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Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Nokia Lumia 1020 – first comparison based on a few shots

You might have read I’m more or less enjoying a short “time-out”, but some shots are just too “important” not to share I guess. Like these ones, coming from the Nokia Lumia 1020 and the brand new Samsung Galaxy S5…

Please correct me if I’m wrong, but I think this is the first comparison with shots coming from the Samsung Galaxy S5. Today I was happy to be invited to an event called the Samsung Experience Day here in The Netherlands, and I asked if I would be allowed to take a few shots with the Samsung Galaxy S5 (and take those with me) and to compare them with a Nokia PureView device.

There was not a doubt in their mind, and since it would be necessary to take a few shots outside as well, they even let me borrow the brand new Galaxy S5 from the national Marketing Manager. You’ll understand I couldn’t take that with me for a very long time (and they didn’t let me leave the building alone either :-). So although I only had a few minutes to make these shots, I’m very grateful for their trust and the opportunity they’ve given me to share them here.

But not without a few disclaimers first (you know me by now).
- First, maybe I should have grabbed the Lumia 1520 with its 20MP sensor, for a more “fair” battle with the 16MP results of the Galaxy S5. I didn’t, I guess I just wanted to compare the Galaxy S5 to the best smartphone camera at the moment.
- Second: light outside was awful (nothing but grey clouds).
- Third: for some weird reason my Lumia 1020 reset itself (for the first time ever, great timing), while making shots, so I appear to miss one high-res shot. Since I have only a few, I decided to share them all nevertheless.
- Fourth: I guess I was so excited to be able to give the Galaxy S5 a try, there are quite a few things I forgot to capture (like screenshots of the different camera settings).

So although this post is limited in some ways, it will just have to do for now.

To start, first two shots only from the Galaxy S5 itself – one with HDR off and one with HDR on. The difference is obvious, the effect fantastic, but the really great thing is that you will see the effect of using HDR in the screen even before you make the shot. No need to explain why that’s great – and I could add that there (still) is no direct HDR option in Nokia Camera (why not?).

Samsung Galaxy S5 Test HDR - offSamsung Galaxy S5 Test HDR - onJust one test with two shots, and I think the result speaks for itself. Like I said: you can immediately see the difference in the screen before capturing it. I really think that’s a great feature and moreover, there’s a direct button in the screen to control HDR (on/off).

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Time-out (charging the battery)

You’ve noticed I haven’t been able to post for quite a while – apart from a short quiz lately, which might prove to be the start of a new series about Nokia’s uniquely designed phones. But this post is not about that.

This club has become so much more than the fruit of my passion for mobile photography: it has grown into a worldwide and very lively community – and I’m so proud to be your “bartender” at the Club, serving literally thousands of you every day!

But now, after about two years of posting (even during my holidays), I notice I don’t lack passion or inspiration – I simply don’t have enough energy to keep doing all this next to what I’m supposed to do in daily life. Like: a full time job, and being a husband, a father and a son.

I’ve recently written I’ve been very busy with doing all that, and since this blog has become even more personal than I ever thought possible, I just wanted to let you know I simply need some sort of time-out, to “charge the battery” so to say.

Am I closing the club temporarily? No way, of course not – there are still hundreds of posts I believe are still worth your time to read (check the archives! :-). Will I stop posting? No, not that either – but I simply can’t keep posting as often as you might be used to by now. Not for the time being that is.

Isn’t this post somewhat unprofessional? Well, maybe – but the club is in fact costing me more than it’s making me. In two years I’ve discovered that either I’m the worst marketeer on the planet, or it’s really very hard to find commercial partners when you blog in a different language than your own.

The PureViewClub seems to be too international for Dutch companies, and simply too small for international ones. Is that frustrating me? Well – sometimes, to be honest. So if you’re a CEO or Head of Marketing of a company reading this and you feel you can do something about it, you’re more than welcome to.

In case you’re seriously interested: last year there were 445K unique visitors, 964K visits and more than 2.6 million pageviews. That should count for something, right? It might be an interesting opportunity for your company – and it won’t cost you a fortune either :-)

Anyway: the PureViewClub will stay open 24/7 and all posts are on the house as always. I will be posting on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc (see the links below). I’ll keep sharing great PureView shots by others, hopefully a few of my own as well. And I’ll try to post new content here as often as I can. But I simply need more time than ever to do so. I hope you’ll understand!

Meanwhile, feel free to make a donation if you’ve been appreciating what I’ve been doing here for the past two years – you’ll find a dedicated button at the right hand side of this page. Thank you very much in advance, you’ll even be mentioned here :-)

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PS: this is a crop from a Lumia 1020 picture from a poster of a painting I saw in a friend’s house. The lights were low, I didn’t use any flash, of course. Yes, I really am passionate about PureView technology, that’s not going to change either :-)

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Just a little quiz. PureView shots from a Nokia device – which one? (and the winner is: Angie!)

I’ve been extremely busy for the past days, so I didn’t find any time to write any of the posts I have in mind – I’m really sorry. Not sure when I will have some more time and peace of mind, so you’ll have to be patient still I’m afraid.

In the meantime, let’s play a little game, shall we? I’ll share some crops until you’re sure which Nokia device you’re looking at, okay? Here’s shot number one… Let me know what you think this is below :-)

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These were to be the next hints I had in mind to share…

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Nokia detail 4

Stop reading here for a minute… Would you have recognized it by now? I don’t think I would have if I didn’t know it already…

Nokia detail 5

Nokia speaker

So, would you? :-)

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Oops! I did it again… At the Car Wash – this time with the Nokia Lumia 1520 :-)

Taking a break of all shooting and cropping with the Lumia 1520 and Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, I decided to take my old car to the car wash – again.

The first time I captured it with the Nokia 808 PureView (also on Vimeo), the second time I captured the sound and vision of this experience with the Nokia Lumia 920, and you’ll find a newer version shot with the Nokia Lumia 1020.

Maybe some of you wondered what took me so long to bring the Nokia Lumia 1520 to the car wash as well? Well, here it is. Again, it’s more about the audio recording, since Nokia introduced “directional recording” on the Nokia Lumia 1520. I’m not sure if is very effective in a situation like this, but it never hurts to try.

You’ll see the autofocus struggling sometimes what to focus on, but you’ll also how fast the sensor adjusts, also to extreme light variations. I chose the highest resolution (1080/30fps) and the audio’s bass filter was set to the standard 100Hz.

So please step into my car to enjoy the ride once more (or maybe even for the first time). Preferably on full screen and fullHD, and with your best headphones on – I promise you the sound is incredible: you’re really there! :-)

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Two smartphones with 20MP sensors: Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact (3)

No, these are not the best shots I got artistically, but I’ll share them anyway since I believe they’re interesting in itself. In my previous two comparisons, I shared shots from the 20MP results from both the Nokia Lumia as the Sony Xperia.

In the first comparison, the Sony obviously lost, in the second comparison - in bright sunlight - its result was already a lot better and some might just prefer it since it simply looks sharper at first sight.

I promised some shots comparing the Sony on its “Superior Auto” setting, and compare that with the Nokia Lumia 1520. In Superior Auto, you can only shoot in 16:9 at the moment, but it wouldn’t suprise me if an update will change that, since in Barcelona I’ve seen 4:3 in the same setting on the Xperia Z2.

So I need to choose 16:9 on the Lumia 1520 as well, but: which setting to choose? Everything on auto? Change the white balance? I didn’t have much time to experiment since the sun was setting when I took these shots, but the differences are interesting.

There was another “problem”: Sony’s 8MP versus Nokia’s 5MP resolution. Some advised me to shoot on high-res with the Lumia and manually adjust that to 8MP, but I don’t have the software (nor the knowledge) to “oversample” shots on my PC . Moreover, I think it’s fair to show what you get as a consumer just using the device.

Here are the few shots I captured in the setting sun. As usual, Lumia 1520 first, Xperia Z1 Compact second, both on auto settings (so the Xperia on Superior Auto)

2 Nokia Lumia 1520 - tree - 5MP

2 Sony Xperia Z1 Compact - tree - 8MPAs you can see, the difference are marginal – the only thing is you’ll get a bit more of the scene with the Lumia 1520 (as usual, I didn’t move an inch). Next, two crops from these two shots – again you’ll see that choosing 640 x 360, you’ll get “closer” in the 8MP shot of the Xperia Z1 Compact.

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Two smartphones with 20MP sensors: Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact (2)

After the first comparison, someone on the Facebook group “Nothing but a Nokia” asked me to do a similar comparison of the Nokia Lumia 1520 and Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, but in great lighting conditions.

That’s a bit ironic, since most of the requests I got in the past years have been to test devices in less light, low light, inside or even almost complete darkness. Nevertheless: I like good light photography best myself, so I’m happy to oblige.

I made a few high-res shots from a nice house in my hometown, a scene I think I’ve shared before (not sure about it, a long time ago if so anyway). So both the devices were set to maximum resolution and 4:3 – equivalent of 19MP (4992 x 3744 pixels) on the Lumia 1520 and 20.6MP (5248 x 3936 pixels) on the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact.

I will show the resized versions first (click on the shots to see the originals on OneDrive). Mind you, these are the resized versions of the high-res originals. Nokia Lumia 1520 first, like in the previous comparison.

1 Nokia Lumia 1520 - house - 20MP

1 Sony Xperia Z1 Compact - house - 20MP

I do like the color rendition of the Lumia better personally, although the bushes in front of the house are quite green. In the EXIF you will see the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact was on manual settings, which I need to get the 20MP result (like I wrote a few times, you can’t get high res in the “Superior Auto” setting). The Nokia Lumia 1520 was on auto settings however (more about that in a later post).

Next, a few 640 x 360 crops from these two results. Lumia 1520 first.

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