From Centro Comercial de Las Arenas, Barcelona

I promised a few shots from Barcelona captured with different smartcams, and I'd like to start with what I captured from and around Las Arenas, the former arena at Plaza Espanya, now a shopping mall and one of the famous landmarks of the city. 

You'll find its location here, and the fascinating history of its reconstruction here (they even lifted the whole thing a few meters). Some do not find the shopping mall inside much to their liking, but no-one can argue about the fantastic view you'll have over the city in all (!) directions.

This is one of its most famous views, on the Fira de Barcelona (where the Mobile World Congress used to take place). This is how I captured it with the Nokia Lumia 1520, using Rich Capture.

But I didn't have time to use all smartphones I had with me from this location though - I had an appointment on the North side of Las Arenas (with quite a few of my Dutch blogging colleagues and the Microsoft PR Team, so I didn't want to be late). 

The meeting took place on the Northern side of the tower - where you will also find the charming restaurant Cinco Jotas, worth a visit too and these people aren't sponsoring me. You have a splendid view from there also - from the palm trees in the Parc de Juan Miró all the way to the hills surrounding Barcelona. Here's what it looks like as captured by the Nokia 808 PureView.

I also captured this scene with the Nokia Lumia 1020, Lumia 1520, and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 - in fact it's one of the view comparisons I made when I was in Barcelona. Once again I resized the largest results to the 16MP (~ 5376x 3024 pixels) you'll get from the Lumia 1520. I know the disadvantages using this method, but I'll be sharing all the original shots on Flickr anyway, if you want to have your own even more critical look.

I must say the differences between the four different smartphones don't completely blow me away, but there are noticable differences as you will see. I cropped two details around the center of the shot. You'll see the crops in "chronological order", with which I mean coming from the Nokia 808 PureView first, Lumia 1020 next, Lumia 1520 third and Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 last. First: the last sunlit appartments in the middle of the scene, directly behind the parc.




Once again, I notice a "yellowish" tint coming from the Nokia Lumia 1020 (second). Last picture (Panasonic) seems to give brightest colours and details, especially in the leaves on the trees, which are a bit hazy in all the other crops. As far as sharpness goes though, I think I'd prefer the general detail coming from both 41MP sensors - it's result is simply smoother. Nokia 808 PureView "wins" here.

To be sure, I chose another part of the scene to crop - again from the middle, but a bit darker: a few of the palm trees in the mddle of Parc de Juan Miró. Same order: Nokia 808, Lumia 1020, 1520 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1.




In my opinion, the Lumia 1520 ends last: noisy details - and remember I didn't even have to resize its result. Nokia 808 PureView and 1020 are quite similar, but again I'd have to choose the oldest device here. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 however, shows most detail, contrast and differences in colors and light this time, and it wins this round. Again, this is just my opinion, and I'm looking forward to read yours below (but please don't forget to have a look at all original files on Flickr - link below). 

I would have loved to be able to bring the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 as well, but Samsung insisted I'd send it back and I simply can't afford to buy every top of the bill smartcam. Since Samsung's manager in the Netherlands told me the camera on the Galaxy S6 will be even better, i can't wait for a longer time with a review sample. 

There are a few more shots I'd like to share from the Barcelona Las Arenas - a few nigtshots to be more precise. This is what the view looked later that evening, captured with the Nokia Lumia 1520 - I'm just thrilled about the atmosphere in this shot.

And remember the first view I shared from the tower, overlooking the Fira de Barcelona? This is one of my best nightshots I ever captured with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 - took me a few times to get it like this and I had to put the ISO to 400, but I think it's been worth it...

You'll find these shots on Flickr as well, but I'd like to share two crops from the last shot anyway:


Sure, details are noisy in the far distance, but remember it was pitchdark... I used ISO 400, 1/15 second and f/2.8(lowest on the CM1) to capture this one. I hope you'll enjoy the original - it's my desktop wallpaper at the moment :-) The last shot I'm going to share in this post is from the very same location, though now from street level, looking up. Another shot I captured with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1, still on ISO 400, again with 1/15 second.

You might be interested to see how I captured more or less the same shot with the Lumia 1520 as well... ISO 500, 1/17 sec and f/2.4

Not bad at all, but I do prefer the Lumix' result once more. It's all up to you though. You'll find all originals in a dedicated album on Flickr - again, I'm seriously looking forward to read your opinion. I a next post, I'll be sharing some more shots from Barcelona, coming from the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 and the Nokia Lumia 1520, which I actually used most since I've been quite impressed with Rich Capture in the latest version of Lumia Camera.

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