Nokia, Samsung, Sony, HTC, Oppo: 3 scenes, 7 smartphones, 8 resolutions (part 1)

Luckily I had a few hours off yesterday afternoon and the weather was great, so I tried to find some interesting scenes to capture with no less than seven (!) smartphones. I was travelling with the Nokia 808 PureView, the Lumia 1020 and 1520, Samsung Galaxy S5 (still don't have the K Zoom to test), Sony Xperia Z2, HTC One M8 and Oppo Find 7a. With each I took several shots, when possible in different resolutions, so I ended with way more than a hundred shots to select from. Now there's only one way to do this - I won't post all three scenes in one post, but stick to one scene per post. In this post, I will share only one resized version of the original scene to show you where all the 100% screenshots came from. Then I will present you all 13 screenshots from the lowest to the highest resolution - so from HTC's One M8 (4MP) to Oppo's Find 7a (37MP in 16:9) First scene is a quite dark bar in a new restaurant in an old fortress in the very small but beautiful city of Muiden (definitely worth a visit when you're in Amsterdam for instance). Here's the original scene (of course, you'll find all the original shots on Flickr!). When possible, all smartphones were set to "lamplight" (Tungsten), since after some experimenting I was sure it would give the most appropriate result under these circumstances. 2b Nokia Lumia 1020 5MP Dark Cave 640 x 360Now here we go with the screenshots I made from the scene looking at it 100%... Starting with the 4MP shot from the HTC One M8 1 HTC One M8 Dark Cave 4MPNot bad of course - pretty bright but that's what I expected from the "ultrapixel". But keep in mind you can't get much closer than this - this screenshot was taken at 100%. You'll already get a bit more detail at 5MP. You'll see the Nokia 808 PureView - darkest of all, but most realistic - and the 5MP results from the Lumia 1020 and Lumia 1520 (in that order) 2a Nokia 808 PureView 5MP - Dark Cave 2b Nokia Lumia 1020 5MP Dark Cave 2c Nokia Lumia 1520 5MP Dark CaveAs far as I'm concerned, there isn't that much difference between the colors of the Lumia 1020 and 1520. Next is - again - the Nokia 808 PureView, now in 8MP. 3 Nokia 808 PureView 8MP - Dark CaveAnd here's the Sony Xperia Z2 in the 8MP result you'll get from the Superior Auto setting. A bit brighter and certainly pleasing to the eye (the 808 has a reputation of being "cold", even when you put it on "lively" and even add some saturation in the basic settings). 4 Sony Xperia Z2 8MP Dark CaveClosing in a bit further - we'll see more and more details as we go along. Next shot is in 10MP, the resolution you'll get when you put the Oppo Find 7a in 16:9 aspect ratio. 5 Oppo Find 7a 10MP Dark Cave.Next is a screenshot from the 15.5MP shot from the Sony Xperia Z2 put to manual. 6 Sony Xperia Z2 15.5MP Dark CaveIt's quite a bit brighter (and more "red") than the 16MP shot coming from Samsung's Galaxy S5 it appears. 7 Samsung Galaxy S5 16MP Dark CaveAnd there's one more 16MP shot, coming from the Nokia Lumia 1520, which appears to be quite a bit "smoother" (in my opinion that is, I'm looking forward to yours!) 7b Nokia Lumia 1520 16MP Dark CaveAnd now we'll go on to the biggest resolutions. First, the two 34MP shots from the Nokia 808 PureView and Lumia 1020... Now, - you can even read the bottle on the left is Drambuie! On the 808 PureView though, I have to admit the 34MP result from the Lumia 1020 is not quite as sharp. 8a Nokia 808 PureView 34MP - Dark Cave 8b Nokia Lumia 1020 34MP Dark CaveAnd finally, here's the detail you'll get from the Oppo Find 7a in its maximum resolution, which is 37.4MP in 16:9. I've written before it's a "trick", combining 4 10MP shots, but I must say I'm really surprised by this result... 9 Oppo Find 7a 37MP Dark Cave..jpgFor comparison, once again the 100% screenshot you'll get from HTC's One M8. There's nothing wrong with it in itself, but thinking of what HTC used to say (it's not the size of the sensor etc), I'm quite sure you'll agree a bigger sensor does have some impressive advantages. 1 HTC One M8 Dark Cave 4MPWell, this was a first of three comparisons, you'll be reading the next two somewhere in the coming days. In case you're wondering why I'm including the Oppo - not just because of it's crazy resolution, also because many club visitors are in fact from China. Hope you've enjoyed this so far, don't hesitate to let me know what you think below. You'll find all original shots on Flickr!