The Nokia Lumia 1520 in Amsterdam: day and night shots - and Storyteller

Just a few shots I want to share from my long walk in Amsterdam a few days back, shots I captured with the Nokia Lumia 1520. It really is a joy to work with, I think the camera performs very well and the screen... well, the screen really leaves you breathless sometimes.

The first few afternoon hours the light was brilliant - the sun was low, the air dry and crisp as you often see when it's (just about) freezing. I shared quite a few shots on Twitter already (lots from the 1020), but the Lumia 1520 being the new guy in town, I wanted to dedicate a post to the results I got from it as well.

Moreover, Nokia introduces "Nokia Storyteller" on the Lumia 1520. Watching your shots in this application, when you zoom out it will show you exactly where the shot was made, as you will see in a few screenshots I made.

The first shot for example, was made on the Geldersekade, near the Central Station. In the back of the shot, behind the ship, you will see the 15th (!) century " Schreierstoren". I think the dynamic range of the shot is pretty good, showing details of what's in the darker areas.

Nokia Lumia 1520 - 1- Geldersekade AmsterdamAnd here's how you can more or less exactly see where I took the shot: wp_ss_20131213_0001Next, the view from the "Sint Antoniesluis" - again, the camera is showing off it's capacity to handle dark and bright light in one shot (and note there aren't only seagulls in the blue sky :-)

An empty pedestrian bridge, captured with three Nokia camera phones

You need a bit of patience to capture a scene like this, but it was quite early so now too crowded yet. In this post you'll find shots from a pedestrian bridge near where I work. It's pretty long, crosses two railroad tracks and a busy road. With me, I had the Nokia 808 PureView, the Lumia 1020 and Lumia 1520. I made shots in different formats and resolutions, and for comparison I chose the most similar ones.

Light conditions were quite terrible because of a dark sky about to rain. From the shots I chose the results with flash - but I didn't get the chance to make the same shot with flash on the Lumia 1520 after a few dozens of people left their train to go to work, so you'll have to forgive me for that. With the Lumia 1520 I did make a raw .DNG version as well, and asked Pixel Peter if he would have the time to work with them.

In this post you will see the resized shots, and the result Peter got from the .DNG files. First the high res and 5MP shots. Hover with your mouse over the shot to see which smartphone you're looking at, click on it to see the original on Flickr.

Nokia 808 PureView 5MP flash

Nokia Lumia 1520: .JPG and .DNG shots analyzed and compared

On one of the first days I had the Nokia Lumia 1520 with me, of course I wanted to make some shots with it and with some other smartphone cameras. It was another typical dull autumn morning in The Netherlands - somewhere between light and dark grey, like the clouds were not sure if they were going to rain or not.

I went to work on my bike and brought the Lumia 1520, Lumia 1020, 808 PureView and even the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. With those devices, I made quite a few shots from exactly the same scene - a tiny "beach bar" near a small lake. I captured it in the several resolutions available on these smartphones, but with everything else on "auto".

So suddenly, I had 45 (>500MB of) shots and no time to compare them - not a clue either still, how to work with the raw .DNG shots in a clever way, since this is all new to me (and I'm sure I'm not the only "fanatic mobile photographer" to learn about this :-).

So I asked our PureViewClub member Peter Meijs, aka Pixel Peter, to see what he could get out of all these shots. Everything you will read below was written by Pixel Peter (thank you, Peter! :-)

About the files
Marc sent me a bunch of pictures taken with his 808 PV, Lumia 1020 and the phablets Lumia 1520 and even the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Of course with the Lunia 1520 he also captured full resolution 20 MP raw-dng pictures.

Strictly speaking I should call these 20 MP pictures dng files because they contain digital data from the sensor and no pixels. As far as things stand now you can only work with dng files on your PC or Mac. You have to copy your dng files to your computer and (on a PC) in Windows Explorer this is what you see. 

All pictures below can be seen full screen by clicking on them, they will open in a seperate window.

No Codec The dng files are only visible as icons and not as picture thumbnails. Normally this is no problem because right after the icon the thumbnail of the 5MP picture is displayed.

But when you copy all you dng files to a separate map you only see icons and you are lost. But there is a solution, you can download a free codec from Adobe's site.

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs Lumia 1520 (1)

Here's the first comparison I promised between the results I got from the Nokia Lumia 1020 and the Lumia 1520. In fact, they're hardly comparable, since the Lumia 1520 is already running on "Black" and the 1020 still on "Amber".

Going to "Black" means a major change in imaging software algorythms, so in fact, the most interesting thing here is that we'll be able to "predict" what we can expect of the Lumia 1020 early next year (the sooner the better). And I can already tell you it will be extremely exciting, just judging from what I got from the 5MP results of both.

Why only the 5MP results? Well... I'm not familiar enough with software like Lightroom to work on the raw .DNG result from the Lumia 1520, and compare that to the high resolution result from the Lumia 1020 - and that wouldn't be a fair comparison either. So we'll have to wait for a few months to compare the raw results of both I guess.

What I can already tell you though, is that in the 5MP shots of both, detail appears to be better with the Lumia 1020, whereas colour appears more natural (less "amber") with the Lumia 1520. I have several shots to prove this, and I'm going to share them all in this post. You know the drill by now - you'll find all in a dedicated set on Flickr as well :-)

I  have three scenes and several crops. First I'll just share two resizes shots from empty chairs in a train - here you will see a major difference in colour - and I'm dead sure you can tell which shot was captured with the Lumia 1020 (to confirm, hover you mouse over the shots).

Train - Nokia Lumia 1020 - 5MP Train - Nokia Lumia 1520 - 5MP

Mind you, all settings are on auto with both devices, and the the lighting conditions are absolutely identical. Next, one more example of the same effect, now in a night shot at the train station in the Dutch city of Haarlem. Again, I think there will be no doubt which one is the Lumia 1020.