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Camera Comparison: Nokia Lumia 1020 vs Galaxy S4, iPhone 5, Lumia 925, One

0. phoneArena posted on 27 Jul 2013, 11:13

Ever since the announcement of the Nokia Lumia 1020, there's been little doubt that it'll be the smartphone to claim the prestigious title of “Best Cameraphone”. However, we can never be sure of something until we've seen it with our own eyes. That's why we're pitting the ambitious Lumia 1020 against the hottest smartphones out there. It's here that the 1020 has to face the Galaxy S4, iPhone 5, Lumia 925 and the One. Fearsome opponents, right? Well, if the Lumia 1020 is man enough, it'll surely be able to trump them with its chubby 41MP PureView camera. Let's hit those camera shutters and see what happens...

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posted on 27 Jul 2013, 11:20 27

1. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

Nokia Lumia 1020 FTW!

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 11:28 10

6. KINGJUAN27 (Posts: 210; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)

Where's the Sony Xperia Z in this list? :/

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 11:32 21

9. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

PhoneArena excludes Sony on every comparison. So if PhoneArena excludes the Honami on the next camera comparison, well, I must say that they're "Honamily" biased.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 11:53 8

22. raunak (Posts: 507; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)

There is just no way they leave Honami out. Xperia Z was horrible but seeing as Honami will pack a bigger sensor, it'll be atleast as good as S4.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 20:19

216. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2286; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)

Lol @htc one. 3

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 00:06 11

164. Arman (Posts: 47; Member since: 08 Jul 2013)

S4 has the same sensor with better algorithm.. so there is no point in using Xperia Z.

its a sad day for journalism.. when S4 in night get the same score as 1020 and even 925. or in macro PA used a new term liveliness when 1020 get the same result as GH2 with natural color W/O oversharpening..

Im really sorry but its not worth it.. don't lose our trust with false information just like your galaxy S4 battery test when iphone and Htc one had less than 5 or 6 hour of web browsing.. when both of them are industry standard for that..

lumia 1020 is without a doubt the best camera phone on the market.. but with huge margin .. not 9 to 8 margin..just look at lowlight shooting you posted.. the only camera with detail is 1020.. sometimes 925...

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 08:01 6

188. deburocks (Posts: 126; Member since: 20 Apr 2013)

Ur right bro.. This is a paid article by samsung. Lumia 1020 wins every comparison. Why in rhe world s4 is in d same league? Even 925 camera is better then s4. Another biased article frm phonearena. For them samsung and apple are the only innovative companes , Others just dont exist..wake up ray s.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 04:55 3

210. Boogieman (Posts: 10; Member since: 02 Jun 2013)

Biased scoring for sure.

Apple better than Lumia 925 and HTC One....IN LOW LIGHT...GO GET A LIFE! They must be brain dead to believe that anyone will believe that.

And then they write that the 1020 is best in low light but still it gets the same low light score as the S4....WTF!

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 07:32 4

183. skyguy7567 (Posts: 148; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)

Total grief. Xperia Z's camera is excellent. The most natural colors and crystal clear images. S4's images are fake. Although they might LOOK better, it's actually nowhere near realistic. PA's just 'Yeah. 41 MP we must give it 10 otherwise we will look bad. It's really horrible. Ah, those samsung stuff. No matter what give them at least 9. We will exclude Sony cause our rating will make us look horrible. We rated it 7 before, and people was angry.' Samsung or apple fan. The guys here. No longer trustworthy.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 11:33 11

10. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)

Its not very good looking though....or very good software wise...

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 11:36 11

12. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

But it has the best camera on a smartphone.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 11:38 12

13. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

Why not buy an android phone and a cheap DLSR?

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 13:39 3

64. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

because 1020 is one to rule them all not best OS but defenetly pays off with whatever it has inside including rest of the hardware

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 16:03 5

108. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

$650 for a dual core snapdragon is worth it? No not at all I can get way better phones from china for half that price that have better cpu, 1080p screen, android, etc

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 16:58 8

114. papss (unregistered)

And zero support.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 17:12

119. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

Do those china phones get the google play store yet? I had a Viewsonic tablet a few years ago when 2.2 was new and had to use Amazon and GetJar and such for apps since it wasn't play-certified or whatever. Powerful and capable tablet spec-wise, but almost completely useless for what I needed. Won't even bother with anything unless it's Windows now (until if/when something better comes)

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 17:35 4

129. steelicon (Posts: 318; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)

FYI: You can have the factory customize Jellybean 4.3 International version with Google Play Store.

I have been to Shezhen and Guangzhou, Guangdong, PRC.

You can have every configuration you have because of Android being open source.

Even a custom 55MP sensor camera with mechanical shutter and Xenon flash with high intensity fast shutter double LED video light.

How's that for starters? :-)

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 12:28 1

198. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

which quad core do u get the camera that is better then many point to shoot i guess none in the android section this is only one phone so its defenetly worth but as expected its price will go down fast just after the GDR3 update is announced mark my words.
For android i seen enough of quad cores wasted for no good performance same old performance with new and new CPU thats a joke OS
but 1080 is a nice thingie

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 20:55

203. phil2n (Posts: 487; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

Id**t. talking about the screen. can you really distinguish 720p and 1080p resolution by just looking at it?..

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 17:33

127. gazmatic (Posts: 795; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)

because the cheapest dslr cost how much?

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 04:57 1

180. Oxygen (Posts: 125; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

You can get a great mirrorless for $200 online.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 15:46 5

104. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

I don't why gs4 ahead of lumia 1020, I'm seeing lumia 1020 all photos are amazing.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 15:50 6

106. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

Correction: in some category gs4 score more than lumia 1020, r u guys kidding me that gs4 score more than lumia 1020 100% fan score this.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 19:29 5

137. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1310; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)

You must be a fan boy to if you think the GS4 picture sucks, why don't you judge with your eyes cause that's what the reviewer did, and if he prefers some pictures of the GS4 better than that's his opinion everyone has different taste and preferences.

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 07:38 5

184. skyguy7567 (Posts: 148; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)

You go check your eyes. samsung's photos LOOK good, but completely unrealistic. Nokia or Sony's cameras, on the other hand, give the most realistic photos. I'm not an old man so my eyes are still great. samsung fanboys never say that their photos are real, they just say the photos are 'great' that's cause the fake colors make stuff look really good. Have you ever seen child storybooks draw castles like bright grey or something? In reality it's just ugly dark grey with vines all over it. After leaving the infant age you will find that those pictures don't look good. Colors really mean something, and that's something that samsung is still far away from.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 22:08 5

155. taikucing (unregistered)

Panasonic Lumix GH2 FTW!

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 22:00 6

204. shahulvm (Posts: 124; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)

Phonearena's will bow down in the following manner:

1. Samsung
2. Apple...

So from a review site, it has become a advertisement site.

PA is starting to lose the trust...

posted on 16 Aug 2013, 01:02

245. ShenAlJoker (Posts: 113; Member since: 19 Jul 2013)

Nokia will rock the world this fall!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 28 Sep 2013, 17:58

248. nnnnn (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)

There is no qualified photographer writing this document.
proud western world!!!

Nokia Lumia 1020 pixel size is 1uM
xperia Z is 1.1uM
iphone 5s is 1.5uM
new hTC one is 2uM
Nicoh GR is about 4uM
Nikon d7000 is about 4uM
Canon 70d is about 4uM

dont play the useless technology and deceive stupid customers
5 inch phone is not small. 1.1uM pixel size is a stupid design.

posted on 29 Sep 2013, 07:27

249. Boogieman (Posts: 10; Member since: 02 Jun 2013)

How can the S4 get higher score in colour reproduction compared to lumia 1020.
Compare with their reference camera the Panasonic the 1020 certainly is A LOT closer with more vivid colours than the s4.

The yellow flower is one example. Very bleached on s4 while colourful on 1020 and panasonic.

The over contrasted (in white) pink flower on the S4 shows how bad it handles the image where you dont see the contrasts in white as you do on lumia.

And look at the unnatural greens on the leaves for the S4 - once again trumped easy by the lumia and panasonic.

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