At the marina (part 3). Ten smartphones compared. Android vs Nokia PureView devices
Third post about my visit to a marina in my neighbourhood. I brought 10 smartphones and captured two scenes, outside and more or less "inside", in different resolutions if possible. In this third part, you'll see the scene I captured from the inside of a winter storage - giving me such an amount of different details I couldn't resist making three crops from each shot.
So where to start? First of course, the shot of the scene itself. Like with the previous two posts, I'll work my way up from the smallest to the largest resolutions, and with similar resolutions the oldest device comes first. Here's the scene as captured in 5MP with the
Nokia Lumia 1020
A colorful, detailed mess, isn't it? :-) I love scenes like these, they'll give you so much to look at. Let's start with the dark part on the left - the inside of the storage, directly on the left of the orange boat still standing outside.
Nokia Lumia 1020 (5MP)
Nokia Lumia 1520 (5MP)
Nokia Lumia 930 (5MP)
Just like in the previous posts, the Lumia 1020 seems to give a bit brighter result - both newer Lumia's show a bit more "greyish" colours, although the differences are marginal and are all perfectly acceptable. Let's move on up: this is 8MP coming from the
Nokia 808 PureView (8MP)
Nokia Lumia 830 (8MP)
Sony Xperia Z3 (8MP)
In the Lumia 830 I notice a similar "greyness" we just saw from the 1520 and 930. More important: quite a bit more artefacts in the result coming from the Xperia Z3! Up to the point where you can't make out any details from the towel resting on the wood blocks... Again, the Lumia 830 appears to be doing better, and the best result - without a doubt - comes from the Nokia 808 PureView (no surprise there).
Move on up! We've already seen higher resolutions do not necessarily mean better detail, so let's have a look at the "around 10MP" shots coming from
Motorola Moto X 2nd Gen
Honor 6 (9.7MP)
Differences at this resolution are "marginal" but they are there - and I'm even inclined to say that Huawei's "affordable flagship" Honor 6 is showing best details in this case (least artefacts). But there are two more crops to come from all devices, so let's not jump to conclusions just yet.
This is where I stopped in the previous posts, but I have so much crops to share still I will continu with the larger resolutions in this post - first coming from the
Sony Xperia Z3 (15.5MP, manual settings)
Noticably "better" than its 8MP result I'd say, but still fighting with the details. Next up is another expensive Android, the
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (15.9MP)
Again: brighter and noticably sharper - something most people seem to blame on "agressive over sharpening". In comparison, the details coming from the Xperia Z3 simply seem too me "vague" to me. I have to look for them, whereas the Note 4 just shows them. And colours are better coming from the Note 4 as well...
The just a bit bigger resolution - and hence more "zoomed in" in the crops - come from both recent Lumia's:
Lumia 1520 (16MP)
Lumia 930 (16MP)
Both are on the dark side compared to what we just saw from the Galaxy Note 4 - an effect we've noticed earlier. Again, it's comparable with what I've shared coming from the Lumia 830 - it's appears to be a "feature". The Lumia 1520 appears to be a bit darker even, but there's a different reason as well (will show that in post 4).
Accordig to some, the Lumia 1520 would give better results than the 930 with the exact same camera module, but I'm more and more getting the idea it's the display fooling people (me included). Compared on the same display, there isn't much of a difference anyway (note I didn't get the exact same angle in this shot for some reason).
Last - the moment some of you might have been waiting for - the battle of the giants. Both the high-res results, not profiting from any PureView oversampling mind you, from the
Nokia 808 PureView (34MP)
Nokia Lumia 1020 (34MP)
Yes, this is splitting hairs, I know - but different from the previous post, giving a much brighter result, the Nokia 808 PureView seems to be a clear winner in this case. (Cliffhanger: you'll see why this is in the next post). Before we jump to any conclusions about all smartcams involved, let's wait for the results of the next crops. Part 4 will be online soon :-)