After a two-month journey to New Zealand and the Himalaya, one tester said, “My favorite photos of the trip came from this phone.” Credit the 20MP camera and its responsive sensor that captures even far-away subjects with clarity, allowing you to crop without losing image quality. “The manual focus and shutter speed options give superb control for night shots,” says our photo editor. “I could slow down the shutter to four seconds and catch moonlight twinkling on snow in Finland.” The large ISO range (100 to 4,000) adjusts for intense sun or deep shade. Plus, you can choose between shooting in high-res or RAW mode.
Our samples (sans cases) survived countless big falls and splashes. Bonus: Battery life is strong. A Colorado tester, who was mapping bike trails, was able to get two full days on one charge while running GPS and taking video.
$500, or free with two- year Verizon contract; 5.9 oz.; Windows; nokia.com