IPhone 5S vs. Nokia Lumia 1020: The Definitive Camera Showdown

The iPhone has been a game changer ever since it was
introduced and even though the pace has considerably
slowed down since, it is still the most sought after
mobile phones in the market. One of the areas that it
really made an impact was imaging. Up until the introduction of
the iPhone, photography was the domain of actual cameras, but
since its inception, the iPhone has become the defacto camera of
choice for many across the world. Then Nokia changed the game
again with the PureView 808, and then again with the Lumia 920
and no with the Lumia 1020.
The Lumia 1020 is a 41 megapixel shooter, courtesy of a much
larger sensor complimented by Zeiss optics with optical image
The iPhone 5s has none of that. It has an 8 megapixel sensor
with a slight increase in sensor area. It has a fast f/2.2 aperture
lens, which the Lumia 1020 does as well. So which of the two is
better? We set out to determine just that.

All iPhone 5S images are placed on the left while the
ones on the right were shot on the Lumia 1020. Stock camera
apps were used on both the phones and shot on auto, unless
where mentioned.

After using the iPhone 5S and the Lumia 1020 side by side for a
lengthy period of time, we have come to the conclusion that both
cameras phones have their strong suites and weak points.
The iPhone’s optics seem to be better than that of the Nokia 1020
in most conditions, with better visibly and corner sharpness. It
would also seem that the white balance on the iPhone is great
under harsh sunlight, but tends to be a little off when the light
goes down. The Lumia captures great detail for a camera phone
and stands quite undefeated in that arena, but the camera is as
slow as a tortoise and so very frustrating to use!
Both the iPhone and the Lumia 1020 spit out excellent images.
So we can safely conclude that the ‘better’ phone is more of a
personal opinion than anything else.
However, what remains clear is that the iPhone 5S will nail the
shot at least 95% of the time.
The Lumia 1020’s camera requires tweaking and a lot of
patience and any burst capabilities are out of the question. Also,
do you really NEED 38 Megapixel images when you easily make

do with 8 Megapixel ones?

Chetan Sundarde

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