Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Nikon D800E

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Nokia Lumia 1020 Nikon D800E
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Megapixels
41.33
36.30
Max. image resolution
7136 x 5360
7360 x 4912

Sensor

Sensor type
CMOS
CMOS
Sensor size
8.64 x 6 mm
35.9 x 24 mm
Sensor resolution
7714 x 5357
7379 x 4919
Diagonal
10.52 mm
43.18 mm
Sensor size comparison
Sensor size is generally a good indicator of the quality of the camera. Sensors can vary greatly in size. As a general rule, the bigger the sensor, the better the image quality.

Bigger sensors are more effective because they have more surface area to capture light. An important factor when comparing digital cameras is also camera generation. Generally, newer sensors will outperform the older.

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Actual sensor size

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Nokia Lumia 1020 Nikon D800E
Surface area:
51.84 mm² vs 861.60 mm²
Difference: 809.76 mm² (1562%)
D800E sensor is approx. 16.62x bigger than Lumia 1020 sensor.
Pixel pitch
1.12 µm
4.87 µm
Pixel pitch tells you the distance from the center of one pixel (photosite) to the center of the next. It tells you how close the pixels are to each other.

The bigger the pixel pitch, the further apart they are and the bigger each pixel is. Bigger pixels tend to have better signal to noise ratio and greater dynamic range.
Difference: 3.75 µm (335%)
Pixel pitch of D800E is approx. 335% higher than pixel pitch of Lumia 1020.
Pixel area
1.25 µm²
23.72 µm²
Pixel or photosite area affects how much light per pixel can be gathered. The larger it is the more light can be collected by a single pixel.

Larger pixels have the potential to collect more photons, resulting in greater dynamic range, while smaller pixels provide higher resolutions (more detail) for a given sensor size.
Relative pixel sizes:
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Pixel area difference: 22.47 µm² (1798%)
A pixel on Nikon D800E sensor is approx. 1798% bigger than a pixel on Nokia Lumia 1020.
Pixel density
79.71 MP/cm²
4.22 MP/cm²
Pixel density tells you how many million pixels fit or would fit in one square cm of the sensor.

Higher pixel density means smaller pixels and lower pixel density means larger pixels.
Difference: 75.49 µm (1789%)
Nokia Lumia 1020 has approx. 1789% higher pixel density than Nikon D800E.
To learn about the accuracy of these numbers, click here.

Specs

Nokia Lumia 1020
Nikon D800E
Crop factor
4.11
1
Total megapixels
41.33
36.80
Effective megapixels
36.30
Optical zoom
Digital zoom
Yes
Yes
ISO sensitivity
100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Auto, 100 - 6400
RAW
Manual focus
Normal focus range
Macro focus range
15 cm
Focal length (35mm equiv.)
27 mm
Aperture priority
No
Yes
Max. aperture
f2.2
Max. aperture (35mm equiv.)
f9
n/a
Metering
3D Matrix metering II, Centre weighted, Multi-segment, Spot
Exposure compensation
±3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
±5 EV (in 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
Shutter priority
No
Yes
Min. shutter speed
4 sec
Bulb+30 sec
Max. shutter speed
1/16000 sec
1/8000 sec
Built-in flash
External flash
Viewfinder
Optical (pentaprism)
White balance presets
4
12
Screen size
4,5"
3.2"
Screen resolution
1280 x 768 dots
921,000 dots
Video capture
Max. video resolution
1920x1080 (30p)
Storage types
32 GB on-board memory
CompactFlash type I, SDHC, SDXC, Secure Digital
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
HDMI
Wireless
GPS
Battery
BV-5XW
Lithium-Ion EN-EL15 rechargeable battery
Weight
158 g
900 g
Dimensions
130.4 x 71.4 x 10.4 mm
146 x 123 x 82 mm
Year
2013
2012



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Diagonal

Diagonal is calculated by the use of Pythagorean theorem:
Diagonal =  w² + h²
where w = sensor width and h = sensor height

Nokia Lumia 1020 diagonal

w = 8.64 mm
h = 6.00 mm
Diagonal =  8.64² + 6.00²   = 10.52 mm

Nikon D800E diagonal

w = 35.90 mm
h = 24.00 mm
Diagonal =  35.90² + 24.00²   = 43.18 mm


Surface area

Surface area is calculated by multiplying the width and the height of a sensor.

Lumia 1020 sensor area

Width = 8.64 mm
Height = 6.00 mm

Surface area = 8.64 × 6.00 = 51.84 mm²

D800E sensor area

Width = 35.90 mm
Height = 24.00 mm

Surface area = 35.90 × 24.00 = 861.60 mm²


Pixel pitch

Pixel pitch is the distance from the center of one pixel to the center of the next measured in micrometers (µm). It can be calculated with the following formula:
Pixel pitch =   sensor width in mm  × 1000
sensor resolution width in pixels

Lumia 1020 pixel pitch

Sensor width = 8.64 mm
Sensor resolution width = 7714 pixels
Pixel pitch =   8.64  × 1000  = 1.12 µm
7714

D800E pixel pitch

Sensor width = 35.90 mm
Sensor resolution width = 7379 pixels
Pixel pitch =   35.90  × 1000  = 4.87 µm
7379


Pixel area

The area of one pixel can be calculated by simply squaring the pixel pitch:
Pixel area = pixel pitch²

You could also divide sensor surface area with effective megapixels:
Pixel area =   sensor surface area in mm²
effective megapixels

Lumia 1020 pixel area

Pixel pitch = 1.12 µm

Pixel area = 1.12² = 1.25 µm²

D800E pixel area

Pixel pitch = 4.87 µm

Pixel area = 4.87² = 23.72 µm²


Pixel density

Pixel density can be calculated with the following formula:
Pixel density =  ( sensor resolution width in pixels )² / 1000000
sensor width in cm

One could also use this formula:
Pixel density =   effective megapixels × 1000000  / 10000
sensor surface area in mm²

Lumia 1020 pixel density

Sensor resolution width = 7714 pixels
Sensor width = 0.864 cm

Pixel density = (7714 / 0.864)² / 1000000 = 79.71 MP/cm²

D800E pixel density

Sensor resolution width = 7379 pixels
Sensor width = 3.59 cm

Pixel density = (7379 / 3.59)² / 1000000 = 4.22 MP/cm²


Sensor resolution

Sensor resolution is calculated from sensor size and effective megapixels. It's slightly higher than maximum (not interpolated) image resolution which is usually stated on camera specifications. Sensor resolution is used in pixel pitch, pixel area, and pixel density formula. For sake of simplicity, we're going to calculate it in 3 stages.

1. First we need to find the ratio between horizontal and vertical length by dividing the former with the latter (aspect ratio). It's usually 1.33 (4:3) or 1.5 (3:2), but not always.

2. With the ratio (r) known we can calculate the X from the formula below, where X is a vertical number of pixels:
(X × r) × X = effective megapixels × 1000000    →   
X =  effective megapixels × 1000000
r
3. To get sensor resolution we then multiply X with the corresponding ratio:

Resolution horizontal: X × r
Resolution vertical: X

Lumia 1020 sensor resolution

Sensor width = 8.64 mm
Sensor height = 6.00 mm
Effective megapixels = 41.33
r = 8.64/6.00 = 1.44
X =  41.33 × 1000000  = 5357
1.44
Resolution horizontal: X × r = 5357 × 1.44 = 7714
Resolution vertical: X = 5357

Sensor resolution = 7714 x 5357

D800E sensor resolution

Sensor width = 35.90 mm
Sensor height = 24.00 mm
Effective megapixels = 36.30
r = 35.90/24.00 = 1.5
X =  36.30 × 1000000  = 4919
1.5
Resolution horizontal: X × r = 4919 × 1.5 = 7379
Resolution vertical: X = 4919

Sensor resolution = 7379 x 4919


Crop factor

Crop factor or focal length multiplier is calculated by dividing the diagonal of 35 mm film (43.27 mm) with the diagonal of the sensor.
Crop factor =   43.27 mm
sensor diagonal in mm


Lumia 1020 crop factor

Sensor diagonal in mm = 10.52 mm
Crop factor =   43.27  = 4.11
10.52

D800E crop factor

Sensor diagonal in mm = 43.18 mm
Crop factor =   43.27  = 1
43.18

35 mm equivalent aperture

Equivalent aperture (in 135 film terms) is calculated by multiplying lens aperture with crop factor (a.k.a. focal length multiplier).

Lumia 1020 equivalent aperture

Crop factor = 4.11
Aperture = f2.2

35-mm equivalent aperture = (f2.2) × 4.11 = f9

D800E equivalent aperture

Aperture is a lens characteristic, so it's calculated only for fixed lens cameras. If you want to know the equivalent aperture for Nikon D800E, take the aperture of the lens you're using and multiply it with crop factor.

Since crop factor for Nikon D800E is 1, the equivalent aperture is aperture.

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