This is planned to be a three part story about my experience with two quite incomparable tablets: the 10.1 inch Nokia Lumia 2520 on Windows RT on one hand, and the 12.2 inch Samsung Galaxy NotePRO on Android 4.4 (KitKat) on the other. My first post about these two tablets was about comparing the specifications.
Since the PureViewClub is mainly about imaging, it’s too tempting not to compare the cameras of these two tablets. Like I wrote in the first place, I will never understand people using their tablet to make photographs – not on holiday, let alone during concerts! But “the best camera is the one you have with you”, and these devices are getting much better sensors anyway, so why not compare them for a change?
I’ve been using Nokia Camera on the Lumia 2520 (not the standard app), just like I do on my Lumia’s. So with Nokia Camera, you can adjust the settings in detail. I’m using the standard camera application on the Galaxy NotePRO, since Samsung doesn’t offer a dedicated camera application with better options.
In all shots below, all settings are on auto – I didn’t “help” either camera, figuring that whoever will make a picture with his or her tablet won’t be bothered with the settings at all. Most of my comparisons are done with “auto settings” anyway.
The manual settings on Samsung’s standard camera are limited. At first I thought it would be interesting to share some screenshots of the settings menu, but in general, it’s the same as is known from the Lumia or Galaxy smartphones, so I won’t even bother – I have already more than enough shots to share.
The Lumia 2520 has a 6.7MP sensor and Carl Zeiss optics, 4 x digital zoom, sensor size is 1/3.4 inch. Camera focal length is 26 mm and minimum focus range 10 cm. Samsung’s main camera has an 8MP sensor and even includes a LED flash, but has a longer focal length (see wikipedia). This means that from the same distance, you can capture less of the scene in front of your camera.
Nokia chose to put the camera in the far right top corner (if you’re facing the screen that is). There may have been important reasons to do so, but it proves to be quite unpracticle – I would have preferred a top central position, like on the Galaxy NotePRO.
In all the comparisons below you will see the shots from the Nokia Lumia 2520 first and the Samsung Galaxy NotePRO second. I’ve been making several shots of each scene, and I always chose the result from each camera I thought was best. You won’t be surprised to find all the original shots in a dedicated set on Flickr.
First two shots to show the difference in color and focal length. These inside shots were taken from the exact same distance. Click on the shot to see the original on Flickr.
Like we’ve seen on the Lumia 1020, colors are “less cold” than the competition. In these two inside shots there is no doubt in my mind I prefer the results from the Nokia Lumia 2520. Not only because I get more in my shot, also because the colors are much better.