From the piece over at My Nokia Blog:
….the kind people at AT&T let me spend about an hour with the phone.
About the 1020 Photos:
- There is SOMETHING going on that causes visible noise in the photos. Is it a deal breaker? NO. Am I buying a 1020? Yes. Fact is, the 1020 is more versatile than the 808 when it comes to photos and in the right environments and the right settings, the 1020 will enable photos that the 808 cannot produce (manual focus, better low light, better image stabilization). With that said, if you point and shoot in automatic at the same scene….from my LIMITED testing….the 808 produces photos with less “grain”. I swear it looks like I can see every pixel in the 1020 photos…
- The Auto Focus blows the 808 out of the water! I was able to focus faster and closer (without going into Macro Mode) on the 1020 than the 808 could ever dream of.
- Colors seem a little off on the 1020, punchy, like Mr. Dining stated but NOT overly saturated. This may change depending on the lighting and settings. Something was throwing off the White Balance on the 1020. All settings were on Auto for both devices.
- Taking photos on the 1020 is so much more pleasurable than on the 808. Did I mention Pro Camera…oh that piece of software…amazing. It draws you in with all of the creative options.
- I still noticed the same “graininess” in the 5MP oversampled photos. Honestly…it is kind of boggling…. BUT I checked some N82 photos and some N8 photos and the same TYPE of grain is present. I don’t remember my N8 photos looking so grainy. Seriously, there is the same type of pixel grain present. My only conclusion is that the Nokia 808 is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO far ahead somehow in producing pure, low noise when over-sampling is applied that we have been spoiled. Now, the 808 ISN'T noisless, especially in full resolution but my gosh, the 808 produces pure images…smooth…very smooth details.
Look at the 1020 photo of the 808, there is noise around the camera lens. Check out the original photo here
Now, look at the 808 photo of the 1020 around the lens area. Original photo here.
That is all for now. I am EXTREMELY excited about getting a 1020 and taking it through the proper tests, learning how to use all of the settings and capturing new memories for years to come. There is versatility in the 1020′s camera setup that the 808 cannot match and a clarity and zoom factor in the 808 that currently the 1020 cannot match. With that said, I will be keeping my 808 after buying the 1020 and I look forward to many more comparisons.
Please keep in mind that the 1020′s competition ISN’T the 808, it is the iPhones, Androids and Blackberries that occupy the same shelf space and battle for consumer dollars. Yes, the 808 is the benchmark that ALL camera phones will be judged by but I will tell you this, more jaws dropped when I pulled out my 808, not because of the stellar photos, but just because everyone in the store DID NOT KNOW that the 1020 was NOT the worlds first 41MP smartphone.
Which are all fair comments. Even though my personal suspicions are that the Lumia 1020's images won't match those of the 808's in a straight shoot-out, it should be noted that a) they'll still be ahead of the rest of the smartphone chasing pack (with the possible exception of those from the Galaxy S4 Zoom), b) this is only one data point, under less than ideal conditions, and c) this is probably with early firmware, it's probably fair to give the device a month or two of algorithmic fix-ups before delivering a verdict?