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.
Here's the crop from the 5MP shot
And here's the crop from the 38MP result
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.
Here's the 640 x 480 crop from this result
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.
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.
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.
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?