It is hard to believe that you just a few months after Chambers of the best smartphones of 2013, we have here another comparative prong that aspire to be the best and which exceed the performance considerably from apparently a few months ago. It is the clearest confirmation that We have already made the leap to a higher level in chambers of smartphones.
As we tell you yesterday speaking of the relationship between light, megapixels and the size of the sensor, these are key factors which precisely three rivals today’s lay on the table. In all three cases there is considerable sensors and high number of pixels with a dual purpose: to zoom in and offer images of quality in any condition.
Let us discover how did in our test at Chronologicalwatches.com the Nokia Lumia 1020, the Galaxy S4 Zoom and Sony Xperia Z1.
The contenders and their photographic proposal
Sony Xperia Z1 and Lumia 1020 Galaxy S4 Zoom smartphone are different but of which there are currently on the market, which more closely resemble in their photographic proposal. That is why we have gathered them in this series of shots controlled after their individual analysis (analysis of the Sony Xperia Z1 of the 1020 Lumia and background of the Galaxy S4 Zoom test)
The three make a choice common although not identical: sensor of considerable size, many megapixel and possibility of zooming without loss of quality, something that the Galaxy S4 Zoom takes to the extreme with its 10 X optical.
Here the comparative table of the main characteristics of these three smartphones with camera photographic modules:
|Nokia Lumia 1020||Sony Xperia Z1||Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom|
|Sensor resolution||41 MP||20.7 MP||16 MP|
|Sensor size||1/1.5 “||1/2.3 “||1/2.3 “|
|Zoom||3 x digital||3 x digital||10 x optical|
As you can see, the level of rivals is very important, but how do they meet in the field?
Comparative photo in five scenes
One of the points that emphasize more the three rivals is the possibility to zoom in, let’s start with that scene. We have a building under construction in well-sunny day, with a radiant blue sky, and singsong Masons that want to see up close. If you can.
First the general scene with cut-out at 100% a terrace with antennas and deposits (the order will always be Lumia 1020, Xperia Z1 and Galaxy S4 Zoom):
Colors and exposure, we see that Lumia 1020 bets for more warmth in the colors and a less exposed scene, while Galaxy S4 Zoom is what gives us a brighter overall scene.
At the level of details, Lumia 1020 takes advantage of its large size and pixel count sensor and leave us the best details of antennas and handrails, followed by the Xperia Z1 where there is a more aggressive treatment of the scene to reduce noise and loss of associated detail, and last is the cutout of the Galaxy S4 Zoom, where your sensor with luminosity F3.1 introduces more luminance noise.
Now apply the maximum zoom It allows each camera and we see results with cut-out at 100%:
Here, as it could not be otherwise, there is no color between opponents. Galaxy S4 Zoom with its 10 X optical is that logically closer and do it in addition to the highest quality. We can even invite bricklayer to drink. In the case of the 1020 Lumia we have an acceptable digital zoom while with the Xperia Z1, taking out everything what we offered in the automatic mode, we can already distinguish few details.
The conclusion is that, for specific cases, the “trick” in the form of optimize the shots with 5 to 8 megapixel resolution respectively in which it is possible to zoom in without apparent loss of quality by using a technique of union of “deleted” pixels to get closer to the scene works at the web level or on the own smartphone but not will serve as much if we want to get a printed copy of the scene.
When we leave aside the zoom and we throw to get images with the highest resolution (in the case of the Xperia Z1 only possible in manual mode), these are the results, with the general scene of a patio with good lighting and cut 100% of each image. Lumia 1020 returns to enforce its sensor and resolution for a cut much more got the Galaxy S4 Zoom and especially that the of the Xperia Z1, which leaves us some details too artificial as we approach.
And if you play a little with the modes, a macro for each of these smartphones, in this case we already have with the “usual” resolutions of each: 5, 8 and 10 MP for Lumia, Xperia and Galaxy respectively.
We went to the night mode and have two scenes. One is the general, with light artificial and controlled with tripod and automatic mode in all of them. Lumia 1020, which resolved not correctly white balance, is that penalizes less details, while the Z1 returns to be very destructive to trying to avoid excess noise.
Then we already get into inside, with just light to see how each smartphone manages to offer us the best scene.
Large general level with peculiarities that tips the balance
Luckily, I think, the choice of a smartphone with high abilities photographs is no longer a headache. There are already very powerful and high-performance solutions in high-end terminals as you just check for yourself.
With this starting point, the choice depends now on the needs and preferences of each one. In fact, the three terminals of today offer different starting conditions. On the one hand we have bet under Windows Phone in the form of the 1020 Lumia, where design, a large sensor and optical stabilisation, together with the application for full manual control of the photographs are highlights. That you have talked about in detail in the analysis of the 1020 Lumia.
Then we have under Android Sony with its Xperia Z proposal, range top terminal in specifications and water resistant (which allows using your camera underwater without accessories), as well as the Galaxy S4 Zoomm, whose election is the combine camera and phone in a controlled body, and where Whoever optical zoom has no alternative. On the contrary, it is less all smartphone.
Finally, it should not be forgotten that this test has been in a cold way. With the level that we have in these smartphones, best photography depends on more and more the quality of the photo (especially for getting the most out of the camera with manual controls), scene and of course what each snapshot mean to it which makes it or enjoy watching it.
What option you prefer you take account, on a global basis, offering a very even performance?
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