This is going to be a bit of a lengthy comparison I'm afraid... This weekend I visited the beautiful city of Münster in Germany, where a friend of mine showed me around in several of its old churches - and those belong to my favorite subjects. I made dozens of shots of course, not only with the Nokia Lumia 1020 and 1520, but also with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
You may know I like to use different smartphones on different platforms - so I use Symbian (still), Windows Phone and Android. I've been hearing some very enthusiastic stories about the imaging qualities of the Galaxy Note 3, but up until this weekend, I didn't really have time to put it up to the current Kings of Imaging.
Being with a friend, I didn't bring more than three smartphones to compare, so no, you won't find any 808 PureView shots in this article, I'm sorry (something's gotta give). But I hope you'll find this comparison interesting nevertheless, although it will prove what we all probably already suspected.
The focal length is exactly the same with the Lumia 1020 and 1520 (as far as I can see that is), whereas to get the same image, I always need to take about two steps back when using the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. That's not much of a problem in itself, unless there simply is no room to take a step back.
In the first example, I was on my knees to capture as much as possible of the entrance of this church. Below, you'll see the resized version of the Nokia Lumia 1020's 5MP shot.
The resized version of the Lumia 1520 5MP shot looks very similar, so I'll just share the resized 9.6MP shot from the Galaxy Note 3 next.
To get the exact same image with the Galaxy Note 3, I would have had to lie down on my back, which is not just cold but also unpracticle and well, kinda funny.