Nightshots with the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom

Last night there was a soccer game everybody was pretty excited about. I went to friends to see it, about a half hour away from where I live. Returned on my bike, very late at night, a bit disappointed and not completely sober I might add ;-) And then I passed the railway station in Hilversum - begging to be captured. I was especially curious about how the Galaxy K Zoom would be able to capture it, since I've been reading horror stories about its lowlight capacities.

Since it was so late, I made one mistake though - I only made a few shots with the Nokia Lumia 1020 on auto: completely forgot to put that on ISO 100 as well. So I'll readily admit that's pretty stupid (a bit like missing two penalties during the semi-finale of a world championship). But I like to share all results I got from the Galaxy K Zoom with you anyway. First though, the Lumia 1020 on auto, choosing ISO 800 and 1/12 sec. It's the resized version of the 5MP shot. Hilversum Station Nokia Lumia 1020 5MP ISO 800 (auto) Here's the crop from the 5MP shot Hilversum Station Nokia Lumia 1020 5MP ISO 800 (auto) And here's the crop from the 38MP result Hilversum Station Nokia Lumia 1020 highres ISO 800 (auto) It's clearly too bright - you can hardly make out what time it is. Now in my review, I wrote Samsung has thought of a "night" setting, which will give you a shot that will have LLS in its name: Low Light Shot. I can't tell what the chosen ISO is - the EXIF data don't say anything about that or the timing - but the result isn't exactly thrilling. Again, you'll get quite an amount of light in the shot, but way too much to see the details. This shot was captured in 4:3 so you'll get the full 20.7MP resolution. Hilversum Station Samsung Galaxy K Zoom LLS Here's the 640 x 480 crop from this result Hilversum Station Samsung Galaxy K Zoom LLS Text is unreadable, like the clock - the result is even worse as the Lumia 1020 on auto settings. So let's move on to the manual settings. First: ISO 800, like the Lumia 1020 chose (only noticed that while writing this post). I'll share the shot and the crop at once. It took 1/15 second. Hilversum Station Samsung Galaxy K Zoom ISO 300 Hilversum Station Samsung Galaxy K Zoom ISO 300 As you can see, details are becoming similar to what the Lumia 1020 captured at ISO 800. Not sure if you'd like to see all tests I did, but while I'm at it, here are the results from the K Zoom at ISO 200, 1/10 sec. Hilversum Station Samsung Galaxy K Zoom ISO 200 Hilversum Station Samsung Galaxy K Zoom ISO 200 Now you can more or less read the neon text and read the time (told you it was late). Last, the results I got from the K Zoom at ISO 100 (which is as low as you can go), 1/6 second. Hilversum Station Samsung Galaxy K Zoom ISO 100 Hilversum Station Samsung Galaxy K Zoom ISO 100
As you might have expected: a darker, but sharper result, due to less noise. Once again: I'm sorry I completely forgot to get the ISO 100 shot from the Lumia 1020 as well. Must have had something to do with that night's game - wasn't as focused. Must say I'm pleasantly surprised by the ISO 100 results I got from the Galaxy K Zoom though. Be sure to check these shots out on Flickr as well, they're in the same album as the previous comparisons. Please pay some special attention to the K Zoom's ISO 100 result and let me know what you think - surprising? Or still way below your expectations?