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Camera Sensors: Nokia Lumia 1020 vs PureView 808 vs Lumia 920

by Vlad Andrici on July 12, 2013


To be honest, it amazes me how ignorant some people are. Even though, during the last several years, the press has been trying to explain that the number of MegaPixels is of almost no importance when talking about the quality of a smartphone’s camera, most people i know (and probably most people you know) just don’t get it.

Awwww, HTC One’s camera only has 4MP? I want to buy a smartphone with at least an 8MP camera.

Anyway, as most of you know by now, yesterday Nokia has unveiled its highly anticipated cameraphone – the Nokia Lumia 1020 (ex Nokia EOS). Its main feature is the impressive 41MP PureView camera with a 1/1.5″ BSI (Backside Illumination) sensor, 6-lens ZEISS optics and OIS (Optical Image Stabilization).

If you stumbled on the various comparison shots that have flooded the web, you’ve probably noticed that the Nokia Lumia 1020 takes better pictures than the PureView 808, not to mention the Lumia 920. “Why is that?” you might be asking. Well, you’ll find one of the reasons by glancing at the below shots.

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Even though previous reports have mentioned that the Lumia 1020 has a smaller sensor than the Nokia PureView 808, it looks like things are the other way around.


The Lumia 1020 takes better pictures than the PureView 808 also because it has a BSI sensor while 808 has a FSI (Frontside Iluminated) one. This means the 1020 takes better photos in low light conditions. The new Lumia also features OIS (optical image stabilization) which mostly translates into greatly improved video quality.

Off course, there are other differences as well, but we’ll get into more details in one of our future articles.

Are you impressed by the Nokia Lumia 1020? Would you choose it ove the Galaxy S4 Zoom or the PureView 808? How do you think it will fare against Sony’s upcoming cameraphone (codenamed Honami)? Let us know in the comments section.

  • kack sanchez

    best camera in a phone, but sony will be a better all rounded smartphone.

    • SomeBody

      Nope, the 808 has a bigger sensor (1/1.2″ vs the Lumia’s 2/3″). The writer of the article has no idea what he is talking about. “Even though previous reports have mentioned that the Lumia 1020 has a smaller sensor than the Nokia PureView 808, it looks like things are the other way around.” The module is bigger because of OIS, the actual sensor is way smaller than the sensor of the 808. The Lumia has some nice upgrades like the f/2.2 aperture and shutter time (1/8000 – 4 sec), but overall the 808 still makes better pics. The 1020 is a disappointment imo.

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