Lumia 1020 and iPhone 5s get compared with DSLRs, Nokia's camera deemed years ahead of the iPhone

Lumia 1020 and iPhone 5s get compared with DSLRs, Nokia's camera deemed years ahead of the iPhone
When the renowned Dpreview makes a phone camera comparison with their favorite DSLRs, one ought to listen. When this comparison involves Nokia Lumia 1020 with its 41 MP sensor, and one of the most widely used cameras out there - the one on the iPhone 5s - one ought to listen more. The DSLRs in question included some heavyweights out there, such as Canon EOS 10D, Canon EOS 20D, Canon EOS 30D, Canon EOS 40D, Nikon D800 and the Nikon FM2 film camera.

The iPhone's camera was praised for its ease of use with nearly no manual controls and incredibly fast shot-to-shot times, which allowed the comparison authors to take ten shots per second in burst mode. When it comes to image quality in good lighting, however, the folks from Dpreview lauded the tiny but powerful lens that Nokia created along with Zeiss, which allows soaking in so much detail from the center to the edge of the frame, almost as much as the Nikon D800 was capable of, and that one is much larger. 

Lumia 1020 and iPhone 5s get compared with DSLRs, Nokia's camera deemed years ahead of the iPhone

The whole piece is worth reading, but here is the final verdict, which tells you how far smartphone cameras have advanced in the last year or two:

source: DPReview

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Lumia 1020
  • Display 4.5" 768 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 41 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2000 mAh(13.3h 3G talk time)
iPhone 5s
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A7, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1570 mAh(10h 3G talk time)

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57 Comments

1. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

Nokia is awesome in camera department now needs to catch up in the other areas of a smartphone and it will be King again.Come on NOKIA!!!!

13. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Wow great! Yes you are absolutely right, Nokia's Cameras are always great and most of the time very ahead of others especially 1020 / 1520. Koreans are close too even Apple but not as good as Nokia. Hey Daniel, you messed up li'l bit with DSLR - DLSR??? ;) Anyways, nice article and I like your articles too.

29. adecvat

Posts: 600; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

1520 not included.

54. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1457; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Its not as much as Nokia and the camera as it is the Calr Zeiss lens. The Carl Zeiss lens is what makes th Nokia camera out shine the rest. One of the beat lens ever made for a camera is Carl Zeiss.

55. Snoobab

Posts: 175; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Let's not forget the sensor technology and image processing algorithims. That's all Nokia. Agreed though, Nokia+Zeiss make an unbeatable mobile imaging combo.

2. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Hmm not years ahead of iPhone. but just a year ahead of iPhone. Apple will "take" (i am not saying steal) everything from there as usual and then call it innovation of 2014 ...

4. Gaurav008

Posts: 328; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Much Bait. Very Appericiate. Thanks.

56. Snoobab

Posts: 175; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Correction: Yes, YEARS ahead of the iPhone imaging :) Just look at the photo comparisons again.

3. Gaurav008

Posts: 328; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Obviously. Nokia's cameras have always been industry leading. Respect. _/\_

30. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

your comment too. +1020

5. maverick786us

Posts: 157; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

God knows what the future holds, once Nokia's phone division is purchased by MS

11. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

After MS acquires it, You will not to connect your phone to the internet once a day, to use it.

20. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

lol. +1

33. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Lol +3310

34. Extradite

Posts: 316; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

Lol+ 8860

6. Pedro0x

Posts: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

It may be because of lumia has a fracking bump on the back. Iphone also takes pictures way faster. Lumia 1020 is a cameraphone and should not be compared to phones like Iphone 5s, lumia 1020 is in a league of its own.

7. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

There´s no competition (by while) with Nokia phones, but there´s a LOT to do in OIS. I allways carried my Nokia 808 with me. Now just with my Note 3 I can take breathless photos (camera Pro in low light). Bring Pureview to Android and Nokia rules the world !

8. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

Yes but it's behind iPhone and Samsung in other areas

9. shikroi

Posts: 187; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

Like what?

12. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Everything else...

15. fouadqr

Posts: 326; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

Like what ?! ..

17. whysoserious

Posts: 318; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

A good start is the number of apps available.

18. Beijendorf unregistered

Oh great, the App-argument again. That argument became obsolete a little while, and is also irrelevant to the hardware.

31. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

OS....simple

35. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

i agree, and that's true.

38. Extradite

Posts: 316; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

"Restrictions" should be slightly more "Open"

37. Extradite

Posts: 316; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

It still needs "Notifications" able to download via "Browser"

44. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Notifications? What the heck do you think live tiles are for. I have over 30 tiles pined, 15 at first glance. How many programs in your phone that you use on a daily basis that require notifications? 10 20 50 102? Please its old and only being put into 8.1 for people like you nothing more. Download via browser...download what? UCBrowser can. Torrent? WPTorrent

47. Extradite

Posts: 316; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

Scrolling through the whole screen, swiping on the next page, looking up and down, left and right is really annoying. iOs has it, so does Android. It's much convinient.

50. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

again, you failed to answer the question, only presented how 'difficult' it is to look at a screen. What apps require attention of notifications that you use everyday, that total more than 20? (amount i can put on my small screen without having to scroll anywhere) And no scrolling down is the equivalent as pulling down a notification window, requires the same clicks, but instead of me switching to a different view for information i have my original view. Swipping right is for your app list, hitting the letter lets me filter or search for an app. Same thing in droid when you go to installed app list and its in a grid hidden by 5 pages of info...

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