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Sony Xperia Z1 vs Nokia Lumia 1020 vs Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom: which cameraphone would you get?

Sony Xperia Z1
5.69 x 2.91 x 0.33 inches
144.4 x 73.9 x 8.5 mm
6.00 oz (170 g)

Sony Xperia Z1

Nokia Lumia 1020
5.13 x 2.81 x 0.41 inches
130.4 x 71.4 x 10.4 mm
5.57 oz (158 g)

Nokia Lumia 1020

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom
4.94 x 2.5 x 0.61 inches
125.5 x 63.5 x 15.4 mm
7.34 oz (208 g)

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom


To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.

Granted, we are still waiting on the first real-life camera samples from the Sony Xperia Z1 that was just announced, yet the cameraphone lines were already drawn with its announcement, and Sony's concept is different than the approach of Nokia or Samsung, the other two juggernauts with camera-centric handsets this season.

Sony's idea is to provide a sleek waterproof device not that much different than your current modern flagships on the outside, and stuff a souped up regular sensor inside, alongside photocentric features and apps, keeping things elegant. If you want extra camera abilities, you can attach the QX10 or QX100 lens-style cameras, and become a formidable wedding photographer even.

Samsung's approach seems to be the laziest one - it took a camera body, complete with optical zoom lens, and slapped a phone in it for a rather bulky and pocket-unfriendly S4 Zoom, albeit for a pretty decent price. 

Nokia put the most thought in the cameraphone puzzle by choosing a hybrid approach with lens and sensor that are much larger and better than your average smartphone units, yet developed from the ground-up for mobile to keep size and weight comparatively in check for a still portable Lumia 1020. Which one of these approaches do you prefer on paper for now, before the true camera comparisons start to trickle down?

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Sony Xperia Z1 vs Nokia Lumia 1020 vs Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom: which cameraphone would you get?
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(793 votes) Sony Xperia Z1
53.6%
1192 votes
(1192 votes) Nokia Lumia 1020
1.93%
43 votes
(43 votes) Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom
8.81%
196 votes
(196 votes) I'll wait for the camera comparisons before pulling the trigger

2224 votes


Sony Xperia Z1 vs Nokia Lumia 1020 vs Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom: which cameraphone would you get?

DESIGN


DeviceSony Xperia Z1Nokia Lumia 1020Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom
OSAndroid (4.2.2)Windows Phone 8Android (4.2) TouchWiz Nature UX UI
Form factorCandybarCandybarCandybar
Dimensions5.69 x 2.91 x 0.33 inches (144.4 x 73.9 x 8.5 mm)5.13 x 2.81 x 0.41 inches (130.4 x 71.4 x 10.4 mm)4.94 x 2.50 x 0.61 inches (125.5 x 63.5 x 15.4 mm)
Weight5.96 oz (169 g)
the average is 4.4 oz (127 g)
5.57 oz (158 g)
the average is 4.4 oz (127 g)
7.34 oz (208 g)
the average is 4.4 oz (127 g)
Body material Glass/MetalPolycarbonate Polycarbonate
Side KeysRight: Volume control, Camera shutter, Lock/Unlock keyRight: Volume control, Camera shutter, Lock/Unlock keyLeft: Volume control, Camera shutter, Lock/Unlock key
RuggedWater (Water), Dust proof  
IP certifiedIP 58  
ColorsBlack, Purple, WhiteBlack, Yellow, WhiteBlack, White
DISPLAY


Physical size5.0 inches4.5 inches4.3 inches
Resolution1080 x 1920 pixels768 x 1280 pixels540 x 960 pixels
Pixel density
441 ppi334 ppi256 ppi
Technology
TFTAMOLEDSuper AMOLED
Colors16 777 21616 777 21616 777 216
Peak brightness 600 cd/m2 (nit) 

CAMERA


Camera20.7 megapixels41 megapixels16 megapixels
FlashLEDLED, XenonLED, Xenon
Aperture sizeF2.0F2.2F3.1-F17.8
Focal length (35mm equivalent)27mm26mm 
Optical zoom  10.0 x
FeaturesBack-illuminated sensor (BSI), Auto focus, Touch to focus, Digital image stabilization, Face detection, Smile detection, White balance presets, Burst mode, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Panorama, Scenes, Self-timerBack-illuminated sensor (BSI), Auto focus, AF Assist Beam, Touch to focus, Manual focus, Optical image stabilization, Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, Panorama, Scenes, Effects, Self-timerBack-illuminated sensor (BSI), Auto focus, Optical image stabilization, Face detection, Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, Burst mode, Geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Panorama, Macro mode, Night mode, Scenes, Effects, Self-timer
Camera sensor size1/2.3"1/1.5"1/2.3"
Camcorder1920x1080 (1080p HD)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps), 1280x720 (720p HD) (60 fps)
Recording formatMPEG4, H.263, H.264  
FeaturesDigital image stabilization, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Continuous autofocus, Video lightOptical image stabilization, Continuous autofocus, Video light
Optical image stabilization, Continuous autofocus, Video light
Front-facing camera2 megapixels1.2 megapixels1.9 megapixels
Video capture1920x1080 (1080p HD) 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)  1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)

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posted on 04 Sep 2013, 11:39 16

1. PunyPoop (Posts: 752; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


Lumia 1020 and Xperia Z1 are the best!

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 11:46 20

7. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Lumia 1020 is the best!*

There you go.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 11:47 23

9. lee480 (Posts: 197; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


Correction: Xperia Z1 is the best!

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 11:50 23

15. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Correction: Xperia Z1 and Lumia 1020 are the best. Galaxy S4 Zoom is an oversize garbage.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 12:15 4

36. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Correction (to PhoneArena): You're "Side View" comparison is an absolute farce, as it cuts off significant portions of both the Galaxy S Zoom and Lumia 1020 to make them appear slimmer.

This is worse than when your Galaxy S III side-view was mysteriously warped to look significantly slimmer than it actually was.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 15:53

62. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Correction: Your

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 19:04

68. rgxVOiD (Posts: 440; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


Correction. My Canon 5D mkII is the best with 70-200mm lens

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 14:35 1

57. lansky1213 (Posts: 11; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)


1020 definitely is the best in the camera department and durability

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 11:47 1

10. PunyPoop (Posts: 752; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


Not AGAIN SMURF!

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 11:52 3

16. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1484; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


"I'll wait for the camera comparisons before pulling the trigger"

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 11:54

18. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Did everybody forgot the Oppo N1? A cameraphone from Oppo?

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 13:15 1

51. vikas.rrr (Posts: 9; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


Good to know that OPPO are also in the reckoning with the best in the business,though that's little hard to agree since both Nokia and Sony have had good experience makes camera phones and camera. But cannot rule out innovation, Lets see what they have to offer something better and unique or just gimmicky stuff good for special conditions (Read Ultrapixel)

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 11:55 2

21. ihatesmartphone (unregistered)


As long as it runs on Android
Xperia Z1 FTW!!

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 12:32

40. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


TWO BEST PHONES with high MP camera lense. for me I'll get the Z1

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 13:38 2

54. rassouli5 (Posts: 51; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


No phone can even come close to Lumia 1020! Nokia Lumias are the best phones ever made... Well soon to be Microsoft Lumias, which I'm more excited to see!!!

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 16:13

63. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Nokia Lumia 1020 = Master & Sony Xperia Z1 = Commander

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 21:39

71. Alex123 (Posts: 241; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


No one complain about weight on the Z1?
weight S4 zoom (bulky and a camera-like) > Z1 > L1020
camera Lumia 1020 > Z1 > S4 zoom

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 18:14

74. namvuong77 (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)


Lumia 1020 and Sony Xperia Z1 are following Nokia 808 Pureview .
Galaxy S4 Zoom has optical zoom 10x , likes a binocular . Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom makes a great difference .

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 11:41 13

2. lee480 (Posts: 197; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


Is Galaxy Zoom even a cameraphone? It's just a camera with smart features.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 11:43 4

3. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 595; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


For the Z1, I can say congratulations to Sony for making the phone slim with a big camera sensor.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 11:54 2

19. gazmatic (Posts: 795; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


but its "heavy"

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 12:08

30. Lyngdoh (Posts: 268; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


But its not plastic.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 12:11 2

32. gazmatic (Posts: 795; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


but its not samsung

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 12:17 2

37. Lyngdoh (Posts: 268; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


Sony = Wow!
Samsung = meh!

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 13:25

53. ahomad (Posts: 175; Member since: 15 May 2012)


thank god

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 12:33 1

41. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


they make it have bigger bezels too make it water proof.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 11:43 4

4. Fernandezxc (Posts: 42; Member since: 12 Mar 2012)


The Galaxy s4 Zoom is not a phone, it's a camera that can make calls , so i dont know what it's doing here

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 11:55 1

20. StreetNerd (Posts: 821; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


a camera that can makes calls is a cameraphone...

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 11:45 4

5. rms.max (Posts: 95; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


no OIS in Z1 :/

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 11:56

22. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1484; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Can anybody confirm whether it have a OIS or not?? Its a nice feature for camera centric smartphones.

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