Three PureView Nokia’s versus the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Sony Xperia Z1 Compact (3)
I'm still in the big decoration and gardening warehouse where they allowed me to shoot whatever I wanted. I'm still working with five different smartphone camera's, as with the green vases and wooden shoes.
Not only am I once again testing the Nokia 808 PureView against the Lumia 1020 and 1520, also I'm comparing them with the brand new Sony Xperia Z1 Compact and the still recent Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
In this post, you'll see a few large bottles attracting my attention. And different then the last post, you will only see resized version and crops from the uncompressed shots. There is one "but", alas.
Turned out afterwards that during that afternoon I managed to make the lens of my Lumia 1020 greasy (wrote about that in post no. 1 already). So I will show the crop - which is about detail in high resolution - but I won't share the shot itself, since it's simply too bad (my bad, that is!).
Here we go. Just like in the previous posts you'll find all the high resolution results on OneDrive. Here's what I got from the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact (set manual to get the 20MP shot)
There is some difference in colors (all settings are on automatic) - seems like every camera has his own opinion about the light in this scene. Below you'll see the Nokia 808 PureView seems in agreement with the Xperia Z1 Compact.
You'll see the colors are a bit "richer" if I may say so coming from the Nokia Lumia 1520 (19MP). And the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (13MP) appears to be similar as the Nokia Lumia 1520. Note the focal point is quite different though.
But let's face it: differences are marginal. I don't think I'll be able to say the same from the crops though. I made them all in more or less the same 4:3 format this time, so approximately 640 x 480.
Like the previous times, I will go from the lowest to the highest resolution. I chose the price tag on the top of the blue bottle in the middle. So first the Galaxy Note 3 (13MP), second the Lumia 1520 (19MP) and the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact (20MP). Remember these are all crops from those uncompressed results.
Well, I think it's possible to choose a winner here, but I'd rather leave that up to you. I think it's obvious though the Sony really misses the compression. In other words, the uncompressed result is quite disappointing - I don't see why one would want to use this setting at all in fact :-/
Last, two crops from the 38MP shots I got from the Nokia Lumia 1020 and the Nokia 808 PureView - in that order. Although the lens is greasy (hence the difference in color!), the Lumia 1020 captures the details amazingly smooth.
This I think is breath-taking. although you could argue there's some noise in the background of this shot. I'm really sorry I ruined the shot from the Lumia 1020 by getting the lens greasy, but there's not much I can do about it now.
It does show however, that even the uncompressed shots coming from the Nokia 808 PureView still are in a league of their own. Like I promised, all original high resolution shots are on OneDrive for you to compare and "crop till you drop".
Looking forward to what you think. I'm travelling to the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona tomorrow, I'm not sure when I will be able to post my next article. Meanwhile, be sure to follow me on Twitter to get the latest updates.