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Lumia 930 V Lumia 1520 Cameras

Updated on April 15, 2015

Cameras Head To Head

Photo samples 930 first followed by 1520

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Same ?


I recently posted my thoughts on the Nokia Lumia 930 Windows Phone that I have been lucky enough to trial for two weeks via @Connects . You can read my conclusions HERE if you really want, basically it's a great handset, but I already have it covered with my current phones the Lumia 1020 and 1520 and the Lumia 1520 actually has the same camera unit, I did however mention that I would like to compare the two phones on the latest Cyan software update if I was able to update my Lumia 1520 before the trial ended.


Well, lo and behold the other day I checked and Cyan was available for my 1520 :) Unfortunately I had been using the Preview For Developers version of Windows Phone 8.1 and to get the Nokia Produced Cyan update I had to use The Nokia Software Recovery Tool to 'Downgrade' my phone to WP 8.0 so that the latest update would install over the air, it all took a couple of hours or so, but no real stress as I enjoy playing with phones (wouldn't have used the Dev Preview if I didn't) and as I backup my settings and apps on my Lumias everything happened automatically and I just had to wait for the phone to finish doing its stuff and there I was two Lumias on Cyan :)



Lumia 1520 Camera Specifications

  • Primary camera sensor size: 20 MP, PureView
  • Camera Focus Type: Auto focus with two-stage capture key
  • ZEISS optics: Yes
  • Sensor size: 1/2.5 inch
  • Main camera f-number/aperture: f/2.4
  • Camera focal length: 26 mm
  • Camera minimum focus range: 10 cm
  • Camera image formats: JPEG/Exif
  • Camera Flash Type: Dual LED flash
  • Flash operating range: 3.0 m
  • Flash modes: Off, Automatic, On

Lumia 930 Camera Specifications

  • Primary camera sensor size: 20 MP, PureView
  • Camera Focus Type: Auto focus with two-stage capture key
  • Camera digital zoom: 2 x
  • ZEISS optics: Yes
  • Sensor size: 1/2.5 inch
  • Main camera f-number/aperture: f/2.4
  • Camera focal length: 26 mm
  • Camera minimum focus range: 10 cm
  • Camera image formats: JPEG/Exif
  • Camera Flash Type: Dual LED flash
  • Flash operating range: 3.0 m
  • Flash modes: Off, Automatic, On



Photos


I work A LOT !! and only get one day a week off so time is precious and I can't always find time to do stuff like this (I can hear some people breathing a sigh of relief LOL) but as I work in retail I finish early on a Sunday and as the weather wasn't bad, I went down to a local Marina on the Leeds Liverpool Canal and tried to do comparison of the two phones running the same software, I tried to replicate the pics as closely as I could, but it isn't always easy and basically I think is shows the two phones produce just about the same results, although viewing on the 930 itself actually looks a bit better, due to AMOLED screens being a little more saturated than LCD the results on a browser are virtually identical.


Few More Pics

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Cropping, ReFraming & SoZoom

I am not a professional photographer and useless with software, but I have tried to do a couple of comparative splices of crops on Paint on my PC and also used the Reframe feature in the Pro Camera app on the Lumias to try show close up detail and also used an app called 'SoZoom' to show the bits of photo I chopped out of a couple of the snaps.

Spliced Comparison

ReFramed Flowers

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Bit Of Yellow Bokeh From the 930Yellow 'ReFrame' from the 930Bit Of Yellow Bokeh From the 1520Yellow 'ReFrame' from the 1520Thistles by the Bank 930RefRame Thistle 930RefRame Thistle 1520Thistles by the Bank 1520
Bit Of Yellow Bokeh From the 930
Bit Of Yellow Bokeh From the 930
Yellow 'ReFrame' from the 930
Yellow 'ReFrame' from the 930
Bit Of Yellow Bokeh From the 1520
Bit Of Yellow Bokeh From the 1520
Yellow 'ReFrame' from the 1520
Yellow 'ReFrame' from the 1520
Thistles by the Bank 930
Thistles by the Bank 930
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Thistles by the Bank 1520
Thistles by the Bank 1520

Close Up and Crops


Next few sections are photos to show close up results using ReFrame feature on the two phones

Cropping & SoZoom


So because of my lack of software experience and skill I have used the apps on the phones to demonstrate , hopefully, what I'm trying to show , if you know what I mean :-D



Sign

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Dobson Lock Sign

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Thanks

Well thanks for taking a look at the photos, hope it was fairly interesting, personally I'm really glad I got the chance to do it as I am now convinced that photographically I wouldn't benefit from buying the Lumia 930 to add to my current Arsenal , however I am also convinced that both the 20 megapixel PureView handsets do produce great photos without needing any particular skill and also the available apps and features on the phones make it easy to create something quite nice actually on the handset.


Cheers


Steve Quin

27/07/2014

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    • carman58 profile imageAUTHOR

      carman58 

      4 years ago from Leeds, Uk

      Thanks again, I did a review on the 930 and expressed my opinion https://hubpages.com/technology/-Lumia-930-The-Las... and it still stands. I personally am hanging on to my 1020 as long as possible, but if I was only having one of the two 20mpxl units I'd choose the 930 , more 'phonelike' and yes easier to hold

    • Mauricio Avellar profile image

      Mauricio Avellar 

      4 years ago

      Hey, It's me again. I'd like to ask you one more little thing. Since you've spent a quality time with both devices taking pictures hand held, I was wondering if the Lumia 930 offers more grip to hold onto whereas the 1520 might feel a little uncomfortable while holding in landscape due to its form factor.

      You know I have the Lumia 1020 and I want to buy a new Lumia device, but I can't seem to figure out which one I want. Both have their pros and cons and while I do appreciate the juicy battery that comes with the 1520, I am afraid it might not be pocketable. On the other hand, the design of the 930 is absolutely fantastic and gorgeous. By contrast many have complained about the Lumia 930 battery's performance.

      FYI, this is the forth time I come check this comparison. And I've already shared it with my friends.

    • carman58 profile imageAUTHOR

      carman58 

      4 years ago from Leeds, Uk

      Thank you very much for viewing and commenting, all photos hand held or resting on wall/fence and some cropping done. Really glad you enjoyed the piece and found it of some use ☺

    • Mauricio Avellar profile image

      Mauricio Avellar 

      4 years ago

      I loved it! Nice comparison! It's exactly what I was looking for. I've been searching for quite a long time searching for something like this and I finally found it. Thanks! I would never thought that there could ever be any difference between the two. Those pics baffled me! I was wondering if you used any equipment to keep the phones steady or took them with your hands? Once again Great Comparison!

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