Glass vs DSLR – Indoor Edition

Category : Glass vs DSLR, Photo & Video · (1) Comment · by May 3, 2013

Last week I released a photo comparison between Google Glass and my Nikon D5100 DSLR.  Those photos were all taken outdoors on a sunny afternoon, and many people said that Glass wouldn’t do nearly as well on indoor photographs.

Well, now we can find out.  I took these photos today.  The Glass version was taken at the same time as the DSLR version, and I was standing (or sitting, or crouching) in the same position for both shots.


























In order to recreate the wide angle view of the Glass lens, I used my ultrawide 10-24mm lens and set it to 14mm.  When I bought my DSLR, I got an 18-55 lens and thought that was as wide as I would ever need.  The only reason I got the 10-24 was to do Milky Way photography.  Most times, that lens is wider than I would want.

However, the idea with Glass was to get the wearer’s perspective.  They wanted the user to be able to capture the moment as he or she was seeing it.  When you use Glass, you’ll be grateful for this choice if only because it makes it easier to capture what you were aiming for.

The lack of a preview screen or viewfinder makes it difficult to compose SOME photographs.  If you’re trying to get certain things (or people) into the shot and keep other things (like a messy corner) out of the shot, you may end up having to use a trial-and-error approach.

However, with the wide angle view, you’re more likely to get the things you want in, and you can always crop other stuff out!


Glass does not do as well with direct light or high contrast situations. However, this problem is to be expected. When that factor is not in play, the Glass photos look almost identical to the photos taken with the DSLR, which is really quite a feat!  Overall, the color intensity was good, details looked nice, and the Glass photographs had depth and dimension.

It was rather difficult to find good subject matter for indoor wide-angle shots.  Those two things don’t really go together, so I set up some odd-but-colorful tableaus which should demonstrate various lighting conditions on a variety of textures and forms.  I hope it helps!

ps:  Today my photos uploaded rather quickly to G+, so I thought I would just download those instead of uploading them from the Glass device via USB.  However, the first one I opened (which was #10) was much smaller than the other Glass photos had been.  To give you a sense of scale, the “GLASS” logo and number were huge by comparison when I dragged them over in Photoshop.  Perhaps there is a secret to downloading the high-resolution versions from G+, or perhaps they’re never uploaded to begin with.

I’ll look into that further, but I thought I should make note of it ASAP in case anyone else tries downloading the G+ images as I did without having the larger versions to compare.  If your photos are not as high-res as mine, that might be why.


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