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Dark colors and no reflections

Same building, pretty much same location, same PureView cameras and most likely the same reactions: the Nokia 808 PureView is the best camera – I never claimed it would be otherwise. In fact, no smartphone will offer a better camera than the Nokia 808 PureView and it will probably be like that for the coming years even. I’m only sharing the different results – I’m not making a competition out of it, it’s useless.

This evening, returning from work, I saw the same building with the lights coming from behind the colored panels, and from the hall inside. So I parked my bike and made a few shots to see how both cameras would manage this kind of light. This time I’m showing the picture of the Nokia 808 PureView first (yes, everything is on auto):

Not bad at all, as we are now used to using the Nokia 808 PureView in not extremely dark circumstances. But near the top of the building, the colored panels are becoming pretty dark. That’s a bit different with the Nokia Lumia 920:

Now for me, again, I’m not sharing this to judge which one is “best” – they both have their own merits I think. Interesting is to see how the Lumia 920 handles less light effectively. It might not be the best solution for a shot like this, since there is no “object” to be caputered in the foreground. I didn’t have someone with me willing to be a model – I definitely need to look for one soon, I realize that. Any volunteers? :-)

You’ll find the originals on Flickr again.

You might want to see the previous post with the bright sunny shots as well!

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5 Responses

  1. saracg

    Marc thank you for the comparison photos.

    i have both phones too and i can easily say that after 808, L920 is a total disaster to me. both OS and camera wise.

    • Michael

      I have the same impression as well. I have heard several people considering change from 808 to 920, but after the release of 920 they want to keep the 808 due to the big differnce in the cameras for these two units:-)

  2. From every comparison of the Lumia 920 to the Nokia 808, I walk away with two unmistakable impression: compared to the 808, the 920 tends towards overexposure – meaning blown highlights and unrealistically bright night images – and over saturated colors. Personally, I prefer to work with images whose entire dynamic range is preserved, whose night “look” is not imitating daylight, and whose saturation is “normal.” That way, if and when I want to manipulate the the output from the 808′s 41MP sensor in Photoshop, I easily can.

    Bottom line for me: keeping the 808 and not rushing out to get the 920.


  3. Peter

    Nice comparison, once again. Both technologies are awesome.

    Good to point out that this isn’t a competition between the imaging capabilities. Some take things a bit too seriously and maybe miss the point. But one can’t blaim them for loving their 808 :)

  4. Mike Day

    Dynamic range on the 808 is superior as well as noise levels visible on the full res image. The Lumia 920 does a decent job though and has more appealing colours.