At its town hall event this week, Apple made a major point of emphasizing the new Apple iPhone 5S’s camera. On the list of upgrades are a 15 percent bigger detector, an f/2.2 aperture, and bigger pixels that measure 1.5 microns across.
That instantly brings to mind the Lumia series specifically, the Nokia Lumia 1020, which currently has the most innovative smartphone camera on the market, if you’re a Windows Phone or Nokia fan. The Lumia 1020 does something similar, because it applies its 41-megapixel sensor for oversampling (in one mode, at least), shooting 5-megapixel images which can be more comprehensive and less noisy at higher ISO settings than normal.
There’s more to buying a phone than its camera, of course which brings us to this article. Here’s a side-by-side look at the Apple iPhone 5S and the Nokia Lumia 1020, all around, although not merely in camera specs.
Let’s begin with the way they appear. The similarities pretty much end there, as both of these phones are about as distinct as they could be, although they’re both phones with touch screens. That is partially thanks to its 4.5-inch 720p touch screen, but the remaining weight is mainly from the camera assembly, which protrudes slightly from the back of the cellphone. Powering the iPhone 5S is a new 64- bit A7 central processing unit and M7 motion coprocessor, which should be ideal for powering another generation of programs running under the new iOS 7. The Lumia 1020 features a now-conventional 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, which is typical for Windows Phone 8 apparatus in general. As far as the operating systems themselves are worried, both cellphones have become different.
Now about both cameras. The iPhone 5S has a laundry list of characteristics, including a hybrid vehicle IR filter, True Tone flash, a backside illumination detector, and the standard face detection, panorama, and burst modes. Both cellphones record high definition 1080p video and both mobiles can take still shots while recording video. The iPhone has a fresh slow mo video mode that grabs 120 frames per second, plus improved video stabilization.
The camera of the Lumia 1020 is a 2/3-inch design, which is about the same size as what you’d find in a high-end superior compact camera, which is very notable. It is additionally backside illuminated to reduce sound, and contains a wide angle 27mm (35mm equivalent) field of view in 4:3 manner.
In our review, we found the Lumia 1020’s camera as you’d expect to be equally as great, with its only demerit being that it has a slow photo-to-picture time. It’s additionally working with up to 38-megapixel photos, but even 5-megapixel photos take that long. The A7 chip of the iPhone 5S might help make it feel quicker, but we won’t know for sure until we get one in for review.
Both phones cost $199 with a two-year contract, although the Lumia 1020 comes with 32 GB of internal storage at that price; you will want to spend $299 up front, to get that with the iPhone 5S.