09-20-2013, 07:16 AM #1
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This Tuesday I finally got my Lumia 1020 here in Germany from O2 and so far my overall impression of this smartphone is very good. Unfortunately I had no real opportunity to take pictures outside so far, but yesterday when I wanted to take some pictures from our balcony I noticed some serious lens flare issues. I know that one should avoid to take pictures with front lightning, but I like taking pictures with front lightning because sometimes you can get some really beautiful effects with sun rays… I instantly noticed a white “point” in the picture…really annoying, I tried to take another angle but it just wandered, but almost never removed completely. After having another look when back inside, I also noticed huge red flares in almost all pictures. My L925 had no such problems. It rarely produced a blue bow when holding a specific angle, but when adjusting the angle just a bit it removed.
Has anyone noticed such huge lens flare problems with the Lumia 1020 so far? I already fell in love with my 1020 and don’t want to give it back – preferably not even for some days to replace - , but this is the only point that is really disturbing. I’m thinking about sending it back and ask for another one, but this of course wouldn’t make sense, if it’s an “normal” behavior because of the big sensor (or better say general problem that all 1020s have). I wouldn’t mind a bit lens flare, that’s ok and sometimes can even be somehow beautiful… but those huge lens flare problems would ruin almost all pictures with front lightning… (I will add some sample pictures to show you the extend of lens flare on my 1020, the lens was completely clean btw. so no dust grain…)
Is it maybe possible to avoid lens flare with other adjustments? I’m just a hobby photographer, nothing serious - I just like taking pictures when I see a nice setting or of my friends/family. So unfortunately I don’t know much about all those blend/iso/etc. adjustments.. What should I choose for front lightning situations?
Ah and another thing I have noticed so far… my first impression also was, that the oversampled 5MP pictures look somehow better (sharper) than the 38MP one… but then again when I zoom in, I can see pixels earlier on the 5 MP one than on the 38 MP (as it should be off course), so I guess whenever I wanted to print or send a picture I would always choose the 5 MP one over the 38MP one.. I guess the 38 MP is just good for zooming in/cropping… Is this also a strange behavior of my 1020 or what is your impression? I mean that the 5 MP looks sharper and overall a bit better than the 38 MP one, shouldn’t it be the other way round? I also asked myself if it then even makes sense to take a 38MP picture or wouldn’t be the 5MP only enough (of course much less MB) – but is it then still an oversampled one (with Pro Cam) or will I loose quality?
I know that are a lot of questions, but I really hope you can help me and maybe can even add some picture examples with front lightning from your 1020s (with or without lens flare)! That would be really nice and would help me a lot for my decision whether to send it back or not.
Thank you very much in forward!
P.S. Please excuse my English but I’m no native speaker
09-20-2013, 07:43 AM #2
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"Ah and another thing I have noticed so far… my first impression also was, that the oversampled 5MP pictures look somehow better (sharper) than the 38MP one… but then again when I zoom in, I can see pixels earlier on the 5 MP one than on the 38 MP..."
I noticed this too on my 1080p screen, but I believe the 38mp is still sharper you just can't really see it on such a low res screen, so I guess for digital viewing on todays 1080p screens the 5mp is better, but if I was printing the pic I think the 38mp would look better if not viewed on a screen.
09-20-2013, 09:14 AM #3
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John is correct. The 5MP images only look better than the 38MP ones when both images have been resized down to fit onto a computer screen using a poor quality resize algorithm, typical of many image viewing programs that are optimized for speed rather than quality. If you load both images into a paint program like Paint.NET or Photoshop, and actually resize the images down to a size that fits on your screen, you should find that the resized 38MP image looks better than the resized 5MP image. It should be slightly softer but higher quality, although it depends on the resize algorithm you use. Nokia's resize algorithm for the 5MP images is very aggressive when it comes to sharpening, to the point of sacrificing quality in my opinion.
By the way, I'm no expert photographer, but isn't it generally a bad idea to have the sun in the frame?
09-20-2013, 11:49 AM #5
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First of all thank you very much for your comments! I think now I understand the difference between the 5 MP and the 38 MP pictures better. Guess I will just try printing some pictures then and have another comparison
Regarding the problem with the lens flare: yeah I know that it is in general not a good idea to aim at the sun, but from time to time one can get beautiful shots with sun rays and sometimes it’s not avoidable to catch the sun especially when taking pictures of e.g. buildings that can’t be moved and the sun is in the background.
My former 920 and 925 had no such issues, at least not to such an extent. That’s why I’m a bit uncertain, if the behavior of the 1020 is usual (?). To see what I mean I attached some sample pictures made with my 925 with more or less facing the sun directly in contrast to my pictures above made with the 1020.
09-20-2013, 12:24 PM #6
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Those are some nice pictures, especially that last one. I guess lens flare is a weakness of the 1020. I've seen it myself and just changed the angle of the camera until it was no longer present. I'm not sure why it happens or if there's another way to counter it.
Regarding the difference between 5MP and 38MP images, I just made a post in another thread with some examples that you might find helpful:
I'm a Pro Photographer. Got the 1020. Wow I'm impressed! A few samples inside. =)
This shows what happens when you let the phone resize the image from 38MP to 5MP instead of doing it yourself with some program that is not so overzealous when it comes to sharpening.
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