Two extremely formidable camera modules. I was surprised to see a 12.6MP shooter in the Discover. Not a lot of people know what a “Pantech” is yet, but you can’t fault them for trying to change that.
My current favorite is still the Lumia 920, especially in low light; but I wanted to see how these two would fare against each other in a macro test. Flower photography is one of my favorite pastimes, and we’re getting to a point where our phones are capable of delivering VERY good photographic results.
First the Lumia (click to get full sized image):
I find the photo (taken in the shade) is a touch cool. Nokia/Microsoft has pushed the saturation in the jpeg creation a touch hard for my taste, and here it’s resulting in a slightly blue-ish cast to the photo. I also think noise reduction is too aggressive, and might be one of the reasons that Lumia photos still look a touch soft.
Now the Pantech Discover:
I like the color a little better here. It’s a touch warmer, better representation of the late morning light. The image is just a touch grainier, but I happen to prefer a little extra noise if the image retains detail. Unfortunately, I don’t see any appreciable difference in detail with the extra megapixels, and yellow areas seem to lack detail when compared to the Lumia.
On the whole, I prefer the image out of the Lumia. As a pixel peeper, I’d want to edit it, de-saturate some of the color; but even with the aggressive noise reduction there’s still more detail in “hot” colors than the Pantech. Totally subjective, but I also happen to slightly prefer the background out of focus areas on the Lumia. They seem a bit softer, a bit more pleasant.
I am impressed with the Pantech however. It’s a phone camera which looks like it could easily trade blows with the cream of the Android crop. Not bad for a manufacturer I didn’t even know existed a couple months ago…