Zooming in on a "flying" motorbike - Samsung Galaxy K Zoom vs Nokia Lumia's PureView
Another very short post, sharing a funny scene I saw in my hometown - a motorbike on a high statue: something nice to zoom into. Now of course, the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom has the obvious advantage here. Still, what can you expect from your Lumia 1020 and Lumia 1520? How close can you get?
In this post I'll share the zoomed results from all devices - but to show you far the distance was, here's a resized version of the 34MP original I got from the Lumia 1020.
As you probably know, with PureView you zoom in on the sensor. You'll loose "oversampling" the more you zoom in, but you'll get the true image - there is no digital zoom. And since the Lumia 1020 has a much bigger sensor, you can zoom in quite a bit closer. You might not have been aware of that, and here's the proof.
It's pretty obvious though, that the most you can squeeze out of the optical zoom will get you a lot closer
Think I made my point, and I didn't even go as far as to check the 10x optical + 10x digital zoom in this case. You'll find all originals in the album with the Galaxy K Zoom comparisons on Flickr.
It's an interesting question why Nokia apparantly never even tried to add an optical zoom to their smartphones. Of course, you'll get a much bigger design: Samsung took no small risk with the Galaxy K Zoom, many appear to think of this smartphone as unfashionably fat - like many people never liked the Nokia 808 PureView because of the very same hump on its back many of us love so much.
So yes: there is a market for bigger smartphones (like the Lumia 1520 "phablet" has proven as well). Now yesterday, Slashgear wrote how a "next PureView phone might pack Canon tech". I do wonder however, if this will have any effect on the hardware on future Lumia smartphones.
Now what do you think? Should Nokia add an optical zoom to one of the next PureView flagships? Has Samsung taken the lead wih the Galaxy K Zoom? Let me know below.