The mobile cameras have improved a lot in the past few years. We saw manufacturers add a lot of new technology to mobile cameras to improve image quality. The processing power went up and so did the resolutions. Now resolutions north of 13 megapixels are quite normal on high-end devices of almost all manufacturers. Every once in a while, we see devices that take this imaging business very seriously. Nokia came up with the 808 Pure View but it wasn’t a success due to the out-dated hardware and software.
They changed this by launching the Lumia 1020 with similar camera while on the other hand; Samsung came up with the S4 Zoom. Now Samsung has come up with the successor to S4 Zoom and it has been designed along the lines of their current flagship device. Here we will put it against the Lumia 1020.
The Samsung Galaxy K zoom looks like any other ordinary Samsung device when viewed up front. It gets the physical home key along with two capacitive keys. Side profile would reveal that it isn’t just any other Samsung device. It is 16.6 mm thick and the lens assembly near the top is quite prominent. A large part of the back is taken up by the camera and it is hard to ignore its existence in your everyday usage. The device is quite heavy which makes handling it even tougher. The weight is concentrated near the top so we won’t really recommend having a light grip on the device.
On the other hand, the Nokia Lumia 1020 would feel small after handling the Galaxy K Zoom. Itisn’t exactly very small but easy to handle. It is 10.4 mm thick near the large camera module. It is lighter as compared to Galaxy K Zoom but still tips the scale at 158 Gms which is pretty high for a device with 4.5 inch display. It feels better built and less vulnerable to slipping off your hand due to even weight distribution.
Both the devices have got AMOLED displays and the resolution would be considered low by today’s standards. The Galaxy K Zoom has got a 1280x720p display measuring 4.8 inches diagonally.it is very much similar to the display we saw on the Galaxy S3. The contrast ratios are impressive but the colours are oversaturated. It has a pixel density of 306 ppi but it doesn’t look as sharp as the number suggests.
The display on Lumia 1020 has a resolution of 768x1280p. It measures 4.5 inches so you get a decent pixel density of 332 ppi. The display looks nice and as the interface has abundance of black, the high contrast ratio helps. The colours aren’t oversaturated and even if you think they are, you can go to the settings and adjust them to whatever level you find comfortable. The displays on both the devices are covered with Gorilla Glass 3.
The Galaxy K Zoom runs a powerful hardware unlike its predecessor. It runs the Exynos 5260 chipset with a quad-core and a dual core processor running on it. It comes with 2 GB of RAM and can handle even the most resource hungry apps and games. The powerful hardware also helps process the images quickly. You get 8 GB on internal storage and the option to add micro SD card up to 64 GB. The hardware is pretty decent and you won’t have any complaints against it. We saw the Galaxy S4 zoom running just a dual core processor. On connectivity front, you get option for 4G networks on the model being sold in some countries while others will get the 3G only variant. You get support for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and Micro USB 2.0 with OTG support.
The Lumia 1020 hasn’t got hardware that impressive. It runs a Qualcomm chipset with a dual core Krait processor clocked at 1.5 GHz. It comes with Adreno 225 GPU which is a bit old now. It has got 2 GB of RAM and comes with 32 GB of storage. You don’t get the option to add a micro SD card though. You get all the connectivity options you find on the Galaxy K Zoom but it misses out on USB OTG support.
This is the part where these devices roll up their sleeves to go against each other. The Galaxy K Zoom comes with a 20.7 megapixel camera. It gets a 24-240 mm lens giving it 10x optical zoom and it comes with optical image stabilisation. The camera performance is quite good and easily matches a mid-range point and shoot camera. Low light performance is average but the addition of a xenon flash handles everything. The camera can record full HD videos at 60 fps.
The Lumia 1020 handles everything with its large high-resolution sensor. It has got a 41 megapixel sensor that would give you an effective 38 megapixel image. It comes with CarlZeiss optics and has got optical image stabilisation. You get the option to focus manually. Even this camera gets impressive xenon flash. While it hasn’t got optical zoom, you can easily crop out a decent sized image from the huge image you get from this camera. Even the full HD video can be zoomed in without any losses. When it comes to low light photography, this camera is an ace even without the flash. The performance of both the devices is closely matched in well-lit scenes.
We would pick the Lumia 1020 here for various reasons. The Galaxy K Zoom is very large and bulky. You will always be worried about handling the device properly so that you don’t drop it or taking care of the lens assembly. The Lumia 1020 on the other hand is lighter and smaller while giving you better camera performance, just without the optical zoom. The Galaxy K Zoom can’t perform well in low light or in fast-moving conditions and this is where the Lumia 1020 excels.
Author Bio: The author is an expert in mobile technology and loves to write about different handsets launched. He has listed the specifications of Samsung galaxy K Zoom vs Nokia Lumia 1020 for the readers to make an informed buying decision.