AllaboutWindowsPhone have posted some comparison shots of the Nokia Lumia 1020 vs Google’s latest greatest, the Nexus 5, which has an 8 megapixel camera with Optical Image Stabilization.
The above picture is a 100% crop from an outdoor autumnal scene, and shows the obvious superiority of the Nokia Lumia 1020 camera (top half of the picture) with great colour and a high level of detail, even though its 5 megapixel vs 8 megapixel.
The above shot is an outdoor nightime shot, and again the Nokia Lumia 1020 picture (top) looks a lot better, with a high level of detail and less noise reduction than the Nexus 5 one (below).
Even without touching the PureView zooming or the Xenon flash, both unique selling points for the Nokia Lumia 1020, it’s clear that basic ‘as is’ photos are better coloured and with less noise and more detail, when compared to the results from the Google Nexus 5. The 1020’s huge sensor, plus the oversampling system, is the main reason for this, of course, since the Nexus 5 has a typical 1/3" class sensor.
At some point, surely, more manufacturers will start to catch up to Nokia in imaging and put in larger (and/or oversampling) sensors and a proper (Xenon) flash? We have seen Sony put in a larger sensor in its Z1, plus several devices with OIS now, but the gap between the Lumia 1020 and the ‘rest’ is still demonstrably huge.
See many more pictures at AAWP here.