So, AAS has done an extensive imaging comparison between Lumia 1020 and 808 PureView. We are presenting our take by using crops from daylight and low-light samples used by AAS as to give you can idea of how well Lumia 1020 compares to 808. You can read much more in AAS article by clicking source link below.
These crops are 200% crops taken from center of the images. 808 PureView on top and Lumia 1020 at bottom. Lumia 1020 image certainly looks sharper with more details here and it is easy to read the letter on the board in Lumia 1020 image. Though 808 image still looks one with natural colors and Lumia 1020 image is bit on punchier side. This actually verifies Nokia’s claim of adaptive oversampling in Lumia 1020 which leave much of the details intact even retaining some noise.
In low-light, it is certainly advantage Lumia 1020 with OIS and greater exposure time. But most impressive is the amount of details along with light, Lumia 1020 is able to capture and these are again 200% crops :).
So, while it seems Nokia has taken the route of punchier output than 808’s complete natural colors with Lumia 1020, it is good to see no compromise with details capture rather it seems Lumia 1020 captures more details and produces sharper images due to adaptive oversampling. Though one can debate about some of sharpness coming due to “sharpening” effect at pixel level, but seeing the amount of details it is hardly any issue and the effect of sharpening is mostly very limited.
In low-light, however Lumia 1020 is “the smartphone cam” out of two with as much light capture as Lumia 92X and great amount of details due to 41 MP sensor. That’s why we always wished to have PureView phase 1 and phase 2 combined!!