Nokia Lumia 930 vs OnePlus One: Rear Camera Comparison

By Rich W Woods
IMAG0283There is not much that the Nokia Lumia 930 and the OnePlus One have in common. One runs Windows Phone and one runs Android. One uses Snapdragon 800 and the other uses Snapdragon 801. One has a 5″ screen and the other has a 5.5″ screen. One has a 20 MP camera and the other a 13 MP camera. One has a 1.2 MP front camera and the other a 5 MP front camera. One records 1080p video and the other 4K. One is made by one of the oldest, well known cell phone companies and the other is made by a startup that didn’t exist a year ago.

There are a few things that they have in common. They are both unlocked and aren’t sold by any United States cell carriers. They both have a 1080p display. Most importantly, they both have cameras that I fell in love with the moment I used them.

Nokia Lumia 930 Camera

My first high powered Nokia Lumia camera was the Lumia 1020. It was my personal phone for eight months. It has a 41 MP camera but it is unbearably slow with its Snapdragon S4 processor. I found that the Lumia 930 has an even better camera.

The Nokia Lumia 930 has a 20 MP camera that has three settings: 5 MP JPEG, 5 MP JPEG and 16 MP JPEG, and 5 MP JPEG and 16 MP DNG. While RAW support is great, the best way to get lossless zoom without using Photoshop is to use the second option. With the Snapdragon 800 processor inside, the camera is super fast.

OnePlus One Camera

There are a few caveats to using the OnePlus One camera. When you use it, you don’t get what you see when you take the photo. While the viewfinder has a 16:9 aspect ratio, the final product is not widescreen. It adds to the top and bottom of the photo forcing the user to crop the photo to get the desired result.

The OnePlus One has a 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801 processor powering a 13 MP camera. That being said, it is not the fastest camera. It is not as slow as the Nokia Lumia 1020, but not as fast as other Android phones with similar specs. It does, however, take beautiful photos.

So let’s see some samples:

Photo 1

Nokia Lumia 930


OnePlus One


Photo 2

Nokia Lumia 930


OnePlus One


Photo 3

Nokia Lumia 930


OnePlus One


Photo 4 (Low Light)

Nokia Lumia 930


OnePlus One


Both the OnePlus One and Nokia Lumia 930 are clearly beautiful but different cameras. What do you think? Which camera is better? Leave your answer in the comments.

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Rich Woods

Being a computer programmer wasn't enough to fulfill his love of technology. In 2013, Rich founded For the Love of Tech and has been writing about his love of tech ever since.

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