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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 28 Jul 2013, 06:57 2

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

No he's a fanboy! What's your problem...? Jealous! We understand and we all agree that the brand and platform is really disliked by consumers and public. Except Nokia fanboys.

Fandroids Everywhere


posted on 28 Jul 2013, 11:26 1

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

you call yourself a fandroid yet you claim you're objective...funny

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 08:29 1

189. roscuthiii (Posts: 2217; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)

Or what? You'll get even more immature? I think I can handle that.

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 08:53 1

190. papss (unregistered)

You again? You're so cute when you act tough.. Just stop already. You don't need to be his savior... Again he needs not comment if he can't back up his lies. It's as easy as copy and paste if he truly disliked the photo quality then prove it. If he can't then that proves my point. I suspect that's the case with most on here though.. I'm betting over half the comments are fiction with the phones they have. It's pretty pathetic really

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 10:57 1

192. roscuthiii (Posts: 2217; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)

Uh... if anyone's playing Mr. Internet Muscles, that would be you there, "killer".

Who are you that he has to justify himself to? Liking something is subjective. He can post a link to a photo that he thinks is utter crap, and you think is wonderful. I can even agree with you that I think the photo is wonderful too. At the end of the day, it's his photo and up to him to decide if he likes, or not.

I'd be willing to bet that even more than half of comments posted are fiction. It's the internet. Take it with a grain of salt. Don't like it, don't post.

To wit, I'm going to follow my own advice now. Cheers, mate!

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 17:08 2

118. Dj_Yawar (Posts: 43; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)

Haha..i laugh how people fight for a piece of electronic... the topic started from A and ended up at XYZ.... in between this, some R&D engineers throw some technical sh*t by reading it on other websites.. Lolz.. Grow up kids..

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 18:47

134. Libra501 (Posts: 14; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

This is totally a biased comparison , we need a genuine one in near future.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 19:53

138. ffaarrooqq (Posts: 65; Member since: 26 May 2011)

Sony Xperia Z was Horrible in Camera.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 21:05

139. disturbed (Posts: 4; Member since: 27 Jul 2013)

I jus dont understand the hate against wp. No 1s put a gun 2 ur head n if u dnt like it dnt get it simple
ive bin a Nokia fan all my life but shifted to Android wid the Motorola razr maxx n was very happy wid it xcept the camera it was n awesome fone n den got the l920 was astonished at the diff between the speeds of both the fones but now I've a s4 n believe me da camera isnt as good as da 920s or the usability the chrome crashes like hell the games load slower than the iph5 oh hav da also(wife) n the battery isn't all its hyped up to be btw hav the i9500 so the best of the best n it still lags. N all that customization wid diff roms n unlocking da boot loader I understand but honestly it's jus diff effects u tire of em after a while all in all I like ma s4 has smthins dat l920 never did but can live widout em n a friend has the htc one think it's a far better fone htc might hav missed it wid da older one(smthin) n s3 rocked but htc really hit it out of the ball park dis time n s4 isnt all its hyped up 2 be

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 21:45 3

154. iushnt (Posts: 1676; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)

It's clear that you don't have s4

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 22:15 1

156. disturbed (Posts: 4; Member since: 27 Jul 2013)

Bro I wrote the previous comment from my s4 shows how closed minded u r

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 22:23 2

158. disturbed (Posts: 4; Member since: 27 Jul 2013)

I love tech n come to phonearena only for the news but seriously I think the article writer was a Lil biased to the s4 n in no ways did it outdo the lumia color I might give it but everything else no one was even close. Btw if u say dat no 1 else is even close to the lumia in all the other categories shouldn't the scores be lime lumia 9 n s4 like maybe 6 or less becuz da difference I c is like lumia pic is ferrari n s4 a mustang it's not bad but there's no comparison

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 22:44

159. VictorZx (Posts: 6; Member since: 27 Jul 2013)

Why Sony Xperia Z not in list?

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 22:50 2

160. freebee269 (Posts: 539; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)

so much butt hurt in these comments. android fans mad the lumia 1020 beat their beloved galaxy s4 in something. i hope you guys are getting paid to defend samsung, if not then that's a shame because this is alot of work you're putting in.

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 00:18 2

165. ShenAlJoker (Posts: 113; Member since: 19 Jul 2013)

Lumia 1020 will rock the world. And with the upcoming update Nokia will kick samsung's a** wide open!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 03:33

177. steelicon (Posts: 317; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)

I think I've heard that about 3 years ago. Still nothing. Probably wait for the next update? The next WP? Maybe another 3 years of waiting? You wait while we rock on Nokia 808 PureView, Symbian and Android!

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 01:07 2

168. BabylonShine (Posts: 25; Member since: 08 Feb 2013)

Samsung bought sevral sites for their campaigen and PhoneArena is owned by Samsung , no wonder they make G4 in good position Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC is better than G4's camera

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 02:03 1

172. sbw44 (Posts: 433; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)

If the 1020 got a 9/10 and s4 got 8/10 wonder what the 808 would have got because its been said the 1020 is slightly better than the 808! So there is no way a 808 can draw with a crappy s4! So just shows how flawed you comparison is! Nothing new about samsungarena!

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 02:14 3

173. sbw44 (Posts: 433; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)

Plus in what universe does the s4 draw with the 1020 and let alone the 925 and htc one in night shots????? The picture clearly shows the 1080 a clear winner but still s4 got a draw! The 1020's tech alone kills the s4 and the comp in low light! 6 lenses, ZEISS optics, OIS, Oversampling, Xenon flash, F/2.2, Way bigger sensor!

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 07:53 3

186. picka_vi_materina (Posts: 174; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)

Sorry, PhoneArena, but the 1020 takes much better macro shots. Check the lack of DoF on the S4. There is hardly any background blur. The bias is unreal. Plus the 1020 captures much more detail with the resolution it provides.

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 08:01 2

187. picka_vi_materina (Posts: 174; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)

Oh, and PA, if you wanna call the 1020 the best cameraphone, why don't you compare it with the 808PV?

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 09:59 1

191. ngo2dd (Posts: 896; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)

the fact they score the S4 better then the one in Nice mode show that they are biased. Many other site said the otherwise. Ray you are not a journalist.

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 13:21 1

201. Cod3rror (Posts: 129; Member since: 06 Apr 2013)

The conclusion:

808 is better. 1020's pictures are very grainy and noisy, even in daylight, and have that oilpaiting look with oversaturation.

1020 needed a bigger, 1" sensor and better algorithms. It does not blow away the Galaxy S4 or the iPhone 5, and it does not offer anything else. S4 or iPhone 5 have great modern hardware, and MUCH better ecosystems.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 04:43 1

207. Boogieman (Posts: 10; Member since: 02 Jun 2013)

Is there an error in the score for night photos?

The text says
"The Lumia 1020 easily takes the cake here, followed by the Galaxy S4 and Apple iPhone 5"
but the score says 8 8 7 ???

Also there is not a chance in h..ll that the iphone takes better photos than neither lumia 925 or HTC one - that is just a apple fanboy dream.

So DEFINITELY you have messed up the score on the night photo page. Fix it please

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 05:51 2

211. preet27in (banned) (Posts: 173; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)

again that stupid BIASED decision towards s4. GS4 is no where near to nokia lumia 1020 camera at allllllll. its only PHONE ARENA which always give those biased decisions as if they own samsung. huh

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 13:22 3

213. levuphuc (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Jul 2013)

Samsung is a sponsor of this site. This post is not a review, it looks like an advertise. The reviewer is not professional.

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 06:03 2

232. mahekm (Posts: 7; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)

You prove it again "Samarena"... sorry.... phonearena, look 1020 is way better than s4...

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 05:52 2

234. sreesnadh (Posts: 7; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)

zeiss again

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 05:53 1

235. sreesnadh (Posts: 7; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)

1020 better than s4

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 06:44 1

236. Hacked (Posts: 3; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)

why always samsung ... don't compare anything with samsung. Cheap plastic shouldn't be compared after all.

posted on 01 Aug 2013, 08:50 1

237. BraggingBob (Posts: 25; Member since: 17 May 2013)

This site is very biased on Nokia with several topics on Nokia camera comparions on the front page. Samsung is very content on beating Nokia in sales and profit. Why don't you see how Nokia Lumia 1020 sales compare to S4? WP8 is a failure.

posted on 01 Aug 2013, 12:57

238. Boogieman (Posts: 10; Member since: 02 Jun 2013)

Unless your joking you must be seriously high :D

posted on 03 Aug 2013, 09:44 1

239. BraggingBob (Posts: 25; Member since: 17 May 2013)

How are the Nokia Lumia 1020 sales doing buddy? Meeting your expectations? Your expectations are very low.

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 01:38

242. dre786 (Posts: 46; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)

this whole comparison make me sick. the 1020 is light years away from this fan boy wishes so PA you just waste your time.

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 07:33

246. Neutralcolor123 (Posts: 2; Member since: 06 May 2013)

As you can clearly see the resoults of the lumia range are better than the rest, the iphone did good too. But the phonearena team somehow treat's nokia like its not on par with samsung and others, when the resoults of the pictures show that samsung can't compare to what nokia has to offer. In one test they took the worst photos they could with the nokia and the best with the s4 and then compared them. Some were eaven out of focus... I have the lumia 925 and my girlfriend has the s4 and when she uses my phone as a camera she says its a 100 times better them her's. I took them both out for a spin and tweaked every single setting they have then i put those photos on my computer and the resoults were indeed better with the lumia. the video is alot better too, so is the sound quality of the recording. So these test aren't relevant. check out alot of other websites you will be amazed at how diffrent they treat nokia's camera.

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 08:53

247. seret6 (Posts: 154; Member since: 14 Aug 2013)

being a samsung lover im extremely angry at seeing iphone5 beating s4 and lumia1020
hopefully note3 will beat them all

posted on 27 Oct 2013, 09:11

250. garret1976 (Posts: 9; Member since: 27 Oct 2013)

Just read this test and I think its not biased. I also saw de comparison photo's on GSMarena and they are exactly the same.


1 - 1020
2 - S4
3 - I5
4 - 925

Lumia 925 sometimes better in low light and video.

I had HTC OneX, Xperia Z, Pureview 808, Iphone 5 and S4 and the 808 is overall the best but S4 is also very very good in bright light.

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