Three sunny shots from the Z10, 808 PureView and Lumia 920, Galaxy Camera and Xperia Z

It's more than a month ago I went on a short trip where I made several shots using four smartphones cameras and one "connected camera". Life has been pretty hectic this month, so I completely forgot about this short comparison, and I was very happy to find all these shots yesterday evening.

You'll see bright and sunny shots from the BlackBerry Z10, Nokia 808 PureView, Nokia Lumia 920, Samsung Galaxy Camera and Sony Xperia Z (I didn't have the Samsug S4 yet, nor the HTC One - still working on a comparison involving those two). I wasn't smart enough to choose for the 4:3 format to get the very best quality of all cameras, but it will give you a good impression of the differences.

I'll present the three different scenes in three different ways: first you'll see a video made from all originals on YouTube. Next (after the break) you'll see all resized versions below. Finally, you'll find all unaltered shots in a dedicated set on Flickr. I'll leave the conclusions up to you. I'm working on several other comparisons, please be patient, it will be worth it, I promiss.

Please watch the video fullscreen and in full resolution (I didn't add any music to avoid discussions with Google about copyrights etc).

On YouTube

Night shots from a hotel in Crete

Yes, I'm back from a short trip to Crete... Although it was good to be "away" for a while, I missed taking care of the club too:  I never didn't post a thing for such a long period.

Now being a bit smartphone photography crazy I didn't quite travel unprepared however.., I was lucky enough to receive a test unit of the Samsung Galaxy S4, so I "limited" myself to four different cameras this time: the Nokia 808 PureView (doh), the Nokia Lumia 920, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and even the Samsung Galaxy Camera, because I happen to like the 21x zoom on it.

I didn't use all four devices all the time, and of course I used them to capture my family as well - but I still managed to make dozens of shots I think are nice to share. Being on Crete however, and spending especially the evenings with the family, I didn't get around to making many nightshots.

I'm not particularly fond of nightshots to be honest. Generally speaking I like the lighting to be just bright in fact, but I can see many people are very interested in how a smartphone camera does in those circumstances. So one night, after a long dinner and the family gone to visit the Greek Easter service, I decided to make some shots from the pool and the hotel.

To avoid the "why didn't you do any lowlight shots" questions in advance, I present the results from all four camera here as my first post (from what will be quite a few I'm afraid) with shots from Crete.

Before I start, one excuse: I messed up a little with the settings: some are on 16:9, some on 4:3. Sorry 'bout that, I don't think it will have a major effect on the lighting though. First, the Nokia 808 PureView gives quite a good result in 8MP Creative Mode on auto: ISO 800, f/2.4 and 1/8 sec.

To compare, this is the Nokia Lumia 920 on auto (ISO 800, f/2 in 1/3 sec.). You can clearly see it shows more of the hotel and the reflection in the pool.

Samsung Galaxy S4: the next contender of the Nokia 808 PureView? (Analysis part 1)

I'm used to write and truly believe there is nothing that will be able to come close to the Nokia 808 PureView. It seems to me there is no way any smartphone camera could achieve a similar, let alone better result than the Nokia 808 PureView without having at least a similar camera sensor and the famous Carl Zeiss optics.

But an enormous comparison now shows that - no, not even the HTC One - Samsung's next Galaxy S4 appears to be a strong contender... Yes, Samsung, the company a lot of my readers love to hate so much. The "plastic fantastic" company that is mainly known for its copying, not for its innovations.

Nevertheless, Samsung is taking the smartphone industry in a way Nokia can only dream of, and now seems to have incorporated a camera in its next flagship that even comes close to the Nokia 808 PureView... Excuse me?

It's the conclusion of this article over at the Russian site This is Eldar Murtazin's popular site, although he's not the most popular blogger and well-known for his not so favorable way of writing about Nokia.

He had his visitors (a daily amount I can only dream of) vote for the shots made with the Apple iPhone 5  HTC Butterfly, HTC One, Meizu MX2, Nokia 808  PureView, Nokia Lumia 920, Samsung Note II, Samsung Galaxy S4 and Sony Xperia Z. I wish I had the time to perform a test like this...

I'm not going to copy all shots, the original post is here, and here's an detailed explanation with the outcome of this blind test. When you use Google Chrome, it will translate the Russian text to any language you prefer. English gives a pretty good result.

In this first post (it's simpy too much for one post alone), I will only link to a few examples of this extensive test and show you some of my own details and crops. It's too much to get in all in one post, so this all about the shot at the Moscow Red Square.

From the Red Square in Moscow, the results from the
Nokia 808 PureView (10% of the votes, picture above)
Nokia Lumia 920 (11% of the votes)
Samsung Galaxy S4 (37% of the votes)

Ferrari FF: Nokia 808 Pureview and Lumia 920

One last Ferrari post for the time being. Not from the cars I captured inside Kroymans in Hilversum, but from the Ferrari FF that was standing outside. I wanted to make more shots of that new model, but the fierce wind made the freezing cold even worse (moreover I was stone cold already going there on my bike, it's embarrassing to park an old Ford Fiesta next to a Ferrari).

Anyway, when I was warmed up after taking the shots you've seen already here, here (crops from 34MP) and   here (PureView crops) I went outside to discover the red Ferrari FF was ready for take-off (someone was going for a test drive, I still can't believe some people can actually spend at least €356.115 on a car  :-).

So here are just the two shots I made outside in the bright sunlight... But they're interesting I think, because I took them with both the Nokia 808 PureView as the Nokia Lumia 920. The Nokia 808 PureView is on Creative Mode - 8MP, all settings on auto, just like with the Nokia Lumia 920.

The difference in color is striking. We've read quite a few complaints about the Nokia Lumia 920 in autosettings is oversaturating the colors quite a bit, and this is a good example I think. First the Nokia 808 PureView, than the Lumia 920.