Miniature comparison (2) – Nokia Lumia 1020, Nokia 808 PureView and Sony Xperia Z1

On a short trip to Nijmegen, the oldest city in The Netherlands, I made a few shots with the Nokia Lumia 1020, 808 Pure'View and Sony's Xperia Z1. Here's the first of three short comparisons, beginning with the view from the old "Stevenskerk", which was rebuild after being demolished be a bombardement (by the allies) in 1944 (for more information on Nijmegen see Wikipedia).

To begin with, here are the resized views from all three devices, click on the shots to see them on Flickr. Nokia 808 PureView first (34MP)

Nokia 808 PureView Church 34 MP

Next, the resized shot from the Nokia Lumia 1020 (5MP PureView). You'll find the high res here.

Miniature comparison (1) - Nokia Lumia 1020 vs Nokia 808 PureView

Update: I decided to remove the results of the Sony Xperia Z1 today, since I feel I didn't do it justice. I discovered the lens of the Xperia Z wasn't competely clean - more on that in a later post.

Moreover, it seems I (or it) focussed on a different part than the part I chose "to crop". I'm sorry - I'm only human, but I'd rather correct the mistake than live with it. This mini comparison is now about both PureView Nokia's. To be continued.

Still pressed for time, I've decided to share some more "miniature comparisons" - not an almost endless amount of shots, but just one "study" so to say, captured with different smartphone cameras - the ones I have with me :-)

Yesterday I was waiting for a train and my eye caught a concrete wall, part of a large whatever it was (I wouldn't even know the word for it in my own language).

The train was still a few minutes away, so I made a few shots: 8MP and full res 38MP with the Nokia 808 PureView, the "automatic" 5MP and 38MP with the Nokia Lumia 1020.

I resized the shots, I made crops, resized some of those to fit this post, and you'll find  all the originals shots in a dedicated set on Flickr, as you are used to. I must say I was quite surprised by the results.

First, all uncompressed versions: the Nokia 808 PureView 38MP result (resized of course)

Nokia 808 PureView 38MP

Next, the Nokia Lumia 1020, 38MP, so no oversampling

Nokia Lumia 1020 38MP

As we are used to by now, the Lumia 1020 gives a bit more of an "amber" tint, whereas the 808 PureView appears to be quite cold. But the Lumia 1020 seems to show much more detail, so let's have a look at some of the crops (after the break)

One fruit bowl, five smartphones cameras: the indoor “flash” vs no flash test shot comparison

When you're a regular visitor of the PureViewClub, no doubt you'll enjoythe very detailed comments by "bigs" as much as I have. I think on every photo comparison I published, he gave some were useful, valuable and - most important I think - impartial feedback.

Since he is just as unbiased as I try to be, and since I was pressed for time, I asked him to help me out writing an analysis of some shots I made of a classic bowl of fruit, shot in the afternoon in the LED lights in my kitchen. So the shots are mine, the analysis comes from my other end of the world, from Christchurch, New Zealand.

By Bigley Ling

The Contestants (in alphabetical order)
- The formidable nemesis, the LG G2
- Precursor Nokia 808 PureView, father of the next generation 1020.
- The Current Nokia Flagship, Nokia  Lumia 1020
- A camera centric Samsung S4zoom
- The new Sony Xperia Z1 which is meant to take out the competition.

We start as usual by showing you the overall images captured by the various phones. You know the drill: hover over the shot to see which phone was used, click on it to go the original in the dedicated set on Flickr.

Fruit - LG G2

Read the full story after the break!

In the morning sun - comparing five (!) smartphone cameras (part 4)

In my previous three posts I've been comparing the Nokia 808 PureView, Lumia 1020, LG G2, Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom and Sony Xperia Z1 in detailed nearby shots and close-ups of flowers and some other small objects.

On my way to work this morning I took some time to make a lot of much wider shots outside at the old Hilversum City Hall, now a  small Museum. It was in the bright morning sunlight (no clouds to be seen even) so I could be sure the light conditions would be absolutely the same. Interesting is the contrast in all shots, provided by the shade of the trees.

You'll find all the resized original shots below, I'll share all of the crops I made and also some interesting screenshots. And of course, I'll let you look into detail at all shots in a dedicated set on Flickr.

All shots were made in 4:3 format. I put the Nokia 808 PureView on 5MP, 8MP and 38MP. The LG G2 uses 13MP, the Galaxy S4 Zoom 16MP and the Xperia Z1 its full 20MP. All settings are on automatic - I had no reason to adjust the exposure value for instance, I checked.

All 24 originals shots and crops are on Flickr. Hover your mouse over the shot, you'll see from which camera it came. When you click on a shot, it will take you to the original as well. Here we go, I hope you will enjoy the ride.

First, you´ll see the two 5MP results (from the 808 and 1020).

1 Hilversum Nokia 808 PureView 5MP

2 Hilversum Lumia 1020 5MP

After the break, you'll see all the other shots: LG G2 (13MP), Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom (16MP), Sony Xperia Z1 (20MP) and both 38MP shots from the Nokia 808 PureView and Lumia 1020.

A wooden duck and a spider - comparing no less than 5 (!) smartphone cameras (part 3)

In this post you'll find the last crops from two shots  I'll share from my mother's garden - no more flowers (what a relief that must be to some! :-) but just from a wooden duck and a nasty looking but harmless spider (the kind we always see here during the start of autumn).

Please see my previous post for earlier comparisons of the Nokia 808 PureView, Lumia 1020, Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, Sony Xperia Z1 and LG G2 ( part 1 and part 2). You will find all the shots I show here in a dedicated set on Flickr as usual.

First, the wooden duck. I'll put it first because some people are terrified of spiders - you will see them after the break. Here's the LG G2 capture:

D LG G2 - Duck

Next: Nokia 808 PureView

D Nokia 808 PureView - Duck

Nokia Lumia 1020:

D Nokia Lumia 1020 - Duck 1

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom

D Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom - Duck 1

Sony Xperia Z1:

D Sony Xperia Z1 - Duck 1

After the break, you will find the crops of these same shots, and - mind you - the crops from the spiders you might not want to see.