Nokia 808 PureView vs. Lumia 1020: difference in sharpness and saturation measured

After his impressive comparison of the Nokia 808 PureView, Lumia 1020, Lumia 925 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom - a post I saw during my holiday and I think is worth your time as well - Steve Litchfield from AllAboutSymbian explained how he got his Nokia 808 PureView to get more or less the same results as he gets from the Lumia 1020.

Now of course the question is if you will want to get the same result, but it's interesting to see how different the Nokia Lumia 1020 is "tuned". Here's his how-to, to begin with:

- Tap 'Reset' to make sure all settings are on defaults
- Tap on 'PureView' and then on '5MP' (though 8MP might work very well here for real world use)
- Change 'JPEG quality' to 'Superfine'. This sets the JPG compression to be lower, i.e. slightly more accurate representation of fine details, at the expense of a file size that's two or three times larger.
- Change 'Colour tones' to be 'Vivid'. People do seem to like more vivid colours and it's especially appropriate here on the 808, which does everything it can (by default) to avoid over-stating a colour.
- Alter the 'Saturation' slider to +2. The exact value here is open to experimentation here, of course, but this seemed about right to me.
- Alter 'Sharpness' to +3. Again, your mileage may vary, but I thought this would get close to what was needed. If anything, this value could possibly be larger, in hindsight?

At his post (and you will need a computer to see this, it won't work on a phone), you'll see a stunning comparison tool with a slider that will exactly show you the slight differences after this "treatment". Only to use the slider in that tool is worth reading his story. I made a screenshot of one, just to illustrate this (wouldn't know how to copy it into this post).

Example Steve´s comparison tool

Now I'm quite sure this is just about the last thing some ardent fans of the Nokia 808 PureView at this club would want to achieve with their device,  but I think it's very interesting to see that you would have to add (about) +2 on saturation a scale from 0 to 5 (upward) and (about) +3 to sharpness, to get a similar result as you will get from the Lumia 1020 in its default settings.

That gives us an idea how much Nokia has changed the algorithms in comparison to the Nokia 808 PureView. We knew colors were more saturated and sharper, but now we more or less "know" the difference as well. Again, you should see his post for yourself if only to admire his comparison tool I think is absolutely brilliant.

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