Sony Xperia Z1 vs Nokia Lumia 1020 vs Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom: which cameraphone would you get?

Sony Xperia Z1

Sony Xperia Z1

Dimensions

5.69 x 2.91 x 0.33 inches

144.4 x 73.9 x 8.5 mm

Weight

6.00 oz (170 g)

Nokia Lumia 1020

Nokia Lumia 1020

Dimensions

5.13 x 2.81 x 0.41 inches

130.4 x 71.4 x 10.4 mm

Weight

5.57 oz (158 g)

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom

Dimensions

4.94 x 2.5 x 0.61 inches

125.5 x 63.5 x 15.4 mm

Weight

7.34 oz (208 g)

Sony Xperia Z1

Sony Xperia Z1

Dimensions

5.69 x 2.91 x 0.33 inches

144.4 x 73.9 x 8.5 mm

Weight

6.00 oz (170 g)

Nokia Lumia 1020

Nokia Lumia 1020

Dimensions

5.13 x 2.81 x 0.41 inches

130.4 x 71.4 x 10.4 mm

Weight

5.57 oz (158 g)

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom

Dimensions

4.94 x 2.5 x 0.61 inches

125.5 x 63.5 x 15.4 mm

Weight

7.34 oz (208 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page


Granted, we are still waiting on the first real-life camera samples from the Sony Xperia Z1 that was just announced, yet the cameraphone lines were already drawn with its announcement, and Sony's concept is different than the approach of Nokia or Samsung, the other two juggernauts with camera-centric handsets this season.

Sony's idea is to provide a sleek waterproof device not that much different than your current modern flagships on the outside, and stuff a souped up regular sensor inside, alongside photocentric features and apps, keeping things elegant. If you want extra camera abilities, you can attach the QX10 or QX100 lens-style cameras, and become a formidable wedding photographer even.

Samsung's approach seems to be the laziest one - it took a camera body, complete with optical zoom lens, and slapped a phone in it for a rather bulky and pocket-unfriendly S4 Zoom, albeit for a pretty decent price. 

Nokia put the most thought in the cameraphone puzzle by choosing a hybrid approach with lens and sensor that are much larger and better than your average smartphone units, yet developed from the ground-up for mobile to keep size and weight comparatively in check for a still portable Lumia 1020. Which one of these approaches do you prefer on paper for now, before the true camera comparisons start to trickle down?

Sony Xperia Z1 vs Nokia Lumia 1020 vs Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom: which cameraphone would you get?

Sony Xperia Z1
35.66%
Nokia Lumia 1020
53.6%
Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom
1.93%
I'll wait for the camera comparisons before pulling the trigger
8.81%


DESIGN


DeviceSony Xperia Z1Nokia Lumia 1020Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom
OSAndroid (4.2.2)Windows Phone 8Android (4.2) TouchWiz Nature UX UI
Form factorCandybarCandybarCandybar
Dimensions5.69 x 2.91 x 0.33 inches (144.4 x 73.9 x 8.5 mm)5.13 x 2.81 x 0.41 inches (130.4 x 71.4 x 10.4 mm)4.94 x 2.50 x 0.61 inches (125.5 x 63.5 x 15.4 mm)
Weight5.96 oz (169 g)
the average is 4.4 oz (127 g)
5.57 oz (158 g)
the average is 4.4 oz (127 g)
7.34 oz (208 g)
the average is 4.4 oz (127 g)
Body material Glass/MetalPolycarbonate Polycarbonate
Side KeysRight: Volume control, Camera shutter, Lock/Unlock keyRight: Volume control, Camera shutter, Lock/Unlock keyLeft: Volume control, Camera shutter, Lock/Unlock key
RuggedWater (Water), Dust proof  
IP certifiedIP 58  
ColorsBlack, Purple, WhiteBlack, Yellow, WhiteBlack, White
DISPLAY


Physical size5.0 inches4.5 inches4.3 inches
Resolution1080 x 1920 pixels768 x 1280 pixels540 x 960 pixels
Pixel density
441 ppi334 ppi256 ppi
Technology
TFTAMOLEDSuper AMOLED
Colors16 777 21616 777 21616 777 216
Peak brightness 600 cd/m2 (nit) 

CAMERA


Camera20.7 megapixels41 megapixels16 megapixels
FlashLEDLED, XenonLED, Xenon
Aperture sizeF2.0F2.2F3.1-F17.8
Focal length (35mm equivalent)27mm26mm 
Optical zoom  10.0 x
FeaturesBack-illuminated sensor (BSI), Auto focus, Touch to focus, Digital image stabilization, Face detection, Smile detection, White balance presets, Burst mode, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Panorama, Scenes, Self-timerBack-illuminated sensor (BSI), Auto focus, AF Assist Beam, Touch to focus, Manual focus, Optical image stabilization, Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, Panorama, Scenes, Effects, Self-timerBack-illuminated sensor (BSI), Auto focus, Optical image stabilization, Face detection, Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, Burst mode, Geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Panorama, Macro mode, Night mode, Scenes, Effects, Self-timer
Camera sensor size1/2.3"1/1.5"1/2.3"
Camcorder1920x1080 (1080p HD)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps), 1280x720 (720p HD) (60 fps)
Recording formatMPEG4, H.263, H.264  
FeaturesDigital image stabilization, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Continuous autofocus, Video lightOptical image stabilization, Continuous autofocus, Video light
Optical image stabilization, Continuous autofocus, Video light
Front-facing camera2 megapixels1.2 megapixels1.9 megapixels
Video capture1920x1080 (1080p HD) 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)  1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)

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74 Comments

1. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Lumia 1020 and Xperia Z1 are the best!

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Lumia 1020 is the best!* There you go.

9. lee480 unregistered

Correction: Xperia Z1 is the best!

15. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Correction: Xperia Z1 and Lumia 1020 are the best. Galaxy S4 Zoom is an oversize garbage.

36. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Correction (to PhoneArena): You're "Side View" comparison is an absolute farce, as it cuts off significant portions of both the Galaxy S Zoom and Lumia 1020 to make them appear slimmer. This is worse than when your Galaxy S III side-view was mysteriously warped to look significantly slimmer than it actually was.

62. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Correction: Your

68. rgxVOiD

Posts: 440; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

Correction. My Canon 5D mkII is the best with 70-200mm lens

57. lansky1213

Posts: 11; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

1020 definitely is the best in the camera department and durability

10. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Not AGAIN SMURF!

16. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

"I'll wait for the camera comparisons before pulling the trigger"

18. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Did everybody forgot the Oppo N1? A cameraphone from Oppo?

51. vikas.rrr

Posts: 9; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

Good to know that OPPO are also in the reckoning with the best in the business,though that's little hard to agree since both Nokia and Sony have had good experience makes camera phones and camera. But cannot rule out innovation, Lets see what they have to offer something better and unique or just gimmicky stuff good for special conditions (Read Ultrapixel)

21. ihatesmartphone unregistered

As long as it runs on Android Xperia Z1 FTW!!

40. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

TWO BEST PHONES with high MP camera lense. for me I'll get the Z1

54. rassouli5 unregistered

No phone can even come close to Lumia 1020! Nokia Lumias are the best phones ever made... Well soon to be Microsoft Lumias, which I'm more excited to see!!!

63. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Nokia Lumia 1020 = Master & Sony Xperia Z1 = Commander

71. Alex123

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

No one complain about weight on the Z1? weight S4 zoom (bulky and a camera-like) > Z1 > L1020 camera Lumia 1020 > Z1 > S4 zoom

74. namvuong77

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

Lumia 1020 and Sony Xperia Z1 are following Nokia 808 Pureview . Galaxy S4 Zoom has optical zoom 10x , likes a binocular . Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom makes a great difference .

2. lee480 unregistered

Is Galaxy Zoom even a cameraphone? It's just a camera with smart features.

3. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

For the Z1, I can say congratulations to Sony for making the phone slim with a big camera sensor.

19. gazmatic

Posts: 809; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

but its "heavy"

30. Lyngdoh

Posts: 319; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

But its not plastic.

32. gazmatic

Posts: 809; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

but its not samsung

37. Lyngdoh

Posts: 319; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

Sony = Wow! Samsung = meh!

53. ahomad

Posts: 175; Member since: May 15, 2012

thank god

41. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

they make it have bigger bezels too make it water proof.

4. Fernandezxc

Posts: 43; Member since: Mar 12, 2012

The Galaxy s4 Zoom is not a phone, it's a camera that can make calls , so i dont know what it's doing here

20. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

a camera that can makes calls is a cameraphone...

5. rms.max

Posts: 95; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

no OIS in Z1 :/

22. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Can anybody confirm whether it have a OIS or not?? Its a nice feature for camera centric smartphones.

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