How Does the iPhone 5S's Camera Stack Up Against the Lumia 1020?

The new iPhone 5S boasts a lot more than just a shiny gold back and a nifty fingerprint scanner. Apple’s changed a fair bit under the hood as well – including the camera. So, if you’re a phonetographer (I just made that up. I know, right?!) in the market for a smartphone that’s as much camera as it is phone, is it worth springing for the 5S?

Here’s a quick rundown on some of the new camera features, from PCMag:

Among the upgrades are a 15 percent larger sensor, an f/2.2 aperture, and larger pixels that measure 1.5 microns across.


The iPhone 5S has a laundry list of features, including True Tone flash, a backside illumination sensor, a hybrid IR filter, and the usual face detection, panorama, and burst modes. The iPhone has a new slo-mo video mode that grabs 120 frames per second, plus improved video stabilization.

Matthrew Panzarino at TechCrunch also notes that the iPhone 5S will include an auto image stabilization feature that will take several shots in quick succession – and, rather than simply picking the single best image, will put the best, least blurry parts of each picture together into a new image. This could be huge for phone photographers looking to capture to a moving scene or shoot in low light.

Obviously we can’t say for sure until more reviewers get the chance to play around with the phone, but it seems safe to say that the new camera will be an improvement over the old one and will boast some pretty neat features. But how does it stack up against what’s generally considered to be the best camera phone out there, the Nokia Lumia 1020?

From PCMag:

The Lumia 1020… employs its 41-megapixel sensor for oversampling (in one mode, at least), shooting 5-megapixel images that are more detailed and less noisy at higher ISO settings than usual.


The Lumia 1020′s camera is a 2/3-inch design, which is about the same size as what you’d find in a high-end premium compact camera, which is very impressive. It’s also backside illuminated to reduce noise, and has a wide-angle 27mm (35mm equivalent) field of view in 4:3 mode. Like the iPhone 5S, the Lumia 1020′s aperture is fixed at f/2.2, but you can change white balance, ISO, shutter speed, exposure compensation, and focus.

The general consensus is that the Lumia 1020 reigns supreme – but Apple has definitely made some strides with the 5S.

For more in-depth comparisons of the phones, be sure to check out the rest of the PCMag article and compare specs head-to-head on Phonerocket.

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