Gutter Flowers: Nokia 808 PureView vs. Nokia Lumia 925

Photo taken by the Nokia Lumia 925 and resized in LightroomPhoto taken by the Nokia 808 PureView and resized in Lightroom

Nokia Lumia 925 photo on the left/top and the Nokia 808 PureView on the right/bottom, roll over image for camera phone name and click on it for larger version.

Wed 07.03.13 – The world famed Clinton Jeff is currently visiting between mobile tech events in the US and a slew of UPS / DHL packages have arrived this past week bearing mobile phones for review in Unleash the Phones. CJ kindly handed me a Nokia Lumia 925 to take photos with after he completed his review.
The Nokia Lumia 925 is a lovely little machine: it is light, well made, and the photos have been quite nice so far. Even though it does not have my photo / dog walking required leash/wrist strap hole, it is light and flat enough to stuff in my pocket. I have been reluctant to bring it out due to the lack of wrist strap in a few situations over the last few days.
Now, I could have done a comparison between my Nokia Lumia 920 and the trial 925, but why? I rarely take the Lumia 920 out on photo walks, as it is too big for my hands, it is heavy and there is not place to secure a wrist strap to it. Yes, I did buy a case with a strap for the Lumia 920, but it makes the mobile even bigger, bulkier, and heavier and then both get left at home.
Instead, I decided to test if the Nokia Lumia 925 is good enough to be acceptable against my primary camera phone the best mobile photo bad ass currently on the planet – the Nokia 808 PureView, aka my Precious. The Nokia 808 is small enough to comfortably fit in my hand, there is a wrist strap / leash hole on the bottom and with the strap – I am never afraid I am going to drop it when leaning over something dangerous to phones or have the dogs knock it out of my hand if they are being boisterous. Not to mention that the 808 PureView’s photos are great.
This post is the first in a series over the next couple of days. As the first, I give you two above comparison photos taken from the same spot of local fallen flowers floating in the gutter during daylight, photo on the above left/top taken with the Nokia Lumia 925 and the photo on the bottom of the two photos taken with the Nokia 808 PureView, both camera phones set to ‘close-up’.
I have imported both originals into Lightroom, added metadata, and then exported as 1200 pixel width photos, uploaded here and am using Src to resize for mobile, if necessary. Neither has been massaged in any other way.
The big difference that I can see is that the saturation on the Nokia Lumia 925 is high and the Nokia 808 PureView is truer to natural / real color.