An Amsterdam Afternoon – with Nokia 808 PureView and Lumia 1020 (bonus shots)

In my previous two posts I concentrated on the Nokia Lumia 930, Samsung Galaxy K Zoom and LG G3, since these are the most recent smartphone cameras. But I knew it would be a matter of time before people would ask me to include the Nokia 808 PureView and Lumia 1020 as well, so I anticipated a bit an brought those two as well (I aim to please as you probably know :-) I have to admit I didn't get all scenes with all 5 devices. In fact, this kind of weather can be pretty frustrating, since the light changes so fast you sometimes you don't have time enough to switch devices. In other words: a bright sunny scene can become very dark within 10 seconds or so. And of course, you can wait for the light to change back, but that can a lot of time as well. So I planned to get as much comparable shots as I could. In this post you will see most of the scenes you already know, now captured with the Nokia 808 PureView and Lumia 1020. First, the resized versions coming from the 808 PureView (8MP) and Lumia 1020 (5MP) 1 Near Amsterdam CS - Nokia 808 PureView 8MP 1 Near Amsterdam CS - Nokia Lumia 1020 5MP Next, the crops from this scene. Lumia 1020 5MP first. 1 Near Amsterdam CS - Nokia Lumia 1020 5MP Nokia 808 PureView 8MP 1 Near Amsterdam CS - Nokia 808 PureView 8MP And both crops from the 34MP results - Nokia 808 PureView first, next Lumia 1020 1 Near Amsterdam CS - Nokia 808 PureView 34MP 1 Near Amsterdam CS - Nokia Lumia 1020 34MP With the white balance of both devices set to "sunnny", I think it's a close call, but the Nokia 808 PureView does seem to be sharper in the full res result - as in fact expected. Next, the sexy shot of the red shoes. Same order: resized versions of the Nokia 808 PureView and Lumia 1020 first. In this case you'll see what I mean with the effect of fast changing light - I just like the shot too much not to share it :-) 2 Red shoes - Nokia 808 PureView 8MP 2 Red shoes - Nokia Lumia 1020 5MP However the lighting is different, I will share the crops as well. Nokia Lumia 1020 5MP first. 2 Red shoes - Nokia Lumia 930 5MP Nokia 808 PureView 8MP 2 Red shoes - Nokia 808 PureView 8MP And both crops from the 34MP results - Nokia 808 PureView first. I took the exact same spot where I cropped the other results as well, but you will see this is not where both cameras focused. So it's not the shots that are bad, it looks like it's the part I chose to crop. 2 Red shoes - Nokia 808 PureView 34MP 2 Red shoes - Nokia Lumia 1020 34MP Now before you think I just made up a lame excuse for these results not being as sharp, please look at these crops - about 10cm away from the previous ones. Nokia 808 PureView first, Lumia 1020 second. 2 Shoes - Nokia 808 PureView 34MP crop B 2 Red shoes - Nokia Lumia 1020 34MP crop b And yes, I prefer the Nokia 808 PureView in this case once more, but we should keep in mind that the light was a bit darker  (like was the case with the Lumia 930 in the first post) - so it will give you more contrast in the shot. Apart from that difference, I still think it's safe to say the Nokia 808 PureView again proves to be superior, although the differences are not as huge as people sometimes make them out to be. As for the small Amsterdam canal, I can only give you the result I got from the Nokia Lumia 1020 - it's not on my 808 PureView and I'm not even sure why (guess I just forgot after quite a few dozen of shots that afternoon). I'll give you the resized 5MP result, folllowed by the crops from the 5MP and the 34MP shot. 4 Canal - Nokia Lumia 1020 5MP 4 Canal - Nokia Lumia 1020 5MP 4 Canal - Nokia Lumia 1020 34MP Too bad I didn't get the 808 PureView shot of this scene - we'll never know what it would look like, but I do have an idea... To make up for it - and maybe to wet your appetite if you're as much into Thai food as I am, the resized version of the 8MP result from the Nokia 808 PureView of those colorful peppers... 5 Hot peppers - Nokia 808 PureView 8MP So that's more or less all I got from Amsterdam last wednesday afternoon. Of course I made many more shots, and I'll see if there are a few more comparisons I think worth sharing with you here. You will find the originals of these latest additions in the same album at the PureViewClub Flickr Page.