An old farm at the river. Nokia, Samsung, Sony, HTC, Oppo: 7 smartphones, 8 resolutions (3)

Here´s the third scene I captured a few days ago during a sunny day last week, when I was testing the Nokia 808 PureView, the Lumia 1020 and 1520, Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z2, HTC One M8 and Oppo Find 7a.

The Nokia will let you capture in three different resolutions, the Lumia 1020 and 1520 give you two with the same shot, you can shoot in two resolutions with Sony's Xperia Z2 and with the Oppo Find 7a. So in total I've been sharing thirteen shots from all devices.

You know the drill after the previous two posts I guess. First I show you the original scene - this time from the 5MP result coming from the Nokia Lumia 1520 (which I chose for no particular other reason than change :-).

2c Nokia Lumia 1520 River 5MP 640 x 360

In the next screenshots (again, they are resized to fit this post), I'll be "closing in" on the old farm on the other side of the river. From HTC's 4MP up to Oppo's 37MP (in 16:9 aspect ratio). At least it's interesting to see there are many different shades of blue in these results :-)

HTC One M8 (4MP)

1 HTC One M8 4MP

Nokia 808 PureView (5MP)

2a Nokia 808 PureView 5MP River

Nokia Lumia 1020 (5MP)

2b Nokia Lumia 1020 River 5MP

Nokia Lumia 1520 (5MP)

2c Nokia Lumia 1520 River 5MP

Nokia 808 PureView 8MP

3a Nokia 808 PureView 8MP River

Sony Xperia Z2 8MP (in Superior Auto) 

3b Sony Xperia Z2 River 8MP

Oppo Find 7a (10MP)

4 Oppo Find 7a River 10MP

Sony Xperia Z2 (15.7MP)

5 Sony Xperia Z2 River 15.7MP

Samsung Galaxy S5 (16MP)

6 Samsung Galaxy S5 River 16MP

Nokia Lumia 1520 (16MP)

7 Nokia Lumia 1520 River 16MP

Nokia 808 PureView (34MP)

8 Nokia 808 PureView 34MP River

Nokia Lumia 1020 (34MP)

8b Nokia Lumia 1020 River 34MP

Oppo Find 7a (37.5MP)

9 Oppo Find 7a River 37MP

Let me point out the difference with the lowest resolution from HTC's One M8. Not to simply put it down, but to show more megapixels really do help.

1 HTC One M8 4MP

SECOND SET

Like in the previous post, I'll give you a second set of screenshots, since I think they're quite revealing as well. This is a bit closer, the big bush on the left side, the one closest to the river. Again, these screenshots are resized to fit this post, you should really check the originals before making up your mind.

HTC One M8 4MP

1 HTC One M8 4MP

Nokia 808 PureView 5MP 

2a Nokia 808 PureView 5MP River

Nokia Lumia 1020 5MP

2b Nokia Lumia 1020 River 5MP

Nokia Lumia 1520 5MP

2c Nokia Lumia 1520 River 5MP b

Nokia 808 PureView 8MP

3 Nokia 808 PureView 8MP River

Sony Xperia Z2 8MP

3a Sony Xperia Z2 River 8MP

Oppo Findd 7a 10MP

4 Oppo Find 7a River 10MP

Sony Xperia Z2 15.5MP

5 Sony Xperia Z2 River 15.7MP

Samsung Galaxy S5 16MP

6 Samsung Galaxy S5 River 16MP

Nokia Lumia 1520 16MP

7 Nokia Lumia 1520 River 16MP

Nokia 808 PureView 34MP

8a Nokia 808 PureView 34MP River

Nokia Lumia 1020 34MP

8b Nokia Lumia 1020 River 34MP

Oppo Find 7a 37MP

9 Oppo Find 7a River 37MP

I could make even more screenshots - like from the tree on the right, but I think it might be nice for you to have something to compare as well.  You'll find all the original shots on Flickr, so you can make up your own mind about which camera you prefer.

I'll give you some of my own conclusions so far though.

The HTC One M8 simply was never intended for stuff like this. It'll make a nice, although often a bit oversaturated snapshot which is good for sharing on social media. Cropping is not really an option, and I'll never understand why HTC invested in a secondary lens in stead of just one, much better unit.

All of Nokia devices simply give me the best result in all resolutions - it will come as no surprise to you I feel this way and you're welcome to disagree of course.

I'm a bit disappointed in how the Sony's Xperia Z2 iis doing - I really had high hopes this device would do better in these three scenes (see the previous posts) as it actually performed. It's up to the point where I'm even starting to think the device I'm using might be defective in some way - check out all the originals in the album on Flickr to see what I'm pointing at.

However, the Sony Xperia Z2 has some nifty tricks like creating and sharing slow-mo video fragments and stuff like that (if you read Dutch, you'll find quite a lengthy review of the Xperia Z2, Galaxy S5 and One M8  on my Dutch site). However, I think the Xperia Z2 has been underperforming in my last comparisons.

The results coming from Samsung Galaxy S5 16MP's sensor are noticably (some say "agressively") sharpened, but I guess it will do for many people and gives a lot of detail at 100%. The Galaxy S5 has a few more tricks up its sleeve as well (like their own way to Refocus). I think I'll post some more about these devices later on.

Finally, Oppo's result coming from its 13MP sensor on the Find 7a aren't bad at all I think. However, when the device does its trick to create a way huger file - up to 37.5MP in 16:9 and even 50MP in 4:3 - it's hard to always see the point. Sure, you can get even closer to the subject, but it doesn't really give you as much detail as you'd hope for.

As for the colors: it's a matter of personal preference I guess. HTC is on the dark side in this case, Nokia's 808 PureView a bit too pale for many, I'm sure. I do wonder which result you like best.

It's interesting to note that the HTC One M8, both Nokia Lumia devices and the Oppo react directly when you focus on the brightest light in the scene you're capturing. It will avoid those spots burning out, but of course the dark parts will become even darker. This is something you won't see on the Xperia or the Galaxy.

This was the last of "three scenes" I captured last week with these no less then seven smartphones. I have to send a few of them back now, so I won't be carrying that much around for quite a while. At this moment I'm eagerly awaiting the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom though, so I'll have more than enough to post about soon :-)

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