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Nokia Lumia 1020 sensor review: Are mobiles comparable to compacts and DSLRs?

By Kevin Carter - Friday January 24 2014

Mobile Review
Introduction | Nokia Lumia 1020 Sensor performance | Nokia Lumia 1020 Versus Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70: Competitive sensor performance | Nokia Lumia 1020 Versus Canon PowerShot S120 Versus Nikon Coolpix P330: Close in performance | Nokia Lumia 1020 Versus Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Versus Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II: Not a match for Sony’s 1 inch sensors | Nokia Lumia 1020 Versus Canon EOS 100D Versus Nikon D3200 | Conclusion

Looking at the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 and RX100 II, which share a related 20-Mpix 1-inch type (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sensor, the pattern repeats itself. In this instance the two Sony models, with their larger pixels and lower pixel density, have around +1.5 to +2 stop advantage in sensor performance for any given metric.

Color sensitivity in the Nokia is around -2 stops less compared to the RX10 and around -1.5 stops against the RX10. Dynamic range and low light capabilities share a similar +2 stops advantage with the Sony compacts, but it’s still quite surprising that the difference isn’t more significant.