Since I don’t have much else exciting in my garden, a few flowers will have to do for this short comparison. Most important this time, is that the Nokia Lumia 1020 can save a close-up in 4:3 format as a 5MP shot, but it can save the original shot in full resolution at the same time.
To be more precise: it won’t just save the close-up (5MP), but also the original frame you zoomed into, in full resolution.
Now to compare this with the Nokia 808 PureView, this means I do not only need to shoot a close-up in 38MP (if I want the 4:3 format), but also one in 5MP Pureview, closing in as much as possible.
Also, I thought it would be interesting to see what a detailed crop of both full-resolution results would look like…
So in this short comparison, you will see three shots from both the 808 as the 1020…
- first: the 5MP close-up from both devices,
- second: the full resolution result (resized of course),
- third: crops from the full resolution result.
Once again, you’ll see the Nokia 808 PureView first – please note that I could focus with the Lumia 1020 a bit closer than with the Nokia 808 PureView:
Next, the two (resized) full-res close-ups from both the 808 PureView and Lumia 1020. This time – and even more – you’ll see I could focus a bit closer to the subject with the Nokia Lumia 1020.
Interesting to see in these two shots is that the Lumia 1020 does give a brighter result. I think that in this case, I would prefer the colors and contrast of the Nokia 808 PureView – it just feels like a “more natural” shot.
To conclude, the resized (50% of 1280 x 960) crops of the full-res originals. Again, you’ll see closer crops from the Lumia 1020, since the original full-res shots could be made closer to the subject.
I feel quite sure you don’t need me to come to your own conclusions, but to me in this case, most interesting fact is that you’ll be able to zoom in quite a bit closer with the Lumia 1020 than with the Nokia 808 PureView.
Also, I’m really impressed with the amount of detail the crop of the Lumia’s full resolution shot offers. I’m not saying which one “is better” however – I’ve written before I need much more time to get to know all the possibilities of the new Lumia 1020 (like if I know all of the 808 PureView…).
In these pretty basic shots, the results from the Lumia 1020 are very satisfying to me – it appears to perform better in detail in this case, but maybe less realistic in color. Please remember however, that the shots were not made at the exact same time, and there is a humble photographer behind each shot.
Differences in other words, may have to do more with me than with the smartphone cameras. The outcome is very comparable I think, and I’m looking forward immensely to make tons of more shots with both devices. And yes, I added the originals to a dedicated set on Flickr.
Tomorrow, the new season starts at work, and of course I won’t keep the Lumia 1020 out of my sight. I’ll probably be sharing shots on Twitter faster than I’ll be able to do so here, so please follow @PureViewClub if you are on Twitter as well (or get there :-)