Yesterday was one of those typical sunny / cloudy days in The Netherlands. And I happened to be close to another typical Dutch scene: a windmill. But before showing you the shots and crops I got from the Nokia 808 PureView, Lumia 1020 and Lumia 930, Samsung Galaxy S5 and Oppo Find 7A, I'd like to touch on another theme.
On other sites I often read people reacting "mobile cameras are only good for snapshots". Others wonder what all these MegaPixels are worth - "you're not ever going to decorate your living room wall with one of your shots, are you?"
Well, no-one is I guess. But remember the VGA (640 x 480 pixels ) shot printed on A4 paper? You could recognize what it was, but that's it. Since the 5MP mobile camera, like on the Nokia N95, printing on A4 became a serious possibility. I have some great family shots in my home captured with the N95.
The higher the resolution, the more details you'll see or get to work with. It will enable you to make sharper printed results, or bigger prints with great quality. And it will provide you with the possibility to zoom in (and crop) your shots before sharing or printing.
So that's why I keep zooming in at 100% and keep making crops - just to compare which mobile will give you the best detailed result. It's not just about sharing your shots on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or wherever - it's a search for the very best imaging quality you can get out of your smartphone.
Most visitors here know all this of course, I just felt I needed to explain it once more, since I'll be sharing a lot of shots and crops in this post (and the future :-)
Back to the Dutch windmill. I grew up next to this mill, saw it working countless times. But you know what it's like when you're young: you get used to anything and think it's normal. Only later you'll realize it's pretty special, especially to others.
I captured it with five smartphones: three Nokia PureView devices (808, 1020, 930), the new Samsung Galaxy S5 and even newer Oppo Find 7A (the Find 7 isn't even on the market yet and like I wrote before, the camera is the same on both).
Let's start with one of the 5MP results, from the Lumia 1020. Just to make sure: this is just an order I chose to present these shots, I'm not suggesting they will get better the more MP you'll see. The first presentation of these shots is not about MP, but about coloring.
In the shot coming from the Lumia 930, you'll see the light is quite different, thanks to the sun peeping through the clouds. In fact - just my luck - it was only with the Lumia 1020 that I captured the windmill in the shade (the inevitable odd one out).