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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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Look mama! No hands! :-)

This is just a simple video to test optical image stabilization on the Nokia Lumia 920, holding it in my hands while riding my bike uphill (where in Holland after all :-)

Everything is on default except for continuous autofocus, that’s off… Please choose 1080p for best result. Enjoy!

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Tough Story: comparing several smartphone cameras in different light

When you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you know I’m walking around with an interesting bunch of smartphones. I’m collecting shots with the Nokia 808 PureView, Lumia 920, Lumia 900, Samsung Galaxy Note II and HTC One X.

Except for the Nokia 808 PureView these are all 8MP camerasensors: shooting in 4:3 you get 3264 x 2448 pixels. The difference with the 808 PureView is that it has its amazing 41MP sensor and uses PureView (oversampling) technique before realizing the 8MP shot.

Making these comparisons is not very easy, at least not when you can’t devote your whole day to it (this could be a daytime job if it would earn me anything :-) So last evening I did something else instead, I set up a collection of Toy Story action figures and made shots of those with the lamp bright, medium and quite dark. From that, I made a collection of shots, from which I’ll present a selection of the most remarkable differences.

First of all, let me say that in general the differences are not mind-blowing, except in low-light: we already know by now the Nokia Lumia 920 is best and it absolutely stands out in the crowd. Other smartphones – even the Nokia 808 on “auto” – have a hard time.

1. DARK 

Let’s start with the King of Camphones – on auto settings, since with some change of the settings you’d get a much better result.

Than the worst result, which was with the HTC One X – again on auto, but mind you: I’m convinced the result would be much better if you’d choose HDR for instance.

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