Lumia 930 vs iPhone 6 – Camera test

How does the new iPhone 6 challenge the might of Nokia PureView.

Here are some real world tests to see which is King. All images were taken at the same time in the phones default auto mode.


Spec Lumia 930 IPhone 6
Primary 20 MP, 4992 х 3744 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, optical image stabilization, autofocus, dual-LED flash 8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
Features 1/2.5” sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size, PureView technology, dual capture, geo-tagging, face detection, panorama 1/3” sensor size, 1.5µm pixel size, geo-tagging, simultaneous HD video and image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR (photo/panorama)
Video 1080p@30fps, optical stabilization, stereo sound rec. 1080p@60fps, 720p@240fps
Secondary 1.2 MP, 720p 1.2 MP, 720p@30fps, face detection, FaceTime over Wi-Fi or Cellular

Ok so let’s break it down:

Primary: If you look at only the numbers the Lumia makes the iPhone look like there is no fight. With more than the Megapixels and image stabilization the Lumia 930 has way more power under the hood.

Features: The iPhone takes this one on Default apps with simultaneous Image and Video capture, HDR, Live filters and Time lapse. But the gap is shrinking fast with the Lumia Denim update. It brings Dynamic HDR , 4K moment capture and more.

Video: The Lumia has advanced stabilization and stereo surround sound recording (The first phone with this capability) and 4K coming soon. The iPhone also has empowering features like simultaneous Image and Video capture and slow motion capture.

Now for the FaceTime and Skype users. Secondary camera, they are pretty even here with both having 720p recording, and Skype and FaceTime both integrated into the OS.

With just pure numbers the Lumia 930 wins but there is more to consider.

Default App

Both have great camera apps so I’m going to give pros and cons for each and you can decide.

Nokia Camera IOS 8 Camera
Quick Smart shots Fast load
Fully customizable settings Fast Capture
  • White balance
Built in:
  • ISO
  • Panorama
  • Focus distance
  • Square
  • Shutter Speed
  • Time lapse
Quick shooting modes
  • HDR
Flash focus
Images in RAW format
Slower opening speed No full image capture customization
Need separate app for Panorama and Time lapse No Raw format
No HDR No pre focus flash
No time lapse No smart shooting

I’ll let you decide what you need in a camera app, Just remember both can use third party apps that might cover your needs better!


A blind comparison of each sample in different conditions. Lumia 930 (5MP shot) and iPhone (8MP shot).

See original images

Figure 1-Flash on, close-up test.

Figure 2- Flash off , close-up test

Figure 3- Flash off

Figure 4- Flash on

Figure 5- Fine focus test

Figure 6- Flash off, low light, Close-up

Figure 7- Low light, no flash

Figure 8- Low light, Flash on

Figure 9-Low light, focus with flash.

See original images

Ok so now after carefully examining them and choosing your favorites.(Please post yours in the comments).

Here is each pics owner:

First Second
Figure 1: Lumia 930 iPhone 6
Figure 2: iPhone 6 Lumia 930
Figure 3: Lumia 930 iPhone 6
Figure 4: Lumia 930 iPhone 6
Figure 5: iPhone 6 Lumia 930
Figure 6: iPhone 6 Lumia 930
Figure 7: Lumia 930 iPhone 6
Figure 8: Lumia 930 iPhone 6
Figure 9: Lumia 930 iPhone 6

Hope this helps you to choose what works for you. Comment below if you would like further tests.

Last words

From what I see and my preferences the LUMIA wins. Better night capability, faster focus and the higher res pics make for great editing and memory capture. I will update my review when Denim hits and see how things change.



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