We have seen many comparisons in the past between Nokia Lumia 1020 and other cameras out there, but this one seems to be more detailed. Dpreview did a comparison on how smartphone cameras stand against regular DSLRs which is available in the market. Nokia Lumia 1020 and Apple iPhone 5S were compared with Canon EOS 10D, Canon EOS 20D, Canon EOS 30D, Canon EOS 40D, Nikon D800 and Nikon FM2 film camera. While Nokia is focused on giving manual controls and allowing users to take a perfect photo every time, Apple allows you to take photos at incredible speed with no manual controls. For example, you can take up to 990 full resolution burst mode photos in 99 seconds! ! The results of the comparison are not so surprising as Nokia Lumia 1020 trumps Apple iPhone 5S.
The author was stunned by Nokia’s imaging quality as he couldn’t believe that a tiny plastic and glass Zeiss lens could resolve so much from the center to the edge of the image and it was close to the Nikon D800. There were shortcomings in the Nokia’s image quality, but that should be resolved by the Nokia Black update and the RAW image feature.
Here is the conclusion,
Gun to head … time to come up with a number. How many years are smartphones behind the best $2,000 DSLRs? Comparing detail resolved, I’ll say the iPhone 5S currently sits 8-9 years behind the DLSRs in bright light, while the Nokia trails by less than 6 years — probably nearer to 3. This is even when you allow the DSLRs the luxury of a $1,700 lens, and shooting in raw. In bright light, the Nokia came close to competing with the detail from the best DLSR yet made.
Step into candlelight, and the gap between phones and DSLRs widens and becomes more a matter of taste, pivoting around your preferred tradeoff between speckly noise and smeary noise reduction. From our ad-hoc panel of 15 non-photographers, the iPhone trails the DSLRs by about 10 years, and the Nokia about 8. Splitting the difference between candlelight and daylight, around 6 years of technology has made up for the massive difference in the size of the lenses and sensors between the best phone and the $2,000 DSLRs.
Read about this comparison in detail with sample images from the link below.