDS Arena, Dublin, Ireland

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – July 17, 2012 – RDS Arena, Dublin, Ireland

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band’s Wrecking Ball 2012 tour hits RDS Arena, Dublin, Ireland. July 17, 2012.

This blog post gathers all the Bruce Springsteen concert info from this show. Including Set list details, reviews, press, photos, videos and more!

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These concert specials gets updated every now and then. 2012 concert special list can be found here with update info.


Setlist & Videos:





00. “Twist & Shout” ending (intro video #1) (Video #1 + intro) (Video #2 + intro) (Video #3 + intro)
01. I Fought The Law* (Video #1) (Video #2) (Video #3) (Video #4)
02. Badlands (Video #1 clip) (Video #2)
03. Out In The Street (Video #1 clip)
04. We Take Care of Our Own
05. Wrecking Ball
06. Death to My Hometown (Video #1)
07. My City of Ruins (Video #1) (Video #2 slightly distorted)
08. Spirit In The Night (Video #1 clip)
09. I’m a Rocker* (Video #1) (Video #2)
10. Prove It All Night (Video #1) (Video #2)
11. Darkness on the Edge of Town (Video #1)
12. Jack of All Trades (Video #1) (Video #2)
13. Murder Incorporated (Video #1)
14. Johnny 99 (Video #1)
15. Easy Money (Video #1)
16. Workin’ On The Highway (Video #1)
17. Waiting On a Sunny Day (Video #1 little girl singing) (Video #2 clip) (Video #3 clip) (Video #4 clip) (Video #5) (Video #6 clip) (Video #7 clip) (Video #8) (Video #9) (Video #10)
18. Raise Your Hand
19. My Hometown* (Video #1) (Video #2 clip) (Video #3)
20. The River (Video #1) (Video #2 clip) (Video #3)
21. The Rising (Video #1 distorted)
22. Land of Hope & Dreams


23. We Are Alive (Video #1)
24. Born In The USA (Video #1 slightly distorted) (Video #2) (Video #3) (Video #4) (Video #5)
25. Born To Run (Video #1 slightly distorted) (Video #2) (Video #3 clip)
26. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) (Video #1) (Video #2)
27. Dancing In The Dark (Video #1 + ending of Rosie) (Video #2)
28. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out (Video #1)
29. Twist & Shout (Video #1 short clip) (Video #2 short clip)  (Video #3) (Video #4 + American Land)
30. American Land (Video #1) (Video #2) (Video #3 clip) (Video #4)

*Tour Premiere


Sophie shows the Boss who’s boss!:


– Twist & Shout (A fake policeman came ONSTAGE to stop the show)
– American Land (fake policeman pulls the plug and Steve plugs them back in)
– My Hometown was dedicated to the U2

Notes from the Greasylake forum.



Brucebase entry: 2012-07-17 – RDS ARENA, DUBLIN, IRELAND

Bootleg status:

More info about Bruce Springsteen bootlegs on SPL: Wrecking Ball EU Tour Audio Recordings

Video status: See SPL’s 2012 Wrecking Ball Tour – DVD Bootleg List


Pre-show press:



Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, RDS Showgrounds, Dublin, 17th July 2012 (PHOTOS) –



Reviews & Other:

Review: Dublin Night 1 – Kinsey (SPL Forum)

Review: Bruce Springsteen – RDS, Dublin –

Review: Bruce Springsteen at the RDS –

Review: Springsteen’s dig at London at Dublin gig –

Review: Bruce Springsteen Pokes Fun at London Concert Curfew –

Review: #418-Bruce Springsteen: Live In Dublin (Or How To Put On A Rock ‘N’ Roll Show) –

Bruce Springsteen hits back at Hard Rock Calling curfew during Dublin gig –

Bruce Springsteen finally finishes Hyde Park gig … in Dublin –

Bruce Springsteen – Bruce Springsteen Makes Fun Of Hyde Park Incident At Dublin Show –

MUSIC REVIEW: Bruce Springsteen –

Bruce Springsteen Discussion/Forums:

The Official Dublin July 17th Night#1 EuroSetListVision thread – Greasylake
The Rocky Road to Dublin – Dublin Night 1 Setlist Thread – SPL Messages
The Official Dublin 1st Night Setlist Thread – Backstreets (BTX)

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