Nokia 808 PureView vs Lumia 1020 vs 1520

I haven't been able to post or shoot much in the last days as you may have noticed. Some club visitors have been urging me to come up with a new PureView comparison, and you know I''ll try to oblige whenever I can.

I was in a small Dutch town called Veenendaal for the weekend, the place where I grew up all too long ago. I still visit my mother there often, as you may have seen in several posts about the flowers in her garden.

During a short walk in the sun this afternoon, I managed to make a few shots with the Nokia 808 PureView, Lumia 1020 and 1520. Actually, I'm not sure it this comparison is very detailed, quite limited or both, but I'll share all the shots with you anyway.

The scenes you will see are from a big white 1906 church (I always seem to capture churches, although I'm not much of a religious person myself) and of some red berries, growing on a white wall once more. These were just the best scenes I saw during that short walk - I know it's not brilliant or anything, but I hope it makes for an interesting comparison.

I won't share all the shots in this post though, just a few resized ones and a few 100% screenshots. You will find all the different shots in a dedicated folder on SkyDrive. All settings were on "auto" on all devices (more about that below).

First the big white Church in the center of Veenendaal, in more or less chonological order: the Nokia 808 PureView, the Lumia 1020 and 1520, both on Black of course. What you see is the resized version of the 8MP shot from the 808 PureView, and the 5MP shots from both Lumias.

Hover your mouse over the shot to see which camera was used, click on the shot to see the Pureview result on Flickr.

Church Veenendaal - Nokia 808 PureView - 8MP

Church Veenendaal - Nokia Lumia 1020 - 5MP b

Church Veenendaal - Nokia Lumia 1520 - 5MP 2

There is a slight color difference, but I don't see anything to complain about here.

Now three detailed crops. First from the Nokia 808 PureView (needed a 80% screenshot to make it comparable to the other two 5MP shots, once more I didn't think to put the 808 on 5MP PureView mode, I'm sorry).

Screenshot 8MP Church Veenendaal Nokia 808 PureView (80 percent)

Screenshot 5MP Church Veenendaal Nokia Lumia 1020

Screenshot 5MP Church Veenendaal Nokia Lumia 1520

It looks like the differences are subtle and obvious at the same time and I'll leave the conclusions to you. I'd like to remark once more though, the colours of the 1520 seem to be more like those of the 808 PureView. The 1020 appears to be a bit  lighter in this case. I have the raw DNG files from both Lumia's, so you can check those out for detail as well.

An even closer crop - tricky, since the Nokia 808 PureView is quite unbeatable when it comes to its high resolution results. You'll see the purple bike parked near the church, cropped from the 34MP originals from both the 808 PureView as the Lumia 1020 (the originals ar on SkyDrive).

Screnshot Church Veenendaal Nokia 808 Pureview 34MP

Screnshot Church Veenendaal Nokia Lumia 1020 34MP

Just to compare - to get more or less the same size screenshot from the Nokia Lumia 1520, I had to zoom in to 152%. Then you'll get this (still, not bad!)

Screenshot Church Veenendaal Nokia Lumia 1520 16MP (152 percent)

Well, so much for the church. Let´s have a quick look at some red berries now, growing on a wall in the fading late afternoon sun (which actually is disastrous for the white balance when you need more time to make similar shots).

Nokia 808 PureView first, next Nokia Lumia 1020, last Nokia Lumia 1520 - resized versions from the 8MP and two 5MP shots. Again, click on the shots to see the PureView results on Flickr.

Berries - Nokia 808 PureView - 8MP

Berries - Nokia Lumia 1020 - 5MP

Berries - Nokia Lumia 1520 - 5MP

You will see difference in the light of these shots, but I can't promiss you the light was exactly the same during the time I was making these shots - the sun was setting, clouds were forming. Again though, the Lumia 1020 appears to give a bit lighter result with all settings on auto.

Now, two crops from the 38MP originals coming from the 808 PureView and Lumia 1020

Screenshot Berries Nokia 808 PureView 38MP

Screenshot Berries Nokia Lumia 1020 38MP

Pretty obvious which one gives the best result, isn't it? Let's have a look at some of the compressed results are well - Nokia 808 PureView first (screenshot from the 8MP shot made at 74% to get a similiar screenshot as from the Lumia 5MP shots).

Screenshot Berries - Nokia 808 PureView - 8MP (74 percent)

Screenshot Berries - Nokia Lumia 1020 - 5MP

Screenshot Berries - Nokia Lumia 1520 - 5MP

Next time - and I promiss - I will finally think of making 5MP shots with the Nokia 808 PureView as well. It is by force of habit of the past almost two years that it's always on 8MP PureView.

As far as the berries are concerned, I even thought of not sharing these shots at all, since they were a bit too similar. But then I realized that that's the whole point - the Nokia Lumia range is really closing in on the 808 PureView, although it doesn't take a scientist to see the high resolution .JPG results coming from the 808 PureView are still almost unbeatable.

Thing is, the compressed results from the 1020 are really good and (like those from the 1520), and both now offer raw .DNG shots to work on all aspects of your shots. Adding this, I'm not "trying to prove" anything. The "proof" is in the shots above, and as usual, I will share all shots I made in their original formats as well: all shots are on SkyDrive.

Last but certainly not least: I made all these shots with all settings on "automatic". I'm very sure I could have gotten better results from each camera by playing with white balance, exposure, et cetera. I guess this test shows you once and for all that when you're using these fantastic camphones, it's of extreme importance to learn how to work with those settings.

Unfortunately I didn't have enough time to compare all three cameras with adjusted settings, and it would make a comparison of these three different devices even more difficult in fact.

Maybe I should find a way (and time!) to make a comparison like "this is the best I could get from this camera under these circumstances". I can only wait for my next holiday to do that, I'm afraid... Don't be shy and let yourself be heard below, you know I like to read what you think! :-)

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