At the marina (part 2). Ten smartphones compared. Android vs Nokia PureView devices

This is the second of a series of posts about the shots I captured on a sunny day at a marina not too far away from where I live. Here, you will see the same outside view of the almost empy marina, but now coming from the higher resolutions - from about 16MP up to more than double the resolution from the Nokia 808 PureView and Lumia 1020.

In my previous post I had a look at the shots from 5MP up to 10MP, this post is about the higher resolutions coming from the Sony Xperia Z3, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Nokia Lumia 1520 and 930, and of course the Nokia 808 PureView and Lumia 1020.

First, I'll share the shot coming from the Sony Xperia Z3 set to manual,15.5MP (white balance was on automatic in this case). 
Xperia Z3 (manual, 15.5MP)

The result seems to be on the dark side, but is in fact very similar to how most of the other devices captured the shot. I don't want to send you back to the previous post, so I'll share what it looked like coming from the same device in "Superior Auto" (8MP) - it actually does make one wonder what's "superior" about it.
Xperia Z3, superior auto (8MP)

Let's have a look at the crops... It may be 15.5MP, but the details from the center of the shot are okay I guess, but still a bit... well... messy I'd say.
Xperia Z3, manual, 15.5MP

Let's compare it with the crop I got from the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 - a bit too bright shot (white balance set to sunny!), but details appear to be sharper nevertheless.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Let me share the resized version coming from the Galaxy Note 4 as well to have a look at the general image.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 

As with the Xperia Z3 and the Motorola Moto X (in the previous post), it's on the bright side in general, but there's nothing extrodinary going on in fact (like I wrote earlier, the devil is in the detail sometimes).

Next up, crops from the 16MP shots from the Nokia Lumia 1520 and 930 (in that order). So you'll see no PureView oversampling in this case.
Nokia Lumia 1520

Nokia Lumia 930

Pretty hard to say which is better of the last two. Lighting is obviously much better than on the Samsung - although that chose ISO 40 instead of ISO 100 both Lumia's show (that's the lowest ISO value they have in fact). Samsung's appears to produce a brighter image due to shutter time that's almost twice as long (1/976 vs 1/1792).

Next, the classic battle between the 41,5MP sensors. It's useless in fact - nothing compares to these - but now that we're here, why not give it a go anyway.
Nokia 808 PureView

Nokia Lumia 1020

Differences are definitely marginal at this level, but if I had to choose... I can´t really decide. Guess I like the atmosphere of the Nokia 808 PureView better, but the Lumia 1020 appears to be sharper. Check out the original shots on Flickr, I'd say. Looking forward to you opinion on this one! 

In general, and I'm referring to this post and the previous one, three devices aren't performing very well:
- the Honor 6. To be expected being the cheapest of the pack, but it again shows that adding a 13MP sensor won't make it a better smartcam;
- the Motorola Moto X (not a very big surprise either, although it's already quite a bit more expensive and I guess it could have performed better than I managed to do with it - let's wait for the crops in the next post);
- the Sony Xperia Z3. That's a bit of a disappointment at that price level I'd say. It's quite too bright in "Auto Superior" and although colours are much better in manual settings, details aren't too exciting in the highest resolution. 

Looks like the much cheaper Nokia Lumia 830 is doing a bit of a better job even. I shouldn't forget to mention the LG G3, which shows surprising colour and detail, although it did appear to be a bit on the biright side, like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in fact. But there simply seems to be no competition for the Nokia Lumia 930 and 1520, let alone the Nokia 808 PureView and Lumia 1020. The quality of those last two cameras is still simply stunning, also compared to (much) more recent smartphones. You will find all originals in the dedicated album on Flickr.

In the next two posts, I will share a different scene captured at the marina with all the same devices. If you liked this so far, don´t forget to leave a tip for the Club´s bartender please. Hit the Donate button on the right side of this page and he'll add you to the list of  sponsors. Easy as that!