Best camera phone: which should you buy?

What's the top cameraphone on the market?

Pitched as a phone for photographers, the Nokia Lumia 1020 made headlines for its claims of a 41 million pixel sensor. That's a slightly misleading figure, since the camera actually uses pixel binning - the grouping of pixels together - so the resulting photo is not output at 41 million pixels.

The reason for this binning is to supposedly make the camera perform better in low light.

To activate the camera, you can hold down the dedicated camera button for a couple of seconds and the native camera app will launch. It's not quite as speedy as some of the others on this test, probably due to to having a dual-core processor, instead of a quad-core as the others have.

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For a camera so obviously pitched at photographers, it has many options from a selection of scene modes to ISO and exposure compensation.

Focusing is reasonably quick, dropping a little in low light. For macro focusing, you can activate the dedicated close-up scene mode and this helps you to get closer to the subject. You may want to spend some time making sure that the right part of the subject is in focus though.

Colours directly from the camera are great, but this is another device which struggles ever so slightly with cyan coloured skies - something to watch out for. For low light shooting the 1020 is very good, so if you're going to be doing a lot of this it's a good shoot.

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If you examine very closely, low light images are a little smudgy, but if you're going to be sharing at normal web sizes it's not going to be too much of a problem.

If the light is good, the digital zoom on the 1020 produces usable images. There's some loss of detail, and a little bit of fringing starts to appear on contrast edges, but otherwise it's a reasonable performer.