Guardian and Dan Rubin crown Nokia Lumia 1020 in camera test against S4 Zoom, iPhone 5S and Z1. 1020 camera excels over iPhone

| November 8, 2013 | 3 Replies

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Quite a favourable review of the Nokia Lumia 1020. Great dynamic range, punchy colours, easy to take sharp pictures on zoom (in comparison, the Z1 which attempts to do zooming from pixels apparently produces pictures you wouldn’t want even if it was from 1999. Burn). Immediately Dan Rubin of the Photographic Journal notes that he doesn’t like the bulk of the S4 Zoom, seeming more camera with phone attached versus the other three. Oddly, low light is given to to the S4 zoom in this instance though other reviews have given it to the 1020.

In conclusion: The samsung is big and clunky you feel it in your pocket, but has a really good zoom.

The Nokia Lumia 1020 is praised for detail, great optical image stabilisation both helping in the zoom and punchy colours. The iPhone 5S gets a pat on the pack for being on iOS as there’s no compelling enough reason for Dan to switch to another platform. The S4 Zoom The Sony Xperia Z1 is ‘just bigger’ and doesn’t give enough of a reason to stand out from the crowd as a camera phone.

Out of the three that isn’t the iPhone…the Nokia is really the fun one to use.

Ooh, I thought he might have gone for the iPhone or S4. 😀

But he opts for the 1020!

That’s the one Dan keeps wanting to pull out and shoot with rather than feeling he has to test it :D. There’s something about it, the industrial design, the quality of the picture it takes and how easy it is to use the entire phone and camera software. There’s some ways where that as a camera it excels over the iPhone. (You may think that it’s obvious since we’ve previously shown several posts that the 1020 excels over the 5s in the camera department but there was one site recently that tried to show otherwise. I forget as I was on the shuttle at the time when I read it).

Cheers crisscross for the tip!



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