When I get a new phone to review that has a great camera, I always compare it to the Nokia Lumia 1020. I call it the gold standard test. Now it’s time to perform that test for the LG G4.
The Nokia Lumia 1020 is two years old now. Despite that, it still has a reputation for having the best smart phone camera on the market.
From time to time, a new phone comes out that everyone swears is going to dethrone the Nokia Lumia 1020. The LG G4 is one of those phones.
Let’s dive right in.
Nokia Lumia 1020 vs LG G4: Rear Camera
The Nokia Lumia 1020 has a very famous 41 MP camera. Of course, resolution doesn’t matter here. Not even a little. The LG G4 is 16 MP. Either one is more than enough to fill the highest resolution display that you can find, so the only benefit of the higher resolution is to zoom in on the photo without losing quality.
Let’s get into the camera specs that are actually important. The Nokia Lumia 1020 has a much larger sensor, coming in at 1/1.5″, while the LG G4 comes in at 1/2.6″. A larger sensor allows more light to enter the lens which means better low light performance. Of course, the LG G4 has the larger aperture at f/1.8 while the Lumia 1020 is f/2.2. Keep in mind that the LG G4 has the largest aperture of any mainstream smart phone.
The LG G4 has a lot more features to the camera. One of those is laser focus, which is LG’s answer to phase detection autofocus, which Apple and Samsung use. This allows the camera to take perfectly focused images, even at night or in the fog.
Microsoft’s Lumia Camera app has added quite a few features since the Nokia Lumia 1020 came out; however, the Lumia 1020 didn’t receive any of these new features, as the Lumia 1020 has an extremely power hungry camera with a very low end processor.
Both the LG G4 and the Nokia Lumia 1020 have the ability to save a RAW image. If you’re not familiar with RAW, you can think of it as the digital equivalent of a negative. The difference is that in order to take a RAW image with the LG G4, the user must be in manual mode.
Speaking of manual mode, both devices have one. Manual mode allows the user to control settings like focus and shutter speed.
Note that I didn’t use manual settings for the comparison. I never do. The fact is that the vast majority of the public just wants to open the camera app and snap a picture. That’s why Apple does so well. Since both of these devices are special cases, perhaps I will do a second part to this comparison.
|Nokia Lumia 1020||LG G4|
As we can see, these cameras are similar, which is a good thing. It means that they’re both amazing cameras. I want to note that the Nokia Lumia 1020 does NOT have a larger field of view. It doesn’t focus at very close distances, so I had to pull it back in some cases.
Two things really stand out to me. One is that the LG G4 handles bright lighting better than the Nokia Lumia 1020 does.
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Nokia Lumia 1020 – LG G4
The other thing that stood out is that the Nokia Lumia 1020 is still the low light king. I really thought that the f/1.8 aperture would take down the Nokia Lumia 1020. It didn’t.
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Nokia Lumia 1020 vs LG G4: Front Camera
Well, if the LG G4 didn’t win the rear camera, it will certainly win the front camera. The LG G4 has an 8 MP front camera, which really makes for some crisp selfies. It even gives you a little room to crop without losing quality. The Nokia Lumia 1020 is 1.2 MP.
OK, so the LG G4 wins the front camera test. That’s obvious.
Well, that’s it. Normally, in a comparison I’d talk about the devices and I’d show some benchmarks, but there’s no point here. The Nokia Lumia 1020 is a two year old phone going up against a current flagship. As a phone, the Nokia Lumia 1020 is a dinosaur. As a camera, not so much.