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An Amsterdam Afternoon – with Nokia Lumia 930, Samsung Galaxy K Zoom and LG G3 (1)

Recently I received an official version of Nokia’s Lumia 930 and the all new LG G3, so together with the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom I had enough reason to visit Amsterdam once again in search of some interesting shots to compare.

It was the typical Dutch kind of great weather; bright sunlight and the kind of heavy clouds many Dutch painters are famous for, so it wasn’t always possible to wait for the exact same lighting conditions. Nevertheless I made several dozens of shots and I spent last evening selecting the ones most interesting for you.

You’ll see four scenes: a tall ship near Amsterdam Central Station, a shopping window from a second hand store, a lesser known one of Amsterdam famous canals and some colorful Spanish peppers on my plate after my too spicy dinner at a Thai restaurant that afternoon. Two wide shots and two close-ups so to say. I’ll need two posts to share all I captured in Amsterdam. Here we go.

First, the resized version of the view on the tall ship in the Amsterdam harbour, captured from the far end of Amsterdam Central Station – this was captured with the Nokia Lumia 930 (set to sunny).

1 Near Amsterdam CS - Nokia Lumia 930 5MPNext, you’ll see the resized versions of the LG G3 and Samsung Galaxy K Zoom (in that order, both on automatic settings).

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Very short comparison – Nokia 808 PureView, Lumia 1020 and Samsung Galaxy K Zoom

This is just an extremely comparison, including the Nokia 808 PureView, Nokia Lumia 1020 and Samsung Galaxy K Zoom. I didn’t have the Lumia 930 yet so I couldn’t bring it to France. The Nokia Lumia 1020 is still on Developer’s Preview software, so not the official Cyan version it is on now (still need to test it).

As you know, I was on holiday and comparisons take time – not just in editing the results, but capturing them as well. So I kept my PureViewClub’s work to a minimum this year, and I didn’t bring all devices on every trip either. You’ll see just one scene  from Southern France: a house I’d love to be able to buy one day :-)

It’s a  private house in Moliet-et-Maa, a village near the French Atlantic coast so small you’ll have a hard time finding any information about it at all. This is the resized version of the 38MP result I got from the Lumia 1020.

Nokia Lumia 1020 - Moliets-et-Maa - 38MP

If I remember correctly, I put all devices on “sunny”, but I’m not 100% sure and the Galaxy K Zoom doesn’t show in the EXIF file. I did put that on ISO 100 though, just like the Lumia 1020. The Nokia 808 PureView shows ISO 64, so I guess I forgot to put that on ISO 100 after all.

Anyway, results are generally comparable and here I will only share the crops from all three. First, the Lumia 1020 in 5MP.

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Getting closer to reality – focusing on the future

Yes, it’s been a while.

I tried to stay completely off-line for a few weeks, enjoying the holiday with the family – but it looks like that was a bit too much to ask. Those of you following me on Twitter have noticed me retweeting a lot of fantastic PureView captures. On Instagram I’ve shared some of my own holiday shots.

But I didn’t post any updates here at the club… – for weeks even, for the first time in more than two years. Not only did I feel my family finally deserved my more or less undivided attention since a very long time. I had some thinking to do, too. And mr. Satya Nadella gave me a lot more to think about.

First of all something personal: I’m near sighted. Maybe that’s why I’m so passionate about the possibilities the 41MP sensors of the 808 and 1020 offer. Remember “Zoom Reinvented”? I’ve been using that phrase more here than Nokia has been doing for months.

I just love to see those details. Guess they get me closer than I could ever be myself. That’s why I like to work with the optical zoom on the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom as well – smartphones like these simply show me things I’d actually never see in real life. It’s getting me closer to reality.

But there’s so much more reality to deal with, I learned in the past weeks in France.

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Obviously, Steve Ballmer had a strategy to make up for his failure to get a share of the mobile market (I hope I don’t need to remind anyone of the “Windows Mobile” disaster). Elop was sent in to get Nokia for Microsoft. And Elop succeeded – and was hated for it. Mission accomplished?

Not really. Choosing for a hardware division against the will of the Microsoft Board even cost Ballmer his position. And now Satya Nadella is all “services” and no “hardware”, so what’s left of Nokia hardly stands a chance in Microsoft’s future. No less than 12.500 people will lose their jobs - about 50% of the people welcomed by Microsoft a few months ago. That’s shocking.

Next thing I learned was the flagships were cancelled – Goldfinger, McLaren, whatever the names were: all gone from the road map. No more 3D user interface. No more exciting innovations in imaging. Microsoft doesn’t care if you buy the 520 or 1520: as long as you’re in their ecosystem it’s fine.

So I’m worried about the future of the whole PureView concept – it doesn’t look too bright now, does it?

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PureView was very old school Nokia – and it looks like “old school Nokia” is gone to stay. People have been asking me what I was going to do with the PureViewClub since all this. Just keep going? Shut it down? Frankly, there’s not much PureView news to keep it going, although I have to admit I’m extremely happy to get my hands on the Nokia Lumia 930 today.

But it does look like the Lumia 930 will be the last of Nokia’s flagships for the time being. The last highlight in PureView imaging for one thing, for at least a year or so. It’s simply not enough to keep people entertained at a club that’s so focused on smartphone photoography.

So here’s what I decided to do in France.

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I’ll keep the club open – I’ll be your virtual bartender, serving you news about smartphone imaging, compared to Nokia’s PureView devices, or as it happens. News, shots, comparisons, new talents if I find them. The focus will still be on smartphone cameras – but not just PureView.

So I will change the name of the club, within a few weeks even, I hope.

I hope you understand my decision - some of my friends at Nokia do, if that’s any kind of comfort to you. I’ve been giving it tons of thoughts even before going on holiday: there simply is no other way to keep this club alive. There’s a lot to do before I can change the name, but I’m looking forward to this new future immensly.

Just like I’m looking forward to – finally – test the Nokia Lumia 930! The few shots to lively up this post were captured with the Nokia Lumia 1020 by the way – in France :-)

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Enjoy my smartphone photography on your wall – and support the PureViewClub as well :-)

This will most likely be my last post for the coming weeks – going on holiday with my family and I’m planning to write as less as possible (it’s been quite a busy year). However, I have something for my Dutch, German, Belgian and French readers, and (in due time) those in the United Kingdom.

I’ve been asking for your contribution many times – you can see who actually pushed that PayPal button on the right here. But maybe it’s a better idea to get something in return. Something tangable, visible – something to enjoy.

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Advised by a friend (a professional photographer), I’m now offering a selection of my smartphone shots at a Dutch online store called “Werk aan de Muur” (“Work on the Wall”).

I selected 32 shots to begin with, from which 30 are captured with PureView devices: the Nokia N8, 808 PureView and Lumia 1020 to be precise. Two of the selected shots were captured with Samsung devices (one with the Galaxy S5 and one with the Galaxy K Zoom – both were featured here as well). Mind you: all these shots are captured with smartphones. Not DSLR’s or compact cameras.

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The idea is you can order one (or more :-) from these shots to enjoy them at home – or at work of course. You can choose the material you’d like to see them printed on (photo paper, aluminium, wood, canvas, framed, etc.) and you can choose the size you’d like.

Online, it’s possible to get an idea how every shot will look on the wall of your living room, bedroom, office or even outside. The people from the store assure you get the best possible quality, and I get a percentage for every picture ordered.

It’s not exactly cheap, but it’s not very expensive either – somewhere between the Ikea and the Art Gallery so to say. I’m sure it won’t make me a fortune, but every contribution is welcome and I love the idea of the PureViewClub fans having my work on their wall.

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Since they will have to send it to you, at this time it’s only possible to order in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and France, but the United Kingdom will be included in a few months. If you’d like to order a work from outside these countries, it’s not impossible, but you’ll have to get in touch about the shipping costs.

So here you go: have a look at my first online selection of shots and don’t hesitate to order one or more to enjoy at home or at work – and to support the PureViewClub! I’d like to thank you in advance and hope to return from France with some great PureView  shots to share here at the club and maybe even in my little new gallery :-)

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Not just another nightshot

For my work, I’m at the North Sea Jazz Festival once again (first time was in 1991 I might add, saw Miles Davis’ very last concert there, a memory I’m quite fond of). Because of what I do (editing concert recordings for our radioshow at Radio 6 Soul & Jazz, you might want to tune in later today, the next broadcast starts in about an hour :-), I can’t go actually see any concerts to make shots.

Returning to my the hotel late at night, with my Nokia Lumia 1020 I captured this nightshot which I can’t resist sharing. Now I’m getting somewhat of a reputation as “mr. Steadycam”, but of ten shots, I managed not to move for 0.83 seconds in only two of them – and this is the best one I got at ISO 100 (resized to fit this post of course, you’ll find links below)

Van der Valk Hotel 641 x 858

Now I tried to get a similar result with the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom, but it’s more complicated to work with in one specific way. When you work with the Nokia Lumia 1020, you can put it on ISO 100 and choose to leave the rest up to the device – which I did in this case.

When you put the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom on manuel, you can also put it on ISO 100, but you’ll have to choose the shutter time as well. Not being very experienced at that, I guessed 0.25 seconds would do. It didn’t, the shot came out too dark (and there suddenly were colleagues in the hall as well).

So I now know tonight I’ll have to choose between 0.7 and 1 second shutter time. Another challenge will be the that the light on the ceiling is constantly changing :-) You’ll find the original shots on Flickr in 5MP and 38MP resolution to “pixel peep” if you feel like it.

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Nightshots with the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom

Last night there was a soccer game everybody was pretty excited about. I went to friends to see it, about a half hour away from where I live. Returned on my bike, very late at night, a bit disappointed and not completely sober I might add ;-) And then I passed the railway station in Hilversum – begging to be captured.

I was especially curious about how the Galaxy K Zoom would be able to capture it, since I’ve been reading horror stories about its lowlight capacities. Since it was so late, I made one mistake though – I only made a few shots with the Nokia Lumia 1020 on auto: completely forgot to put that on ISO 100 as well.

So I’ll readily admit that’s pretty stupid (a bit like missing two penalties during the semi-finale of a world championship). But I like to share all results I got from the Galaxy K Zoom with you anyway. First though, the Lumia 1020 on auto, choosing ISO 800 and 1/12 sec.

It’s the resized version of the 5MP shot.

Hilversum Station Nokia Lumia 1020 5MP ISO 800 (auto)

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