Nokia Lumia 1020 color accuracy, low-light video performance called into question
Expectations for the Nokia Lumia 1020 have been sky-high. Its 41-megapixel PureView sensor sure looks like it will be the envy of every other smartphone around. We’ve already started putting the 1020 through its paces, bringing you some comparisons against other smartphone heavyweights, and our complete 1020 review will be forthcoming. In the meantime, an early look at imaging performance has called into question some of the 1020’s much-touted abilities.
Consumer Reports has begun its own series of Lumia 1020 evaluations, and while it hasn’t delivered its full analysis either, some early camera tests have revealed a couple potential problems.
The big one could be color accuracy, with the 1020 seeming to struggle with white balance and delivering images with a blue tint to them in a variety of lighting conditions. As the site correctly notes, this is the kind of thing that should be tweakable via software update, so even if it’s a problem for early adopters, it shouldn’t be a long-term issue for the phone.
There’s also word of middling performance when recording video in low-light conditions. While the 1020 shines at still images in low-light environments, that doesn’t seem to carry over to video, and the resultant output is riddled with noise. That’s a little surprising, and we wonder if such performance could similarly be improved via update, or if this could be a limitation of the phone’s hardware.