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Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Nokia Lumia 1520 – Head-to-Head Camera Comparison

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Nokia Lumia 1520 – Head-to-Head Camera Comparison By – Oct 10, 2014 1 0 SHARE

The Nokia Lumia 1520 is all about camera specs.

However, the Lumia 1520 comes equipped with a cut down version of Pure View technology incorporated in the Lumia 1020, Nokia’s camera flagship. Both the handsets make for a head-to-head feature, in order to determine a better snapper between the two.


Both the handsets are renowned for their photographic abilities. Let us first take into consideration what gear comes equipped in them. The Lumia 1520 comprises of a 20MP PureView camera, featuring a Zeiss lens, f/2.4 aperture and LED flash. On the other hand, the Lumia 1020 incorporates a massive 41MP Pure View camera, which features a dual Xenon/LED flash, larger sensor and f/2.2 aperture. In terms of features, both the handsets come equipped with optical image stabilization, 1080p video capturing ability at 24fps, 25fps and 30fps (frames-per-second) along with a rear-illuminated sensor.

Camera Interface: Both the handsets feature identical camera apps with rich interface for manual controls. Both handsets offer superior focus, exposure, ISO, shutter speed and white balance. However, the camera UI layout of both the handsets is similar to premium smartphones equipped with digital cameras. However, both handsets appear to lack in shooting modes segment, which can be redeemed by making use of a plethora of shooting apps or lenses from the Nokia Store.

Image Quality: Going through images produced by both the handsets very carefully, it would be deemed a close encounter with their lower resolution 5MP shots. The only perceptible difference is the faint saturation in images produced by the 1020 camera.

However, difference between higher resolution images marks the superiority of the Lumia 1020’s massive snapper. The difference between images produced from 19MP camera of the 1520 and those of 39MP camera from the Lumia 1020, results out in terms of details produced by both the handsets. Apparently, the 1020 offers much finer details along with retaining the crispness of the images. On the other hand, the 1520 produces soft and toned images. Both are good, but the 1020 is better.

Under low light conditions, the Lumia 1020 produces bright, but erroneous white balance in images. However, the Lumia 1520 produces accurate color reproduction, but the images appear a tad darker than its counterparts. The dual Xenon/LED flash of the Lumia 1020 is stronger as compared to the dual tone LED flash of the Lumia 1520 handset.

Video Recording: In the still photography department, it was a close encounter with the 1020 winning with producing finer details. However, in terms of video recording ability, it is a cakewalk for the Lumia 1020 handset. The 1080p video recording ability of the Lumia 1020 camera offers crisp visuals and stronger details, which are considerably more pleasing to the eye. However, the Lumia 1520 produces results, which are slightly subdued with respect to details. The Lumia 1520 offers a softer look to the images.

In case, you were looking forward to owning a decent camera in a mobile, the Lumia 1020 is the handset for you. If not, the Lumia 1520 would be an ideal choice, with newer hardware and a reasonable price.


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