Nokia Lumia Icon vs Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Camera Comparison

Nokia Lumia Icon vs Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Camera Comparison

By Rich W Woods

When Microsoft sent me the Nokia Lumia 830 to review, I also requested a Nokia Lumia 930 so I could compare the camera to a couple other phones, including the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, considering that they both have 20 MP cameras. They didn’t have any Lumia 930s, but they has a Lumia Icon, the 930’s CDMA sister phone.

The Nokia Lumia Icon still has not received the Lumia Cyan update, so it hasn’t received the camera improvements that come along with it. The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact was shown to outperform the Nokia Lumia 1020 in low light, so it seemed fair to compare the Nokia Lumia Icon and the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact.

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Nokia Lumia Icon vs Sony Xperia Z3 Compact: Specs

Nokia Lumia Icon Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
Processor 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801
Display 5″, 1080p, 441 ppi, AMOLED 4.6″, 720p, 319 ppi, LCD
Body 137x71x9.8 mm, 167 g 127.3×64.9×8.6 mm, 129 g
Camera 20 MP, 4992х3744, 1.2 MP Front 20.7 MP, 5248х3936, 2.2 MP Front
Video 1080p – 30 fps, Front 720p – 30 fps 4K – 30 fps, 1080p – 60 fps, 720p – 120 fps, Front 1080p – 30 fps
Aperture F/2.4 F/2
Camera Sensor 1/2.5″ 1/2.3″
Focal Length 26 mm 25 mm
Storage 32 GB 16 GB, Expandable to 128 GB
RAM 2 GB 2 GB
Price $599 ~$525

 

Let’s take a quick look at the specs before we dive into the camera comparison. The display is going to be better on the Nokia Lumia Icon because it uses an AMOLED display, allowing for more vibrant colors and blacker black colors. The resolution on the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is just fine, having the same pixel density as the definition of Apple’s retina. It’s the type of display that makes a difference.

The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact has a faster processor; however, Android requires more overhead than Windows Phone does, so consider the processors to be about even.

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Nokia Lumia Icon vs Sony Xperia Z3 Compact: Rear Camera

The resolution of the cameras on the Nokia Lumia Icon and the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact are about even. The Lumia Icon uses a 20 MP sensor and the Xperia Z3 Compact uses a 20.7 MP sensor. Considering that a 4K display only uses 8.3 MP, there’s no difference here. The benefits of megapixels are to crop the image.

The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact will record better video than the Nokia Lumia Icon, as the Nokia Lumia Icon only records 1080p video at 30 fps. This is a problem with Windows Phones. They still haven’t implemented the ability to record 1080p at 60 fps.

The Nokia Lumia Icon has a smaller aperture than the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, so we can expect a larger depth of field, meaning that the background of the image will be more in focus on the images taken with the Nokia Lumia Icon. The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact has a larger sensor size, so we can expect better low light performance.

In order to enlarge the photos, click or tap them. To view the full size image, there are links in the gallery.

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Nokia Lumia Icon Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

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The difference in depth of field is negligible, which is unexpected with the difference in aperture that exists here. The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact does a great job of focusing and it does it quickly, so that might account for it.

The nighttime performance is roughly the same, although the Nokia Lumia Icon doesn’t do very well while the flash in in use. The low light performance of the Nokia Lumia Icon will actually improve once it finally receives the Lumia Cyan update.

As far as the daytime photos go, both of them take great photos but the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact seems a bit oversaturated. The Nokia Lumia Icon wins this one.

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Nokia Lumia Icon vs Sony Xperia Z3 Compact: Front Camera

The Nokia Lumia Icon uses a 1.2 MP front facing camera, which is exactly 720p at a 16:9 aspect ratio. The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact uses a 2.2 MP front camera, which is exactly 1080p.

Clearly, the Nokia Lumia Icon wins on the front facing camera. This has been a problem with the Xperias. They just tend to make the photos look blurry.

Of course, I could be wrong. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Vote in the poll and let me know which camera you think is better. Think I’m an idiot? Let me know in the comments!

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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.