Three dark "snapshots" with the Nokia Lumia 1020, Sony Xperia Z1 and LG G2

I  had to wait for my daughter this evening around 20 p.m, and in this country that means it's practically completely dark outside already. So that provided me with a short possibility to try out some fast "low light" photography with the new devices I'm testing - not just the Nokia Lumia 1020, but also the Sony Xperia Z1 and the LG G2.

All three were all on automatic settings - I simply didn't have time to fool around with them too long and I figured that's the way most people will use their smartphone anyway: quick and dirty so to say. I did however check all of the three devices had their flash off (just to make sure there would be no differences in that respect).

All of the shots were made in 16:9 format and without the use of a tripod, of course. I'll share the resized originals here and some crops. The outcome is predictable in part, but still interesting to see I hope. And yes, all the originals are on Flickr (why are you not surprised? :-)

LG G2 first, Xperia Z1 second, Nokia Lumia 1020 last.


Sony Xperia Z1

Nokia Lumia 1020 5MP

As you can see, the shot of the LG G2 is less wide (I didn't move an inch making these shots). You'll get more in the picture with the Xperia Z1 and even a lot more with the Lumia 1020.

Again, these shots are all on  "auto settings". From my experience I know many of you will have tons of questions - why didn't I bring the 808 PureView / N8 / Lumia 920 / whatever? Why didn't I set any of these devices to night mode? Why didn't I use a tripod? Well, because I didn't. The longer I run this club, the more I realize I can't satisfy everyone in one post :-)

I did make a few crops however. You'll see resized versions of the crops from the LG G2, Xperia Z1, Lumia 1020 5MP and the Lumia 1020's high resolution result ( 34MP).

You know the drill: hover your mouse over them to see which device you're looking at, click on them to go the originals I shared on Flickr.


Sony Xperia Z1

Nokia Lumia 1020 5MP

Nokia Lumia 1020 34MP

Just a few conclusions from my side:

The LG G2 might give you a less wide image than the Xperia Z1, it is sharper without a doubt. Which is quite surprising after all Sony has claimed about the low light capacities of this device. The LG shot uses 10MP however, whereas the Xperia Z1 on automatic uses 8.3MP. That might account for some difference, of course. But still.

On automatic settings, the Nokia Lumia 1020 is best by far - even in the 5MP result (so with PureView oversampling). Interesting though, the full resolution result ( 34MP) shows less noise in the crop.

So much for my modest conclusions - I'm sure the experts whose contributions I really appreciate here at the club will have something to add. Did I already mention all the original shots are on Flickr? :-)

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