Next comparison: Samsung Galaxy S5 vs the Nokia Lumia 1020 - shades and lowlight (1)

Yesterday morning, just before work I made a few snapshots with the Nokia Lumia 1020 and Samsung Galaxy S5. Yes, it was a sunny day, but the scenes I captured had quite some shadow too. Next to that I managed to get one shot in a pretty dark studio - I will make more low light shots as I promised, I just didn't have the time yet - too busy discovering Windows Phone 8.1 on the Lumia 1520 :-)

In general, you can see the Samsung Galaxy S5 gives you a bit brighter result when you put all the shots next to each other, like below.

Screenshots Lumia 1020 Galaxy S5See what I mean?

Of course, these are the shots you will see in detail in this post - in the exact same order. The resized version are from the 5MP shot of the Lumia 1020 (first) and the 16MP shot of the Galaxy S5. The difference in light is quite remarkable in the first shot.

1 Nokia Lumia 1020 - Blue house 1 Samsung Galaxy S5 - Blue houseNext you'll see the 640 x 360 crops I chose from parts of the shot, presented in 5MP, 16MP and 34MP. Note the Samsung Galaxy S5 gives you its highest resolution in 16:9 format. And note the 34MP shot coming from the Nokia Lumia 1020 is not (or hardly) using any "oversampling".

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1 Nokia Lumia 1020 - Blue house 1 Samsung Galaxy S5 - Blue house 1 Nokia Lumia 1020 - Blue house Pro__highresNow on the opposite side of this charming litte blue house, you'll find the chairs stored for winter - the little "beach club" is still waiting for the season to start. First the Nokia Lumia 1020, next the Samsung Galaxy S5.

2 Nokia Lumia 1020 - Chairs 2 Samsung Galaxy S5 - ChairsTo see if I would get some more light in the shot I tried HDR on the Galaxy S5 as well. You can see a clear difference on the wooden ceiling and floor.

2 Samsung Galaxy S5 - Chairs HDRNext, the crops - again 5MP, 16MP and 34MP

2 Nokia Lumia 1020 - Chairs 2 Samsung Galaxy S5 - Chairs 2 Nokia Lumia 1020 - Chairs Pro__highresNext, a classic pond nearby. Again,  first the Nokia Lumia 1020 (5MP) and Samsung Galaxy S5 (16MP). Note the much lighter stone tiles in the lower left corner of the Galaxy S5.

3 Nokia Lumia 1020 - Water 3 Samsung Galaxy S5 - WaterYou know the drill: crops from the center of the shot, from 5MP (Lumia 1020 PureView), 16MP (Galaxy S5) and 34MP (Nokia Lumia 1020 high-res). In fact it's pretty hard to compare, since however slightly, the water does move of course.

3 Nokia Lumia 1020 - Water 3 Samsung Galaxy S5 - Water 3 Nokia Lumia 1020 - Water Pro__highresHope you don't mind me going on with two more shots :-) Also in this scene, you'll see the lighter result from the Galaxy S5. Is it as natural? I don't think so, but it's not disturbing either.

4 Nokia Lumia 1020 - Path 4 Samsung Galaxy S5 - PathAnd the crops - 5MP, 16MP and 34MP.

4 Nokia Lumia 1020 - Path 4 Samsung Galaxy S5 - Path 4 Nokia Lumia 1020 - Path Pro__highresLast, a reallly lowlight situation so many readers asked for, captured in a studio at work.

5 Nokia Lumia 1020 - Studio 5 Samsung Galaxy S5 - StudioAnd the crops in the same order: Lumia 1020, Galaxy S5 and Lumia 1020 high-res (34MP)

5 Nokia Lumia 1020 - Studio 5 Samsung Galaxy S5 - Studio 5 Nokia Lumia 1020 - Studio Pro__highresI'll leave it to you to make up your mind about these shots, I'm looking forward to your reactions below.

My next comparison will be completely dedicated to low light shots. Many people have been urging me to include the Nokia 808 PureView in a next comparison as well, I'll try to do so. From what I've read, the S5 doesn't really perform well in low light situations, but I'm looking forward to see how much I can squeeze out of the sensor.

I want to try out the available ISO settings on the Galaxy S5 as well (if offers up to ISO 800), so that will even take more time - I hope you'll be patient :-) As always, you'll find all the original shots on Flickr to check all the details for yourself. To conclude: if you like what I'm doing here, hit that "Donate" button on the right side of this page please. The site doesn't maintain itself :-)

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