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DxOMark tests Lumia 1020 as the best modern phone for still images, lacking in video capture

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DxOMark tests Lumia 1020 as the best modern phone for still images, lacking in video capture
The folks at DxOMark, "the trusted industry standard for camera and lens independent image quality measurements and ratings," have put a couple of flagship smartphones through their rigorous testing, and reached conclusions pretty close to our own recent camera battle, putting the Nokia Lumia 1020 ahead of the pack in still images, behind only the 808 PureView.

When taking into account its superior low-light performance, it is ahead of handsets like the iPhone 5s, Xperia Z1 or Galaxy S4, but the video capture quality drags it down in the overall ratings. The overall verdict on the Lumia 1020 abilities?

In summary then, the Nokia Lumia 1020 is one of the best camera phones for stills, but its video performance could be improved which lowers the overall ranking to fourth place.

In fact, under low light conditions the Lumia 1020 outperforms rivals, producing still images with low noise and detail preservation that are simply the best we’ve ever seen from a smartphone.

Compared with the more recent Apple iPhone 5S, we can see that while Apple is getting the most from its existing technology but they appear closer to their technical limit than Nokia is with their Lumia 1020.

So does it mean there's a lot more where the 41MP PureView sensor came from after a few firmware updates? Probably, and we'll keep an eye for any and all software algorithm updates to redo the comparison, this time throwing in phones like the Z1 and the upcoming Lumia 1520, which should have a camera to behold, too.


source: DxOMark via AAS

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posted on 15 Oct 2013, 06:53 7

1. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 365; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Nokia pureview 808 with OIS can beat any smartphone out there even its sucessor Lumia 1020.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 08:28 3

8. akki20892 (Posts: 3659; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Of course, after all 808 is son of n8.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 06:56 3

2. darkskoliro (Posts: 997; Member since: 07 May 2012)


Actually I can't agree more. Their lossess zooming may be great, but Note 3 has much much better video quality in 1080p. But to each their own, Note 3 has horrible night photos and no OIS which really shows in most vids

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 07:25 4

3. alterecho (Posts: 1091; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


The top phone on their list is Nokia 808 Pureview. Atleast they have verified what many have been saying.

Also, as noted on AllAboutSymbian "The Lumia 1020's hardware (as with the 808's before it) is tremendously capable and it will probably take an update or two to really get the most from it". we have to wait for the 1020 to reach is full capacity.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 07:42

4. konnor (Posts: 30; Member since: 25 Apr 2013)


I can't stand the YELLOW!! GOD MY EYES!

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 10:31

11. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1163; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


in a good way?

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 07:52 1

5. Beijendorf (Posts: 327; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


Sweet Mary and Joseph, that sudden noise on the 1020 at the end of the video. It went from being wonderful to look at to being in dire need of updated camera algorithms.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 07:55 5

6. shikroi (Posts: 187; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


While I agree with the sentiment, I think their scoring system is highly flawed. Even though there may be some minor issues with video on the 1020, its not enough to warrant it being ranked below the z1, s4 and iphone 5s, because as we all know, we will probably end up taking better pics everytime with the 1020.

Also how is it that the iphone 5s is the next best thing to the 808 by just 1 point? Does anyone believe that the difference between the 808 and the iphone 5s is one point? Also, how could the z1, the 5s and the s4 get a higher score for flash than the 1020 which uses xenon? Does that make any sense to anyone?70 for artifacts? The s4 has more artifacts than the 1020 and it scores higher their. And the z10 has a better camera than the 920? YEP

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 11:57

13. sprockkets (Posts: 1366; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


"Also, how could the z1, the 5s and the s4 get a higher score for flash than the 1020 which uses xenon?"

Xenon flash over does it. Nokia could fix that with adjusting its strength if it could.

Otherwise, it creates a ton of glare. Even phonearena had an example of that here.

Seriously, today's LED lights are very bright.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 14:39 1

14. hmmm... (Posts: 61; Member since: 05 Jun 2013)


It's in 2nd place if you count still pictures only, so the points you made are invalid. If you had click on each invidual phone or read the article above, you will know that Lumia 1020 lost in video capture. So the overal score made it lose to many phones. It is still the best phone for taking pics among the modern mobile OS.
Though they should take into account the 1020 can zoom in while doin video capture without losing as much detail as Sony's clear zoom. I take more pics than videos, as long as the video isn't too terrible, I'm fine with it. But pics taken have to be clear, i like to have the option to print large prints and posters.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 08:09 3

7. ltjordan24 (Posts: 3; Member since: 24 Dec 2012)


Are we all looking at the same video? Because in the video I'm looking at, the 1020 video is brighter and the footage is much more stable which would make it the clear winner. And where is the footage for the other smartphones, or do I need to go that site? I'd like to see them for comparison purposes.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 08:52

9. dickwyn (Posts: 601; Member since: 07 May 2012)


why is the guy in the cemetry

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 09:57

10. NAWF_SIDE (banned) (Posts: 40; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


1020, looks more stable,,, the 808 shakes alot

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 11:02 1

12. rahool360 (Posts: 14; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


this dxomark s really inaccurate... i cant believe how a site shows led flash gets more points than a xenon flash... unbelievable!!!111111

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 18:43 2

15. acca1386 (Posts: 7; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)


I believe dxomark is really biased against nokia or they just hate xenon flash... How on earth is the flash on the Ip5s and the S4 better than the flash on the nokia 808??? that is just outrageous... have they ever seen a photo taken by any of these phones? the IQ of the 808 with flash is miles, light years, ahead of these phones.. with 808 you can see perfect details even metters away, you get perfect skin tones, you get to eliminate motion blur, you get cero noise!!! I don't think anybody in its full senses would believe what they are saying, no matter what... It is unbelievable! it is the greatest lie I've ever read by a respected forum in my life... simply outrageous...

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