QuickTest: Nokia Lumia 1020 vs Canon EOS 60D. PureView vs DSLR (filmed on Nokia Lumia 925)

| July 16, 2013 | 99 Replies

mnb Nokia Lumia 1020 (14)At the Nokia Lumia 1020 launch, the demo areas had a ‘lab’ with Nokia and Carl Zeiss folks inside. They had a resolution test chart whereby you can compare the detail the Nokia Lumia 1020 resolves against your competing device. I only had Nokias with me at the time but I did bring that massive EOS 60D. We weren’t allowed to get the samples from the 1020 so the best we could do was view from the device screens.

Below is a crop from my Canon EOS 60D (the actual photo it took). At the time I recorded the video I mistakenly said it blurred at 15 as I read the number direction wrong. It blurs possibly about 12-13.

The Nokia Lumia 1020 blurs at about 15/16. Now this isn’t testing out image quality. It’s merely demonstrating that the Nokia Lumia 1020 does indeed capture a lot of detail, and in this instance, so much more so than my DSLR which I can’t bring everywhere like I can with my smartphone. And now when my smartphone becomes the Nokia Lumia 1020, it’ll have that versatility again to capture all that lovely extra detail.

I think because of the crop sensor on my 60D, the 1020 also has a slightly wider angle (so it isn’t already a little zoomed in like in other smartphones).

As well as all that detail, the OIS helps in keeping my hand steady so as not to blur the lines by way of user fault. This is where my 808 at the time sometimes stumbled on some occasions due to shaky hands.

BTW, lack of AF really killed using my 60D to do hands on demo videos. I think it was Sam J Pullen who noted that even the 650D with Continuous AF was not good enough for him. Fortunately I had the Nokia Lumia 925 there to capture video (or the 920).

I think even the Nokia people were surprised as they asked to take a photo of the result I had. Haha.

From the 60D. Full res here:



Video screenshot from 1020

video screenshot 1020

Here’s another test. This is of this screen. Full image available at

This is actually something I’ll be using quite often whenever I have lectures to take pictures of. When I had the 808, I remembered just having such incredible detail from the lecture slides!

mnb Nokia Lumia 1020 (18)

Silly smartphone. You’re not supposed to show up a DSLR. Especially not a Lumia! You’re not even supposed to be able to handle 41MP! What’s that about.


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