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Off-topic: a droptest of the Nokia Lumia 920

Hmm… First I wasn’t sure if I was going to share this one, but it provides a great answer to those who are whining about the weight of the Nokia Lumia 920.

I’m not in favour of the so-called “droptests” – usually they are aimed to destroy a very valuable device, and I resent that. This one however, seems to answer a question many people have: it feels like it can handle a drop – but can it really? Well, here’s you answer from the guys over at Phonebuff.

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Nokia 808 PureView & Lumia 920 in night mode

I have a confession to make. I’m truly sorry, but I probably made a big mistake in a previous post. The one with the boat in Amsterdam. I was sure I had all the camera’s on “auto”, but after tonight, I’m not so sure anymore… Let me explain.

The next four shots were made this night, the sky is completely dark, the only light is coming from lamp posts. The subject is a car (not mine). I tried to work the “surprisingly bright picture magic” on the Lumia 920 once more, but it wouldn’t.

And with the Nokia 808 PureView, I tried a lot of things with different exposure and ISO, but without a tripod, I never really got a good sharp shot. Only after that, I worked with “night mode” on both devices…

So first, I’ll show you the two pictures where I pretended to know better, not putting anything on “auto”, but fumbling with the settings, I got these results – nothing to be really proud of, but I tried.

And yes, it was already late and very dark, I didn’t notice the Nokia 808 PureView was on 16:9 and the Lumia 920 was on 4:3 untill I saw the pics on my monitor – I hope you’ll forgive me for that as well. It won’t change the lighting in the shots anyway.

Here’s the best result I got from the Lumia 920 in my own settings:

And here’s the one from the Nokia 808 PureView in my own settings

You can see especially with the Nokia 808 PureView I wasn’t succesful… It’s actually embarrassing to share this one at all.  Without a tripod it’s obvious I was moving the 808 way too much for what I hoped to achieve, and the picture is too bright for a night scene like this

Luckily, there’s always “night mode”.

That’s the one you will find in “scenes” on the Nokia 808 PureView, and if (like me) you’re vain enough to think you can control anything best by yourself, you won’t see that “scenes” menu a lot. Chances are even you’ll see that particular “night” mode for the first time… (cough)

Anyway, here’s what the Nokia 808 PureView gets from the car in its own predefined night mode

That’s a pretty dark car, but the image is sharp – and the shot is more true to reality than my first attempt with the same device, forcing it to accept much more light, with all obvious disadvantages.

And here’s the Nokia Lumia 920 on night mode:

That’s all much more visible than my first shot with the Lumia 920, and sharp, but it’s not true to the nature of the scene – a car in the dark.

The “funny” coincidence is, that the way I tried to manipulate the settings of the Nokia 808 PureView – resulting in the too bright and unsharp picture – has lead to a shot with about the same amount of light the Nokia Lumia 920 shows on “night mode”. It has more light, but looks unnatural in this case.

Vice versa: the best result I got from the Lumia 920 when playing with ISO and “exposure value” myself, looks similar to the Nokia 808 PureView on “night mode”. Much darker, but more natural (again, in this case).

And this, my friends, is where I think I blew it after dinner in Amsterdam, with the nightshot of the boat in the harbour. I now think there is no way the Lumia 920 would have let so much light in, if I hadn’t put it on “night mode”. Hence, I should have put the Nokia 808 PureView on night mode as well, and I should have asked Peter to do the same on the Samsung Galaxy SIII for a true comparison.

I’m not happy about this, not at all, as you can imagine. But I think it’s better to just share this as well, than to be silent about it and hope nobody will notice. Somebody will someday, and I’d rather be first.

I hope I made up for it with this post, and I can only promiss to pay better (and much more) attention to the specific settings in the future. Good thing is there obviously is a tremendous amount of settings and possibilities in Nokia’s smartphone cameras, to get you the best possible result. You’ll only need to learn about them, and use them properly…

Update: here are the original shots on Flickr 

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Nokia Lumia 920, 900 & 800, with 808 PureView

Just a few shots of the Nokia Lumia 920, Lumia 900 and Lumia 800 for comparison. Yes: the Nokia Lumia 920 is bigger. A lot of American techbloggers have been whining it’s “too heavy“, with which I wholeheartedly disagree.

Compared to the ultralight iPhone 5 it’s heavier, sure, but that doesn’t mean you couldn’t lift it up, or that it would be an unsurmountable disadvantage. Better even, I think the look and feel of the Lumia 920 are absolutely great, I love holding this device. Or – as Apple would put it – it’s just right.

I’ve been seriously wondering why people write BS like that in their review, I sometimes wonder if these reviewers have different stocks than NOK, but that’s beside the point at this moment (let me tell you I don’t own stocks of any brand though, and I’m sometimes sorry I didn’t buy any recently).

Anyway: here are a few pics I just took, hope they’ll give you an impression of the size of the Lumia 920. And yes – alle these shots were taken with the Nokia 808 PureView – what else? :-)

First, second and last.

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Nokia Lumia 920: daytime shots and close-ups

It’s an old wisdom: the more questions you’re trying to answer, the more you get – someone on Twitter even got mad at me for not answering the same day. Oh well.

In this post, I’ll just share some shots I made in the past two days with the Nokia Lumia 920. No comparison with whatever other smartphone, just enjoying all the fun I had making these, and to show what you can achieve with the Lumia 920 in daytime (mostly) and in close-up.

One thing though – it’s impossible to prove but I think it’s important to share. One night I switched off my phone (don’t often do that). After switching it on the next morning, it seemed to me the camerasensor is “acting” differently: less sensitive than it has been the days before…

I’m not sure about it, and I’m not saying this to make up for earlier remarks I made about the performance. But my judgement might have been influenced by one of those typical software miracles that are hard to reproduce.

Having said that, here are fifteen (I think) great results with the Nokia Lumia 920. In (cloudy) daytime, and in close-up. Ready? Here we go :-) The first two are at a now closed “beach bar” near my work (I work miles away from the beach, it’s just a name).

Next is Lizzy, the sweetest dog of the neighbourhood. I’ve tweeted the first picture earlier by the way. Someone asked what kind of breed it is, well, it’s the golden retriever (I thought they were known all over the world)

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Astonishing night scenes from Amsterdam, shot with the Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia 808

This evening I went to have dinner with Peter (yes, the PureViewClub’s webmaster) in Amsterdam, near the Central Station. It was dry, so I had a few chances to make some shots with the Nokia Lumia 920 (I don’t like using my smartphone in the rain, unless I’m in a car :-).

I didn’t bring all smartphones I’m running the comparison tests with this evening, but I made some astonishing shots I love to share directly. I also have a few shots to compare the results with, even one of the Galaxy SIII Peter brought with him.

First a scene that completely blew us away – the only one I have three different shots from. It was very dark. The only light came from the Chinese restaurant about a 100 meters away, and from the other side of the water. In fact, it was hard to focus the camera in the exact same way for three times.

The first is just to show what you can expect from the Galaxy S3 in a situation like this. It’s trying to capture the  boat in the harbour. You can barely see it, but showing the picture serves a purpose.

Next up, the Nokia 808 PureView. Again, no flash, everything on “auto” – yes, I know, of course, you can get much better results when you play with the settings, this is just for comparison, like a snapshot if you don’t have enough time on your hands. As could be expected, the result is already a lot better.

The next one was shot with the Nokia Lumia 920, and was a genuine jawdropper for both of us. Again: no flash, all settings on auto.

We actually didn’t know where the Lumia 920 got all the light from. The sky was much darker than this, hell – everything was much darker than this. I’d like to stress this shot was only resized, I didn’t change anything else (except putting the name of the source in).

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The Night Rider (in the rain)

I was asked for some video footage shot during the night, well, a few days ago driving home in bad weather I captured this video with the Nokia Lumia 920. I’m not 100% sure anymore whether continuous autofocus was on or off, but I think it was off…

Anyway, this video gives a fair impression of how much light the Lumia 920 captures when shooting a video from a car in a rainy night. Just as important is OIS I think, making for a nice and really steady shot, as you have seen more by now.

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