Images | AAWP There is no doubt that photography is important in smartphones , not in vain this section has…
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There is no doubt that photography is important in smartphones , not in vain this section has become one of the most important differentiating elements of the new high-end, and the arrival of Huawei P20 Pro with his unpublished triple sensor system has kindled the bonfire of comparisons and debates that had stabilized after the Reviews of the Galaxy S9 .
The last one is brought to us by the boys of All About Windows Phone , and be careful because what you will see next will leave you speechless: Can a 2013 Nokia rival two of the best smartphones of today? Quick answer: YES …
A yes in capital letters because the Nokia 1020 that this year will celebrate their fifth anniversary are allowed not only compete with the Samsung Galaxy S9 + Y Huawei P20 Pro , but also they give themselves the luxury of winning in many of the sections .
It is important to remember before entering into matters that the responsible in Nokia of those PureView phones now works for Huawei , enlisted in the ranks of the department responsible for photography at the terminals of the Chinese giant, so we will see what the P20 Pro inherits from those Nokia to date inimitable in photography. For now, a huge sensor that allows 40 megapixel photographs , a savage …
Let’s not stay here, let’s put the analysis in context reviewing the specifications of the photographic systems of the four terminals to compare:
|Nokia Lumia 950 XL||Nokia Lumia 1020||Samsung Galaxy S9||Huawei P20 Pro|
|Sensor (s)||20 MP, f / 1.9, 26 mm, Zeiss Optical||41 MP, f / 2.2, 26 mm, Zeiss Optical||12 MP, f / 1.5-2-4, 26 mm12 MP, f / 2.4, 52 mm||40 MP, f / 1.8, 27 mm20 MP, f / 1.6, 27 mm) 8 MP, f / 2.4m 80 mm Leica optics|
|Autofocus||Phase detection||Phase detection||Phase detection||Laser + phase detection|
|Optical zoom||No (4x digital without losses)||No (4x digital without losses)||Yes (2x)||Yes (3x)|
|LED flash||3 LEDs, 3 tones||LED + Xenon||1 LED, 1 tone||1 LED, 1 tone|
|Video||2160p @ 30fps1080p @ 30 / 60fps||1080p @ 30 / 60fps||2160p @ 60fps1080p @ 240fps720p @ 960fps||2160p @ 30fps1080p @ 30 / 60fps720p @ 960fps|
|Frontal||5 MP, f / 2.4, FHD||1.2 MP, HD||8 MP, f / 1.7, QHD||24 MP, f / 2.0, HD|
|software||Geotagging, PureView, HDR, shooting modes, face detection and smiles||Geotagging, PureView, HDR, shooting modes, face detection and smiles||Geotagging, autoHDR, selective focus, shooting modes, face detection and smiles||Geotagging, autoHDR, selective focus, shooting modes, face detection and smiles|
A priori it seems that the Huawei P20 Pro should raze , the signature of Leica ensures at least the same results as the Zeiss optics, and having a triple sensor system with telephoto and such resolution should give incredible results.
We will see, however, that everything that glitters is not gold, and that image processing is everything in digital photography . At least we can say that Huawei is the one with the most room for improvement given the characteristics, and we assume that it will improve a lot in future updates.
He Galaxy S9 + maintains the harmony of the previous comparatives and analysis, with sometimes surprising results and even below those achieved by the Galaxy S8, although among the best of the current high-end in terms of photography .
We, the Nokia, have known them for a long time, so their results will not surprise anyone. What is surprising is that they remain even over high-end smartphones that were born almost 5 years later , something that seems quite unthinkable if you have not seen the evidence.
In order not to generate suspicions, the analysts already indicate that the tests have been carried out as any other user would do, with the same conditions and in the same scenes for the four terminals , testing the different situations that might be required.
Obviously what you will see here are cuts , so if you want the original images you can download them from the source that has been linked to the beginning and end of this article.
Let’s start with the interesting …
The first test shows us a simple and natural scene, well lit, in which we see that the Lumia 1020 achieves the most “natural” result along with the Galaxy S9 + and closely followed by the Lumia 950 XL, leaving for the P20 Pro the most artificial , we assume that by the AI mode that will have saturated the image to detect flowers.
Yes, there are not too many differences in the enlargement to real size, and can only be attributed to the P20 Pro that excessive processing on the scene.
Testing in macro the results are similar , both the Nokia and the Galaxy S9 + get the most natural results, perhaps the two Nokia over the Samsung, leaving for the P20 Pro an excess of processing on the image showing it more colorful but less natural.
Again a technical tie if we ignore the AI who chooses scenes in the Huawei terminal.
To prove the HDR and the flash fill , a shady statue scene with a bright sky and a more general background with illuminated trees has been chosen, and the default flash is activated on all devices.
The results are as expected, the Lumia 1020 and its Xenon flash take the street test , and that is that the Xenon flash is more important than we sometimes think to compensate a scene with backlighting. There is no color, there is no discussion, behind in order the other Lumia 950 XL, followed by the Galaxy S9 + and lastly, again, the P20 Pro.
The fourth test takes us to the world of zoom , where we will compare the results of the PureView sensors with the telephoto lenses of Huawei and Samsung.
Curious that the Lumia 1020 without optical zoom is again among the best, although the results in this case seem to favor the Samsung Galaxy S9 + and its two magnifications thanks to the telephoto lens.
Tends the Samsung to an excess of sharpness difficult to imagine in a “realistic” result, something that the Nokia Lumia 1020 manages to alleviate. On the other hand, the Huawei P20 Pro fails in a test where it should win with its 3 optical magnifications, and the Lumia 950 XL also gets a pretty poor result.
To rule out a specific failure of the Huawei device another different scenario is tried to test the zoom, although the results as you will see are quite similar Unfortunately, the Chinese firm must work more with the processing.
Curious the failure of Huawei and again Galaxy S9 + and Lumia 1020 sending with a Lumia 950 XL far from its three competitors.
Where the P20 Pro could not fail is dimly lit or nocturnal scenes , and here has not disappointed winning the test with solvency. Its dynamic range leaves it in a preponderant place, although certainly the details and the search for excessive sharpness could be improved
The Galaxy S9 + gets a clearer result, but it is the Lumia 1020 that surprises with its great quality , improving Samsung with worse specifications in the opening of its sensor. The Lumia 950 XL stays in last place.
Well yes folks, for analysts the Nokia Lumia 1020 is still the ‘Number one’ of photography on smartphones, winning with 73 points out of 80 possible, above the Galaxy S9 + with 67 points and leaving in third place a technical tie between the Huawei P20 Pro and the Lumia 950 XL with 60 points.
So, we can conclude that a smartphone of 2013 is able to blush to the high-end Android of today , at least as far as the photographic section is concerned. Cast taking into account the enormous effort of the main manufacturers to improve the camera of its most prestacionales terminals.
It is true that Nokia designed the Lumia 1020 around its camera and that gives them an advantage , but make minor concessions in the design if the improvement is worth it maybe it would not be such a crazy idea in the current high-end.
The Good news for Huawei is that they have a lot of room for improvement and, on paper, the best photographic system on the market, so the next updates will be key for them. Samsung for its part should also improve a pioneering system with variable aperture that at the moment has not given the great result that we all expected regarding the Galaxy S8.
And to you, what did you think of the test? Have we already asked Nokia to resuscitate the Lumia 1020 but with Android and updated chipset instead of the X6 ?
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