Churches in Münster, with Nokia Lumia 1020, Lumia 1520 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3

This is going to be a bit of a lengthy comparison I'm afraid... This weekend I visited the beautiful city of Münster in Germany, where a friend of mine showed me around in several of its old churches - and those belong to my favorite subjects. I made dozens of shots of course, not only with the Nokia Lumia 1020 and 1520, but also with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

You may know I like to use different smartphones on different platforms - so I use Symbian (still), Windows Phone and Android. I've been hearing some very enthusiastic stories about the imaging qualities of the Galaxy Note 3, but up until this weekend, I didn't really have time to put it up to the current Kings of Imaging.

Being with a friend, I didn't bring more than three smartphones to compare, so no, you won't find any 808 PureView shots in this article, I'm sorry (something's gotta give). But I hope you'll find this comparison interesting nevertheless, although it will prove what we all probably already suspected.

Focal length.
The focal length is exactly the same with the Lumia 1020 and 1520 (as far as I can see that is), whereas to get the same image, I always need to take about two steps back when using the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. That's not much of a problem in itself, unless there simply is no room to take a step back.

In the first example, I was on my knees to capture as much as possible of the entrance of this church. Below, you'll see the resized version of the Nokia Lumia 1020's 5MP shot.

Nokia Lumia 1020 - Church Entrance - 5MP

The resized version of the Lumia 1520 5MP shot looks very similar, so I'll just share the resized 9.6MP shot from the Galaxy Note 3 next.

Samsung Galaxy Note - Church Entrance - 9.6 MP

To get the exact same image with the Galaxy Note 3, I would have had to lie down on my back, which is not just cold but also unpracticle and well, kinda funny.

The Road Ahead - welcome to 2014!

Here's the first shot Detko Dave captured this year with his Nokia Lumia 1020. He shared it on Twitter and on his photostream on Flickr. That's where I got the bigger version of his great shot I simply called The Road Ahead (and yes, I know that's a book written by Bill Gates :-). There's not much more to add than this shot was just begging to be shared at the PureViewClub as well!

Night shots at ISO 100 with the Nokia 808 PureView, Lumia 1020 and Lumia 1520

Returning from work late in the evening a few days ago, I came across a scene that was really begging to be captured: a big brightly lit kitchen warehouse in my home town.

I remembered the advise to put my camera on 100 ISO for as less possible noise in the shot, so that's what I did with the Nokia 808 PureView, the Lumia 1020 and 1520.

I've been trying to find the time to "analyze" the shots myself - zoom in to 100% and make crops or screenshots like I always do, (you know the drill) - but I simply haven't found the time, and it looks like I'll be too busy for the next few days as well, so I will just share these results "as is".

You'll find the resized shots here, you will find all results in a dedicated set on Flickr. I needed to make two shots with the Nokia 808 PureView to get both the high and PureView resolution, but afterwards the 8MP shot appeared to be unsusable, so you'll only find the 34MP version on Flickr (sorry about that).

I chose to for 5MP/34MP on the Lumia 1520, for a fair comparison with the current Lumia 1020 (still not being on "Black" that is). I will capture some more raw .DNG shots with the Lumia 1520 in the near future for those interested to work with them, I promiss.

Hover your mouse over the shots to see which phone was used, click on the shot to see the original on Flickr. Hope you'll enjoy having a closer look at these results yourself, and don't hesitate to let me know what you think of these results! :-)

Nokia 808 PureView 34MP

Nokia Lumia 1020