Camera comparison: Nokia N95 versus Nokia Lumia 1020

| November 27, 2013 | 10 Replies

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Nokia has always had a history of producing top notch imaging. The likes of the N95 was available when the very first iPhone was launched. Remember the N95 had VGA video recording. iPhone couldn’t record video. N95 was a stellar 5MP snapper. iPhone was powered by potato. N95 had LED flash. Stay pitch black in the iPhone. And so forth regarding the technological excellence in the Nseries compared to Apple. If only the UI/UX could have matched, eh?

Anyways, in terms of cameras, Nokia handsets from back then can rival handsets from competitors. My N82 still whips many bottoms thanks to that stellar Xenon.

AAS looks back at the N95 and compares it to the 1020.

Quite literally, the results are like night and day. In fact, the N95’s result is way too dim, compared to what my eyes registered, while the 1020’s result is too light, though the latter’s is impressive in how crisp it ends up being, despite a long shutter time, thanks to the presence of OIS. The usual arguments over how true to life low light shots should be will rage here, of course.


It’s fair to say that the Lumia 1020 camera is a clear generation ahead of the N95’s overall, though the latter shouldn’t feel too disappointed – the N95 camera still matches results from some 5MP smartphone cameras in 2013. I’m not sure whether the same could be said of many other smartphone metrics from that same era

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Low light with and without flash, the 1020 shows how far Nokia’s come. Imagine what kind of imaging Nokia could make should they be still allowed to have phones as thick as the N95 (though it does look slightly thicker due to that slide. I remember wishing the phone was just as thick as the screen part. I think some now are right?)



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