Nokia Lumia 830 versus Nokia Lumia 930. Outside and inside (with and without flash)

I said I would wait for Lumia Camera before using the (last) Nokia Lumia 830, in any other comparisons. But I failed, being way too curious about the quality of the sensor and current software - after all, it can only get better, right? So recently I compared two scenes (outside and inside) with the Nokia Lumia 830 and Lumia 930. First, I'll show you the outside scene. I put the Nokia Lumia 830 and 930 both on ISO 100. As always, I made several shots with each device and picked the very best. Lumia 830 is first, Lumia 930 second.

Important notice: in one of the reactions, I learned that in these first garden shots, the flash of the Lumia 930 was actually on, whereas on the Lumia 830 it wasn't. It's embarrassing, but I wasn't aware of that (sometimes you just don't notice it while making shots outside). Apart from aspect ratio, it's about the only setting that Nokia Camera will "remember" when you restart the camera application. I won't delete the shots from this post, but you should be aware the first part of this comparison hasn't been done the proper way. Sorry about that. Flowers Nokia Lumia 830 Flowers Nokia Lumia 930 The Lumia 930 gives the "palest" result in this case (which is quite remarkable seen the times I had to notice its results were in fact a bit darker than other devices). I do like the general capture of this scene better coming from the Lumia 830 to be honest. So this is the complete scene I captured with both smartphones.

To compare crops in the most similar way, I've changed the sizes of the shots to 3840 x 2160 pixels (8.3MP). That is the exact size of the Lumia 830, true, but this way I only have to "blow up" the 5MP shot coming from the Lumia 930, and I've shown before its oversampled result can handle such a treatment. To compare the detail from different perspectives, I made three different crops from the results I got. You'll see those from the  Lumia 830 (first), Lumia 930 (second) Flowers Nokia Lumia 830 Flowers Nokia Lumia 930Second crop: Lumia 830, Lumia 930 Flowers Nokia Lumia 830 Flowers Nokia Lumia 930And the third crop: Lumia 830, Lumia 930 Flowers Nokia Lumia 830 Flowers Nokia Lumia 930 Generally speaking, details on the Lumia 930 are "softer" than on the 830 and the Lumia 830 is showing more details in the background. Since the Lumia 930 made a brighter shot in general, this surprised me a bit.

Is it over sharpening at work? Stronger contrast? I'm really surprised by the amount of detail the Lumia 830 is able to squeeze out of it's smaller 10MP sensor. The crops do show some noise and over sharpening - but still. Let's do one more test with this scene - let's check the sharpness of the very right hand top corner of the shot. Again, you'll see the Nokia Lumia 830 first. Flowers Nokia Lumia 830 Flowers Nokia Lumia 930 Well... those results speak for themselves I guess. Looks like even before the new algorithms of the Lumia Camera application, the Lumia 830 is performing very well in this case. Now let's move on to the indoor scene, a collection of souvenirs (my mother used to travel a lot). First, you'll see the scene without flash captured by both devices (both with ISO 100). Souvenirs - Nokia Lumia 830 Souvenirs Nokia Lumia 930 These results seem to be very comparable, don't they? Let's have a look at the crops of these results without flash first. Again, I made three crops from both shots. You are used to it by now: Lumia 830 first, Lumia 930 second. Souvenirs Nokia Lumia 830 Souvenirs Nokia Lumia 930 Souvenirs Nokia Lumia 830 Souvenirs Nokia Lumia 930 Souvenirs Nokia Lumia 830 Souvenirs Nokia Lumia 930 In general: more detail due to slight over sharpening coming from the Lumia 830, "cleaner" shots coming from the Lumia 930. Again, I'm really impressed with the corner performance of the Lumia 830 (first of the last pair of crops). Now, the exact same scene, using LED flash on both devices: Lumia 830 first, Lumia 930 second. Souvenirs - Nokia Lumia 830 Flash Souvenirs Nokia Lumia 930 Flash And... the exact same selection of crops. Souvenirs Nokia Lumia 830 Flash Souvenirs Nokia Lumia 930 Flash Souvenirs Nokia Lumia 830 Flash Souvenirs Nokia Lumia 930 Flash Souvenirs Nokia Lumia 830 Flash Souvenirs Nokia Lumia 930 Flash Again (of course), a bit more oversharpening, hence more detail in the shots coming from the Nokia Lumia 830, softer details on the Nokia Lumia 930. Considering its prize and half (!) its sensor size, I'd say the Lumia 830's performance is stellar. But as always, I'm looking forward to your comments as well - like you can find the original shots in my Lumia 830-album on Flickr (including the high-res results from the Lumia 930).

In a next comparison, I hope to include results from the "good old" Nokia Lumia 1020, Samsung Galaxy K Zoom and recent Sony Xperia Z3. By the way: I love doing theses kind of comparisons and I think you appreciate what I'm trying to do here: find the very best quality in smartphone imaging. If you can afford to, please don't hesitate to hit that PayPal button on the right hand side of this page and become one of the sponsors of the PureViewClub. Thank you very much in advance!