Flower to the people (IVb) – comparing no less than 5 (!) smartphone cameras (part 2)

Just published part 1 of the fourth part in my Flower to the People series - shots from flowers all growing in my mother's garden. Here's part two of all the shots I made yesterday with the Nokia 808 PureView, Lumia 1020, Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, Sony Xperia Z1 and LG G2. Dozens of shots to share, so just one post wasn't enough.

I've already shown all the crops I made, so you don't have to worry about those anymore. What's left are a few normal shots and a few in which I tried to get as close as possible. You'll find all shots in a dedicated set on the PureViewClub photosteam on Flickr (83 photos in total).

First a flower (a dhalia to be exact) that has another name as well - it's called "good morning": my mother has been trying to let me remember flowers' names for decades and I think this is the first one I managed to remember :-)

First the capture from the Nokia 808 PureView

Nokia 808 PureView - Flower 4

After the break you will find  several close-ups from the all devices. Like in the previous post, hover with the mouse over the shot to see which is which, click on the shot to see the original size on Flickr.

Flower to the people (IVa) - comparing no less than 5 (!) smartphone cameras (part 1)

Sometimes I really wonder what I'm getting into. I've shared beautiful flowers from my mother's garden three time before, but never with no less than five smartphone cameras... This time, I brought the Nokia 808 PureView, Nokia Lumia 1020, Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, Sony Xperia Z1 and LG G2.

My mother has a lovely garden with many flowers to choose from. I didn't just choose flowers and I made about 130 shots from which I selected more than seventy - so I really have to limit myself in what I can show you in this post. You will find all the selected shots on Flickr.

Chatting with my mother at the same time, not all shots came out right, and working with so many devices I completely forgot to use the full resolution setting on the Nokia 808 PureView (shame on me).

I still think there's a lot of shots that will interest you. You will find them here resized to 640 x 360 pixels mostly. That was a burdon in itself because of the different sensor sizes:
- the 808 PureView was on 5 MP PureView (mostly), to be able to compare it to the Lumia 1020.
- the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom has 16 MP in 4:3 format and 12MP in 16:9.
- the Sony Xperia Z1 has 8.3 MP unless you choose 4:3 than it will use the full 20MP.
- the LG G2 uses 13MP in 4:3 and 10MP in 16:9.

I made "normal" shots, close-ups and crops of close-ups. Now when making crops I wanted them to as similar as possible for comparison, so in some cases I needed to choose formats like 1280 x 720 pixels or 1920 x 1080 pixels, to be able to resize them to 640 x 360 (16:9). You will find all original crop sizes in the title of the shot and it will link to all originals on Flickr. Got it? :-)

First a few shots from a beautiful yellow flower with little hairs on it. First the Nokia 808 PureView, followed by the Lumia 1020, Xperia Z1 and LG G2

Nokia 808 PureView - Flower 1

Nokia Lumia 1020 - Flower 1

Sony Xperia Z1 - Flower 1

LG G2 - Flower 1

As you see, the LG G2 gives the "darkest" result, but it's quite effective as you can see in the crops after the break. First you'll see the LG G2 this time, followed by the Xperia Z1. 

Freak out! Nile Rodgers and Chic, recorded with the Nokia Lumia 1020 and 808 PureView

Nile Rodgers was about one meter away from me... Yesterday evening in Hilversum I enjoyed a fantastic concert of Nile and his band Chic. Different than many other great musicians, he appeared to really love the cameras in the audience. He even came on stage with his own camera, taking shots of the audience...

If you don't know who Nile Rodgers is (read all about him on WikiPedia) it's completely unlikely you never heard at least three of his songs. During this evening he played a wide selection from his amazing amount of hit records, not only for Chic ( Freak Out), but also for Diana Ross ( I'm Coming Out), Sister Sledge ( We Are Family), Madonna ( Like a Virgin), David Bowie ( Let's Dance), Duran Duran ( Notorious) - the list goes on forever. At this moment Daft Punk featuring Pharell and Nile Rodgers have a number one hit all over the world with Get Lucky.

So that's who Nile Rodgers is, and that's why I was honored to be so close to the stage. Now it's absolutely impossible to just stand still and film a concert like that. You really feel like a dork when you're not dancing to this music. But I did bring the Nokia Lumia 1020 and the Nokia 808 PureView, so I would feel bad not getting some footage also!

Just a few remarks before I share the video with you. In circumstances like this, it's easier to shoot a good video than good pictures. You better get the video, you can always get some stills from them later.

Having said that, in my experience the Nokia Lumia 1020 gives you better stills: the recording appears to be sharper. On the other hand I have to admit that the lens of the 808 PureView was not completely clean, as you will see in the recording of Freak Out. The lens flare gives it a great seventies effect! :-)

To conclude: you'll notice the stereo sound of the Nokia 808 PureView is better than that from the Nokia Lumia 1020. I think the Lumia 1020 is very good as well though - the music was very loud and there is no distortion whatsoever. Now choose 1080p if your connection is fast enough, maximize the screen, pump up the volume and enjoy the best footage I got from the concert: Freak Out!

On YouTubeBelow - after the break - you'll see three stills from the video and shots from the 1020 and 808!

Amsterdam. Six smartphone cameras and six shots (in different resolutions) - part 1

Would have been a bad day to get mugged, carrying quite a few of the latest smartphone cameras in my jacket. Yesterday afternoon I went to Amsterdam with the Nokia Lumia 1020, Lumia 925, Lumia 920 (on Amber), 808 PureView, Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 Zoom. So that's six in total, and from the 808  PureView and Lumia 1020 I used both the "PureView "(5MP) and "high res" resolution - 38MP, since all shots were made in 4:3.

So that's more than fourty shots in my total selection, and you'll understand I won't be able to publish them all in this post... Instead I'll write three posts in which I'll share all results I got from the Nokia Lumia 1020 (being the new kid in town) and compare those with some of the shots I got from the other cameras. Of course, I'll even share a few crops of the originals, all in 640 x 480. With every post, you'll find more of the scenes I captured on Flickr, so you can always have a go at them yourself.

Like I said: all cameras were in 4:3 to get the most out of their sensors. All camera settings were on auto (with the colors of the 808 on "vivid"). The outside light was a bit difficult: brightly lit clowds, so you'll see some burnt skies, I'm sorry. When I'm comparing different cameras I think its fairest to do that with everything on auto, but I'm quite sure you can get a better result from all of them when you take more time to work with the settings.

Nokia Luma 1020 - Amsterdam - 1

I'd like to combine this with what I got from the Nokia 808 PureView (5MP) andthe Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom.

Fourth comparison: Nokia 808 PureView vs. Lumia 1020 - Hilversum City Hall

When I drove by this morning I  couldn't resist parking my car to make a few shots of the City Hall in Hilversum in the bright morning sun - with the Nokia 808 PureView and Lumia 1020, as you are used to by now.

No close-ups this time, but a really big building. All settings as in the previous comparisons on auto, except for the 808 with color tones on "vivid". Nokia 808 PureView first.