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

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We thought we would compare the Nokia 1020 with the sensor performance data from the Canon EOS 100D and a Nikon D3200 – cameras with significantly larger pixel pitch. As you would expect the DSLRs are capable of superior performance on the whole but not in every metric.

In fact the DSLRs and the Canon in particular has the equivalent of just +1 stop improvement in color sensitivity, though this increases to +2.6 stops with the different sensor in the Nikon.

The Canon’s dynamic range at base ISO isn’t that much wider than the Nokia’s either (at around +1 stop), whereas the Nikon’s is almost +3 stops. It’s in low light, unsurprisingly, that the Canon and Nikon show a significant advantage equivalent to +2.66 and +3 stops respectively over the Nokia.