Epic National Geographic Assignment with Nokia Lumia 1020 (Video)

Epic National Geographic Assignment with Nokia Lumia 1020 (Video)

Some of the most iconic images of all time were taken by National Geographic photographers, exploring everything that this vast world has to offer. We've been to the deserts of Egypt, the rainforests of Brazil, and the majestic mountains of Switzerland. But is it possible to capture that same sense of awe and wonder with just a smartphone?

Going on Assignment

To celebrate its 125th anniversary, National Geographic endeavored to find out. National Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez went  on assignment with the Nokia Lumia 1020, using only that smartphone as his sole camera on the trip. Considering that he's far more accustomed to using an expensive digital SLR with an array of expensive lenses, you would think that he'd feel this would be a restrictive experience, but it's actually been quite the opposite.

Indeed, in the video journal below (which is coincidentally also shot entirely using the Lumia 1020 smartphone), Alvarez is quick to point out that the Nokia Lumia 1020 boasts a very powerful camera in its own right. The 41 megapixel camera provides plenty of detail with "results that are good enough for professional use." Indeed, he's saying those 41 megapixels are "even bigger" than his DSLR!

For this assignment, he went on a ten-day trip through the American West, circumnavigating the Grand Canyon, armed only with the smartphone. The images that he was able to capture, which you can view on his journey page, are simply breathtaking. That page also gives you tips from the pros and gives you an opportunity to explore the "story within a story" too.

More Than Megapixels

Epic National Geographic Assignment with Nokia Lumia 1020 (Video)

When I reviewed the budget-oriented Lumia 521 earlier this year, I was thoroughly impressed with what Nokia was able to pack into such an affordable package. Stepping into more of a flagship product like the Nokia Lumia 1020, you can expect even more.

Yes, having that great 41 megapixel camera is great for trimming, cropping and rotating after the fact, but it's about more than megapixels. The camera on the Lumia 1020 boasts real optical image stabilization, just like you'd find on a standalone digital camera, so you're far less likely to get a blurry photo when your hands are shaking or when you're in lower light conditions. Alvarez was also very impressed with the full range of manual controls, just like on his DSLR, as well as the great manual focus that lets him get very close to the action: "I can use this as a macro camera."

Breaking Boundaries

National Geographic has had a long and storied tradition of bringing us some of the most amazing photos from around the planet. And photography is a very delicate artform, but it is now far more accessible with great smartphone cameras like what you get with the Lumia 1020. Check out the video below for an inside look at the ten-day adventure by Stephen Alvarez and head over to the Nokia Lumia 1020 to learn more.


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