Comparing Nokia Lumia 1020, Samsung GS4 and HTC One Camera Quality

Nokia's new Lumia 1020 smartphone packs a 41MP digital shooter, but is it really that much better than other high-end smartphones on the market? CIO.com's Al Sacco answers this question by comparing three sets of images taken with the Lumia 1020, Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One.

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Thu, August 08, 2013

CIO — Nokias brand-new Lumia 1020 Windows Phone packs one of the most unique phone cameras on the market today. Carl Zeiss Tessar lens; 41MP (forty-one-megapixel) PureView camera; 1/1.5" sensor size; f/2.2 aperture; 26mm camera focal length; 15mm minimum focus range; Xenon flash with 4.0 m operating range; yada yada yada.

Nokia Lumia 1020

And the Lumia 1020 commercials suggest the device will make you want to retire your digital point-and-shot camera for good.

But how does the Lumia 1020 really stand up to other high-end mobile phone cameras? Check out the image comparisons on the following few pages to see for yourself. I pitted the new Lumia against Samsung's popular Galaxy S4 device and HTC's flagship Android phone, the One.

(Note: The iPhone 5 is one of if not the most popular smartphones on the market, and it packs a quality camera. I would have liked to include iPhone 5 images in this comparison, but I dont own one. So please don't bother commenting to tell me I should have included the iPhone.)


Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One

The following comparison is not meant to be scientific; it's meant to serve as a quick image-quality comparison. I did not use any "advanced" settings; in all cases, I used the cameras' default and "auto" settings. I also won't get into too many cameras specifications beyond the following basics. If you want details or full camera specs visit Nokia's Lumia 1020 page, Samsung's GS4 page or HTC.com.

Nokia Lumia 1020 rear-facing camera: 41MP; f/2.2 aperture; autofocus.

Samsung Galaxy S4 rear-facing camera: 13MP; f/2.2 aperture; autofocus.

HTC One rear-facing camera: 4MP; F/2.0 aperture; autofocus.

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