Sony Xperia Z1 Clear Zoom vs Lumia 1020 lossless zoom samples

Sony Xperia Z1 Clear Zoom vs Lumia 1020 lossless zoom samples
Sony Xperia Z1 seemingly uses the high resolution of its 20MP sensor for lossless zooming in a way that is very similar to the one pioneered by the Nokia 808 PureView, then making a cameo in the current Lumia 1020 flagship.

Sony's oversampling makes an 8 MP image out of the sensor, letting you close on the scene a tad shy of two times, whereas the huge sensor of the Lumia lets you zoom in more, though it results in 5 MP auto-mode photos. 

A dedicated blog took identical photos with the Lumia 1020 and the Z1, then zoomed in with the PureView lossless tech of Nokia and the Clear Zoom of Sony, and the results were pretty neck-and-neck when there was enough luminance around. 

When the light starts to go down, though, the gigantic sensor, optical image stabilization and Xenon flash of the Lumia 1020 certainly gave it a huge advantage before the Z1, though Sony's phone arguably brings a higher level of photographic prowess to the Android world. Check out the zoom crops compared below, with Lumia 1020 on the left, and the Xperia Z1 on the right.

source: AAWP

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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)
Xperia Z1
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(15h 3G talk time)

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77 Comments

1. TheStanleyFTW

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

Lumia 1020 is better :D

4. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 553; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Lumia 1020 is better in terms of sharpness but lacks natural colors compared to Z1.

13. tadaa

Posts: 267; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

if only they adjusted the camera to display more natural colors than tinkering with it to make images look more vivid. still the best camera in a smartphone

53. sapibuntinx

Posts: 61; Member since: May 08, 2013

lol, still standing for sony? lol... sony is a meh now, they can't compete with the market, the biggest 5" phone, yet their camera is still not the best, lol sony greedytard...

66. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

lol you lol use lol to lol much lol

58. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

Sony did this without having to make a giant sensor that sticks out so that's a win even if the Lumia 1020 is only a little better

59. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

little better? The score is 1020 84 points Z1 67 points. Size "Lumia 1020 130.4 x 71.4 x 10.4 mm , 158 g Xperia Z1 144 x 74 x 8.5 mm, 170 g + there is no OIS and No Xenon flash!!" "Yes, no hump, but massive bezels to hide the hump. The Z had big bezels, this is massive. It is only around 6-7 mm shorter than the 6-inch Bandit. It is the biggest 5-inch phone in the world, way bigger than the S4 and even much bigger than the 5.2 inch G2"

63. Omar-BHR95

Posts: 184; Member since: Dec 23, 2012

wait for the Lumia 1520 and it will demolish the z1

62. frederick333123

Posts: 76; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

true..;D

6. MONUQ

Posts: 31; Member since: Jan 26, 2013

Please Daniel P ,show these comparisions to John Sheeeeee....and Ray s..... Jhon V always running in apple......No problem with apple But ONLY APPLES IS PROBLEM...... and to Ray S Because i saw z1 review,,....at 10:10 Video time...he says only Lg g2 as best camera...... COME ON PA REVIEWERS.....WE WANT EXPERTS REVIEWS OF URS NOT THE PERSONAL ONES...... IF I HAD TO SEE PERSONAL REVIEWS...I CAN DO THAT MYSELF....

11. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Read the experts ... dpreview ! (Talking about camera). They´re professionals.

55. adk199

Posts: 23; Member since: Oct 04, 2012

At connect.dpreview.com there is a fresh camera shootout between 1020, G2, Z1 and Galaxy S4 Zoom for those who like some details :-)

12. SonyXperiaNexus

Posts: 374; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

Caution: Camera RIP (rape in progress) Anyway, this should be compared with S4, LGG2 and i5s cameras, not 1020

22. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

no phone can compare with 1020. nokia lumia 1020 win. both nokia and sony is superior company for me, both phones are great.

24. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

It's better. But Z1 comes pretty darn close even with that slim design. Overall, I'm very impressed with both phones.

76. MobileKicker

Posts: 212; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

Z1 is better Cause it can capture photos underwater But l1020 cant

2. No_Nonsense unregistered

The only shot were the Z1's noticably better is the flower shot. Under good light, it seems good to battle with the 1020 but not so much in low light.

18. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Yes, I also noticed the same.

3. YuLeven

Posts: 50; Member since: May 14, 2013

Nokia sweeped the floor with Sony this time.

10. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

You need to adjust your monitor settings if you think Nokia wins. These shots are super saturated on the Nokia 1020 and any photographer would point and laugh at you if you though saturation was better than natural color.

32. hmmm...

Posts: 81; Member since: Jun 05, 2013

Nokia wins in moses cases, except for the flower in terms of details. Camera image saturation on Iphone is quite high yet it sells well. I prefer natural colours but saturated colours are more eye pleasing. Quite disappointed that Nokia didn't keep the natural colors like on the 808. You can click on the source link there and see that L1020 actually did WIN. He doesn't have to adjust his monitor. no point having natural colours if it can't resolve details.

33. shikroi

Posts: 187; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

Most would also prefer sharper images. It depends on the taste of the photographer. Also "super saturated" is a bit hyperbolic.

60. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

The final score is 1020 84 points Z1 67 points

61. Jaeel

Posts: 27; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

Huh? Any photographer would know that color balance can be fixed in post-processing, but sharpness (detail) mostly cannot.

70. cc3493

Posts: 158; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

If you think fully fledged photographers are going to be using a PHONE to take photos you must be in a fairytale land. DSLR cameras are what they use buddy. These phones are not for professionals, they are trying to make people feel AS IF they are professionals. AND MOST people (target audience) prefer over-saturated images that have nice colours than compared to real-life images.

15. Tinker-Bell

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

To me, neither wins

5. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Nokia FTW! all the way...:D.. Sony is good but Nokia is for real photography lovers...and those complaining for wp8...first use wp and then complain...it has grown so much past 6 months

7. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Don´t come to fight with Nokia in cameraphone area. I personally prefer Android, but no one beats Nokia in camera quality, that´s the reason why my next phone will be a 1020. Unfortunately I´ll leave Android. I´d love a Note III with the pureview technology.

8. Tinker-Bell

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

Anyway, the galaxy s4 zoom will wipe out these two weak device for sure :)

16. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Go home, you're drunk. :)

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