Battle in 8MP - comparing the Nokia 808 PureView, Sony Xperia Z1 Compact and Jolla

After I learned it actually is possible to change the settings of the Jolla's camera to 4:3 (in general settings, not in camera settings!) I knew it's possible to use it to its full potential - the 8MP resolution. So time for a camera battle once again.

This is a short but - I hope - remarkable battle between three smartphone cameras shooting in 8MP. The Jolla, the Nokia 808 PureView using oversampling as we all know. And the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, manually set to 4:3.

I'm not sure if the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact uses oversampling, since I can't use the "Superior Auto" setting in 4:3 (I know it's possible on the Xperia Z2 and I hope the camera software of its predecessors will be updated by Sony). So I can only guess it oversamples the 20.7MP results to 8MP.

Anyway, this morning I chose three scenes. First, a close-up of one of my favorite artefacts: a Mexican mask presenting the Cycle of Life (it has been hanging outside for at least 10 years and the colors never changed much). Second, a shot of an abundant forsythia bush and third of a path in forest this Sunday morning.

You'll see the resized versions of all scenes here, followed by the crops I made. I'll do it in alphabetical order this time, so Jolla first, Nokia next and Sony last.

1 Jolla - Mask

1 Nokia 808 PureView - Mask a

1 Sony Xperia Z1 Compact - Mask

Since in all shots I focused in the middle, I made the crops from the middle as well

1 Jolla - Mask

1 Nokia 808 PureView - Mask

1 Sony Xperia Z1 Compact - Mask

Next, the bright yellow forsythia

3 Jolla - Yellow

3 Nokia 808 PureView - Yellow

3 Sony Xperia Z1 Compact - Yellow

And the crops from the same plant:

3 Jolla - Yellow

3 Nokia 808 PureView - Yellow

3 Sony Xperia Z1 Compact - Yellow

And last: the path in the forest. This is the only case in which I changed the white balance to  "sunny" (on all three devices, of course).

2 Jolla - Path

2 Nokia 808 PureView - Path

2 Sony Xperia Z1 Compact - Path

And the crops, again from where I originally focused, the center of the shot (as far away as possible in this scene).

2 Jolla - Path

2 Nokia 808 PureView - Path

2 Sony Xperia Z1 Compact - Path

Now since some have said I'm "biased" towards Nokia, I'd just like to leave the conclusion to you this time. You'll find the original 8MP shots in a dedicated set on Flickr for you to have a look in more detail if you so desire.

I'm really looking forward to what you think of shots of these three different scenes!

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