Short comparison: Nokia Lumia 1020, Sony Xperia Z3, Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Just an apartment building in the bright afternoon sunshine, captured this afternoon with the Nokia Lumia 1020, Sony Xperia Z3 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, that made a deep impression on me in my previous post. I chose another great sunny day for just a short extra comparison, this time against the almighty Lumia 1020 - and I decided to give the Xperia Z3 another chance.

Since there are only three cameras involved, I will share shots from all devices here as well, resized to fit this page of course. I tried to make them as similar as possible, I hope I succeeded doing so enough to your taste. Nokia Lumia 1020 first (from 5MP), Sony Xperia Z3 next, Galaxy Note 4 last.



You can see that in Xperia's "Automatic Superior" setting, not only the sky is blue - the complete flat turns a bit blue as well (this is something I noticed in all three shots I made with it, unfortunately I forgot to capture in manual mode as well).

But this post is less about colour than it is about sharpness. To have a detailed look with you, I made three crops from all results: from the far left top corner, somewhere in the middle en the low right corner. I'll present the three series to you as follows: Lumia 1020 5MP, Xperia Z3 8MP, Galaxy Note 4 16MP, Nokia Lumia 1020 34MP. Here we go.




The 5MP manages just fine I think, you're not really getting very close when cropping on a shot like that, detail looks good. Corner sharpness on the Xperia Z3 and even the Galaxy Note 4 seem troublesome, especially on the Z3 you can hardly make out the individual bricks.

In the past, I've been receiving lots of criticism on the corner sharpness of the Lumia 1020, but this result in fact appears to show the best detail. Let's move on to the second crop, in the middle of the flat. First the 5MP from the Lumia, second the 8MP from the Xperia.


The Xperia Z3 is already doing a lot better in this area, but it does show more noise. What does the noise look like at double the resolution? Here's the Galaxy Note 4.

A much cleaner result I'd say - less noise, finer detail (and better colours indeed). Let's see how the Lumia 1020 performed with even more than double the resolution, with no oversampling at 34MP

An even cleaner shot I'd say. No noise, very fine detail. Could maybe use a bit added sharpness, but that's it as far as I'm concerned, really. Now the last crop, I chose to make just above the entrance of the building. Again: Lumia in 5MP, Xperia in 8MP, Note in 16MP and Lumia's 34MP.




There's nothing like a few simple bricks to compare sharpness, right? But check the noise in the shadow part in crop no. 2 and 3 as well. For some reason, in this part of the shot I think I'd even prefer what I get from the Z3, but with double the resolution it's a close call I guess. But it's obvious once again that size does matter (and physics always wins): the Lumia 1020 still makes the cleanest shots. 

I'll be comparing the Galaxy Note 4 more intensively the coming days, against the Lumia 1020 and other smartphone cameras. I didn't imagine posting this much over the weekend, so please be patient, I have a busy week ahead as well :-)

PS In case you think to remember this flat from an post long ago, that´s correct :-)