Nokia Lumia 830 vs Nokia Lumia 1020 Camera Comparison

Nokia Lumia 830 vs Nokia Lumia 1020 Camera Comparison

By Rich W Woods

The Nokia Lumia 830 is billed as Nokia’s first ever affordable flagship. In fact, it is the highest end Nokia phone to come to the United States since Windows Phone 8.1 happened. While the guts of the Nokia Lumia 830 are mid-range at best, the camera is certainly high end. That being said, it seems fair to compare the 10 MP Pureview camera of the Nokia Lumia 830 to the 41 MP Pureview camera of the Nokia Lumia 1020.

While the Nokia Lumia 1020 was released in July 2013, it remains relevant to this day. The Nokia Lumia 1020 is widely known as having the best smart phone camera. Because of that, any time a new flagship comes in, the comparison to the Nokia Lumia 1020 is the gold standard test.

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Nokia Lumia 830 vs Nokia Lumia 1020: Specs

Nokia Lumia 830 Nokia Lumia 1020
Processor 1.2 GHz Quad Core Snapdragon 400 1.5 GHz Dual Core Snapdragon S4 Pro
Display 5″, 720p, 294 ppi, AMOLED 4.5″, 720p, 332 ppi, AMOLED
Body 139.4×70.7×8.5 mm, 150 g 130.4×71.4×10.4 mm, 158 g
Camera 10 MP, 3520×2640, 0.9 MP Front 41 MP, 7152×5368, 1.2 MP Front
Video 1080p – 30 fps, Front 720p at 30 fps 1080p – 30 fps, Front 720p – 30 fps
Aperture F/2.2 F/2.2
Camera Sensor 1/3.4″ 1/1.5″
Focal Length 26 mm 26 mm
Storage 16 GB, Expandable to 128 GB 32 GB
RAM 1 GB 2 GB
Price $99 with Contract/$449 $599

 

Let’s quickly go over the specs. There are certain things that the Nokia Lumia 830 will do that the Nokia Lumia 1020 won’t because the Lumia 830 has a quad core processor. Things like screen projecting require a quad core processor.

The screen is slightly better on the Nokia Lumia 1020. Apple defines Retina as the user not being able to see any pixellation at an average viewing distance. On a phone, that resolution is 326 ppi. The Lumia 1020 is just above that at 332 ppi.

Nokia Lumia 830 vs Nokia Lumia 1020: Rear Camera

Obviously, the Nokia Lumia 1020 has a much higher resolution camera than the Nokia Lumia 830; however, this won’t make a difference in the quality of the photo. 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 a 4K display is less than 8.3 MP, so the photo is of a higher resolution than the display.

Aside from the resolution, the specs of these two cameras are remarkably similar. They both use an F/2.2 aperture and they both have the same focal length, which means that they should both have the same depth of field. The sensor of the Nokia Lumia 1020’s camera is much bigger which should allow for better low light performance.

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Due to some confusion lately, I should point out that in order to enlarge the images, simply click on them and scroll through the gallery. To download the full size image, simply click the link after they’ve been enlarged.

Nokia Lumia 830 Nokia Lumia 1020

I apologize, but due to a technical issue, the order of the following photos need to be reversed from the order above. I do apologize for any confusion.

Nokia Lumia 1020 Nokia Lumia 830

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One thing that always bothered me about the tap to focus feature of the Nokia Lumia 1020 was that it doesn’t work very well. Many times, it will try to focus and then snap out of focus again. The Nokia Lumia 830 (or possible the Lumia Denim firmware) seems to have fixed this issue.

In fact, Lumia Denim could be a major factor in comparing the cameras of these two phones. If you look at the fourth photo from the bottom, it is very clear that the Nokia Lumia 830 blows away the Nokia Lumia 1020 in low light, which is not normal considering that the Nokia Lumia 1020 has a much bigger sensor and should allow more light to enter the camera.

One clear advantage to the Nokia Lumia 1020 is RAW support. The Nokia Lumia 1020 has three camera settings: 5 MP JPEG, 5 MP JPEG and 35 MP JPEG, and 5 MP JPEG and 35 MP DNG. The 35 MP photos become 38 MP photos with a 4:3 aspect ratio. If the user plans to resize the images, the 5 MP JPEG and 35 MP JPEG option would be the one to use as the user can’t view a RAW file in the phone.

As I mentioned, the resolution doesn’t matter because the resolution of the image is higher than the resolution of the display; however, resolution is important when it comes to lossless zoom.

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Nokia Lumia 830 Nokia Lumia 1020

Another thing that sticks out in these photos is that the colors are brighter in the photos taken with the Nokia Lumia 1020. Note that all photos are taken with default settings unless otherwise noted.

Nokia Lumia 830 vs Nokia Lumia 1020: Front Camera

Just like resolution doesn’t matter in the rear camera, it does matter in the front camera. This is because front cameras typically have a lower resolution than the rear camera. The Nokia Lumia 830 uses a 0.9 MP front camera, which is just skimming 720p. The Nokia Lumia 1020 uses a 1.2 MP front camera, which is the same as the iPhone 6.

Nokia Lumia 830 Nokia Lumia 1020

Both the Nokia Lumia 830 and Nokia Lumia 1020 do a great job with the front facing camera; however, there is not a lot of room for cropping as the front camera of the Nokia Lumia 830 is 720p and the front camera of the Nokia Lumia 1020 is 960p.

Both cameras have positive features. The Nokia Lumia 1020 seems to have brighter colors in some photos; however, the Nokia Lumia 830 performs better in low light. Then again, many of these facts can be edited with the many manual features of the Lumia Camera app and of course, the RAW support of the Nokia Lumia 1020, if you know how to use it.

But beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Vote in the poll below and let me know which camera you think is better. If you have something to say, feel free to 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.