Nokia Lumia 1520 vs HTC One max
Cameras get a lot of love with these two, which they should, especially when we’re talking about being big here. Interestingly enough, they go in the opposite directions in how they approach it. Going on the side with bigger is better, the Lumia 1520’s beefy sized 20-megapixel PureView camera is sure to cause a ruckus with its larger sized sensor (1/2.5”), dual-LED flash, f2.4 aperture Zeiss lens, and optical image stabilization module. Conversely, HTC continues to put its money on its “UltraPixel” technology, which amounts to having a 4-megapixel snapper, f2.0 aperture lens, and LED flash. As for their front-facing cameras, it’s a 1.2-megapixel one in the Lumia 1520, and a larger 2-megapixel one in the One max.
Being camera centric and all, it perfectly makes sense why the camera app of the Lumia 1520 closely mimics that of a normal point and shoot – where we’re given fine controls to modify certain elements. Even though the One max also lays claim to several manual controls, it doesn’t have the ability to manually adjust the focus on the fly like the Lumia 1520. However, its camera app incorporates the many shooting modes that give some people plenty of time to fool around with – whereas with the Lumia 1520, we’re required to rely on other apps, namely the Nokia Studio Creator app, to apply various filters and effects to our shots.With outdoor shots, you’ll be surprised to know that the One max puts up some good results that rivals the quality from the 5-megapixel samples out of the Lumia 1520 – albeit, it doesn’t match the awesome detail superiority put forth from those beefier full-sized 19-megapixel samples.
Under lower lighting situations, however, the Lumia 1520 really puts its foot forward by coughing up the sharper shots, which is attributed to the optical image stabilization feature of the Lumia 1520 keeping things steady so it’s able to capture the clearer shots. In comparison, the HTC One max’s low lighting performance seems to be more over-exposed and more prone to blurring – with diminished detail quality, obviously. Lastly, it’s worth noting that the Lumia 1520’s dual-LED flash is more potent than the single one from the One max.
Crazy to believe it, but it’s actually HTC’s phablet that wins in the 1080p video recording quality department. Out of everything, it’s simply the toned down details of the Lumia 1520’s results that distracts us so much – to the point where it looks extremely subdued in comparison to the One max’s videos. Additionally, there’s more noise present in the Lumia 1520’s low lighting video performance. Naturally, the results are better with the HTC One max. Well, except for its overly sharp audio recording quality. Aside from that, we’re pleased with everything else it brings to the table.
We’ll admit, we’re totally in love with the music players on both devices, just because they have very animated interfaces. With the HTC One max, it’s able to supplement its visuals by being able to display accompanying lyrics to songs – giving it a very karaoke-like experience. Impressively, the single speak of the Lumia 1520 is able muster up the same commanding volume tones pumped out by the One max’s dual-firing speakers with HTC BoomSound.
Blessed with ginormous displays that are rich with detail, further complemented by smooth performances, it’s hard to make a decision on which we like more when it comes to watching high-definition 1080p videos. Knowing that they also offer support for various video codecs out of the box, we’re going to have to call it a tie.
Nokia Lumia 1520 vs HTC One max - Camera and Multimedia