You asked for it – and I’m always glad to serve you here at the PureViewClub: low light shots captured with the Samsung Galaxy S5, compared with the Nokia Lumia 1020 and – by popular demand – the Nokia 808 PureView.
In previous posts – in much better light conditions – we’ve seen the Galaxy S5 performing very well. Most remarkable was the Galaxy S5 shots turned out a bit brighter, losing some contrast along the way.
One of the interesting “discoveries” was that when you use the “selective focus” option the Galaxy S5 will give you a >20MB file (read about it in this earlier post). Also, I’ve been impressed with the way it shows you what HDR does to your shot before capturing it.
I think on almost every occasion readers have been asking for a low light comparison – including the Nokia 808 PureView if possible. During a family visit this weekend I managed to capture this simple, but effective scene outside. I hope it will offer what you were looking for.
As usual I’ll share these shots with a few disclaimers: these were captured in between “family affairs”, so I guess that’s why I wasn’t concentrated enough to put the Lumia 1020 in 16:9 aspect ratio. It’s not something you notice fast when you’re shooting very dark scenes either, so I discovered I didn’t only a day later.
There is one advantage though: in 4:3 you’ll get most of the Lumia sensor, whereas the Galaxy S5 gives you the full 16MP in 16:9. One more thing: I only used the Nokia 808 PureView in 8MP PureView mode. I will bring the Nokia 808 PureView on a next short holiday soon, I promise you I’ll make some low light shots in full resolution with it as well.
Let me start with the Nokia 808 PureView since you appear to have missed it so much (I must admit it was fun to work with it again :-) You’ll see two results (both resized from the 8MP originals) – first in ISO 400 (1/2 econd)
Next: Nokia 808 PureView – ISO 800 (1/8 second)