Third comparison: Nokia 808 PureView vs. Lumia 1020 - a mixing console

As some of the PureView Club visitors will know, my daily job is at Radio 6 Soul & Jazz, so no wonder I have an (old) mixing console ready to capture close-up with both of Nokia's 41MP PureView devices.

In this post you'll see the four 34MP (16:9) shots and some crops: all resized to fit this post, but otherwise unaltered. You'll see how I focused on the foreground and the background and how both devices deal with that with - once more - all settings on auto.

First the focus to the buttons up close.

As we are used to by now, the colors of the Lumia 1020 are more saturated (remember the color setting of the Nokia 808 PureView is on "vivid"  even). Note that I had to take a bit more distance with the Nokia 808 PureView to be able to focus.

The color difference is even more apparant cropping the bright yellow and red button. In this case I must say the Nokia 808 PureView seems to be too pale, whereas the Lumia 1020 is overdoing it. In my experience, the real colors are somewhere in between these results.

Also, note that the Nokia Lumia 1020 shows quite a bit more of these two buttons: the result of the Nokia 808 PureView is simply to light to reveal the details. The Lumia 1020 has no problems with this kind of close-up. This is not to say - I have to be careful these days - the Nokia 808 would not be able to capture these details though. It's just that in this particular shot it didn't.

Now let's have a look at the small buttons at the end of the console. First the (resized) shots of the 34MP originals.

As in the first exampe, the Lumia 1020 gives a bit lighter image. Colors may be more saturated, but overall the mixing console´s color has a lighter shade of grey than on the Nokia 808 PureView.

The Nokia 808 PureView however, shows a bit sharper image in the crops - both show the small hair on the second record button though, and in both shots the "RM330-023" (the type number of the control module) is easily readable.

 In short: once again I notice the Nokia Lumia 1020 can focus closer. Its shots are brighter generally speaking, the colors more saturated. In my experience so far, the colors of the Nokia 808 PureView are not always "more realistic", but its results and dynamice range will give you more to work with. The Lumia 1020 gives a result that most likely is "aimed to please" directly, without going through the trouble of changing anything afterwards.

In the settings menu, the Nokia 808 PureView offers the possibility to change not just Color Tones, but also Saturation, Contrast and Sharpness. I think it would be a good idea to add this to the Nokia Pro Cam on the Lumia 1020 as well, so the user can decide how much of each he'd like to see in his shots. Since a recent update has brought Bracketing to Pro Cam, I think it should be possible to extend and improve the software even more.

Although I am getting the impression some visitors of the PureViewClub would prefer me to say that the Nokia 808 PureView is a clear winner no matter what, I think this comparison has shown the results from the Lumia 1020 are quite impressive as well. I do agree with many however, the amount of saturation could be less than the Lumia 1020 is showing at this moment, even more so since it is not possible to chance it in the settings in any way.

And yes, all the originals are on Flickr (including the crops).

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