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.

PureView Drone Photography - by Peter Meijs

Recently, my PureView friend Peter Meijs hinted something about working with a drone to do some spectacular shooting with his Nokia 808 PureView. Of course, I contacted him directly to write a post about his experience.

Today  he sent me this - I think - no less than sensational post. I'm proud to share it here, at the PureViewClub. Everything you read below is written and captured by Peter Meijs (aka Pixel Peter on Flickr).

Choose your drone and your shop
Suppose you own a Nokia 808 PureView and want to do "drone photography" on a budget, here's how I did it. First I looked for a partner to share the adventure and to cut cost in half. I "conspired" with my photoclubfriend Peter van Doorne. He is always in for adventures and thinks perpendicular to my thinking so he is my ideal sparring partner.

Initially I looked for a DJI Phantom drone but Peter van Doorne suggested a Blade 350 QX. On the internet we found: "The Blade 350 QX quadcopter is a solid package for anyone looking to get into aerial videography. It does not pack the same punch as the DJI Phantom series of quadcopters, but at its price point, $478 for a RTF (Ready To Fly) version it offers a decent value at the entry-level market".

Peter van Doorne found a shop "Modelbouw Bloemendaal" with the Blade 350 QX instock. Bloemendaal is close by for us and the shop turned out to be a real specialist. The choise of a "physical" shop and not an "internet" shop proved to be important because we knew nothing about model airplanes and we had to ask many questions. But let's first see how our setup looks:

On a budget, but photos with high IQ
The Nokia 808 PureView weights 170 grams. Our goal was not to make videos but photos. We both want high quality photos be it that I go for "nature" and "people" and Peter van Doorne for "architecture" "garden" and "social".

I am rather experienced with the Nokia 808 PureView and I thought that the combination of low weight, big sensor, PureView technology and features should make the Nokia 808 PureView useful for drone photography. The results even surpassed our expectations.

The Blade 350 QX costs about half the price of a Phantom drone and an anti-vibration camera mount is included. That mount is based on rubber joints and has optimized dimensions for a GoPro camera. To this mount we fixed the Nokia 808 PV with rubber straps.

The Nokia 808 PV has no optical image stabilization but the rather basic rubber joint approach of the Blade mount proved to be sufficient. Our pictures show that a so called Gimbal construction (more axis gyroscope stabilization) that costs between $ 300 and 400 is not necessary. At least not for drone photography during daylight.

Next picture (from the manual) shows the details of the Blade camera mount.

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.