Nokia Lumia 1020 vs Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom: Which is the better Cameraphone?

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By Katrina Dianne Gimenez | December 13, 2013 6:12 PM EST

Nokia Lumia 1020 and Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom are both great camera/phone hybrid devices. Which of the two is better?

Design And Chassis

Galaxy S4 Zoom is rather bulky at 15.4 mm in contrast to Lumia 1020's slim design at 10.4 mm. At the front, Galaxy S4 Zoom is the spitting image of Galaxy S4. At the back, it looks like a typical point-and-shoot camera with a lens and a grip sticking out from its body. When you look at a Lumia 1020, the only give away of its "camphone" nature is its black round camera protruding from its back. Aesthetically, Lumia 1020 looks classier and more fashionable than the Galaxy S4 Zoom. In terms of design and chassis portability, it's a point for Lumia 1020.

Screen And Display

Galaxy S4 Zoom has a 4.3-inch screen with display resolution of 960 x 540 pixels (256 ppi) while Lumia 1020 has a 4.5-inch screen with display resolution of 1,280 x 768 pixels (332ppi). In comparison, Lumia 1020 has crisper and sharper display than Galaxy S4 Zoom.


In terms of performance, Lumia 1020 and Galaxy S4 zoom are at par with each other, both sporting a 1.5GHz dual-core processor. If you're not into heavy gaming and apps, then the dual-core will be enough to run your smartphone with no lag.


Galaxy S4 has a 16 MP sensor with a 10x Samsung zoom Lens. It has an expert mode that let you switch among manual, program auto, and color wizard modes. For a camphone, it has pretty impressive specs. However, this is not enough to trumple Lumia 1020 as it has a 41 megapixel-sensor. The details are much clearer and colors are richer than Galaxy S4 Zoom's.

Lumia 1020 has 2 camera apps: Windows Phone 8 camera app for casual shooting and Nokia Pro Cam app with manual control over shutter speed, ISO, white balance and focus.

In terms of camera specs, the point again is with the Lumia 1020.

Price Range

Galaxy S4 Zoom's price ranges from $349 to $449.95 while Nokia Lumia 1020 is available at a price ranging from $599 to $708 in Australia.

The Ultimate Decree

Design and performance-wise, Nokia Lumia 1020 is the better cameraphone.If the price range will be added to the specs difference between the two camphones, Galaxy S4 Zoom is not a bad deal.

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