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Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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Camera


Much like Nokia’s other recent offering, the Lumia 1520 is able to raise a few eyebrows due to its number crunching 20-megapixel PureView camera, which features a Zeiss lens, an aperture of f2.4, dual-LED flash, optical image stabilization, and 1080p video recording. Although it’s not as high, the Note 3’s 13-megapixel auto-focus camera is still a head turner on its own. In tow, it features an LED flash, an f2.2 aperture lens, and option to shoot videos in 4K resolution.

Nokia is aiming to capture serious photographers with its camera app, since it features quite a few different manual controls that are at our disposal. Still, we can’t count out the Note 3, even more when it offers similar options, but the Lumia 1520’s camera interface closely mimics that of a traditional point and shoot. Best of all, we’re able to adjust the focus manually – whereas it’s not an option with the Note 3. Despite that, when it comes to shooting modes, it’s actually Sammy’s pride and joy that coughs up an extensive tally – all of which are accessible through the camera app. Conversely, the Lumia 1520’s camera app doesn’t incorporate those cool shooting modes. Rather, we have to rely on the Nokia Creative Studio app for all of our post photo effects.

Camera interface of the Nokia Lumia 1520 - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Camera interface of the Nokia Lumia 1520 - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Camera interface of the Nokia Lumia 1520 - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Camera interface of the Nokia Lumia 1520 - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Camera UI of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Camera UI of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Camera UI of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Camera UI of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Camera UI of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Camera UI of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Camera UI of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Camera UI of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3

This is where things get a bit interesting, as we pit the 20-megapixel PureView camera of the Lumia 1520 against the 13-megapixel snapper of the Note 3. In general, they take some astounding outdoor shots that are filled with a lot of detail, lively colors, and proper exposure. Impressively, the 5-megapixel samples from the Lumia 1520 rivals the quality put out by its rival’s 13-megapixel samples, but its high-resolution 19-megapixel samples absolutely draws out more fine details. Then again, we do notice that the Note 3’s results tend to exhibit some over-sharpening elements that actually help to accentuate its shots.

It might be a close race with their qualities when lighting is plentiful, but under low lighting situations, the Lumia 1520 drives its point home as being the superior performer. The reasoning behind it is partly attributed to its built-in optical image stabilization module allowing longer exposure time, which as a result, produces shots that are noticeably brighter and sharper than that of the Note 3.


Strangely though, the Lumia 1520 falls flat against the Note 3 when it comes to shooting 1080p videos. Instead of putting out the same sharp visuals we see from its still image quality, the visuals are toned down considerably on the Lumia 1520 – to the point where it looks unbelievably softer with its details. Meanwhile, our eyes become more affixed to the results put forth by the Note 3’s video capture. Hey, the Note 3 even has the ability to shoot video in 4K resolution too!


Multimedia


Out of the box, the Note 3 has two different music players to choose from – the TouchWiz one and the Google Play Music app. Even with the tandem in tow, they don’t have the same presentation value we see out of the XBOX Music player that’s used by the Lumia 1520. Even at the highest volume setting, these two giants match one another with their commanding tones.

The XBOX Music player on  the Nokia Lumia 1520 - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
The XBOX Music player on  the Nokia Lumia 1520 - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
The XBOX Music player on  the Nokia Lumia 1520 - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
The XBOX Music player on  the Nokia Lumia 1520 - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has two different music players - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has two different music players - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has two different music players - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has two different music players - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Video playback is wonderful as well, not only because they offer support for a wide array of video codecs out of the box, but for the obvious reasons that videos come to life while watching them on their massive sized screens. Yet again, the Note 3 shows off its prowess by including its Pop-up-play feature, which allows us to better multi-task by layering the ongoing video on top of whatever we’re doing.

Video player of the Nokia Lumia 1520 - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Video player of the Nokia Lumia 1520 - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Video player of the Nokia Lumia 1520 - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Video player of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Video player of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Video player of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3


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