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iPhone 6+ versus Nokia Lumia 1020 and 1520

So I had another go at the iPhone 6, the Plus version even this time. Again, it was a colleague who could borrow me the device and I could actually use it for about an hour. First of all: this is a big device, way bigger than I expected it to be.

How big is obvious when I lay it on top of the huge Nokia Lumia 1520 – you’ll still be able to make out the yellow case, but I was surprised to see how much it’s covered by the iPhone 6+

Nokia 1520 iPhone 6+ 640 x 360

Like I said, I had one hour to get some shots. You’ll see the original scenes coming from the three devices: iPhone 6+ first, Lumia 1020 second and Lumia 1520 third, followed by the crops I got from the same scene in the same order.

In my previous comparison, I blew up some of the 5MP results I got from the Lumia 1520 and 1020, to about the 8MP size (3264 x 2448 pixels) you get from the iPhone 6.

Since these 5MP shots from Nokia are oversampled from their original 20MP or even 38MP results, I’ve seen they can withstand such a treatment very well – and it’s much easier to compare similar sizes.

So that’s what I did for all Nokia shots this time: I blew them up before I cropped them. You’ll find the originals shots on Flickr, as always. The shots were resized from their original formats though.

Like I said, I didn’t have much time, but I think I got an interesting diversity of five scenes in total. Most of them were captured in one of my favorite locations, the National Instituut for Video and Sound in Hilversum.

Remember: the order is iPhone 6+, Nokia Lumia 1020, Nokia Lumia 1520. All settings are on auto. You’ll see the shots and crops first, and to make you come to your own conclusions first, I’ll save mine for last.

Bridge iPhone 6+

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Introducing Massis Sirapian – passionate PureView photographer from Paris, France

There are quite a few mobile photographers whose work I’ve been following with increasing interest during the last months and I’m happy to feature some of them here. I have had the honour to introduce mobile photographers whose work I admire and really think deserves your attention. 

Like – in no particular order - Javier Garcia GonzaloDetkoDaveTopolino70Baron ChatMs. JenDaniel CheongRichard DormanMohamed Ahmed Saleh and Deepak Khoenie. Please do check the previous posts I linked to if you haven’t done so already, I promiss you their work is worth your time!

This time I want to share some shots from the French photographer Massis Sirapian. I asked him for some background information, and he pointed me to an interview from earlier this month (which I have  missed) at TheMobilePhotographyBlog .

From this interview I learned (among other things) that the Nokia N8 was the device that really got him hooked on mobile photography. No wonder his next steps were the Nokia 808 PureView and Lumia 1020. Here’s one of his shots – click on each shot to see the original (in all formats) on Flickr.

Massis Sirapian - Aleksanterinkatu

Judging from his work I had the impression he works with the raw .DNG output a lot, and hence I asked him if the Lumia 1020 still is his daily driver. He wrote:

“You’re right. Since I have the 1020, my daily driver is the Lumia. The 808 is now my 41MP night stand clock ^_^ And, camera apart, given everything I can do on my 1020 (manage multiple Exchange accounts, personal and profesional, onedrive/onenote/office, etc.), I could no longer use the 808 for my daily use.

So as the 1020 is always with me, it has become my favourite. Besides, it is more versatile than the 808. When I had to use HDR for indoors like church, cathedral, etc. with the 808, the 1020 allows handheld shots with the OIS and RAW.

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Apple’s iPhone 6 compared to Nokia, Samsung and LG smartphone camera flagships

An acquaintance of mine was among the first Dutch buyers of the iPhone 6 – and he was happy to go for a short walk with me last wednesday to capture some scenes to compare. We had less than one hour.

I was carrying six other smartphones: the “usual suspects” so to say. Nokia 808 PureView, Lumia 1020, 1520 and 930. Samsung Galaxy S5 and K Zoom. And the LG G3. The only camphone missing would be the Xperia Z2, or Z3 by now – I don’t have either (yet).

Mind you: I couldn’t test the iPhone 6 in any other way so this is not a review. It’s just about comparing the shots I got from that short period. We captured four scenes (the first one not even with all devices, due to weather circumstances).

For the iPhone owners who come here for the first time, I’ll explain how I work. I make several shots of each scene with all devices. Next I select the best shot from each device and make crops of those. It’s not until then that I start comparing, usually while writing my post. Like now.

I won’t be sharing all crops in this post – it’s simply too much (about 40 crops in total). I’ll just share what I think is really interesting about them. You’ll find all originals in a special album on Flickr, as usual, to have a detailed look for yourself if you’d like to.

Scene 1 (appetizer)
First scene was outside. A typical “autumn” day means clouds, wind and likely rain over here in the Netherlands. The scene I captured was in fact not good enough for comparisons like these since the wind was pretty fierce. Nevertheless I got a few shots I think worth sharing. This is what I got from the iPhone 6

1 Apple iPhone 6 - FountainNow I haven’t used an iPhone since the 3GS (and that’s quite some time ago), so I was completely surprised to learn the iPhone shoots in 4:3 format and apparantly nothing but 4:3.

In fact I was so suprised by that I wasn’t even sure if it actually was 4:3 or maybe 3:2. Anyway, I didn’t get all scenes in 4:3 on the other devices – most of them though, and when looking at the crops it’s not much of an issue anyway.

I made the 640×360 crops at the center of each shot. With the wind though, it was impossible to capture the exact same shot, so this first part will give you just a general impression. Here’s what you get from the iPhone 6.

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Divine Fireworks, with the Nokia Lumia 1020

You know that now and again I highlight shots from other people here as well – in fact, there are at least two mobile photographers I’m planning to feature in due time. This one shot however is just begging to be shared.

I first saw it in the Nothing But A Nokia group on Facebook, where hundreds of ardent mobile photographers show what they achieve with their Nokia phones – it’s really worth joining!

A few years ago in France, during an impressive thunderstorm heading my way, I tried to capture the lightning. I’ve been making several dozens of shots before it started to rain – and failed for the most part (you’ll see the best I got in the add I keep repeating at the bottom of my posts).

So from experience, I know you must have extreme patience and some love from above to capture a scene like this…

Divine Fireworks by Kirstie McGuinness 640 x 360 watermark

As you can see, the shot was captured by Kirstie McGuinness (Las Vegas). I contacted here on Facebook and asked if I could see and share the original shots – and I promised to add a watermark so that others won’t be able to claim it’s theirs.

I asked about how she managed to do this and she wrote:

The shot was taken with a Lumia 1020, focus set to infinity, shutter speed set to 4 seconds. It was July 4, 2014 and my family and I were at the annual fireworks show in Boulder City, NV. We had set up our seats at the golf course so we could overlook the park where they set off the fireworks. I had my phone in the Nokia camera grip mounted on a mini tripod setting on the side of my dad’s truck.

My husband and I tried different settings for taking the shots. He has more photography experience than I, so he found the ideal setting much more quickly than I would have. As the fireworks show began, a storm approached as well. I was focused on trying to get a shot of the fireworks, so I just kept clicking photos hoping for a good one.

When the lightening struck, I noticed that I happened to get the shot of it. I was so shocked to see the image on my screen! We looked at it with wonder then nobody touched the phone until I could get home to download the image for fear that it might get accidentally deleted. It was a once in a lifetime shot for me. Im a novice photographer and only got interested in it because of Lumia and instagram. The Lumia community and shots like these that make me want to improve my skills and keep me excited. 

Well, I’m glad Kirstie allowed me to share it here as well. And not only that, you’ll find the original shots on the PureViewClub Flickr page as well, in 5MP and 34MP. Like I wrote I added the watermarks. I hope you like this single shot as much as I do! :-)

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Comparing 11 smartphone cameras: Nokia (3), Samsung (3), LG (2), Sony, Oppo and Huawei

Last weekend has been quite interesting. I brought a few test devices on a family visit, and two family members appeared to own some very useful gear as well. I’m not sure if this has ever been done before, but in this test I will compare the results coming from no less than 11 (!) smartphones. I just hope you like bricks! :-)

We’ve been discussing corner sharpness recently, and I wanted to get a subject that would give me equal visual information in just about every part of the shot. Hence a brick wall seemed like a great idea to me. Also, I wanted to avoid the usual confusion about different phocal length, so I positioned myself in such a way to get more or less the exact same 16:9 shot.

The phones you will see in this test are: the Nokia 808 PureView, Lumia 1020 and Lumia 930, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, S5 and K Zoom, the LG Flex and G3, the Sony Xperia Z2, Oppo Find 7a and Huawei Ascend P7. Quite a gathering, isn’t it?

Resolutions are quite diverse, but this is a collection of current high-end smartphones of six different companies all bragging in one way or another about their cameras nevertheless – I think it’s worth the time to see what they are actually capable of :-)

I’ll only share the shot itself once, as captured with the Nokia 808 PureView (8MP)

Brick Wall - Nokia 808 Pureview 8MP

That’s all. Pretty boring shot in fact, right? But it gives us quite a lot of information…

Let me add that it was clouded outside. Very clouded even, but as always, it’s likely there will be very small variations in the amount of light, but I’m quite sure the differences are negligable. I made at least four shots with each device and picked the best (there weren’t too much difference anyway).

I will share the results more or less ordered by the amount of MP used, “zooming in” so to say. You will always see the name of the devices used above the crops. Also, I tried to order the shots in quality, so you won’t need to be scrolling up and down too much.


First I’ll share crops from the center of each shot. The first two are from the 5MP results. First the one coming from the Nokia Lumia 930, showing a darker result as we’ve seen in previous comparisons.

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Panasonic announces the smartphone camera Lumix CM1: Leica optics, 1 inch sensor (20MP)

It’s all over the web since this afternoon (I read it at The Verge first): at the Photokina in Frankfurt, Germany, Panasonic has announced an Android smartphone camera with a 1 inch 20MP sensor, the Lumix DMC-CM1. It will be available in France and Germany this year, but it’s no exactly sure when: some sources say November, others Christmas – with a pricetag of a whopping €899.

What’s so exciting about this new Android? For sure, it’s the 1 inch sensor size (even bigger than the 808 PureView has), which is supposed to be comparable to Sony’s RX100 (according to the Verge). Panasonic uses a Leica DC Elmarit 1:2.8 lens. We all know what Leica stands for, so it looks like a promising competitor for the Nokia collaboration with Carl Zeiss.


On a sidenote, its design does remind me of the old Sony Ericsson P1 a bit (here). More technical data. Aperture ranges from F2.8-F11. It has a mechanical shutter and manual control ring. For video it supports 4K with 15fps and 1920 x 1080 with 30fps. Its technical datasheet doesn’t mention OIS however, and there is no Xenon flash either.

The Lumix DMC-CM1 camera runs on Android 4.4 (KitKat) and is powered by a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor. If offers 2GB of RAM (where I think 3GB would have been nicer considering its price). The display is 4.7-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) – which already tends to be rather small these days. It 16GB of storage. I’d prefer 32GB of course, but it’s expandable with a microSD card (up to 128GB).

As far as I’ve understood it will only be released in Germany and France this year, so I guess that’s why I only found this German Panasonic website with details, shots and even a few samples.

Below you’ll find the promotional video you might have seen on many other websites as well. You’ll find some great pictures over at the Verge website, I took the liberty of borrowing two of them for this post, I’ll try to get in touch with Panasonic since I’m sure you know how much I’m looking forward to test this new smartphone camera! :-)

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