Camera


Shutterbugs will drool over the hardware that’s in tow here, making them worthy point-and-shoot replacements. Over on the Galaxy S5, it’s carrying along a 16-megapixel 1/2.6” sensor with an f2.2 aperture lens, LED flash, fast phase autofocus system, and 4K video recording. Meanwhile, the Lumia 1520 is an established pro in the space with its beefier 20-megapixel 1/2.5” sensor that’s complemented by its f2.4 aperture lens, BSI, optical image stabilization, dual-LED flash, and 1080p video recording at 30, 25, and 24 FPS.

There’s a sense of fun seen with the Galaxy S5’s shooting experience, mainly because it’s packing a wealth of shooting modes that applies cool effects on the fly. In comparison, the Lumia 1520’s camera interface mimics the styling we’d typically find on any digital camera, so it’s more presentable than the menu driven style of the Galaxy S5’s interface.



Wow! Sammy isn’t messing around one bit whatsoever, due to the fact that the Galaxy S5 easily carries its load in the camera quality department against the always formidable Lumia 1520. Comparing the Galaxy S5’s 16-megapixel samples against those of the 19-megapixel ones from the Lumia 1520, there’s no hiding the amount of detail they’re both able to capture – though, there’s more sharpness attached to the Galaxy S5’s shots. We also like S5's exposure and color representation better, giving them overall better look, compared to 1520's samples. Under low lighting, we can’t complain about the results from the two, as they’re properly exposed to reveal details, but we slightly prefer the Lumia 1520’s samples for its richer color reproduction and less noisy looks. Its optical image stabilization also helps to avoid blurry pics when the shutter speed is lower.


Taking a pic Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec) Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S5 2.5
3
300
243
Nokia Lumia 1520 6.3
No data
364
332

Their still shot qualities might have been a close call, but there’s a clear winner when it comes to recording video. Unfortunately, the Lumia 1520 delivers underwhelming results, so after looking at the Galaxy S5’s 1080p video sample, it’s undeniably the superior one. Not only are the visuals sweet and the audio recording is richer, but we even have the option to capture high-resolution 4K video – a feature that’s still regarded as a rarity.


Multimedia


Samsung may have given its updated music player a fresh and inviting look, but it still can’t compete against the even more lively and dynamic presentation of the Lumia 1520 various music players. However, when it comes to audio quality, the two are undoubtedly strong with their outputs, but there’s a smidgen more power out of the Galaxy S5’s internal speaker. Thankfully, they exhibit deep and commanding tones that are pleasant to the ear – without being overly sharp.



Video playback is superb with these two as well, something we expect to get from high-end devices. On one hand, the Lumia 1520’s larger display provides more comfort to share with friends, but we can’t count out how we’re mesmerized by the saturated color tones produced by the Galaxy S5’s display. At the same time, its multi-tasking element is another feature that allows us to watch something while doing something else entirely different on the phone.

Doubling as a universal remote too, thanks to its included IR blaster, the Galaxy S5 has another weapon in its arsenal to show us that it has a balanced features set. More than a channel changer, the smart remote app of the Galaxy S5 also has a social element that attunes content based on our preference.

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S5 0.43
Nokia Lumia 1520 0.54
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S5 81
Nokia Lumia 1520 77


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