GSMArena has performed a comprehensive camera quality test on the 6 leading smartphones on the market at present, testing the Nokia Lumia 1020, iPhone 5S, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Sony Xperia Z1, HTC One and LG G2 in terms of camera and video recorder features, camera quality in good and poor light, video recording quality in good and poor light, and finally special features like slow motion, HDR and panorama.
The Nokia Lumia 1020 acquitted itself pretty well in the test, winning most of the categories, with GSMArena declaring:
Time to wrap things up – we wondered if maybe we should split the final decision into two, still photography and video recording, but the results came out consistent enough to declare a clear winner.
And it is, drum roll please, the Nokia Lumia 1020. It’s not a huge surprise, the Lumia 1020 is entirely geared towards camera excellence. In broad daylight it showed clear superiority for photos and it won the low-light challenge even if poor white balance betrayed it on one occasion.
The Lumia 1020’s high dynamic range, lossless zoom, excellent low-light skills and quality audio also helped it do excellently in the video test. It didn’t quite top the good light part of that challenge, but it wasn’t too bad either..
Nokia set out to make the best smartphone camera and they succeeded – whether or not that’s enough to carry the entire device is another matter and beyond the point of this article.
Read the full review here.