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March 4, 2014

Sky-high Lumia 1020 photography

How far will you go to take the perfect shot? Lie facedown in the dirt? Climb a lamppost? How about strap your Nokia Lumia 1020 to a RC helicopter and send it soaring into the sky? That’s precisely what Martin Hämmerli did.

When you ask yourself why somebody would do that, the results speak for themselves.


Martin recently took part in a contest run by Nokia and National Geographic to explore what can be achieved with the Nokia Lumia 1020. Martin unfortunately didn’t win, but he was one of the finalists.

The remote-controlled helicopter Martin used was the Henseleit Three Dee Rigid, which he’s modified considerably to accommodate his photography payload.

As you can see below, the alterations have drastically transformed the helicopter.


Stripped out, leaving only the flying-essentials, Martin secured a Nokia Lumia 1020 for the photo-smarts, a GoPro Hero 2 camera for delivering real-time video back to the ground, and a DJI AceOne – an autopilot system designed to takeover and steady the helicopter when needed.

Actually taking the shot required something special. Martin built a mechanical radio-controlled finger that he could activate from his controller back on the ground.

Flying above the Landwasser River, Martin captured a series of beautiful shots of the Landwasser Viaduct, editing them for creative effect using Nokia Creative Studio.


What do you think of Martin’s photos? Impressive or what? You can check out more impressive photos from Martin at his website.

If this has inspired you to get creative with your Nokia Lumia 1020 (or any other Lumia, for that matter) please share your thoughts, experiences and photos with us below.