Comparing the Nokia 808 PureView, Lumia 920, Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One

So many shots and crops to share I hardly know how or where to begin - so let's start with what I made in Bergen aan Zee in The Netherlands last weekend. I tried to look for a combination of diverse scenes to compare two of the most recent smarthone cameras with both Nokia "PureView" devices. Shots in bright and darker circumstances, indoor and outdoor.

As you're used to, I'll share the originals on Flickr, this time I will even share the crops I made on Flickr. What you see in this post are some of the resized versions, of course.

And since it is still so much, I once again made a video compilation of all the original shots and crops (otherwise you'd be scrolling till the cows come home). And yes, you'll see I didn't always manage to get the exact same angle in all shots...

   On YouTube

I'm just sharing these shots and not really trying to "prove" anything yet, since I'm still getting acquainted to the cameras of the Galaxy S4 and HTC One. After all, it took me a lot of time to get used to the Nokia 808 PureView, so I'll probably get even better results with these new smartphones after a while.

But I think I can already say that although the S4 and One are doing pretty well under different circumstances, they are not doing better than the Nokia 808 PureView in any of them. And I'm sure that won't come as a surprise to any of you.

There are some scenes however, where I can't show the result from all phones - I sometimes didn't bring them all, or I forgot to put one on "night mode" for instance, or one lens appeared to be too greasy (something that happens quite easy with the Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC One by the way).

You will see a nightshot comparison below (and the originals on Flickr as well - they're just not in the video), from the Nokia 808 PureView, Lumia 920 and HTC One.

First the Nokia 808 PureView. Mind you, this shot was taken on Creative and all settings on automatic - but it's 5MP only (another mistake I made after fooling around with the settings).

Nokia 808 PureView - Night 1

Here's the Nokia Lumia 920 result. I'd like to advise you to make absolutely sure the lens is clean, otherwise you will get lens flare all over your shot (much worse than below). Also, I'm quite sure I didn't move at all making this shot. The lighting is of course much brighter, and quite mpressive is the foreground in the shot still being recognizable.

Nokia Lumia 920 - Night 1

And this is what the HTC One made of this scene in night mode. Not bad at all, but from what I write I think you can conclude which of these shots I prefer. As always, I look forward to your opinion!

HTC One - Night 1

 Like I wrote, you'll find these night shots on Flickr as well - I even added some crops as a bonus :-) So here it is for tonight, I feel I really could be posting shots and videos from the last few days all night! Hope you'll be patient, though. Thanks for visiting, I hope you're enjoying your stay at the PureViewClub.

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