Nokia Lumia 920 Camera Review

June 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

Finally after getting back from vacation I have a little time to actually play with this Nokia 920.  Since the camera is said to be one of the best on the market we will start with it. It is equipped with an 8.7 MP camera with a Carl Zeiss Tessar lens. It also sports a fast maximum aperture of f/2.  Combine that with a 4.5-inch WXGA LCD touchscreen with Touch AF, a built-in flash, and Geotagging and you have a nice set of features.  Nokia’s site list the main camera features as follows:

  • Main camera features
    • Main camera – other features: Touch focus, Landscape orientation, Exposure compensation, Auto and manual exposure, Auto and manual white balance, Still image editor, Face recognition, Full screen viewfinder, Automatic motion blur reduction, Center weighted auto exposure, Geotagging, Optical image stabilization, True 16:9 sensor, PureView, Backside-illuminated image sensor, Automatic photo upload to web services, Full resolution photo and video upload, Creative Studio
    • Digital camera add-ons: Cinemagraph lens, Smart Shoot lens, Panorama lens, Bing vision
  • Image capturing
    • Capture modes: Panorama, Video, Still
    • Scene modes: Automatic, Night Portrait, Sports, Night, Close-up, Backlight
    • White balance modes: Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Daylight, Automatic
    • Light sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 800, Automatic, ISO 200, ISO 400
    • Photos viewed by: Camera Roll, Timeline, Photo editor, Favorites, Album, Photos from social networks
  • Secondary camera
    • Secondary camera resolution: 1280 x 960 pixels
    • Secondary camera f-number/aperture: f/2.4
    • Secondary camera – other features: Video recording, Still image capture, Video call

I must say after using the camera on this phone for a few days I can definitely see what all the hype is about. Here are a few of the pictures I have taken.

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One thing you must be aware of is I am the least knowledgeable person about photography so I am still playing around with some of the advanced settings of this phone, so it is possible that if the photos look bad…’s my fault. I will say it’s a little difficult to get to grips with, especially since its body design is very smooth. Although the lens isn’t that close to the edge of the body, so you don’t have to be too careful not to let your left forefinger stray into the frame. By default the Nokia Lumia 920 uses the Auto shooting mode. The other available modes are Close-up, Night, Night Portrait, Sports and Backlight. All of the modes provide the full range of camera options, allowing you to change settings. You can take a photo on the Nokia 920 by either half-pressing the conventional shutter button to focus then full-pressing it to fire the shutter, or by simply tapping on the LCD screen.

I haven’t taken video yet but the Nokia 920 can shoot High Definition video clips at full 1080p or 720p HD. Again Nokia lists the video features as follows:

  • Main video camera
    • Camera video resolution: 1080p (Full HD, 1920 x 1080)
    • Camera video frame rate: 30.0 fps
    • Camera video zoom: 4 multiple
    • Video playback frame rate: 30.0 fps
    • Video playback codecs: VC-1, Windows video, H.264/AVC, H.263, MPEG-4
    • Video playback file formats: MP4, WMV, AVI, 3GP, 3G2, M4V, MOV
    • Video recording formats: MP4/H.264, MP4/MPEG-4
    • Video white balance modes: Cloudy, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Automatic, Daylight
  • Main video camera features
    • Video streaming: YouTube browsing and video streaming, Progressive video download, Streaming from video services and internet
    • Video recording features: Video light, Video zoom, Optical image stabilization, Continuous autofocus
  • Secondary video camera
    • Secondary video camera resolution: 720p (HD, 1280 x 720)
    • Secondary camera video recording format: MP4/H.264