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Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom vs Nokia Lumia 1020 PureView – Camera Phones On Steroids

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Nokia came up with a camera technology called Pure View. The advanced tech debuted with the Lumia 1020 which features 1 41 MP lens. The extremely high-end camera is backed by appropriate specs and design, as the phone comes with a dual core Qualcomm chip inside a unibody chassis made of aluminum.

The Galaxy S4 Zoom from Samsung on the other hand, focused on supplying its camera with extra zoom capabilities. It also features a dual core processor, and the images you take are nicely displayed on its Super AMOLED-based screen.

Nokia 1020 PureView

With this photo beast from Nokia, users will be able to take great pictures with more lighting involved due to oversampling, which is possible thanks to the huge 41 MP camera. The camera pretty much has half of the back panel all to itself, but with that kind of power, users shouldn’t expect Nokia to jam the whole photo package into a small little corner. The device uses optics provided by Carl Zeiss as well as a back-lit sensor and OIS (Optical Image Stabilization).

The lighting is taken very seriously with the Lumia 1020, as in addition to oversampling, the phone also makes use of the mechanical shutter available to control exactly how much light gets in. There is also Xenon flash on the back that tops the already high-end phone camera.

A very cool feature is how the phone can take a picture with 5 MP and 32 MP at the same time, so that you can have the exactly same shot for multiple purposes such as one for sharing and storing, and one for editing and manipulating.

It has been established that the camera is the main attraction with this phone, but let’s not forget about what makes it run. The processor included with this model is a 1.2 GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon chip, while the GPU is the Adreno 320. In terms of memory, you will be getting 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage space. The phone is also packed with the connectivity options that shouldn’t be missing from any smartphone, like Bluetooth, WiFi, microUSB, NFC, LTE, and GPS. A 2000 mAh battery will be taking care of supplying power for all these components.

Since the phone is capable of taking such premium photos, it sure needs a capable screen of displaying them, therefore Nokia opted for a AMOLED based display, measuring 4.5 inches. The screen is packed with several Nokia technologies, such as PureMotion HD+ and ClearBlack. The 1280 x 768 resolution and 332 ppi pixel density complete the list of high-end characteristic for the display, which can also be used with gloves.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom

The Galaxy S4 Zoom is a suitable opponent for the Lumia 1020, as it also features a camera that grabs  all the attention.

Although still high-end, the camera on the S4 Zoom takes a different approach, and rather than loading the lens with tons of MP, Samsung chose to focus on the device’s zooming capabilities. The camera itself comes 16 MP, but sports 10x optical zoom. In support of that, there is also a dual flash system, with both Xenon and LED.  The phone is of course capable of shooting 1080p, and also features a smaller 1.9 MP camera on the front.

Behind the impressive camera specs lie the rest of the specifications that make up this device. For the processor, we have a dual core Exynos processor. The 1.5 GHz chip and Mali 400 MP GPU pair up with the included 1.5 GB of RAM and provide a smooth experience at high performance rates. Visuals won’t be a problem as the GPU is a quad core unit. You can get up to 64 GB of internal memory with the help of a microSD card, but if it’s enough for you, you can just stick with the available 8 GB, out of which only 5 GB are usable. Connectivity isn’t a problem for the device, which provides all the basics like NFC, microUSB, Bluetooth, WiFi and LTE.

While the Galaxy S4 Zoom comes with Google’s Android Jelly Bean, the Lumia 1020 uses Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS.

Price

On Amazon.com, the Lumia 1020 is available for about $390, while the Galaxy S4 Zoom is about $280