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Three PureView Nokia's versus the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Sony Xperia Z1 Compact (1)

The shop attendant quietly asked me what I was doing. He saw me shooting inside the enormous decoration store, filled with with flowers, plants and all kind of home decoration and furniture. I was working with no less than five different smartphones.

Much to my surprise, he was okay with it after I explained I run a blog about smartphone photography - "next time, just let us know, we'll give you something to wear so you won't be bothered anymore". Amazing.

Nokia Lumia 1020 - Vases 38MP

Circumstances are close to ideal in a huge store like that, especially when there are not too many customers. It's light, but always dry (and warm). There is no wind. There's tons of stuff to see - it may not always be what it's like in real life (it's all gorgeous and clean), but it will give you lots of details to capture.

Nokia 808 PureView vs Lumia 1020 vs 1520

I haven't been able to post or shoot much in the last days as you may have noticed. Some club visitors have been urging me to come up with a new PureView comparison, and you know I''ll try to oblige whenever I can.

I was in a small Dutch town called Veenendaal for the weekend, the place where I grew up all too long ago. I still visit my mother there often, as you may have seen in several posts about the flowers in her garden.

During a short walk in the sun this afternoon, I managed to make a few shots with the Nokia 808 PureView, Lumia 1020 and 1520. Actually, I'm not sure it this comparison is very detailed, quite limited or both, but I'll share all the shots with you anyway.

The scenes you will see are from a big white 1906 church (I always seem to capture churches, although I'm not much of a religious person myself) and of some red berries, growing on a white wall once more. These were just the best scenes I saw during that short walk - I know it's not brilliant or anything, but I hope it makes for an interesting comparison.

I won't share all the shots in this post though, just a few resized ones and a few 100% screenshots. You will find all the different shots in a dedicated folder on SkyDrive. All settings were on "auto" on all devices (more about that below).

First the big white Church in the center of Veenendaal, in more or less chonological order: the Nokia 808 PureView, the Lumia 1020 and 1520, both on Black of course. What you see is the resized version of the 8MP shot from the 808 PureView, and the 5MP shots from both Lumias.

Hover your mouse over the shot to see which camera was used, click on the shot to see the Pureview result on Flickr.

Church Veenendaal - Nokia 808 PureView - 8MP

Church Veenendaal - Nokia Lumia 1020 - 5MP b

Church Veenendaal - Nokia Lumia 1520 - 5MP 2

There is a slight color difference, but I don't see anything to complain about here.

Lumia 1020 and 1520 "Black" including .DNG vs Nokia 808 PureView 8MP and full resolution

Yesterday evening I published a lot of shots comparing the difference in white balance (auto vs sunny) on a large off-white building, showing the Nokia Lumia 1020 still seems to "suffer" from the yellowish tint it already had on Amber. Today I added some shots I captured before the update to Lumia Black, of the same effect on a lovely cat.

In the first post many of you asked for the raw .DNG files, which I didn´t have from the building (sorry bout that!). I couldn't have made the raw .DNG when I was capturing the cat in Münster, since the Lumia 1020 was still on Amber. Yesterday however, I spent hours walking around an making almost 200 shots with all three devices.

I fooled around with the settings a bit too often during the day, so I don't have all shots on the Lumia 1020 and 1520 in raw .DNG, but I have quite a few I must say: in this post you'll find the (resized) 5MP results of no less than 13 shots in took in raw .DNG as well, and several shots from the Nokia 808 PureView in full res and 8MP "PureView" resolution.

Mind you it's a fantastic advantage that with the Lumia's you don't have to change the settings to get different restolutions at the exact same time!

I'll write it again: the lighting wasn't easy. The day started really dull and grey, later the sky turned blue but with some heavy clouds. In some cases I simply wasn't fast enough to capture the same subject in the exact same light. That can be quite deceiving of course, so I do hope you will take that into account before jumping to conclusions (please). In quite some cases I didn't manage to get the same shot on all different (6) resolutions.

I will show you the subjects in alphabetical order, grouped as Nokia 808 PureView, Lumia 1020 and Lumia 1520 (in most cases, that is). From the Nokia 808 PureView however, I will choose either the resized 8MP or 34MP result, depending on the lighting (it changed so fast I sometimes didn't even have time to change the settings on the 808, and you know how fast that can be done).

In two cases ("house" and "tree hut"), you might discover the 808 is on -3 exposure. Sorry about that, there are just too many settings sometimes I guess. In all other shots, everything else is on automatic and no flash was used. You will find all shots on Flickr and the raw .DNG files als on SkyDrive in the folder called Hilversum Saturday Shots.

Hover your mouse of the shots to see which camera result you're looking at. Here we go - there are 21 shots in total here, I really hope you will enjoy the ride :-)

Cafe - Nokia 808 PureView - cafe - 38MP

Cafe - Nokia Lumia 1020 - cafe - 5MP

Cafe - Nokia Lumia 1520 - cafe - 5MP

White balance on Lumia 1020 and 1520 "Black" (compared with the Nokia 808 PureView)

This afternoon I was in my home town Hilversum in the Netherlands, and I made almost 200 shots with the Nokia Lumia 1020, Lumia 1520 and the good old Nokia 808 Pureview. I was outside, so I have to explain a bit about the weather - it finally was sunny as I hoped, but with many clouds and it was quite windy as well. Why is that interesting?

It just means that the lighting in your shots will be extremely different within only a few seconds. Great for shooting shots at the right moment, not so great for making shots of the same object over a longer period of time. I still have to select the shots I think are really comparable, since I know you guys (and girls?) out here are really (like: really) picky about PureView imaging quality and differences.

Anyway, near the end of the afternoon the sun was out for a longer time, and I suddenly noticed this large sunlit building with a giant tree in front of it, projecting its impressive shadow. Let me start by stressing the bricks of this building aren't white.  They are lightgrey, or off-white - I'm not sure what to call the colour, but I'm quite sure you know what I mean.

The building was lit by the low winter sun, but it wasn't "golden hour" yet - the light wasn't "golden": it was just, well: bright. So it suddenly seemed perfect to test what the white balance settings do on the Lumia 1020, the Lumia 1520 - cpmpared to the Nokia 808 PureView, which represents the standard to many.

The shots you will see in this post are the resized versions of the "highres" results - so 34MP on the Nokia Lumia 1020 and 16MP on the Lumia 1020. As far as the colours are concerned, there are no differences between the high-res and the 5MP results. The Nokia 808 PureView however was on 8MP PureView (I didn't make the same series on full resolution).

You'll first see all three results from these smartphone cameras on auto, next all three on "sunny". I'll share them "chronologically" once again, so 808 PureView, Lumia 1020, Lumia 1520. And you'll see some remarkable differences...

White balance "auto"

Nokia 808 PureView - white balance comparison - auto

Comparison: Nokia Lumia 1020 / 1520 on Black vs Nokia 808 PureView vs Sony DSC-QX100

What an exciting evening this has been! As predicted, Nokia and Microsoft  pushed the Black update for the Lumia 1020 and 925 in several countries (see the previous link for availibility planning).

I was extremely lucky to be one of the very first to download the update, directly after Nokia announced about it (I have a history of having to wait for updates for weeks, so thank you Nokia :-)

After being able to bring the good news myself here at the club, of course I simply had to test the new camera software - not just for its better colors, but also being able to capture shots in raw .DNG like on the Nokia Lumia 1520.

But also today, I received a review sample of the Sony QX100. And although that is an "add on" (and not a smartphone camera) I'm quite sure you're looking forward to how that performs in comparison.

It was already evening over here, so I had to set a few things up under the kitchen lamp (I'm not kidding, I don't have a studio of any kind). I chose for some porcelain, my daughter's paintbox and some plastic flowers. I know it's not very ambitious, but at least it will give us something to work with.

It's quite late here after taking these shots, so I will give you the results as they are, without cropping into all these shots. You're able to look into detail yourself since you'll find all originals on Flickr - and all the Lumia's raw .DNG results on SkyDrive.

I will share all these shots in "chronological order" (more or less), so first the "oldest" Nokia 808 PureView, next the Nokia Lumia 1020, third the Lumia 1520 and finally the most recent Sony QX100.

Nokia 808 PureView - Porcelain 2

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