Night scenes: Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 vs Nokia Lumia 1020 and Lumia 930
In this post you'll see a few comparison shots in low light in a quiet street in the old center of Amsterdam, captured with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1, the Nokia Lumia 1020 and Lumia 930. I've been using quite a few settings to get the best result from all cameras, and from all shots I captured I selected the best.
Time has not been on my side and I don't think I can say I've "mastered" the Lumia DMC-CM1 already. It's a very professional user interface and definitely a joy to work with, it's just not as "easy" as Nokia Camera on both other devices. Still I think what I got is worth sharing and will interest you. Moreover, I have a few RAW files for you to compare if you wish to do so as well.
First the scene this post is about, the Bethaniënstraat in the heart of Amsterdam, as captured with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1, resized to 640 x 360 pixels. White balance was set to "Tungsten" - I've been using quite a few different settings, and the shots I selected don't have the exact same settings.Needless to say I didn't use the flash in any of the shots. This was captured at ISO 6400 and f/2.8 at 1/80 sec
Here's what I got from the Nokia Lumia 1020, white balance on Tungsten as well (resized from 5MP), the rest was on automatic. You can see the colours are quite similar. ISO 800, f/2.2 and 1/7th (!) sec.
Next interpretation of the very same scene comes from the Lumia 930, only ISO set to 100. f/2.4 at 0.76 sec. White balance on auto - which accounts for the difference you might think.
As you can see, the "golden" glow in the first previous shot is absent here, the result is much colder. But I did find a shot I captured with white balance on Tungsten on the Lumia 930 as well - and it doesn't actually change its color rendition all that much.
It's a matter of personal preference I guess, but I do like the result coming from the Panasonic and Lumia 1020 better than the quite "cold" rendition from the Lumia 930.
Now: the crops. Always something to think about: do I resize all shots or not. After my last comparison (in the first part of my review) it was quite apparant it's kind of useless to compare 5MP to 16MP to 34MP, so - at the risk of loosing some detail - I did resize all different shots to 5MP before cropping. It's much easier to compare and of course you'll find all originals on Flickr anyway if you want to have a very detailed look at the originals.
So I'll keep it simple in this post, you'll see the crops from what I got from all 5MP results of the first three shots, so from the Panasonic, Lumia 1020 and Lumia 930. However, since I have to resize the 17.7MP shot from the Panasonic, I did resize the high-res result from both Lumia's as well. You'll find all different results below.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1
Nokia Lumia 1020 (from 5MP)
Nokia Lumia 1020 (from 34MP)
Nokia Lumia 930
Nokia Lumia 930 (from 16MP)
Now one thing is a bit deceiving: the leaves. This all looks like a very peaceful scene, but there was a fierce wind blowing at times (and stone cold too, I might add). So in some cases, there was much more movement than a shot can show. But not only in the leaves you can tell the shots coming from both Lumia's are much cleaner than what I managed to get from the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1.
Now I usually tend to blame myself - and my lack of experience - earlier than the device. Considering its specifications I do think I should have gotten more out of the Panasonic. For instance, choosing much higher ISO values will be a reason for the noticable difference as well. On the other hand, it´s amazing what you can get from Nokia Camera without thorough theoretical knowledge - and with OIS, you feel sure you can choose low ISO values and longer shutter times in low light circumstances.