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