Not just another nightshot

For my work, I'm at the North Sea Jazz Festival once again (first time was in 1991 I might add, saw Miles Davis' very last concert there, a memory I'm quite fond of). Because of what I do (editing concert recordings for our radioshow at Radio 6 Soul & Jazz, you might want to tune in later today, the next broadcast starts in about an hour :-). 

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.

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.

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom vs Nokia PureView (1)

Again, I've dozens of shots to compare and even after "killing my darlings" they won't fit into one post. Moreover, I have many more shots to make since I can only use the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom for a few more days :-/

I'll write a longer review of the Galaxy K Zoom later, but let me describe what's it like to work with the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom in the first place? Well: it sure is fun. The display has 4.8 inches and it's a Super AMOLED, so colors are lovely. Resolution is 720 x 1080 pixels, which of course will give you a pretty sharp (306 PPI) image as well, although it isn't Full HD as on the Galaxy S5 (432 PPI).

Nokia 808 PureView and Samsung Galaxy K ZoomAnd although the device is pretty big - a bit like a full-grown Nokia 808 PureView - it's amazing how Samsung managed to get a 10x optical zoom in there. Your lens is always protected when you're not using the camera, it opens remarkably fast, there's an impressive amount of different settings to choose from and if you like to get closer to your subject it's close to impossible to beat an optical zoom.

There's a lot more to write about it of course, but I'll save that for my review later. First two scenes I captured with it and with several of Nokia's PureView devices. First the (inevitable) flowers in the sun. Flowers because they always make for a nice colorful shot and offer great detail to compare.