How does the new iPhone 6 challenge the might of Nokia PureView.
Here are some real world tests to see which is King. All images were taken at the same time in the phones default auto mode.
|Spec||Lumia 930||IPhone 6|
|Primary||20 MP, 4992 х 3744 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, optical image stabilization, autofocus, dual-LED flash||8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash|
|Features||1/2.5” sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size, PureView technology, dual capture, geo-tagging, face detection, panorama||1/3” sensor size, 1.5µm pixel size, geo-tagging, simultaneous HD video and image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR (photo/panorama)|
|Video||1080p@30fps, optical stabilization, stereo sound rec.||1080p@60fps, 720p@240fps|
|Secondary||1.2 MP, 720p||1.2 MP, 720p@30fps, face detection, FaceTime over Wi-Fi or Cellular|
Ok so let’s break it down:
Primary: If you look at only the numbers the Lumia makes the iPhone look like there is no fight. With more than the Megapixels and image stabilization the Lumia 930 has way more power under the hood.
Features: The iPhone takes this one on Default apps with simultaneous Image and Video capture, HDR, Live filters and Time lapse. But the gap is shrinking fast with the Lumia Denim update. It brings Dynamic HDR , 4K moment capture and more.
Video: The Lumia has advanced stabilization and stereo surround sound recording (The first phone with this capability) and 4K coming soon. The iPhone also has empowering features like simultaneous Image and Video capture and slow motion capture.
Now for the FaceTime and Skype users. Secondary camera, they are pretty even here with both having 720p recording, and Skype and FaceTime both integrated into the OS.
With just pure numbers the Lumia 930 wins but there is more to consider.
Both have great camera apps so I’m going to give pros and cons for each and you can decide.
|Nokia Camera||IOS 8 Camera|
|Quick Smart shots||Fast load|
|Fully customizable settings||Fast Capture|
|Quick shooting modes||
|Images in RAW format|
|Slower opening speed||No full image capture customization|
|Need separate app for Panorama and Time lapse||No Raw format|
|No HDR||No pre focus flash|
|No time lapse||No smart shooting|
I’ll let you decide what you need in a camera app, Just remember both can use third party apps that might cover your needs better!
A blind comparison of each sample in different conditions. Lumia 930 (5MP shot) and iPhone (8MP shot).
Figure 1-Flash on, close-up test.
Figure 2- Flash off , close-up test
Figure 3- Flash off
Figure 4- Flash on
Figure 5- Fine focus test
Figure 6- Flash off, low light, Close-up
Figure 7- Low light, no flash
Figure 8- Low light, Flash on
Figure 9-Low light, focus with flash.
Ok so now after carefully examining them and choosing your favorites.(Please post yours in the comments).
Here is each pics owner:
|Figure 1:||Lumia 930||iPhone 6|
|Figure 2:||iPhone 6||Lumia 930|
|Figure 3:||Lumia 930||iPhone 6|
|Figure 4:||Lumia 930||iPhone 6|
|Figure 5:||iPhone 6||Lumia 930|
|Figure 6:||iPhone 6||Lumia 930|
|Figure 7:||Lumia 930||iPhone 6|
|Figure 8:||Lumia 930||iPhone 6|
|Figure 9:||Lumia 930||iPhone 6|
Hope this helps you to choose what works for you. Comment below if you would like further tests.
From what I see and my preferences the LUMIA wins. Better night capability, faster focus and the higher res pics make for great editing and memory capture. I will update my review when Denim hits and see how things change.