Photo Device Shoot Out – Part 2

Photo Device Shoot Out – Part 2
29th November 2011

On the 20th of November I blogged in ‘Part 1‘ photos taken by the Nokia Lumia 800, Canon EOS D400, Samsung Galaxy S and Kodak Z812. Today I wanted to share four photos from four cameras that were taken in the early morning as the sun rose behind Tower Bridge in London UK. This time the Samsung Galaxy S was substituted for and Olympus u820. The specs for each camera are below:

  • Canon EOS D400 SLR : 18mm-50mm Sigma Lens, f/2.8-4.5, 10 MP resolution
  • Kodak Z812 : 36mm-432mm Schneider Lens, f/2.8–f/4.8, 8.2 MP resolution
  • Nokia Lumia 800 : 28mm Karl Zeiss Lens, f/2.2, 8 MP resolution
  • Olympus u820 : 6.4mm-32mm Lens, f/1,3-3.5,8 MP resolution

As in Part 1, all cameras were set on ‘auto’.

Olympus u820
Kodak Z812
Nokia Lumia 800
Canon EOS D400

Again as in Part 1, the Canon EOS D400 takes the better photo, followed by the Nokia Lumia 800. The worst in this lot is the Olympus u820. But saying that it was set on ‘auto’ and I’m sure with some thought and changing of the settings the photos from this device would be much better. But this is a real world test where most people snap their photos with a camera set on the ‘auto’ setting.

The next four are of the left tower from the same four devices.

Olympus u820
Kodak Z812
Nokia Lumia 800
Canon EOS D400

In Part 3 I have found and resurrected two more cameras stored away, they are the Kodak DC240 and the Kodak Z700. Both of these did a great job while I was traveling the globe. These two cameras will be added to the next test with the three above. Until next time . . . .

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Nokia Lumia 800 – UPDATE

Nokia Lumia 800 – UPDATE
23rd November 2011

Reports in the UK are saying Orange has sold out of the Nokia Lumia 800, and other phone companies such as Vodafone and ‘3’ have also been selling the phones like ‘hotcakes’. Owning one now for a week now I’m impressed by the OS (WP7) and the phone itself. The naysayers of WP7 Windows have been reporting that sales are not as expected. Hmm, selling out at one phone company and stock very low in others doesn’t sound like sales are no good. Reviews of those who have bought the Nokia Lumia 800 have been very positive. Today I took some photos early in the morning as fog blanketed the city ( and then lifted). Photos below.

Westminster Bridge, London, UK
London Eye, London, UK
Embankment, London, UK

Big Ben, London, UK
London Eye, London, UK

Previous posts on the Nokia Lumia 800 :

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Nokia Lumia 800 – The Camera

NOKIA LUMIA 800 - PHOTO

Nokia Lumia 800 – The Camera
22nd November 2011

One of the main reasons I bought the Nokia Lumia 800 is the camera. The phone sports a camera with a 8Mp resolution and a 28mm Karl Zeiss lens. The photos below are from during the morning when the sun was coming up, during the day, a close up of flowers, inside and outside at night. As expected with most of the cameras in phones, the day shots are crisp and clear and the colors on the Nokia Lumia 800 are natural. All the photos below were taken on the ‘auto’ settings. They have been resized to 480 pixels wide. Overall I’m impressed with what it can do. The previous phone I had, a Samsung Galaxy S II took great daylight photos, although the colors seemed too bright and not natural, but shitty low light photos. I’m sure playing with the settings to get better photos is possible, but I wanted this for that time when I didn’t have my Canon DSLR, and as a substitute for that in those times when I need a camera, the Nokia Lumia 800 is excellent. (see previous post on the Nokia Lumia 800). The next post on this camera will cover the video. Until then . . . .

Sunrise - Nokia Lumia 800
Early Morning Under The Trees - Nokia Lumia 800
During The Day - Nokia Lumia 800
During The Day With Heavy Shadows - Nokia Lumia 800
During The Day - Nokia Lumia 800
Flowers (Close Up) - Nokia Lumia 800

Indoors in a Shopping Mall – Nokia Lumia 800

Night Outside - Nokia Lumia 800
Night Outside - Nokia Lumia 800

Nokia Lumia 800 UK address is http://www.nokia.co.uk/gb-en/products/phone/lumia800/specifications

Nokia Lumia 800 : previous post on this phone I did a few days ago https://speedingdragon.wordpress.com/2011/11/17/nokia-lumia-800-with-wp7-mango

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Photo Device Shoot Out – Part 1

Photo Device Shoot Out – Part 1
20th November 2011

This weekend I went to Kensington Park in London early in the morning at sunrise and took photos with my Canon EOS D400 SLR, Kodak Z812, Samsung Galaxy S and the new Nokia Lumia 800. Many of the photos were taken of the same thing by each device as I wanted to see what the difference and quality was between them. Overall as you would expect, the Canon EOS D400 SLR took the best ones. I’ve always been impressed by the Samsung Galaxy S photos taken in good light. The Kodak Z812 is a great point-n-shoot camera and as always Kodak has a great Schneider lens. Plus the new kid on the block the Nokia Lumia 800 with the always great Karl Zeiss lens. All camera settings were on ‘auto’. First the specs:

•    Canon EOS D400 SLR : 18mm-50mm Sigma Lens, f/2.8-4.5, 10 MP resolution
•    Kodak Z812 : 36mm-432mm Schneider Lens, f/2.8–f/4.8, 8.2 MP resolution
•    Nokia Lumia 800 : 28mm Karl Zeiss Lens, f/2.2, 8 MP resolution
•    Samsung Galaxy S : 3.79mm Lens, f/2.6, 5 MP resolution

I’ll put the photos side-by-side and you can judge which one is better than the others – please not these are not full resolution pics as they have been compressed, but you should still see a difference.

The first four photos are of the sunrise, all devices were set on auto.

Canon EOS D400
Kodak Z812
Nokia Lumia 800
Samsung Galaxy S

The nexy set of photos are of the iconic Red Telephone box found all over London. This toime there are only three photos by the Canon, Nokia and Samsung.

Canon EOS D400
Nokia Lumia 800
Samsung Galaxy S

Finally the next three photos are of the Prince Albert Memorial:

Canon EOS D400
Nokia Lumia 800
Samsung Galaxy S

So what did I get out of this test? Well as expected the Canon EOS D400 obviously takes better photos, the Samsung Galaxy S quality is amazing but the colors are too bright and look artificial and also photos are closer than the other to due to the lens focal length. The Nokia Lumia 800 colors are more natural than the Galaxy S.The Kodak Z812 does a good all round job as a point-and-shoot.

So in conclusion, in daylight, the Canon is the camera to take photos with, the Kodak is a great camera to take photos when I’m in a hurry, and the Nokia Lumia 800 is the one to use when I haven’t got a dedicated camera, even though the Samsung Galaxy S still takes some great shots, but they just look not quite realistic. The next blog will have the same devices taking photos is low light and with a Flash, which will surely test the phone cameras.

Nokia Lumia 800 with WP7 (Mango)

Nokia Lumia 800 with WP7 (Mango)
17th November 2011

Today my Nokia Lumia 800 (with WP7 Mango) arrived today and this is my first impressions over the last 6 hours. I’ll post another blog after I get a week or two under my belt using it. I wont go over the specs of the phone as many reports and articles have already covered this. The photos on here today are from unboxing it and after a few changes. The first and second photos show the blue box it came in.  The the third photo is the front of the phone still wrapped in the plastic and the forth photo is the back of the phone. The fifth photo is what was in the box, which included the phone itself, the plug for the power, a USB cable which is both for the connection of the phone to the computer and the phone to the power plug, and the earphones.

The phone itself it a very high quality and has some weight behind it and it feels ‘sold’, unlike the Samsung Galaxy S I previously owned. The phone is unlocked so it can be used with other SIMs anywhere in the world. The SIM itself uses the micro-SIM, so before using it I had to get my SIM cut to size.

I downloaded the Zune software and installed it and then after turning it on and going through the start-up menu, I connected it to my computer (running Windows 7) and wanted to transfer my contacts and calendar from Outlook 201o to the phone. Surprised I found that you cannot sync from Outlook to the phone directly. You have to first sync to Windows Live and then sync to the phone. Microsoft dropped the ball here as I and what I saw in the many forums, is that people want to sync directly with Outlook. Why couldn’t I sync my contacts/Calendar direct from Outlook and then if I want back these up to Windows Live. The second thing I don’t like is not being able to access the files of the phone via Windows Explorer. I found a registry tweak where I could access the storage of the phone (see it here).

This is the first time I have owned and had a hands-on time with Windows Phone 7, as previously I had  a Samsung Galaxy S running Android 2.3. I also have a Samsung Galaxy 7″ Tablet running Android 2.3 and my wife has an Apple iPad 2 now running iOS5. The Nokia Lumia 800 is quick in what it does, and anything I used was seamless with no stuttering, unlike the Galaxy S. It is refreshing that WP7 is different from Android and iOS. After an hour or so I really like the WP7 tile system. They are live and I can see what is going on, I can add what I want on the front screen and put them in the position I want. Live tiles are what it should be, unlike Androids and iOS lifeless & dead buttons. Over the next days Ill be accessing Social networks while on the move, posting photos, tweeting and really giving the phone a real-life workout.

But my first impressions in just a few hours is the phone is beautiful and the OS is great and I’m looking forward as I learn more what it can do and I think it will be nice to once again use a phone.

The Nokia Lumia 800 and 700 are now available in most countries in Western Europe, and is expected to be in the USA in the New Year, although I hear that it will be the Nokia Lumia 900 with a bigger screen. The UK has them on contracts as low as 25 pounds a month and up to 460 pounds to buy them outright and unlocked.

Lastly the phone has also has a 8Mp camera with a Karl Zeiss lens and this was one of the main reasons I wanted it. Tomorrow Ill take photos during the day and at night and will post them in the next day or so on this blog.

Until then . . . . .