Sony Xperia Z1 pitted against the Nokia Lumia 1020’s camera

October 1, 2013
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With the Sony Xperia Z1, Sony has managed to create one of the most impressive handsets in the Android world, and this goes doubly when it comes to camera performance. We’ve already seen impressive Z1 night time shots and even a low-light comparison between the Sony Xperia Z1 and the Nokia Lumia 925. Now we are left wondering how the Z1 will stand up against Nokia’s 41MP Pureview-wielding Lumia 1020.

Apparently we weren’t the only ones interested to see how the two devices compare, either. Steve Litchfield from All About Windows Phone recently pitted the two handsets against one another in a series of different photographs.

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How did the Sony Xperia Z1 compare? Depends largely on the photo.

The Sony Xperia Z1 seems to do a solid job of taking photos when lighting is decent, and compares nicely to the 1020 in these situations. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said when light levels are lower. The Lumia 1020’s combination of OIS, a larger sensor and Xenon Flash allow for the Windows Phone-powered handset to come out on top in areas where lighting isn’t so great.

Of course, a picture is worth a thousand words, so take a look for yourself:

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Nokia Lumia 1020. Click to enlarge.

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Sony Xperia Z1. Click to enlarge.

 

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Nokia Lumia 1020. Click to enlarge.

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Sony Xperia Z1. Click to enlarge.

 

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Nokia Lumia 1020. Click to enlarge.

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Sony Xperia Z1. Click to enlarge.

 

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Nokia Lumia 1020. Click to enlarge.

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Sony Xperia Z1. Click to enlarge.

 

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Nokia Lumia 1020. Click to enlarge.

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Sony Xperia Z1. Click to enlarge.

 

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Nokia Lumia 1020. Click to enlarge.

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Sony Xperia Z1. Click to enlarge.

 

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Nokia Lumia 1020. Click to enlarge.

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Sony Xperia Z1. Click to enlarge.

Now that you’ve had a chance to take a closer look at the comparative images, we’ll be honest here: Yes, the Lumia 1020’s camera is better. That said, unless you are really into having the absolute best cameraphone available, the difference in image quality probably isn’t significant enough to bother you.

Bottom-line, the Xperia Z1 is a wonderful handset with a camera that is right up there against similar Android devices. It might not be quite as impressive as the 1020 in some ways, but it also has some clear advantages such as the fact it runs Android and has access to the plethora of great Android apps out there. The Xperia Z1 is also compatible with Sony’s SmartShot lenses, which can help take your Android photography experience to a whole other level.

For full-sized images, cropped comparisons and more – head on over to All About Windows Phone.

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