I do hope you like supermarkets… Today I wanted some constant light, much detail and many colours. So why not bring four smartphone cameras to the supermarket? Light circumstances here are average – not very good as in the bright sunlight I love so much, not too dark which makes it quite hard to capture good shots anyway.
I asked Samsung for another trial period with the Galaxy S5 to compare it to both the K Zoom and LG’s G3. I brought the Lumia 930 since it has a comparable sensor size. I’ve already shown numerous times the Lumia 1020 and 808 PureView are in a league of their own so I left those at home for once.
You’ll see a selection of the four scenes I captured – resized to 640 x 360 pixels to fit this post – and several crops. It’s just too much to share it all in one post, so I’ll just share a selection of the most revealing results and leave the other shots for you to compare on Flickr, as you are used to.
This is not about esthetics (as in: I didn’t try to find a great scene to compare) but simply about imaging quality. All devices are on auto settings. Personally, I’m looking forward to the differences between the three Android devices – and to compare those to the Nokia Lumia 930, which is building quite a reputation for itself already (together with the Icon, of course).
In case you don’t know how I work: I make several shots from each scene with every device. You really need to in general I noticed, differences may be very big for whatever reason. Especially with the Android devices you should make at least two or three shots per scene (they’re fast enough anyway) to be sure you’ll capture a shot that pleases you most.
From each series of shots, I select the best. I resize them and I make comparable crops. Only when I start writing my post, I start comparing. And that’s exactly what I’m going to do now, knowing that you’re reading this and you’re exactly as curious as I am. Here we go :-)
I’ll start every scene with the resized 5MP result coming from the Lumia 930. Not just because it’s most likely to give you the sharpest result, but also because I won’t include it in the crops. Let’s start with this one.
Since The Netherlands have a somewhat confusing colonial history, you’ll find spiceries like these in just about any supermarket. I chose to crop part of this shot slightly above the center. Below, you’ll see the results coming from the LG G3 (10MP), Samsung Galaxy K Zoom (15.1MP) and Galaxy S5 (16MP).