Getting real close: Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy K Zoom

Now that we've seen that an optical zoom can be very practicle even on a device with not the very best camera specifications, let's see how close we can actually get - and what the differences are. With the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom, you can't use the optical zoom when you choose the "macro" setting. With the Nokia Lumia 1520 however, you can focus as close as possible and zoom in next.

Zooming in on a "flying" motorbike - Samsung Galaxy K Zoom vs Nokia Lumia's PureView

Another very short post, sharing a funny scene I saw in my hometown - a motorbike on a high statue: something nice to zoom into. Now of course, the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom has the obvious advantage here. Still, what can you expect from your Lumia 1020 and Lumia 1520? How close can you get?

In this post I'll share the zoomed results from all devices - but to show you far the distance was, here's a resized version of the 34MP original I got from the Lumia 1020.

Nokia Lumia 1020 34MP 1With the Nokia Lumia 1520 - its 20MP (19MP in 16:9) you can zoom in this far.

Lumia 1520 5MPAs you probably know, with PureView you zoom in on the sensor. You'll loose "oversampling" the more you zoom in, but you'll get the true image - there is no digital zoom. And since the Lumia 1020 has a much bigger sensor, you can zoom in quite a bit closer. You might not have been aware of that, and here's the proof.

A lovely hollyhock in the morning sun - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy K Zoom

Just a very short post - one flower I captured this morning on my way to work, more or less close-up with the the Nokia Lumia 1520 and the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom (not using the optical zoom). Similar sensors (20MP vs 19MP), all settings on auto, although the early morning sun was very bright, so I put both devices on -3 exposure value.

First: here are the resized versions. Most important is the difference in color. Nokia Lumia 1520 first, Samsung Galaxy K Zoom second.

Rose - Nokia Lumia 1520 19MP Rose - Samsung Galaxy K ZoomQuite frankly, I think the Lumia 1520 does reproduce the best colors - although red is always very hard to capture for some reason. Again, the K Zoom produces a bit lighter result. It can be quite handy in less favorable circumstances, but it does have some disadvantages as I will show in a future post.

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom vs Nokia PureView (2)

Here we go again, a few of many more comparisons to come between the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom versus several of Nokia's PureView devices. Maybe you'd like to know how it compares to for instance the Xperia Z2, but I had to send that back already (moreover, I can't keep carrying more than seven smartphones everyday :-).

First, I'd like to pick up where I left the previous post, the shot from the patform at the small train station - this is how I captured it with the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom.

9 Samsung Galaxy Zoom 20MP

Now in this case, I won't be zooming in with the K Zoom (it's obvious forte) - I just want to see how the several devices perform without using any zoom. For this, I made a crop of the rooftop that was lit by the evening sun.

First, I'll show you the crops from the most similar sensors: that of the K Zoom (first 20MP) and the Nokia Lumia 1520 (second, 19MP). Keep in mind the Lumia isn't profiting from any "PureView" (oversampling) technique here.