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Lumia 1020 vs 950 XL Ultimate Camera Comparison

Lumia 1020 vs Lumia 950 XL Camera review Comparison (2 of 2)

We finally put the latest Lumia 950 XL to its biggest comparison and camera review yet and that is against the legendary Lumia 1020. Could the new Pureview-equipped 950 XL beat the almost 3-year-old Lumia Pureview?

Starting with specs, the Lumia 1020 is a dated camera phone but still remain reliable with a monstrous 41MP main sensor, f.2.2 Carl Zeiss lens, and 1080p video while Lumia 950 XL has 20MP sensor with large f/1.9 Carl Zeiss lens, quad microphones, and 4K video.

Camera Specs Nokia Lumia 1020 Microsoft Lumia 950 XL
Sensor 41 MP PureView, 1/1.5″ size, 1.12um pixel size 20 MP PureView, 1/2.4″ size, 1.12um pixel size
Lens f/2.2 Carl Zeiss, 26mm f/1.9 Carl Zeiss, 26mm
Raw DNG Yes Yes
Video 1080p at 30 fps 2160p at 30 fps / 4K UHD
OIS Yes Yes
Front-facing selfie 1.2MP, 720p video 5MP, 1080p
Flash Xenon + LED Triple-toned LED flash
Microphones Dual / stereo Stereo recording, 4 microphones

We put both in pixel oversampling mode by using lower resolution images. At first, the biggest advantage we saw on Lumia 950 is the speed of the camera app from focus to preview.

Daylight shooting

Now in quality, detail preservation is very close both in day and night scenarios. It is on color reproduction and dynamic control both cameras differ. Lumia 1020 takes more neutral images while 950 shots are more saturated. HDR control on 950 is top-class thanks to Rich mode capture.

Low light and night shooting

Selfie shooting

Video quality is a bit close in detail with Lumia 950 edging in focus speed and transition.

Let us know in the comments which quality do you prefer.


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Overall, the Lumia 950 XL is proven to be more capable, thanks to a faster chipset and much-improved camera. The Lumia 1020 remains a capable shooter despite the dated technology behind. We just hope that Microsoft will continue to develop and make Pureview cameras better.

Lumia 1020 vs Lumia 950 XL Video Comparison

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