By Rich W Woods
Since the Nokia Lumia 1320 has recently gotten the Lumia Cyan update, Nokia was kind enough to send me a review unit. I’m doing with it what I do with all review units: camera reviews! Since the Nokia Lumia 1320 is a mid-range phone, it makes sense to compare it to mid-range phones. The scope of this review will be to compare the Nokia Lumia 1320 to the Moto G.
I’m a big fan of the Nokia Lumia 1320. It is one of very few budget phablets that exist. While some might say that Nokia makes too many different phones, they can be commended for making all sizes available to all price points.
Nokia Lumia 1320 vs Moto G: Specs
1080p at 30 fps 720p at 30 fps
|Nokia Lumia 1320||Moto G|
|Processor||1.7 GHz Dual Core Snapdragon 400||1.2 GHz Quad Core Snapdragon 400|
|Display||6″, 720p, 245 ppi, LCD||5″, 720p, 294 ppi, LCD|
|Body||164.2×85.9×9.8 mm, 220 g||141.5×70.7×11 mm, 149 g|
|Camera||5 MP, 2592×1944, Front 0.3 MP||8 MP, 3264×2448, 2 MP Front|
|Video||1080p at 30 fps||720p at 30 fps|
|Storage||8 GB, Expandable to 128 GB||8/16 GB, Expandable to 32 GB|
|RAM||1 GB||1 GB|
Both of these phones are great in different ways. The Moto G has a better display and a higher resolution camera. The Nokia Lumia 1320 has support for recording 1080p video and it is one of few budget phablets. In fact, it is one of very few budget phones that record 1080p video at all.
Note that there has been some confusion as of late. The photos are not scaled down. You can enlarge the photos by clicking/tapping on them.
Nokia Lumia 1320 vs Moto G: Rear Camera
|Nokia Lumia 1320||Moto G|
Clearly, these are two very different cameras. One thing you will notice is that many of the photos taken with the Moto G are a bit blurry. That is because the tap to focus feature isn’t really tap to focus. It’s sort of a drag to focus, where the user has to pull a circle in front of the object to capture. It makes it a bit complicated, especially if the object is moving.
Another thing you’ll notice is that the colors in the photos taken with the Nokia Lumia 1320 just look more natural. It’s more pleasing to the eye. The Nokia Lumia 1320 seems to do a bit better in low light; however, the Moto G seems to do a bit better with the flash on. Motorola phones are notorious for subpar low light performance.
Nokia Lumia 1320 vs Moto G: Front Camera
On a rear camera, the resolution doesn’t matter because the resolution of the photo ends up being higher than the resolution of the display. For example, a 720p display is less than 1 MP, a 1080p display is less than 2.1 MP, a 1440p display is less than 3.7 MP, and 4K is less than 8.3 MP.
That being said, front facing cameras are typically lower resolution than rear cameras. Historically, they are very low resolution. The Nokia Lumia 1320 uses a 0.3 MP front camera that records VGA video and the Moto G uses a 2 MP front camera that records 720p video.
This is one of the few front facing cameras that I’ve reviewed where the resolution really makes a difference. The 0.3 MP of the Nokia Lumia 1320 front camera really shows here. That being said, the colors in the Nokia really look better than those in the photo from the Moto G. If the resolution was higher, it would take a better selfie.
Then again, at least the Nokia Lumia 1320 has a front facing camera. Many budget Lumias do not have a front facing camera.
Then again, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Let me know what you think in the poll or if you have something to say, leave a comment.