That's arguably the most important category, as this is where we're taking into account all factors and compiling an estimated overall rating for each cameraphone. As it turns out, the Nokia Lumia 1020 can indeed call itself the best cameraphone, as it seems to achieve the best results across most categories. With its endless details, powerful Xenon flash and remarkable 1080p video recording, the Lumia 1020 absolutely proves that it's worth being the fattest boy in town, as long as you can put that extra weight and size to good use. That's what the 1020 has managed to do.

Rounding up the top 3 are the usual suspects – the Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 5. With better details and more natural color reproduction, the GS4 manages to slightly edge Apple's finest. The fourth place is then occupied by the Lumia 925 – a relatively fresh Windows Phone 8 smartphone that almost matches the big boys when it comes to its camera capabilities. Almost, but not quite there. Finally, we have the HTC One. While we're absolutely certain that those UltraPixels are a very cool idea, it looks like the particular implementation by HTC hasn't been the most successful one.




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247 Comments

250. garret1976

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 27, 2013

Just read this test and I think its not biased. I also saw de comparison photo's on GSMarena and they are exactly the same. daylight 1 - 1020 2 - S4 3 - I5 4 - 925 Lumia 925 sometimes better in low light and video. I had HTC OneX, Xperia Z, Pureview 808, Iphone 5 and S4 and the 808 is overall the best but S4 is also very very good in bright light.

247. seret6

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

being a samsung lover im extremely angry at seeing iphone5 beating s4 and lumia1020 hopefully note3 will beat them all

246. Neutralcolor123

Posts: 2; Member since: May 06, 2013

As you can clearly see the resoults of the lumia range are better than the rest, the iphone did good too. But the phonearena team somehow treat's nokia like its not on par with samsung and others, when the resoults of the pictures show that samsung can't compare to what nokia has to offer. In one test they took the worst photos they could with the nokia and the best with the s4 and then compared them. Some were eaven out of focus... I have the lumia 925 and my girlfriend has the s4 and when she uses my phone as a camera she says its a 100 times better them her's. I took them both out for a spin and tweaked every single setting they have then i put those photos on my computer and the resoults were indeed better with the lumia. the video is alot better too, so is the sound quality of the recording. So these test aren't relevant. check out alot of other websites you will be amazed at how diffrent they treat nokia's camera.

242. dre786

Posts: 46; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

this whole comparison make me sick. the 1020 is light years away from this fan boy wishes so PA you just waste your time.

237. BraggingBob

Posts: 25; Member since: May 17, 2013

This site is very biased on Nokia with several topics on Nokia camera comparions on the front page. Samsung is very content on beating Nokia in sales and profit. Why don't you see how Nokia Lumia 1020 sales compare to S4? WP8 is a failure.

238. Boogieman

Posts: 33; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

@BraggingBob ROFLMAO Unless your joking you must be seriously high :D

239. BraggingBob

Posts: 25; Member since: May 17, 2013

How are the Nokia Lumia 1020 sales doing buddy? Meeting your expectations? Your expectations are very low.

236. Hacked

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

why always samsung ... don't compare anything with samsung. Cheap plastic shouldn't be compared after all.

235. sreesnadh

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

1020 better than s4

234. sreesnadh

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

zeiss again

232. mahekm

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

You prove it again "Samarena"... sorry.... phonearena, look 1020 is way better than s4...

213. levuphuc

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 29, 2013

Samsung is a sponsor of this site. This post is not a review, it looks like an advertise. The reviewer is not professional.

211. preet27in

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

again that stupid BIASED decision towards s4. GS4 is no where near to nokia lumia 1020 camera at allllllll. its only PHONE ARENA which always give those biased decisions as if they own samsung. huh

207. Boogieman

Posts: 33; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

Is there an error in the score for night photos? The text says "The Lumia 1020 easily takes the cake here, followed by the Galaxy S4 and Apple iPhone 5" but the score says 8 8 7 ??? Also there is not a chance in h..ll that the iphone takes better photos than neither lumia 925 or HTC one - that is just a apple fanboy dream. So DEFINITELY you have messed up the score on the night photo page. Fix it please

201. Cod3rror

Posts: 142; Member since: Apr 06, 2013

The conclusion: 808 is better. 1020's pictures are very grainy and noisy, even in daylight, and have that oilpaiting look with oversaturation. 1020 needed a bigger, 1" sensor and better algorithms. It does not blow away the Galaxy S4 or the iPhone 5, and it does not offer anything else. S4 or iPhone 5 have great modern hardware, and MUCH better ecosystems.

191. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

the fact they score the S4 better then the one in Nice mode show that they are biased. Many other site said the otherwise. Ray you are not a journalist.

187. picka_vi_materina

Posts: 174; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Oh, and PA, if you wanna call the 1020 the best cameraphone, why don't you compare it with the 808PV?

186. picka_vi_materina

Posts: 174; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Sorry, PhoneArena, but the 1020 takes much better macro shots. Check the lack of DoF on the S4. There is hardly any background blur. The bias is unreal. Plus the 1020 captures much more detail with the resolution it provides.

173. sbw44

Posts: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

Plus in what universe does the s4 draw with the 1020 and let alone the 925 and htc one in night shots????? The picture clearly shows the 1080 a clear winner but still s4 got a draw! The 1020's tech alone kills the s4 and the comp in low light! 6 lenses, ZEISS optics, OIS, Oversampling, Xenon flash, F/2.2, Way bigger sensor!

172. sbw44

Posts: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

If the 1020 got a 9/10 and s4 got 8/10 wonder what the 808 would have got because its been said the 1020 is slightly better than the 808! So there is no way a 808 can draw with a crappy s4! So just shows how flawed you comparison is! Nothing new about samsungarena!

168. BabylonShine

Posts: 25; Member since: Feb 08, 2013

Samsung bought sevral sites for their campaigen and PhoneArena is owned by Samsung , no wonder they make G4 in good position Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC is better than G4's camera

165. ShenAlJoker

Posts: 113; Member since: Jul 19, 2013

Lumia 1020 will rock the world. And with the upcoming update Nokia will kick samsung's a** wide open!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

177. steelicon

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 02, 2011

I think I've heard that about 3 years ago. Still nothing. Probably wait for the next update? The next WP? Maybe another 3 years of waiting? You wait while we rock on Nokia 808 PureView, Symbian and Android!

160. freebee269

Posts: 543; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

so much butt hurt in these comments. android fans mad the lumia 1020 beat their beloved galaxy s4 in something. i hope you guys are getting paid to defend samsung, if not then that's a shame because this is alot of work you're putting in.

159. VictorZx

Posts: 6; Member since: Jul 27, 2013

Why Sony Xperia Z not in list?

158. disturbed

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 27, 2013

I love tech n come to phonearena only for the news but seriously I think the article writer was a Lil biased to the s4 n in no ways did it outdo the lumia color I might give it but everything else no one was even close. Btw if u say dat no 1 else is even close to the lumia in all the other categories shouldn't the scores be lime lumia 9 n s4 like maybe 6 or less becuz da difference I c is like lumia pic is ferrari n s4 a mustang it's not bad but there's no comparison

156. disturbed

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 27, 2013

Bro I wrote the previous comment from my s4 shows how closed minded u r

139. disturbed

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 27, 2013

I jus dont understand the hate against wp. No 1s put a gun 2 ur head n if u dnt like it dnt get it simple ive bin a Nokia fan all my life but shifted to Android wid the Motorola razr maxx n was very happy wid it xcept the camera it was n awesome fone n den got the l920 was astonished at the diff between the speeds of both the fones but now I've a s4 n believe me da camera isnt as good as da 920s or the usability the chrome crashes like hell the games load slower than the iph5 oh hav da also(wife) n the battery isn't all its hyped up to be btw hav the i9500 so the best of the best n it still lags. N all that customization wid diff roms n unlocking da boot loader I understand but honestly it's jus diff effects u tire of em after a while all in all I like ma s4 has smthins dat l920 never did but can live widout em n a friend has the htc one think it's a far better fone htc might hav missed it wid da older one(smthin) n s3 rocked but htc really hit it out of the ball park dis time n s4 isnt all its hyped up 2 be

154. iushnt

Posts: 3182; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

It's clear that you don't have s4

138. ffaarrooqq

Posts: 65; Member since: May 26, 2011

Sony Xperia Z was Horrible in Camera.

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