A rose is a rose is a rose - by the Nokia 808 PureView, Lumia 920 and Sony Xperia Z

A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose... A famous line from a poem by the American artist  Gertrude Stein that always echoes in my mind when I see a picture of a beautiful rose. Now since the weather outside is still cold and moist and I'm home with some irritating kind of flu, I decided to make some close-ups of one of the roses I bought yesterday.

To compare, of course - that's what I do :-) This time you will see a 4:3 a 16:9 and 16:9 even closer shot of that rose, captured with the Nokia 808 PureView first, Nokia Lumia 920 second and Sony Xperia Z third. After that you will see two 640 x 640 crops from the original 4:3 shots.

These shots are resized, you must know it will help your judgement a lot if you will have a look at the originals I posted in dedicated set  on Flickr as well. Note that the picture resolution changes on the Lumia and the Xperia when you change the format.

All settings were on auto on all devices. The Nokia 808 PureView was on 8MP, except in the close-up (to get just a bit closer I chose 5MP). I didn't use a tripod. Took all shots with the roses near the window, the light was absolutely the same in all shots.

First in 4:3 - Nokia 808 PureView

Nokia Lumia 920

 Sony Xperia Z (13MP)

Now in 16:9 - Nokia 808 PureView 

Nokia Lumia 920

Sony Xperia Z (9MP)

Now even a bit closer - Nokia 808 PureView

Nokia Lumia 920

Sony Xperia Z

To conclude this post, you'll find two 640 x 640 crops from the 4:3 originals of all shots.

Nokia 808 PureView

Nokia Lumia 920

Sony Xperia Z

Nokia 808 PureView

Nokia Lumia 920

Sony Xperia Z

So that's what I could do for you. If you like, you can crop till you drop from the originals I put online on the dedicated set on the PureViewClub Photostream on Flickr.

What do you think? Is Sony's Xperia Z really underperforming that much in this case? Remember I'm not a photographer, so I'm looking forward to your comments on these close-ups - as far as I can see, I have the impression all camera smartphones perform pretty well in fact, but the Nokia 808 PureView has the most detail... Please correct me if I'm wrong.

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