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)


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)

Related phones

Xperia Z1
  • Display 5.0 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP (Single camera) 2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 5.1 Lollipop
Lumia 1020
  • Display 4.5 inches 1280 x 768 pixels
  • Camera 41 MP (Single camera) 1.2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB,
  • Battery 2000 mAh
  • OS Windows Phone 8.1
Galaxy S4 Zoom
  • Display 4.3 inches 960 x 540 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera) 1.9 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 4 Dual 1.5GB RAM
  • Storage 8GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2330 mAh
  • OS Android 4.4.2 Samsung TouchWiz UI

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