It’s been a while coming, but today we have our review of the camera grip for the Lumia 1020. Is this a handy accessory for the Lumia 1020, or just an unnecessary gimmick? Read on to find out how it fares in our testing here at NokiaJourneys.com.
The PD-95G (available in yellow, white and black) comes in the standard Nokia packaging fare of late for its accessories, where the bottom half of the box is encased in blue, and the top half in clear plastic for the user to see what’s inside. In the box we have the camera grip itself, printed user guide and leather wrist strap, but no USB cables or other accessories. A rather nice addition is a cardboard silhouette of the Lumia 1020, to give you an itch for what it will look like when you attach it to said device.
The wrist strap in itself deserves a special mention, as it is quite handy and has been attached to our Lumia 1020 in the editorial office since day one. It has held up particularly well in all environments, surviving watery conditions and being chewed on. As the Lumia 1020 has an inlet present on the bottom for this to attach, you can use any strap. But kudos to Nokia for not skimping on quality here.
Turning our attention to the camera grip itself, it simply inserts into the Lumia 1020 by way of the microUSB connector present. This powers the Lumia 1020 by virtue of the grip’s built-in 1020mAH battery (get it? J). This works by the phone running off the built-in battery’s power first then using the phone’s battery when the camera grip is depleted. You can however, change this behaviour by pressing and holding the battery indicator icon on the side of the PD-95G. The LED indicators (indicating battery charge level of the grip) will flash and indicate that the phone has stopped being charged by the camera grip. You can also easily check the battery level of the grip by quickly pressing the battery indicator icon.
Looking at the device itself, we also have a microUSB charging port on the side, which can charge the camera grip when depleted. As per usual, this can be charged via PC or walls charger. We also have a ribbed bit of soft-touch plastic on the camera grip for one to rest and hold their fingers when taking photos. There is also the two-stage camera shutter button, which provides grip and feel akin to a dedicated point and-shoot camera. On the underside of the Lumia 1020 Camera Grip is a quarter inch universal tripod mount, which makes it possible for one to attach a tripod to the camera grip.
In use, the PD-95G is fantastic. It does weigh in at 73 grams, making the total weight of the Lumia 1020 when attached at nearly 230 grams. While heavy for phone, considering the camera prowess of the 1020 this is a small price to pay for the added battery capacity and possibilities for imaging. We attached it to a Joby GorillaPod, and while this is cheap tripod, it performed admirably. We also like how the wrist strap threads through the bottom of the camera grip easily, not causing any jamming. However, the PD-95G is limited by the extent of how useful it is to you, the consumer. If you are a professional photographer, or even a casual one, who loves to take photos and tinker with them, then the camera grip should be a no-brainer for a purchase. If you do however, only take the odd photo, or are not invested in serious photography, you should think twice about the PD-95G. Not because there is anything wrong with it, but rather will it be used regularly or not. All in all, Nokia has slammed the competition hard with what they have achieved here. The Lumia 1020 is a legendary device for its camera, and Nokia has all but annihilated the competition with the extra capabilities made possible by the PD-95G.