At the marina (part 4). Ten smartphones compared. Android vs Nokia PureView devices
Part four already, and we're still at the marina, looking at the winter storage. In the previous post you've seen crops from 10 different smartphones with which I tried to make the exact same shot. The scene was giving me so much details, I went as far to make three different crops from all shots. The part of the shot cropped in this post is much brighter - and more revealing.
I'm sure you didn't miss it, but just so you won't have to scroll back to the previous post, here's the scene once more, coming from the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 this time:
I thought about making a selection of all 20 crops I still owe you, but I won't: I rather see you make up your own mind about the results I got from all smartcams. So here we go again: smallest resolutions first.
Nokia Lumia 1020 (5MP)
Nokia Lumia 1520 (5MP)
Nokia Lumia 930 (5MP)
From these shots it's pretty hard to choose the best. I do think "America's Cup" (left corner) is best coming from the Lumia 1020 - but I'm seriously splitting hairs here. Let's move on to the 8MP results.
Nokia 808 PureView (8MP)
Nokia Lumia 830 (8MP)
Sony Xperia Z3 (8MP)
Wow, some serious differences here. Nokia 808 PureView is the expected winner in this case. I see much (!) more noise coming from the Lumia 830 to begin with. Less noise indeed coming from the Xperia Z3, but it's still having a hard time with the details. Let's move up to the next three Androids with their a bit larger sensors (13MP in 4:3, 9.7MP in 16:9 aspect ratio).
LG G3 (9.7MP)
Motorola Moto X 2nd gen (9.7MP)
Honor 6 (9.7MP)
Again quite a few remarkable differences. Much more noise in the new Moto X (comparable with the Lumia 830). The shot from the LG G3 seems sharpest, but there is some noticable over sharpening. This time, I'm surprised by the result from the Honor 6. It's definitely more noisy, but it has a certain charming softness to it as well.
The next step is bigger, going to the " almost 16MP results.
Sony Xperia Z3 (15.5MP)
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Both aren't perfect, but I think I'd choose the result coming from the Note 4 over the Xperia Z3. The Note 4 simply produces a sharper and more defined shot, although I do see a bit more noise in there as well (like in the orange vest above the America's Cup shirt). Next up are the 16MP results.
Nokia Lumia 1520
Nokia Lumia 930
If you see any remarkable difference, don't hesitate to let me know. To me, these crops are exactly the same, once again showing there is no real difference between the camera hardware and software of both Lumia's: they really are identical.
And the grand finale of each comparison... How do the best smartphone cameras in the history of mobile photography compare?
Nokia 808 PureView (34MP)
Nokia Lumia 1020 (34MP)
Some obvious differences here as well. Why, I'm not sure... Let me share some settings first: Nokia 808 Pureview is on ISO 64 and 1/50 sec. The Lumia 1020 on ISO 100 and 1/103 sec. It obviously doesn't balance out, since the 808 PureView produces a much brighter result here. Let´s have a look at both resized originals below.
Nokia 808 PureView
Nokia Lumia 1020
Looking at this, I now realize that when capturing the scene with the Lumia 1020, I focused on the bright orange life vest . Hence the other colors will be a bit darker, as we've seen in the crops. Like you can also see the bricks on the right side of the shot coming from the Lumia 1020 - there´s no detail there in what I got from the 808 PureView.
So, your mileage may vary. You can have just about anything on auto and try really hard to get the exact same shot with 10 quite different devices - you can get a completely different result just depending on where you focus: the light in your shot really is on the tip of your finger. One more crop to go, so I'm still not jumping to conclusions :-) To be continued...