Ladies and gentlemen... The Nokia Lumia 930: 20MP Carl Zeiss PureView in a great design!

It is exactly two years and five days ago that I was incredibly proud to write " ladies and gentlemen... we got him". Back then, it was the first commercial sample of the Nokia 808 PureView - and I was the very first blogger on the planet (!) to get my hands on it.

This might be a bit less exclusive (lots has been written about the Lumia Icon already, which is basically the same device) and it's "just" a prototype, but still, today I was extremely happy to receive the Nokia Lumia 930.

Being a prototype however, it still ran on Windows Phone 8, so I installed the Developers' Preview to enjoy many of the benifits we may expect after Windows Phone 8.1 (Cyan) is officially released.

This post is about its design mainly. You'll see it captured in close-up with the Nokia 808 PureView, alone and with his two important predecessors: the Nokia Lumia 1020 and Lumia 1520.

The 1020 has a more or less similar size but completely different hardware and design. The 1520 has a completely different design but very similar hardware.

Since I'm from the Netherlands, my contact thought it would be a nice idea to send me an orange version, which makes for a nice contrast with the yellow Lumia 1520.


I'm not 100% sure about this, but you see the lens looks a lot smaller on the Lumia 930 than on the 1520. As far as I've been able to check, the specifications are exactly the same however: both have a 20 MP sensor, 4992 х 3744 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, optical image stabilization, autofocus and dual-LED flash.

Now the screen size is of course the most noticeble difference - and the difference between 5 inch and 6 inch is immense. Here's a bigger picture with both PureView devices combined to get you an idea of the exact difference in size.


See what I mean? Remember the Lumia 930 has the same full HD resolution as the Lumia 1520, so on its smaller 5 inch screen your content (shots, videos, apps) looks even sharper - in fact it's 441 PPI, where the Lumia 1520 has 367 (which is still a joy to look at!).

Now even if just for fun let's have a look at the three Lumia sensors before I start piling them up. Here's the Lumia 1020, 1520 and 930. Most striking difference of course is the sensor size and the Xenon flash on the Lumia 1020, which both the 1520 and 930 must do without.

Scenes from Crete (final) – Nokia 808 PureView, Lumia 1020 and Samsung Galaxy S5

This weekend appeared to be a great time to share the shots I captured during my stay in Crete - this is the last part of what has become a much longer series than I planned to post, also inspired by your enthusiasm - thanks for that! :-)

I'll start this last post with a few close-ups at the coast. First a detailed shot from a shipwreck that's been lying around at the Malia coast for years now - I know that since this is my fourth visit to the region. If you like this shot...

WP_20140426_17_08_28_Pro'll probably like the result I shared on Nokia Refocus even more... :-)

While I'm at it, let me ask a question to my readers at the Refocus Team. I'd love to have my own corner over at Nokia Refocus or whatever name you will give it soon - Microsoft Refocus? Just like I have on Flickr and Instagram for instance. So it would have to be something like

Can we have that please? The only way I can find my earlier Refocus results is checking my own posts about it (not often enough), look for them in my Twitter timeline (cumbersome) or see them on my Lumia device (and those will be gone as soon as I start using another Lumia). So please: make that possible - thank you very much :-)

Let's have a look at a few from the close-ups I got from the Nokia 808 PureView at the same beach. What you see below are close-ups taken a full resolution. First, a typical stone formation of lava that ended in sea thousands of years ago...

Scenes from Crete (3) – captured with the Nokia 808 PureView, Lumia 1020 and Lumia 1520

So here it is, my third post with shots from Crete - mostly captured with the Nokia 808 PureView and the Lumia 1020. I did make quite a few shots with the Samsung Galaxy S5 too, for panoramas (which I will share on Flickr later), to test its HDR results, and to capture the family (pics I don't share here at the club).

In this post you'll see a few shots I took with the Nokia Lumia 1520 as well. Did I bring four phones to Crete? Yes, afraid I did - but I didn't bring them all four on my daily trips of course. Nevertheless there are two shots I'd like to share from the 1520. The first one was taken at the pool...


Also, do you remember the first shot I shared in these series? Well, I found it on the Lumia 1520 as well:


In fact it's more realistic than the full res result I shared from the 808 PureView (which not only had ND filter on but also its flash for some reason - so basically that was my doing).

Here's another scene from that same beach, captured with the Nokia 808 PureView.


Scenes from Crete (2) - captured with the Nokia 808 PureView and Lumia 1020 (Elounda)

I already explained in my previous post I didn't just want to go through the process of pixel peeping which has become quite normal here at the Club. I feel it doesn't do justice to the great fun I had making these shots during my week in Crete. So I'll just share the shots like others do on Facebook, although I do add a few crops and comparisons where I think they're interesting.

In this second post you'll see some more from the Nokia 808 PureView and Lumia 1020 - in the next post I hope to add some results from the Samsung Galaxy S5 as well.

All the shots are captured in  Elounda, the charming place at the East side of Crete. It looks like it's "well to do", a place florishing from the tourist industry without sacrificing itself to it (like Hernossisos).

Elounda has a typical Greek, charming harbour from which I could share shots like forever - I killed quite a few darlings to come to the collection you'll see in this post - the first one is from the Nokia Lumia 1020.


I have some more shots of course, but let's go in town first. There a beautiful and actually pretty big church a few steps from the harbour. I have know idea what the flowers are called surrounding it - maybe you do. It's the Nokia Lumia 1020 once more.


And of course, there were bees there, too.


I'm pretty sure you want to see the crop from the 34MP original, too :-) - also in 640 x 480 pixels.

Scenes from Crete (1) - captured with the Nokia 808 PureView and Lumia 1020

I've been making a selection from dozens and dozens of shots I captured during my week on Crete. I used the Nokia 808 PureView more than a long time (thanks to all of you encouraging me to do so again) - mostly in full resolution and with ND filter on. I used the Nokia Lumia 1020 a whole lot, too (34MP/5MP). And I did some occasional shooting with the Samsung Galaxy S5 as well.

Of course, I made some comparisons, and I've been cropping some of the results, but it just didn't feel right to do only that - it didn't do justice at all to the fun I had capturing these scenes. So this post isn't just about comparing, it's about the joy of using your mobile camera and sharing the results after having a great trip.

It's what most people do on Facebook, I know, but I'll share some more with you than just the shots - like some crops, and all the original files on Flickr. For new visitors it might be good to mention I didn't use a DSLR at all: everything you see was captured using the phones I mentioned. In fact, I haven't even owned a DSLR for years now, nor do I plan to by one ever again.

Here we go, it's a more or less random selection of shots. The first one is from the Nokia 808 PureView - white balance on sunny, ND filter on, and for some reason I still had the flash turned on. Maybe that's the reason the colors came out so well.


As you may notice the parasols haven't even been set up although the sun was out that day - and although the air temperature may be fresh, the sun is already seriously burning by the end of April.

We came to Crete one week too early in fact, most villages and beaches were more or less deserted and the local Greek hotels and restaurants were slowly preparing for mass tourism that will start in the month of May.

Here's what the coast at the town of Stalida looks like on an early season day like that, captured with the Nokia Lumia 1020


Detail in this shot is lovely by the way - check the crop of the stones in the foreground in the 5MP result