Even without touching the PureView zooming or the Xenon flash, both unique selling points for the Nokia Lumia 1020, it’s clear that basic ‘as is’ photos are better coloured and with less noise and more detail, when compared to the results from the Google Nexus 5. The 1020′s huge sensor, plus the oversampling system, is the main reason for this, of course, since the Nexus 5 has a typical 1/3″ class sensor.
At some point, surely, more manufacturers will start to catch up to Nokia in imaging and put in larger (and/or oversampling) sensors and a proper (Xenon) flash? We have seen Sony put in a larger sensor in its Z1, plus several devices with OIS now, but the gap between the Lumia 1020 and the ‘rest’ is still demonstrably huge.
It’s interesting to note how important camera is to smartphones. I want to reiterate this point as some have commented previously that camera is not a thought in consumers when clearly, with all these photo sharing sites, and all the focus of manufacturers to promote (and sometimes develop) their cameras, it’s clearly a factor worth considering and one where Nokia is at the top of their game.
Props where its due, the Nexus 5 does look like a decent camera phone too. But for pushing boundaries, for imaging/video go with the Nokia Lumia 1020. I am not sure how the 1520 fares to recommend that atm.