At the marina (part 1). Ten smartphones compared. Android vs Nokia PureView devices
This is the first of a series of posts about the shots I captured on a sunny day at a marina in my neighbourhood. I brought no less than 10 smartphones and captured two scenes (outside and inside), in different resolutions if possible.
In this first part, you'll see the scene I captured outside. Time for a change, too: in this first post you will only see the resolutions from 5MP to almost 10MP, just because I think it might be time for a different approach. Here's the scene as captured with the:
Nokia 808 PureView in 8MP (resized, of course):
Lovely, isn't it? In fact, before going there I didn't realize all the more luxurious boats had already been taken out of the water - the sailing season is over. But still, this scene will give us lots to look at (and the next scene - in part 3 - even more). Most of the 10 smartphones involved produced more or less similar shots as far as the lighting is concerned.
The smartphones I brought are - in alphabetical order - the Honor 6 (an "affordable flagship" - pun intended - by Huawei), the LG G3, the Motorola Moto X 2nd gen., the Nokia 808 PureView, Lumia 830, Lumia 930, Lumia 1020 and Lumia 1520, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Sony Xperia Z3. I simply forgot to bring the Galaxy K Zoom as well. I do realize the Lumia 830, 930 and 1520 are still waiting for Denim and/or Lumia Camera, but the weather was too good just to leave them at home - the current software will have to do.
Important to know: there was no noticable change in light conditions. No clouds, nothing. I had the white balance on practically all devices set to "sunlight" when possible (it's not possible on the Moto X for instance, and I forgot to on the Xperia Z3).
Now I'm not quite sure what to do. Share all resized shots, or just the crops? I'll make up my mind as I go along. I'll share them in the size of their resolution and next in "chronological" order (so the oldest device first) - got to have some system in this madness. With 5MP, that´s the:
Nokia Lumia 1020 (5MP)
The crop is from the center of the shot. You will see the little boat "Waterhoen" ("Moorhen") in the low right corner. This of course is a super clean result thanks to PureView oversampling, so let's have a look at the other PureView devices here. First, The Nokia Lumia 1520 (chronological order, right?). The way the 1520 captured the scene seemed to be very similar in colors, so I'll stick to the crop:
Nokia Lumia 1520 (5MP)
And suddenly I notice a slight difference after all - the shot from the Lumia 1020 seems a bit brighter, more lively, less "grey". The Lumia 930 appears to give the exact same details and colours as the Lumia 1520 (which does make sense with the same sensor and software):
Nokia Lumia 930 (5MP)
That's all for the 5MP resolutions.
I actually never shoot in 5MP on the Nokia 808 PureView (force of habit), so here's the crop I got from 8MP (you've seen the original already, see above).
Nokia 808 PureView (8MP)
Now how does that compare to a few other 8MP shooters we have here?
First would be the Sony Xperia Z3 (8MP, Superior Auto settings)
How does that compare with the - much cheaper ("affordable flagship")?
Nokia Lumia 830 (8MP)
Much better, although I see the same bit of a "greyness" in colours I've seen in the Lumia 930 and 1520. As far as the Xperia Z3 is concerned: the results are better in manual mode, as you will see in the next post. Next step are the "close to 10MP" resolutions. LG G3 first - let me share the resized scene as captured by it first this time, followed by the crop.
LG G3 (9.7MP)
A very bright result I'd say - maybe even a bit too bright, but details are fine. Next up, the Honor 6 (by Huawei) - and you can tell it's "more affordable" instantly.
Honor 6 (9.7MP)
And the last crop for this post, coming from the Moto X. Maybe I shouldn't even share it, but I made several shots with it and all came out this bright - way too bright.
Motorola Moto X (9.7MP)
Let me just share the original coming from the Moto X as well, so you can see it's not as dramatic overall
Motorola Moto X 2n gen
Doesn't look as a very bad shot at all, does it? It's just on the bright side, especially where I chose to crop. Guess that shows you "the devil is in the details". In the next post, you will see the higher resolutions: the Xperia Z3 in manual, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and of course all Nokia devices. To be continued soon I hope! :-)
Meanwhile, you will find the originals of these first shots in a dedicated album on Flickr. If you like what I'm doing here, please donate! The club doesn't support itself - posts are always on the house, but tips are very much appreciated :-) I'll add you to the list of sponsors even.