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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...

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posted on 27 Jul 2013, 21:10 2

141. iushnt (Posts: 1785; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


So basically you mean wp are for those people who can't see the difference between superior and inferior products so they choose the inferior (wp) one

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 23:23

224. CyberAngel (Posts: 49; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


I can see the difference on a Full HDTV using miracast
You don't have THAT on any WP8 phone
nor 720 would would work anyway

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 14:24 1

78. mousesports (Posts: 274; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)


ahahahha noob troll ... f :D u

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 21:32 4

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


Ahahaha off topic can't support and back up his fanboys so you call others nob. Off topic go away please.
Losers jealous raged inpatient fanboys
Please go buy 3million lumias to support Living dead Nokia it will really help the dieing company...

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 11:44 1

17. raunak (Posts: 507; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


4mp is just too small, even with 2 micrometer. 1020 takes 5mp photos with over 4 micrometer pixel size (virtual, ofcourse).

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 11:23 2

4. alchemyduelist (Posts: 21; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


I don't know why you excluded the Xperia Z. It isn't the most popular smartphone around, but with the improved camera after 4.2.2 update, it definitely deserves a chance to prove itself.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 11:29

7. raunak (Posts: 507; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


Sony put a small sensor in Z and reduced pixel size so as to increase megapixels. The end result is not as good as S4 or even iPhone 5.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 11:29 1

8. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)


4.2.2 improved but its still bad.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 15:06 3

90. fabbriche (Posts: 13; Member since: 27 Jul 2013)


Xperia Z has the worst camera among all current popular smartphones.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 21:12 1

142. iushnt (Posts: 1785; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


But if xperia z was included here, I think it would have smoked HTC one for the last place.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 11:40 9

14. raunak (Posts: 507; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


A little note to PA:

Now that Nokia has finally made a mainstream phone with 41mp camera, shouldnt the scale be adjusted? For example 1020 is the best in capturing details and it gets 10, so shouldnt S4 get around 3 or 4 (1020 captures three times the detail of S4 (38mp vs 13mp)) because even though S4's photos are perfectly fine on their own, they just can't compete with those of 1020?

Isn't that the meaning of the word "comparison"?

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 11:46 4

18. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1116; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


It appears PhoneArena only does that kind of comparison to the HTC One and the Lumia 925 apparently. Worst PhoneArena doesn't even say why the low scores were atributted.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 11:51 3

21. raunak (Posts: 507; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


Exactly, If S4 gets 8 in detail even compared to 1020, then they are taking the meaning out of the word comparison. Before 1020, an 8 would have been fine because 808 wasnt a mainstream phone and compared to other phones, S4 is pretty good. Now it just doesnt make sense.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 11:58 6

24. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1116; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Check this one out.

http://www.technobuffalo.com/2013/07/25/nokia-lumia-1020-vs-htc-one-camera-comparison/

I wonder why the HTC photos aren't as "crappy" as the ones that were taken by Ray S. The One can hold its own as far as detail is not concerned but this "comparison" makes it look like the camera isn't worth anything. And the Lumia 925 pictures i have seen are also very good looking yet it gets a low score here as well.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 12:01 5

25. raunak (Posts: 507; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


Dude, it's PA.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 12:28 4

30. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


"Note: We're using the Panasonic Lumix GH2 camera for reference."

It's right below the first paragraph of the article.

They're comparing all the phones to their own camera, not the 1020 to every other phone.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 12:47 6

38. tech2 (Posts: 3475; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


A good camera is not about 'megapixels'.

By your logic of 'so shouldnt S4 get around 3 or 4 (1020 captures three times the detail of S4 (38mp vs 13mp)' the websites don't even need to host such a comparison. Just copy the megapixels into the box and let the computer compute the score, right? !

Your jealousy towards S4 just goes to prove that its a better phone coz you don't want Lumia 1020 to score better, you just want S4 to score bad ....smh

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 12:57 2

42. raunak (Posts: 507; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


Megapixels do mean better quality if the corresponding phone also has a bigger sensor to go along with it. So if youre comparing S4 and 1020, you can either compare by sensor size or by megapixel number, it'll mean the same thing. If 1020 had the same sensor size as the S4, then what youre saying wouldhv made sense, but since 1020 has a much bigger sensor, it's fine to compare by megapixel numbers.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 13:22

54. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Spit on. If megapixels were everything, the HTC Titan II with its SIXTEEN megapixel camera would have beaten the Nokia N8 (which is still a champ) and be unbeaten phone-wise by everything but the 808 PureView and Lumia 1020.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 13:30 4

59. raunak (Posts: 507; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


did you even bother reading my comment? titan 2 had a small sensor and a big megapixel count, which is stupid.

1020 and 808, on the other hand have big sensors, in which case, the megapixels actually mean something other than just a number. get it now?

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 17:39

130. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


The reply should have said "Spot on", not "spit", which is a term of agreement; I was adding an example of how megapixels aren't everything to further illustrate our point. The Titan II is a great example of how cutting-edge specs (screen size and camera megapixels and such) do not always make a great phone.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 17:30 1

125. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Or leave the scale as-is, and open up the top-end. 925 and S4 would get a 9, 1020 would get like. 13 or so.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 11:42 9

16. sergiobr (Posts: 712; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


LOL !!! I continue with my minimum pocket camera sONY dsc-tx66. Much better !!! S4 has better Software and second place. NO REASON to buy this thing ! Look what the pro photographers are saying athttp://connect.dpreview.com/post/1305711237/lumia-1020?news ... "The noise is horrible, even with the noise reduction in those "low light" shots. Outdoors in bright light it's not terrible, looks about the same as the iPhone5, but compared to a real camera, dslr or mirrorless these are abysmal." ... "Absolutely horrible." ... "The point is to use it as a great 5MP camera which surpasses everything else in smartphone territory (except the Nokia 808). I agree that the full sized images don't look that good, but downsampled to 5MP, they are excellent."

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 12:20 5

28. raunak (Posts: 507; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


"but downsampled to 5MP, they are excellent"

"which surpasses everything else in smartphone territory (except the Nokia 808)"

well, that was the point ALL ALONG. Did you really think 1020 was meant to compete with frigging dslr's??? NO! it was meant to be the best SMARTPHONE camera, not the best camera in world.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 12:25 7

29. sergiobr (Posts: 712; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


No reason to spend my money. I expected something more from 1020. As I told before ... I´ll buy the S4 and keep my tiny sony allways with me.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 12:59

44. raunak (Posts: 507; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


probably you'll get what you want after gdr3. anyways, your choice.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 13:37 1

63. papss (unregistered)


Good luck with that cheeseball creaky phone that lags all over due to the bloatware that SS up in it. Also you may want to wait until the S800 version hits as they may finally get rid of the lag by adding even more processing power.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 15:44 5

103. Oxygen (Posts: 125; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I have the chance to play with my friend's S4 octa version and to compare it with my HTC One. I have to say that it's rather smooth. Sometimes there's some minor fps drops when using TW launcher but no big deal really. Most people use a third party launcher anyway. In term of gaming performance, the S4 in on par of my HTC One, it even loads some heavy games faster. Based on the samples, its camera is definitely on par with the Lumia 1020, which is quite a surprise.
Add the monstrous performance it's capable of, more features, better specs, real time multitasking and so on, it's certainly a better samrtphone than the lumia 1020 and by far.

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: 1785; 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.

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