Flower to the people (IVa) - comparing no less than 5 (!) smartphone cameras (part 1)

Sometimes I really wonder what I'm getting into. I've shared beautiful flowers from my mother's garden three time before, but never with no less than five smartphone cameras... This time, I brought the Nokia 808 PureView, Nokia Lumia 1020, Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, Sony Xperia Z1 and LG G2.

My mother has a lovely garden with many flowers to choose from. I didn't just choose flowers and I made about 130 shots from which I selected more than seventy - so I really have to limit myself in what I can show you in this post. You will find all the selected shots on Flickr.

Chatting with my mother at the same time, not all shots came out right, and working with so many devices I completely forgot to use the full resolution setting on the Nokia 808 PureView (shame on me).

I still think there's a lot of shots that will interest you. You will find them here resized to 640 x 360 pixels mostly. That was a burdon in itself because of the different sensor sizes:
- the 808 PureView was on 5 MP PureView (mostly), to be able to compare it to the Lumia 1020.
- the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom has 16 MP in 4:3 format and 12MP in 16:9.
- the Sony Xperia Z1 has 8.3 MP unless you choose 4:3 than it will use the full 20MP.
- the LG G2 uses 13MP in 4:3 and 10MP in 16:9.

I made "normal" shots, close-ups and crops of close-ups. Now when making crops I wanted them to as similar as possible for comparison, so in some cases I needed to choose formats like 1280 x 720 pixels or 1920 x 1080 pixels, to be able to resize them to 640 x 360 (16:9). You will find all original crop sizes in the title of the shot and it will link to all originals on Flickr. Got it? :-)

First a few shots from a beautiful yellow flower with little hairs on it. First the Nokia 808 PureView, followed by the Lumia 1020, Xperia Z1 and LG G2

Nokia 808 PureView - Flower 1

Nokia Lumia 1020 - Flower 1

Sony Xperia Z1 - Flower 1

LG G2 - Flower 1

As you see, the LG G2 gives the "darkest" result, but it's quite effective as you can see in the crops after the break. First you'll see the LG G2 this time, followed by the Xperia Z1. 

1 LG G2 - Flower 1 crop 1280 x 720

And here are the crops from the Nokia 808 PureView (on 8MP in this case) and the Lumia 1020 (the 5MP result).

1 Nokia 808 PureView - Flower 1 crop 1280 x 720

1 Nokia Lumia 1020 - Flower 1 crop 960 x 540

Obviously, the Lumia 1020 is far too bright - my bad, I guess I should have worked with the exposure value to get a better result in this bright sunlight.

It could be however, that clouds changed the light during the time I was making these shots. I'm not saying that as an excuse, I really don't know, it's simply impossible to garantuee the same light on a bright but cloudy day. And I didn't want to leave this shot out anyway.

I lowered the exposure value in the next few close-ups, with the Nokia 808 PureView, the Lumia 1020 and the Xperia Z1. I had to since otherwise the little purple flower would turn out almost white on top.

First the original close-up from the Nokia Lumia 1020.

2 Nokia Lumia 1020 - Flower 2 close

The crops are from the 808 PureView, the Lumia 1020 and the Sony Xperia Z1

2 Nokia 808 PureView - Flower 2 close crop 1280 x 720

2 Nokia Lumia 1020 - Flower 2 close crop 1280 x 720

Remember, in order to change the exposure vallue on the Xperia Z1, I had to put it on manual, choosing for 20MP resolution (4:3).

2 Sony Xperia Z1 - Flower 2 close 20MP CROP 1920 x 1080

Next I'd like to share you a lot of crops from close-ups of this beautiful little flower. The shot below is a 4:3 (20MP) shot from the Sony Xperia Z

3 Sony Xperia Z1 - Flower 3 4x3 close

Here are the crops from this flower, all from 16:9 originals by the way. You will find those on Flickr as well, if you click on the shot you'll find the original crop though. First the LG G2:

3 LG G2 - Flower 3 close CROP 1280 x 720

Next the Nokia 808 PureView - I didn't get the focus completely right (shame on me again) but I didn't wat to leave it out to have you compare the differences in colour of all devices.

3 Nokia 808 PureView - Flower 3 close CROP 1280 x 720

This is the crop from the Lumia 1020

3 Nokia Lumia 1020 - Flower 3 close CROP 1280 x 720

And here's the crop from the Galaxy S4 Zoom close-up.

3 Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom - flower 3 close CROP 1920 x 1080

And the crop from the 8.3 MP shot from the Xperia Z1 (so in 16:9 with all settings on auto). Also in this case, the focus isn't optimal but again I didn't want to leave it out.

3 Sony Xperia Z1 - Flower 3 close CROP 1280 x 720

More crops, from another flower this time, the one you'll see from the Nokia 808 PureView below. All these shots were taken in 4:3 to use the maximum amount of pixels from the sensor.

6 Nokia 808 PureView - Flower 6 4x3

Here's the crop from the Nokia 808 PureView, followed by the Lumia 1020, Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom and Sony Xperia Z1. Hover over the shot to see which is which as well.

6 Nokia 808 PureView - Flower 6 4x3 CROP 640 x 360

6 Nokia Lumia 1020 - Flower 6 4x3 CROP 640 x 360

6 Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom - flower 6 4x3 CROP 960 x 540

6 Sony Xperia Z1 - Flower 6 20MP 4x3 close CROP 1280 x 720

There are two obvious winners in this example: the Nokia 808 PureView and the Samung Galaxy S4 Zoom. The Lumia 1020 and the Xperia Z1 both have a hard time showing the subtle details from the heart of this flower.

This post has become long enough as it is now I think. I'll work on a second (maybe even a third) part in which I will share some more interesting close-ups and crops from the Nokia 808 PureView, the Lumia 1020, Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, Sony Xperia Z1 and LG G2. I wouldn't jump to any conclusion until you've read all my posts.

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