Nokia Lumia 1020 vs Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom – Camera Phone Showdown

There was a time when a point-and-shoot camera and a mobile phone were two separate pieces of technology. Today, manufacturers are creating multi-functional devices which are blurring the lines between cameras and smartphones, and slowly replacing the compact camera.

We take a look at two of the latest camera phone hybrids to see how they measure up against each other.

Nokia Lumia 1020 Lens and Top Edge

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Nokia Lumia 1020

Set for a UK release in September, the Nokia Lumia 1020 is the latest Windows Phone flagship to come from the Finnish firm.

Unveiled in New York on 11 July, the handset follows on from the Nokia 808 PureView device, and like its predecessor, the Lumia 1020’s main talking point is its camera.

At an impressive 41 megapixels, the PureView sensor comes with a six element wide-angle Carl Zeiss lens, both Xenon and LED flash, Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), mechanical shutter, and additional Nokia software such as the Pro Camera app.

Producing exceptional results even in low-light conditions, the Lumia 1020 also comes with the option to manually adjust exposure levels and white balance for the more advanced photographer.

The handset also uses a process called ‘over sampling’ which creates a 38 megapixel image as well as a 5 megapixel picture to make it even easier to get the perfect shot, saving both images separately and removing any unwanted visual noise.

Capable of 1080p video recording at 30 frames per second, the Lumia 1020 allows users to zoom in up to four times while filming, without any impact on the level of quality or detail in the shots.

Beyond the camera, the Nokia device has a 4.5-inch HD AMOLED display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 2GB of RAM. There is also an additional 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera, 32GB internal storage and 4G LTE support.

Continuing with the Lumia design trend, the latest flagship has a smooth polycarbonate unibody, which will be available in yellow, white and black variants.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is another handset to come from the Galaxy S4 range and epitomises the amalgamation of smartphone and camera.

Dubbed as a cross between the Galaxy S4 Mini and the Galaxy Camera, the S4 Zoom is the Korean manufacturer’s attempt to rival Nokia’s photo-focused handsets, combining an Android smartphone with a 16 megapixel camera and 10x optical zoom lens.

Although leaning on the peculiar-looking side, with its lens protruding from the back of the handset, the device is more of a compact camera than traditional smartphone. Features include Optical Image Stabilisation to keep images distortion-free and a Xenon flash to provide extra light in darker settings.

Producing detailed, well-balanced shots, the S4 Zoom also houses Samsung’s Zoom Ring, which users can rotate to zoom in and out, as well as to access the gallery. The Zoom Ring also allows users to launch the camera app during a call.

The 16 megapixel sensor is considerably bigger than those found in regular smartphones, with Samsung also offering 25 different scene modes for users to choose from. These include HDR, panorama and night mode – although the device does suggest the best mode for a certain conditions and has an auto mode for amateur photographers.

In terms of design, the handset adopts the plastic finish synonymous with the Galaxy range. The curved design does mean the camera cannot stand up on its own for hands-free shooting, however it can be mounted onto a tripod.

Similar to the S4 Mini, the Zoom has a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 4.3-inch qHD display, running on Android 4.2.2, with the firm’s TouchWiz UI laid on top.

Verdict

Features Nokia Lumia 1020 Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom
Display 4.5-inch HD AMOLED

(332 ppi)

4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED

(256 ppi)

Processor 1.5GHz dual-core 1.5GHz dual-core
Operating System Windows Phone 8 Android Jelly Bean (4.2.2)
Camera 41 megapixel

PureView technology

16 megapixel

10x optical zoom

Front-Facing Camera 1.2 megapixel 1.9 megapixel
Video Recording 1080p 1080p
Internal Storage 32GB 8GB (microSD slot expandable up to 64GB)
RAM 2GB 1.5GB
Weight 158g 208g

As advanced hybrid devices go, both Samsung and Nokia have really pushed the boundaries in creating impressive cameraphones, suitable for both the amateur and professional photographer.

This guest post was written by Stefanie Keeling of Dialaphone – home of the best mobile phone deals.

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