Visiting Hamburg? Looking for a sweet walking tour? Join Nicole on a stroll around Hamburg where she takes some sweet photos of this gorgeous sea side town while testing the cameras on the HTC Re, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the iPhone 6+.
Hamburg is located on the River Elbe which is 100km from the North Sea and is Europes second busiest port. With canals extending in every direction Hamburg is Germany’s second largest city with a population of 1.8 Million and if you count surrounding area that number actually creeps up to 4 Million.
With not a lot of time and only an afternoon to see the town, I decided against venturing into one of the cities many museums. I came across a few sites that claimed Hamberg had over 60 museums, I checked out a few of them on Hamburg’s official tourism website which is in English.
What I really wanted to do was take a walking tour, but not just any walking tour, one based around photography. I was looking to get some nice shots for the video I wanted to make about my trip to Hamburg. So after much Googling I came across “The Worldwide Photowalk” for Hamburg which had a walking tour up from 2014. They’ve got a map with the route laid out for you with all the points of interest.
The whole thing took me about 2 hours and there was even an audio visual art installation that I found along the way. I took a video of it if you’re curious what it was all about.
Since I’m a mobile technology journalist I’m never with out a ton of devices, so I had with me the HTC Re, Apple iPhone6+ and Samsung Galaxy Note 4. If you’re not familiar with the devices let me lay each one out for you.
The HTC Re is a lifestyle camera, it’s meant to be a stand alone device that isn’t an action camera like GoPro but is more stylish for you to carry around in your day to day life. It’s also waterproof, can do slow motion and it’s got a microphone so it’s like a para-scope shaped video camera. I got to spend some time with it in New York and shot a pretty detailed video showing off footage from a helicopter ride!
HTC RE specs
16 MP 1/2.3-inch sensor
146° (f/2.8) ultra-wide angle lens
8 GB microSD card included (can expand up to 128 GB)
1080p @ 30 fps video
720p 4x slow motion video
Time-lapse video recording
Bluetooth 4.0 LE, WiFi, microUSB, 1/4-inch tripod connection
820 mAh battery (1 hour and 40 minutes of continuous recording)
If you’re curious what the sample shots look like, here are the photos that I took from Hamburg on the Re.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has one of the best camera’s on an Android device, a big part of why that is that is comes with OIS or Optical Image Stabilization. OIS fights against camera shake, and also allows you to take better pictures in lower light by automatically extending exposure time.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Specifications
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 2.7 GHz
- 3 GB RAM
- 5.7 inches OLED 2560 x 1440
- 16 megapixels
- f/ 2.4
- OIS – Optical Image Stabilization
- 32GB of Storage with MicroSD card slot
- Infrared & NFC
- 5.96 x 3.24 x 0.33 in
- 6.21 oz
Taking a look at sample shots from the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the colors are vibrant and crisp.
Apple iPhone 6+
Apple’s first large form factor phone that comes with a 5.5 inch display, the iPhone 6 and 6+ take amazing photos. They are considered to be the benchmark of photography on a smartphone, and it’s for a good reason.
Apple iPhone 6+ Specification
5.5 inch Display
1920 x 1080p 401ppi
A8 Processor with M8 coprocesor
8-megapixel iSight camera with 1.5µ pixels
Autofocus with Focus Pixels
Optical image stabilization
158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1mm
The iPhone 6+ camera is capable of 1080p HD video recording at 30fps or 60fps, Slo-mo video at 120 fps or 240 fps, Time-lapse video, Cinematic video stabilization and Continuous auto focus when taking a video.
If you would like to see some sample shots from the iPhone 6+ we’ve got them here for you.
Some Sweet Side by Side Comparison Photos
If these individual shots aren’t enough, I’ve actually taken the time to put a few side by side for you so you can really take a look at how they differ. For one it’s a matter of perspective, the Re has a much wider viewing angle and I wouldn’t be relying on it for all of my vacation photos, but it will do in a pinch.
If you’d like to see more of this type of technology focused travel review, let me know in the comments. If you have any ideas for the way I can present this type of comparison, I’m all ears!