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While Nokia collapsed in the age of mobile phones, even today, the Lumia series still has many bright spots, as the swan song of this Nordic giant. Elements like wireless charging, styling style, and input from the device are all advanced. “The most classic flagship mobile phone in the past decade, or this “In the past decade, the most classic flagship mobile phone, or this Nokia ” of Nokia” He expanded on those Nokias that are obsolete even today, taking the Lumia 920 as an example. Ideas for goods.
Yet I’m afraid so many people dream about taking photos for the first time when it comes to the greatest benefit of Nokia cell phones.
In the age of feature phones, the strong combination of the PureView camera system and Zeiss lens makes Nokia’s photography special, and this value has also been introduced to Lumia. Nokia launched the Lumia 1020 in 2013. In that age, the ultra-high pixels of 41 million made it the phone with the largest picture cap. In 2020, even today, those people already think so.
A Youtube blogger @WillitbeatNokia three days ago? Published a video for photo reference. The flagship iPhone 12 Pro Max and the Lumia 1020 were the stars of this video seven years ago. What is surprising is that the camera level of the Lumia 1020 is higher than that of the iPhone 12 Pro Max in the assessment contrast.
The blogger claims that 21 of the Lumia 1020 worked well and outperformed the iPhone 12 Pro Max out of all 36 samples. Many domestic newspapers have reprinted this conclusion.
Seven years ago, I took pictures of Lumia 1020, the super-god. After seven years, can I still eat something? We will continue with this unusual duel and discuss the fundamental gap between 2013 and 2020 cell phone photography.
The Benefits of Lumia
It is evident that to some degree, Nokia has set the basic course of today’s cell phone camera, which also enables today’s Lumia series to exert a powerful camera capability.
Nokia introduced a wide aperture + optical image stabilization configuration on the Lumia 920. The approach of Lumia would be better market acceptance compared to the HTC One which blindly pursues large pixels (2μm) but compromises the resolution (only 4 million), and Lumia 1020 also inherits this advantage of 920 well.
The important reason why Huawei chose to build a filming research institute in Finland is because a large number of former Nokia PureView team members gathered here. In the end, the Finnish Research Institute did not disappoint. They successfully adopted the “super-sampling technology” on Nokia 808 and Lumia 1020. Incorporating into the P20 Pro not only made Huawei a benchmark, but also provided a new night scene direction for the industry. Another giant Samsung also quickly switched the track to catch up.
Nokia’s advanced thinking is also reflected in Lumia 1020. Lumia 1020 has an f/2.2 aperture, 1.12μm pixel area, and excellent parameters of optical image stabilization. This allows it to achieve a photo effect comparable to today’s flagship cameras in daylight environments, not to mention the analytical advantage of 41 million pixels versus 12 million. Up.
In many daytime proofs, the look and feel of Lumia 1020 can rival today’s flagship
However, although Xiao Lei was amazed by the photo potential of Lumia 1020, the conclusion that “Lumia 1020 is better than iPhone 12 Pro Max” still requires careful consideration.
The modern flagship’s counterattack
The biggest problem with the Lumia series being criticized is white balance. In this comparison, Lumia 1020 also showed a yellowish sample. The color cast of Lumia 1020 on many proofs obviously does not meet the basic qualities of flagship phones in this era.
Not only that, the optical quality of the lens glass of Lumia 1020 is not enough, which makes it suffer from serious decline in edge resolution and easy glare in night scenes. Of course, the sapphire lens on iPhone 12 also makes Apple suffer from ghosting problems , This is a tie. But the tolerance that Lumia was proud of is still not enough for today’s mobile phones.
The refraction of light and shadow of Pepe doll is accurately captured by iPhone, and the analytical advantage of Lumia 1020 is no longer
The biggest problem with Lumia 1020 is insufficient light input. Although Lumia has a professional mode that can be adjusted, to this day, any flagship mobile phone will focus on increasing the light input.
Although the iPhone’s photography has languished in recent years and has not caught up with the craze of large pixels and optical zoom, its Smart HDR algorithm is still the best solution for small-size pixel photography. What’s more, on the 12 Pro Max, Apple has also upgraded the aperture and pixel area. From the comparison of samples, Lumia’s noise control and sensitivity are not as good as iPhone.
In the night scene mode, the weakness of Lumia 1020’s color cast and insufficient light input has been further amplified. The once good night scene has become a major shortcoming of Lumia 1020.
In addition to the lens problem, the biggest flaw of the Lumia 1020 is the overall hardware backwardness. Although the Lumia 1020 has a special space for 2G storage when taking pictures, its calculation speed is still slow, and it takes several seconds to complete HDR and other photos.
On the other hand, Apple and Android flagships have long been specifically optimized for camera hardware. From ISP to processor, today’s flagship brands have established a complete set of hardware-specific workflows. Even if the Lumia 1020 was placed back then, its camera experience was not excellent. One can imagine its poor performance in the field of casual photography and video.
Both Apple and Google have hardware-level camera acceleration cores
I have to say that although the Lumia 1020 is the best camera phone in 2013 and even one of the best camera phones in 2015, the advancement of flagship camera technology in recent years cannot be compensated by “feelings”.
If the color of the iPhone is too light, Lumia’s proofs, despite many flaws, can still attract attention with their bright colors. So when it encounters the Galaxy S20 Ultra with similar color tonality, the sample gap becomes very obvious, but Nokia and Samsung end up with the same score, which also shows the strong bias of the blogger.
In this picture, the details and color control of the S20U are much better than that of the 808 with serious overflow.
The future of computational photography
Excluding the bias, in this comparison, we can clearly see the improvement of the modern flagship camera level. Due to the continuous iteration of software and hardware, today’s mobile phones no longer need to “snap forward” like Lumia, so that ordinary people can also enjoy the fun of taking pictures, which is the ultimate goal that many mobile phone manufacturers want to achieve. Even the last Apple in the top echelon, the optimization of the camera system in recent years can be perceived by ordinary people.
Let’s take the iPhone with the smallest hardware improvement as an example. From the iPhone X to the iPhone 12 Pro, Apple has completed the three-shot collaboration algorithm, added Smart HDR, Deep Fusion and Apple ProRaw. Machine learning has made taking pictures and computing speeds dozens of times faster. Hundreds of times. This kind of camera generation difference formed by the close cooperation of software and hardware is not capable of being crushed by any previous model with a camera alone. This is the new world of computational photography.
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