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Getting real close: Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy K Zoom

Now that we've seen that an optical zoom can be very practicle even on a device with not the very best camera specifications, let's see how close we can actually get - and what the differences are. With the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom, you can't use the optical zoom when you choose the "macro" setting. With the Nokia Lumia 1520 however, you can focus as close as possible and zoom in next.

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.

An old farm at the river. Nokia, Samsung, Sony, HTC, Oppo: 7 smartphones, 8 resolutions (3)

Here´s the third scene I captured a few days ago during a sunny day last week, when I was testing the Nokia 808 PureView, the Lumia 1020 and 1520, Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z2, HTC One M8 and Oppo Find 7a.

The Nokia will let you capture in three different resolutions, the Lumia 1020 and 1520 give you two with the same shot, you can shoot in two resolutions with Sony's Xperia Z2 and with the Oppo Find 7a. So in total I've been sharing thirteen shots from all devices.

You know the drill after the previous two posts I guess. First I show you the original scene - this time from the 5MP result coming from the Nokia Lumia 1520 (which I chose for no particular other reason than change :-).

2c Nokia Lumia 1520 River 5MP 640 x 360

In the next screenshots (again, they are resized to fit this post), I'll be "closing in" on the old farm on the other side of the river. From HTC's 4MP up to Oppo's 37MP (in 16:9 aspect ratio). At least it's interesting to see there are many different shades of blue in these results :-)

An ancient castle. Nokia, Samsung, Sony, HTC, Oppo: seven smartphones, eight resolutions (2)

As you may already have read, a few days ago I've been testing the Nokia 808 PureView, the Lumia 1020 and 1520, Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z2, HTC One M8 and Oppo Find 7a. With each device I took several shots, when possible in different resolutions, so I ended up with way more than a hundred shots to select from. From all those shots I selected the very best.

First scene was from a bar in  new restaurant in an ancient fort in the small city of Muiden. This time you'll see the majestic outlook on the Muiderslot, an ancient castle that dates back to the 13th (!) century (check the link). It was a very sunny day, so the light was bright and constant (not hindered by any clouds that is, which is a bit of a rarity in The Netherlands).

Like the last time, I'll show you one resized shot of the scene itself first, then I'll "zoom in" to see how much detail you will get from the different reslutions. This is the Nokia 808 PureView's 8MP result (resized to fit this post of course).

3a Nokia 808 PureView Muidersslot 8.3MP 640 x 360

I do realize there is a lot more to be said about coloring etc (there are some huge differences in the way the old bricks and the blue sky is represented), but I'm focusing on resolutions in this test first.

Like I wrote in the previous post, it ranges from 4MP in the HTC One M8 all the way up to the artificial 37MP in the Oppo Find 7a. Not the full 50MP resolution since I 'm shooting in 16:9 and "artificial" since there is no 50MP sensor in the device - it combines four 13MP shots.

Here's the full range (screenshot from my laptop) in the order I'm going to present them to you.

Nokia, Samsung, Sony, HTC, Oppo: 3 scenes, 7 smartphones, 8 resolutions (part 1)

Luckily I had a few hours off yesterday afternoon and the weather was great, so I tried to find some interesting scenes to capture with no less than seven (!) smartphones. I was travelling with the Nokia 808 PureView, the Lumia 1020 and 1520, Samsung Galaxy S5 (still don't have the K Zoom to test), Sony Xperia Z2, HTC One M8 and Oppo Find 7a. With each I took several shots, when possible in different resolutions, so I ended with way more than a hundred shots to select from.

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