Moto X vs Nokia Lumia 635: Camera Comparison

Moto X vs Nokia Lumia 635: Camera Comparison

By Rich W Woods

This is a crazy month if you follow the smart phone industry. Since September 3, we have heard announcements for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge, Sony Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Moto X, Moto G, HTC Desire 820, Desire Eye, Nokia Lumia 730, Lumia 735, Lumia 830, and Sony Xperia Z3v. I’m sure I missed one or two.

I’ve been spending a lot of time with these phones and when the Nokia Lumia 530 was released last Sunday in the United States, I got one to review it and the camera was a huge disappointment. It doesn’t focus. I got the Nokia Lumia 635 to compare it to and I am super psyched about it.

I did a side by side comparison of the Moto G and the Nokia Lumia 635. After all, they are the main budget phones of Android and Windows Phone. The Nokia Lumia 635 outperformed the Moto G, so I thought it would be a good idea to put it up against the Moto X. Also, camera reviews are fun and the photos are pretty.

Moto X vs Nokia Lumia 635: Specs

This is something we do for comparisons. We know that the Moto X has all top of the line specs and the Nokia Lumia 635, so feel free to skip this part, but it is here for the sake of being complete.

Moto X Nokia Lumia 635
Processor 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400
Display 5.2″, 1080p, AMOLED, 424 ppi 4.5″, 480p, LCD, 218 ppi
Storage 16/32 GB 8 GB, Expandable to 128 GB
RAM 2 GB 512 MB
Camera 13 MP, 4128×3096, 2 MP Front 5 MP, 2592×1944
Video 4K, 30 fps 720p, 30 fps
Price $499 $129


Ok, if you didn’t know the specs before, now you know. The Moto X is an amazing, beautiful phone. It will be the best Android phone to be released this year. If I were going to compare the overall phone to an overall Nokia Lumia, I would put it up against the Nokia Lumia 930, which also uses an AMOLED display and has 2 GB RAM.

But this is a camera comparison and if there is only one thing that Nokia is really great at, it’s cameras. There is, of course, other things that Nokia is great at, like making phones that are virtually unbreakable, but I digress.

Moto X vs Nokia Lumia 635: Camera Comparison

The Nokia Lumia 635 has a 5 MP rear camera with no flash and no front facing camera; however, as we saw when we compared it to the Moto G, it is the best camera at its price point. I intend to prove that it can stand up to high end cameras as well, even without a flash or a front facing camera. Well, to be fair, if you take a lot of selfies you need that front facing camera. I intend to prove that the rear camera on the Nokia Lumia 635 can stand up to the Moto X even without a flash.

In order to properly compare two cameras, you have to view them on the same screen. The Nokia Lumia 635 is a low resolution LCD screen. The Moto X display is AMOLED and 1080p. The colors are stunningly vibrant. So clearly, it’s not fair to snap a pic on each one and look at it on the phone it was taken on.

Another thing to consider is that megapixels don’t matter unless the user zooms in on the image. In most cases, the resolution of the photo is higher than the resolution of the screen it is being displayed on. Here’s a reference: 720p – 1 MP, 1080p – 2.1 MP, 1440p – 4.3 MP, 4K – 8.3 MP

To see the advantages of higher resolution photos, check out the comparison of the Nokia Lumia 635 and the Nokia Lumia 1020.

I won’t bore you anymore with speculation and specifications. Let’s look at some samples.

As you can see, they both look different. You’ll notice that the colors look more natural on the Nokia Lumia 635; however, the colors look brighter with the Moto X. Note that the Nokia Lumia 635 has manual controls that the Moto X doesn’t have. It allows users to control focus, white balance, ISO, shutter speed, and brightness.

You’ll also notice that neither of these phones do particularly well in low light. This is normal for Motorola phones but Nokia phones typically do much better in low light. The great thing about the Nokia Lumia 635 is that users have the option to use those manual controls to tweak the image that they are going to get.

Moto X vs Nokia Lumia 635: Video

The Nokia Lumia 635 takes 720p video, which is a restriction of the Snapdragon 400 processor. All that’s needed for 1080p video is a 2.1 MP sensor, which the Nokia Lumia 635 covers.

The Moto X give the option between 4K and 1080p, so if you take a lot of video with your phone, the Nokia Lumia 635 is not for you.

Moto X

Nokia Lumia 635

Both of these phones have great cameras. Personally, I think the photos on the Nokia Lumia 635 have colors that look more natural. At the least, it proves the point that megapixels don’t matter.

Then again, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Vote at the poll at the bottom or leave a comment.

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About the author
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.