Who is the cameraphone king – Nokia Lumia 1020 or Samsung Galaxy K zoom?

cameraphones - 1020 vs K zoom

Nokia has ruled the cameraphone segment for a number of years now. In recent times, Samsung has thrown up a few challengers starting with the Samsung Camera, then the Samsung S4 zoom, and now the Galaxy K zoom. At all previous stages, Nokia’s cameraphones – the 808 PureView and Lumia 1020 have maintained a clear lead. As at when the Lumia 1020 hit the market last year, reviewers everywhere have crowned it the undisputed cameraphone king.

In June this year, Samsung released the Galaxy k zoom (right above) into the market as a challenger to the year old Lumia 1020. The K zoom packs a 20.7 megapixel camera against the Lumia 1020’s 41 megapixel camera. Of course, we know that image quality does not depend on megapixel count only, so that isn’t the only yardstick. Also, in place of the lossless digital zoom on the Lumia, the K zoom packs an optical zoom – yes mechanical lens that extends and retracts just like on regular cameras.

Here is a comparison of the key camera-related specs of both devices:

Specifications Nokia Lumia 1020 Samsung Galaxy K zoom
Dimensions 130.4 x 71.4 x 10.4 mm 137.5 x 70.8 x 16.6 mm
Weight 158g 200g
Display Size 4.5 inches at 768 x 1280 pixels 4.8 inches at 720 x 1280 pixels
Camera Details 41 megapixels, Carl Zeiss optics, Xenon & LED flash, 6x Lossless digital zoom, optical image stabilization, auto/manual focus 20.7 megapixels, Xenon & LED flash, 10x optical zoom, optical image stabilization, auto/manual focus
Storage 32 GB internal storage. No MicroSD slot 8 GB internal storage + MicroSD
Battery 2000 mAh 2430 mAh
Price N85,000 N78,000

While I had the Lumia 1020 with me for a review last year, I am yet to get my hands on the Galaxy K zoom to see how it performs for myself. I am looking to get a review unit in my hands soon though.

In the meantime, what do you think? From the above specs, which of the two will you go for? Do you believe that the Samsung Galaxy K zoom is finally a threat to the crowned king of cameraphones, the Nokia Lumia 1020?

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