Nokia Lumia 1020 (Lumia Black) versus Nokia 808 PureView

| December 26, 2013 | 26 Replies


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Steve from AAS compares how the Nokia Lumia 1020 is faring against the 808 now it’s on Lumia Black which can take further advantage from the 1020 hardware more so than ever before.

These are comparing stock shots, and not the RAW .DNG files the 1020 is capable of.

It’s good to hear that there is quite a bit of improvement from the 1020, namely reduction of the yellow tones (which in the samples makes the 1020 ‘pop’ a bit more). The 808 is still the winner for being ‘purer’ with colours. What it boils down to is that for Steve, the 1020 gets even closer to the 808, and for low light the 808 does pretty well to hold its own considering there’s no OIS.

There’s no doubting the purity of the Nokia 808’s photos in good light conditions or the effectiveness of its flash for capturing people indoors, but the 1020, with the Black update, is now oh so close to the 808’s results, sometimes even down to the pixel level, while retaining other advantages.

It has to be said that even a hardened Symbian fan like me has to stop and take stock when faced with the weight of advantages in the right hand column above.

To put things further into perspective, I’ve been using a Lumia 1020 as my primary smartphone for the last month now. Yes, there have been times when I’ve missed Symbian. Even occasions when I’ve missed Android. But day in, day out, the 1020 has served me well and, judging from the results above (on our review AT&T 1020), when the Black update hits worldwide 1020s my still photos will get even closer to the gold standard – the older Nokia 808. 

Cheers Alvester for the tip!


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