Nokia Lumia 1020 vs Nokia 808 PureView

You might have seen my previous post from today - comparing the high resolution shots of the Nokia Lumia 1020 with those of another Nokia Lumia 1020... The differences were quite remarkable - it seems the lens of my "old" 1020 wasn't as "pure" as I would have liked it to be.

Now I want to take it one step further, and compare the shots of the "new" Lumia 1020 with those of the Nokia 808 PureView. On my morning trip, I brought that as well, and I'm anxious to see if this really is much better at full resolution.

I just made the screenshots (same method: zooming in on the same part of the shot to 100% in Picasa) and I'm sharing the shots below. First though, I´ll share the resized (34MP) originals from the 808 PureView. Click on the shots to see the originals on Flickr. Also, I'll share the resized originals from the "new" Lumia 1020 once more.

Nokia 808 PureView Building Full res 640 x 360

4 New Nokia Lumia 1020 9

Nokia 808 PureView Church Full res 640 x 360

6 New Nokia Lumia 1020 10

You'll notice there's less "amber" in the 808 PureView shots - no surprise there. Even though I had the settings on "sunny" on the 808 PureView, colors will look more "realistic" to many.

But apart from the difference in color, let's now have a look at the details on the left and right side of these shots. You'll see the screenshots I've already shared from the Nokia Lumia 1020 first, followed by those from the Nokia 808 PureView. At this moment, I'm looking forward to the results as much as you do now. First: the left part of the building in the first shot:

10 new Lumia 1020 crop 4 left side

Nokia 808 Full res 1 left

The right part of the building in the first shot (Lumia 1020 first):

12 new Lumia 1020 crop 5 right side

Nokia 808 Full res 1 far right 1

 Next: the left part of the church shot, (Lumia 1020 first):

14 new Lumia 1020 crop 6 left side

Nokia 808 Full res 2 left

The right part of the church shot - Lumia 1020 first once more

16 new Lumia 1020 crop 6 right side

Nokia 808 Full res 2 right

Last comparisons: more shots from the right part of these shots.

new Lumia 1020 small

Nokia 808 Full res 2 far right 1

new Lumia 1020 2 small

Nokia 808 Full res 2 far right 2

Now another thing is for sure: the shots from the Nokia 808 PureView are generally quite a bit lighter than those of the Lumia 1020. So there is not just a colour difference ("amber"), but also in lighting. In howfar these two are related, I can't tell.

But as far as detail is concerned in these shots, I'm not disappointed in the Lumia 1020 - not at all even! The sharpness in its screenshots is at least comparable to that of the Nokia 808 PureView... And that's something I didn't really expect to see, did you?

Now so far, I've been focussing on the far left and right side, since that was the issue of my "old" and "new" Lumia 1020. To conclude, I'd like to have a quick look at the middle of the shots... For a change, I'll show you the crops / screenshots from the Nokia 808 PureView first, followed by what the "new" Lumia 1020 produces.

First, the center of the building with the small shop in the middle (you'll find all originals in the same set on Fickr). Again, click on the shots to see the original screenshots on Flickr as well.

Nokia 808 PureView Building Center

Nokia Lumia 1020 Building Center

Now I don't want to get carried away, but I can't come to any other conclusion than that the result from the Nokia Lumia 1020 is actually better in this case... Much better even?

The colors may not be completely to your liking, but the image simply is sharper, more defined, focussed - at least to my eyes... And that goes for the last two shots as well.

Nokia 808 PureView Church Center

Nokia Lumia 1020 Church Center

Again, in the last four shots we are comparing the "full resolution" shot from the Nokia 808 PureView to the "high resolution" shot from the Nokia Lumia 1020. Not sure why Nokia made a difference between "full" and "high" resolution, they are both 34MP and I'm pixel peeping both.

I've always been and still am an ardent fan of the Nokia 808 PureView. But after writing this post just now, armed with a remarkably better version of the Nokia Lumia 1020, I finally feel confident in stating the Lumia 1020 might even be (hold on to your seats) better than the Nokia 808 PureView. Wow.

That's based on the detailed comparison of these two shots, captured in bright sunlight. No doubt I will have to make more comparisons between the 808 PureView and this Lumia 1020. But I think these first results are quite amazing. What do you think? Don't hesitate to share your thoughts below.

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