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Camera Comparison: Nokia Lumia 1020 vs Galaxy S4, iPhone 5, Lumia 925, One

0. phoneArena 27 Jul 2013, 11:13 posted on

Ever since the announcement of the Nokia Lumia 1020, there's been little doubt that it'll be the smartphone to claim the prestigious title of “Best Cameraphone”. However, we can never be sure of something until we've seen it with our own eyes. That's why we're pitting the ambitious Lumia 1020 against the hottest smartphones out there. It's here that the 1020 has to face the Galaxy S4, iPhone 5, Lumia 925 and the One. Fearsome opponents, right? Well, if the Lumia 1020 is man enough, it'll surely be able to trump them with its chubby 41MP PureView camera. Let's hit those camera shutters and see what happens...

This is a discussion for a review. To read the whole review, click here

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 17:01 1

116. papss (unregistered)


The problem is that it's not on par.. It's not even close in the photo department

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 21:23 3

146. iushnt (Posts: 762; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


I have an exynos model and I made my friends get it as well.. I dunno how 1020 performs but my s4 actually take great pics. It may not be par with 1020 but its really great. Performance is also great and as most of my frens have this, group play function is so usable. I loved it even more when I could use group play. Now me and my frens will continue buying the galaxy high ends as its definitely better and future proof.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 17:26 5

124. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Exactly! But then again, haters gonna hate.. Won't change the FACT that the GSIV is definitely much much better device than the 1020!

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 21:36 6

152. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


That's right

Samsung S4 FTW
23 MILLION S4 IN 2 MONTHS. IT WILL TAKE NOKIA 2 YEARS TO SELL LUMIA PHONES .
What a joke

Samsung Rules and S4 has killed every device out there. Now just imagine what the S5 will do
35 million in 2 months
®

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 03:31 5

176. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Samsung will have to change the design of their next Galaxies if they want to achieve this. But Design 3.0 is coming next year with some carbon fiber love hopefully!

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 17:34 1

128. Damo579 (Posts: 218; Member since: 18 May 2013)


Most people don't use custom launchers only tech people do..... Touchwiz is pretty smooth with very little lag my boss has a GS4

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 23:29

225. CyberAngel (Posts: 47; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


actually
NO

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 14:30 1

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


By pro-photographers do you mean the troll comments in the comment section on dpreview? I have an account on that site and I can just as easily log on and pan the 1020, so can you and Troll. I don't understand why you would think the opinions of commenters on a tech site have any sort of professional credibility.

The only one there with any credibility as pro-photographer would be the author of the article who had this to say: "Nokia's 41MP Lumia 1020 looks impressive"

Oh and from the pool of so-called "pro-photographers" commenting in the comment section I found these:

"This phone camera or camera phone is impressive"
Given that the iPhone 5 in this test has worse image quality than the 1020 and a vastly superior camera system to your iPhone 4, I'm not entirely sure what you're smoking to come to that conclusion."

"the IQ is impressive and way better than other smartphones but the biggest problem with the 1020 is that its a Windows phone"

"Very impressive results in all conditions. Beats out all of the popular phones.?"

Great example of cherry picking.

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 04:50

178. sergiobr (Posts: 435; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


Ok you found some positive comments in the article, but .... the rest ??? Who´s the troll ??? I know ! You expected a lot, but ... buy a 808 Pureview is cheaper and a better phone. I´m your friend, don´t waste your money in WP. Or ... buy a Honami or Motorola X. Wish you a good return to real life.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 11:50 1

20. ahmed_ali_yossef2010 (Posts: 159; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


GS4 is the best night shots O.o ????????????

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 11:57 8

23. raunak (Posts: 505; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


Ofcourse it is. LOL, It's a PA comparison. I'm actually surprised 1020 won. I guess it would have been just too ridiculous to brand S4 as better cameraphone than 1020.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 12:29 8

31. Rehankhan (Posts: 323; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


oh look its pa they are biased but i am still gonna comment here seriously why dont people just leave pa instead of doing oh its pa this and that

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 12:43 1

37. FeroDeNO (banned) (Posts: 34; Member since: 20 Jul 2013)


they are..

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 13:01 3

46. jellmoo (Posts: 704; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


God forbid people expect a little objectivity in a camera comparison, instead of yet another Samsung circle jerk...

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 13:02 5

47. raunak (Posts: 505; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


so you don't think PA is biased? feel sorry for you. besides, i come here because PA is good when it comes to delivering news, but their reviews are not that good.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 01:20 1

205. tashreef (Posts: 476; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)


Yes they re biased fully biased ...

http://www.gottabemobile.com/2013/07/23/nokia-lumia-1020-review-the-camera-phone-king/

check the above link and of course don't forget to Compare GS4 Night Shots...

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 15:11 2

92. giani (Posts: 269; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


Ray S is a sammy donkey...don t get to upset with him...he just obeys orders from daddy plastic. (all those student fees ?! )

p,s, if you want a proper comparison with real technical details try anandtech.com (brian klug)

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 15:19 1

96. a_merryman (Posts: 718; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


I know, in what world did the SG4 tie with the lumia 1020, it had the worst night shots! I think the IP5 or the HTC One came in second after the 1020....based on the fact I can actually see whats going on in the night shots, unlike the SG4

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 17:49 1

131. -box- (Posts: 3878; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Or Lumia 925

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 19:23 2

136. papss (unregistered)


Agreed.. The S4 night shot was grainy as hell...

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 21:30 2

148. iushnt (Posts: 762; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


But it definitely takes better night shots than Lumia 925. I have S4 and night mode takes good night shots. Sammy has so many features for s4 that they haven't promoted this feature yet but Nokia Lumia 9xx only had this feature so they always pronoted night photography but still s4 won. Don't believe fanboys coz they are less creditable, dun believe me as well but give more creditability to the author or else you can try yourself if it's possible..

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 23:33

226. CyberAngel (Posts: 47; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


"Don't believe fanboys"
Good advice - fanboy!

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 12:33 3

32. FeroDeNO (banned) (Posts: 34; Member since: 20 Jul 2013)


they shud have used galaxy s4 zoom

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 13:32 1

61. raunak (Posts: 505; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


this comparison only includes phones.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 14:12 6

75. FeroDeNO (banned) (Posts: 34; Member since: 20 Jul 2013)


so what is 1020 doing here?
as far as i know galaxy s4 zoom cane make calls?
text sms?
and sim card can be inserted???

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 14:29 3

81. sorcio46 (Posts: 407; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


You're righ, in fact the S4 zoom is a space ship...

Plase Stahp WP fanboy!

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 16:10 6

110. Shatter (Posts: 2031; Member since: 29 May 2013)


The zoom is a phone, it is much more comparable to the 1020 than the s4. On that chart it would of probably got a 9/10.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 16:05 4

109. Oxygen (Posts: 82; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


If I'm correct, the S4 zoom have more features than the lumia 1020, which makes it 'smarter' than the lumia.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 23:34

227. CyberAngel (Posts: 47; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


You mean like the quarter HD screen 960x540 ?
It's actually Samsung Galaxy S4 MINI Zoom

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 21:32

149. iushnt (Posts: 762; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


It would have destroyed everything

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 12:35 1

33. roscuthiii (Posts: 1873; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Ugh! My work internet is being a little punk right now and I can't get beyond the first few samples on page 1.
However, page 1 is details and you gave the 1020 a score of 10? Um, WTF??? The street signs in the intersection are blurry as all get out and yet just about every other picture I've seen they are far sharper and more legible.
What the 1020 does give, however is a far larger image because it's 41MP... but size isn't exactly "details" now is it?

I know there are many more pages of the comparison for the 1020 to prove it's the better camera, but I hope the rest of them aren't this unbalanced in review.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 12:54 3

40. steelicon (Posts: 313; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)


Hi PhoneArena! Please include a one on one with Nokia 808 PureView PRO Hyperion RM-807 versus this impostor L1020. Thank you!

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 13:39 2

65. papss (unregistered)


Isn't you get the memo? Symbian is dead and has been for sometime. Thanks for the support.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 15:04 1

89. steelicon (Posts: 313; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)


Loading...

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 15:24 2

97. steelicon (Posts: 313; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)


Just because it is not in production anymore doesn't mean that it isn't the best smart cameraphone yet, even trumping this mediocre so-called follow-up in most situations, not to mention the mobile OS front and features.

What kind of a camera centric smartphone that does not even have external storage support, much less microSD or USB OTG and on a 32GB device? Nokia Maps can easily eat that up not to mention media like videos and music.

Even HDMI is missing!

Just because something isn't in circulation anymore doesn't make it lesser than the best!

Go back to your cave, WinPhan pretend NokiaFan Troll! Go back to your prehistoric feature-less app-less WP-trying-to-ape iOS! Shooo!

IOS IS WAY BETTER THAN WP and I even daresay ANDROID IS WAY BETTER THAN WP!!!

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 23:37

228. CyberAngel (Posts: 47; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


have you ever tried the shaky videos with your 808?
Lumia 1020 has OIS
AND
Nokia 808 needed upgrade before produced nice photos
You know that, don't you?
The same goes with the over-sharpened 1020 pics

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 02:35

174. MrKoles (Posts: 330; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


go the f* away.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 13:00 5

45. jellmoo (Posts: 704; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


Here we go again... PA just can't do a camera comparison to save their lives. Every single time it's the same terrible use of a small sample of photos, and every time there is a figurative wank off as soon as it gets to the Samsung. I honestly don't understand... The camera on the S4 is certainly capable, but come on, have a little objectivity. The night photos in particular are astoundingly terrible. Every other comparison has stunning shots from the One and the 920/925/928, yet every time it comes along, PA produces the absolute worst shots with these devices and somehow makes great shots with the S4. It boggles the mind.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 21:36 3

151. iushnt (Posts: 762; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


S4 takes great night shots as well.. I have it

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 23:39

229. CyberAngel (Posts: 47; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


It does, but the Lumia 920 does it better
I have BOTH !!

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 07:49

185. skyguy7567 (Posts: 148; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)


That's by the amazing technology of photo editing, my friend. Sony's photos always look dark, somewhat blurry and strangly-colored. Before I had my Xperia Z I believed that, but now, PA don't joke around. Although other reviews on the web said that the XZ's camera does not have a 'Wow' sensation, it is just because other great camera phones like the Lumia 920 is out already. So of course no wow. There's no real auto adjusting in camera tech. Superior Auto in the Xperia Z works especially well, better than the auto detection on other cameras. If the shot is not what you like, just go to the standard shooting mode and grab the best shots. If you really know about taking photos you will know that adjusting is the best way to correct a photo, but not adjusting so that the photo looks ugly (You know who I'm talking about) When I pick up a samsung phone, no matter HOW I adjust the photos come out terrible. Despite the fact that samsung uses PNG format and Sony uses JPEG format to store their photos.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 13:07 2

48. -box- (Posts: 3878; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


How did the 925 not do better? It's an improved 920, and while it lacks the 928's Xenon flash (which should have been on the 925), it does have the sixth lens element. It should pound the 5 and go toe-to-toe with the s4, only losing due to lower resolution. Also speaking from experience as a 925 owner.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 13:26 1

57. roscuthiii (Posts: 1873; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


(Not sure if this will wind up as a double-ish post or not, but...)

It did do better... the reviewer just didn't score it better.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 14:06 1

72. Teeeyoo (Posts: 50; Member since: 13 Jul 2013)


Give 1020 a break and a chance people.. Atleast they have something they can brag on..at least for the camera.. Oh wait i keep on repeating atleast..maybe just atleast.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 14:34

83. terabyteRouser (Posts: 452; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


camera is legit

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 15:37 3

100. krimHD (Posts: 106; Member since: 23 May 2012)


smoked by lumia 1020 :D

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 15:42 3

101. Guarulhos (Posts: 39; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


1020 Pureview Should Be Compared To 808 Pureview !

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 15:53

107. arslanalikhan (Posts: 9; Member since: 18 Feb 2013)


hahaha i didnt see the pictures dis time cuz i knw samsung sIV and apple iphone are above lumia 102 but i m quite disappointed that this time phonearena feel if they doo the same then no 1 will come here....lol again biased comparsion just see night mode lol ...... s4 is nowhere close to lumia 1020 and still same point ... phonearena i love your websites posts but i simply hate your comparsion infact in comparsion i will never purchase any device on your comparsion ..... lol macro shot.... lol why u didnt put 928 in this field...wonder that if you show that sIV has better pictures than 928 so everyone will not visit you guys lol cuz xenon flash is way better than led flash .... infact if you compare n8 to this modern smartphone you can see the difference i dont know for just liitle amout of money ofcourse from apple and samsung you make this type of bulls**t comparsion ... lol please make a fair comparsion ... its a request for u guys from a die hard fan of this website

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 21:43 3

153. iushnt (Posts: 762; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


S4 takes better pics than Lumia 9xx..

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 01:57 2

169. sbw44 (Posts: 412; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)


Says who? Only in PA's parallel universe does Nokia phones have crappy camera's! All other major websites praised the 920 and the 1020's camera! But here at PA it seems like they go out of there way to make Nokia photo's look crap!

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 06:53 2

181. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


It's the truth! Get over it please. Fanboy®

Every websites disowns, dislikes NokiaWp8!

Good for nothing. Living dead!

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 11:23 2

193. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


we all know that it's hard to read something different than PA crap, but try. For your own good.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 23:42

230. CyberAngel (Posts: 47; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


not in low light
not when your hands shake a bit
and by far not when shooting video

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 16:13 4

111. Shatter (Posts: 2031; Member since: 29 May 2013)


1020 camera colors are inaccurate according to most reviews.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 22:58

161. freebee269 (Posts: 528; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


can you link me to those reviews since you've already seen them? just curious.

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 04:56 2

179. sergiobr (Posts: 435; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


dpreview is one of them.

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 11:25 1

194. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


...and the only one

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 16:59 4

115. tyson3 (Posts: 17; Member since: 15 May 2012)


The camera is decent! I bought this phone and was highly disappointed and took it back this morning!!! Some pic were no better than the htc one. The low light pics were great but I've seen better on s4 and iphone 5. The phone kept over heating and wouldnt charge. It also kept closing out every app I used and couldnt receive certain text messages! Pic were good but not worth 299 period!!!

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 17:03 3

117. papss (unregistered)


Where are your sample photos? Produce "your" skydrive samples to prove you had one. Thanks

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 17:14 2

120. roscuthiii (Posts: 1873; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


What the frig does it matter if he/she does post images anyhow? Your quotation of the word, "your" clearly denotes you've made up your mind anyhow on the poster's veracity.

Besides which, all he said was that he was disappointed in what he got for what he paid for. And he's pretty damn much entitled to that, since it's subjective to the user.

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