The Nokia Lumia 1520 doesn't feature the same 41MP camera as its predecessor, and instead has a 20MP Pureview camera, complete with dual-LED flash, optical image stablisation and Carl Zeiss optics.
While on paper it's not on a par with the Nokia Lumia 1020, the Lumia 1520 still outshines most of the competition when it comes to taking photos, and we found it outperformed the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S4 for capturing images in poor lighting, with the onboard the dual-LED flash making images appear natural and full of detail.
Images taken in decent lighting are just as impressive, with the Lumia 1520's camera capable of picking up detail that other phones on the market simply cannot manage, although during our time with the handset we have found that some images can appear a little overexposed. Video is impressive too, with the handset shooting crisp HD 1080p footage and audio, thanks to the four-mic setup on the Lumia 1520.
The Nokia Lumia 1520 comes preloaded with the Nokia Pro Camera application, but we promptly switched this out for Nokia's new Camera app, which merges the firm's Smart and Pro camera modes. The user interface is familiar, and comes with all of the bells and whistles found on Lumia devices of old, including the ability to adjust white balance, shutter speed and exposure.
Nokia's new Refocus app is also now available on the Lumia 1520. This is an app that snaps several photos at different focus points and allows you to interactively change the focus of the image or bring the whole image in focus after an image has been taken.
Overall, taking images on a Lumia device is generally more fun than on the iPhone or Android devices, thanks to all of the custom software and features Nokia has loaded onto its devices.
Battery and storage
Nokia has stuffed the Nokia Lumia 1520 with a 3,400mAh battery, larger than the Samsung Galaxy Note 3's and HTC One Max's 3,200mAh and 3,300mAh batteries, respectively, which the firm claims will offer up to 27 hours of constant talk time.
This shows in its performance, too. During a day of heavy use with the screen brightness cranked to full, we found that the Nokia Lumia 1520 made it through without showing signs of failing, and was even still running the next day.
The Nokia Lumia 1520 supports wireless charging too, although a wireless charging device does not come with the smartphone.
The Nokia Lumia 1520 comes with 32GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot to expand this up to 64GB.
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