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The most extreme test of OIS on the Lumia 920

This is quite something else than driving my bike in the forest… Two techblogs, UK Mobile Review and MEA Mobile Review have held the most extreme test of Optical Image Stabilisation on the Nokia Lumia 920 to-date. The result is absolutely stunning…

The test involved securing the Lumia 920 to the front of a 4×4 whilst on a dune bashing expedition. Dune bashing is something I never had the privilige of doing: it’s driving and drifting over large sand dunes in the Desert in Dubai. The vehicles have very little air in their tyres and the risks include slipping down into quick sand and losing control whilst going sideways on the side of a sand dune).

The test was undertaken in the Desert between Hatta and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. You will find the video below, I’ll quote their comments on the video first:

The Nokia Lumia 920 features Optical Image Stabilisation. This means that you can say goodbye to those shaky home videos. But how good is it? We put it to the test in the heart of the desert in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

We hooked up the Lumia 920 to the front of a Land Rover recording 1080p full HD video. The phone was secured using three plastic cable ties and was attached to the bottom rung of the grill at the front of a Land Rover. We then took the Land Rover (and with it the Lumia 920) dune bashing as part of the desert safari experience provided by North Tours (http://www.northtours.net).

This is the actual video that the Lumia 920 captured – the only editing has been to remove the scenes prior and post the actual dune bashing and to add the title scenes – we’ve included the original audio and haven’t removed any scenes (as you can see about 1 minute in, the video jumps as the ground was bumpy and the Lumia 920 was shaking). The video HAS NOT been touched up or stabilised or optimised in ANY WAY – it’s REALLY that GOOD!!

Also, today they are publishing 150 Hot Air Balloon photos captured with the Nokia Lumia 920 at 4,000 feet above the air in the Desert between Hatta and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Captured at 6am, these provide an amazing example of the quality of the Lumia 920 camera in these ever-changing sunny conditions. Here I will just share one (resized), you will find the links below it.

On UK Mobile Review, you will find part 1
On MEA Mobile Review, you will find part 2

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A yellow and red Nokia Lumia 920 in PureView

Of course, these are all captured with the Nokia 808 PureView – a few shots of unpacking the yellow version of the Nokia Lumia 920 I could borrow from Nokia to compare its colors with the red version.

Most of these shots are made in the evening under a bright lamp. I used the Xenon flash to get rid of the shades in the pictures. In some cases I couldn’t use the flash, and then you will see the pictures aren´t as bright. I published some unpack pictures of the red Nokia Lumia 920 earlier and of course they look very similar, but using the flash brings out the color much better).

Interesting: by now, there are more than a 1000 votes in the poll on which color to choose: 25% would choose yellow, whereas only 15% (!) would choose red. The classic black (matte) version is much more popular (20%) and many voters would prefer cyan (17%), although cyan (matte as well) is an AT&T exclusive (as far as I know). White (14%) and grey (10%) are the least popular choices.

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Recording music with Nokia 808 and Lumia 920

This is a very interesting video recording, comparing the video and sound quality of the Nokia 808 PureView versus the Nokia Lumia 920. It’s shot by @EasycapExpertti, who has a brilliant site with music videos, shot using the most recent high-end Nokia devices.

Rich Recording is another extremely important innovation Nokia premiered in the 808 PureView – I was already deeply impressed with the PureView imaging technology, but after hearing for the first time what you can actually achieve with Rich Recording, I was totally blown away by the Nokia 808.

Now the Nokia Lumia 920 doesn´t offer “rich recording” according to its specifications. I’m not sure why, but one of the reasons probably is that it doesn’t record in stereo. However, there is no distortion since Nokia is using the same type of microphones as in the 808 PureView: HAAC, which stands for High Amplitude Audio Capture. Below you’ll see the video, over at the site were I got it from you can read some more background information.

One more thing though, you’ll see that it’s possible to zoom in while recording on the Nokia 808 PureView – and that’s another important advantage over the Lumia 920. Just listen to this with your headphone on, you’ll notice the difference.

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The expected remake of the Lumia 920 spot

Yes! There it is! And yes, I should have done this myself, I know, I know, I will try one day still. But @revazrezo obviously beat me to it and it would be childish not to share his impressive result.

He proves you don’t need a cameraman in a big white van to get the exact same – or even better – result we all saw in the “official” video that brought Nokia so much PR and headaches.

I think this s a job quite well done, although I think one probably shouldn’t whistle at girls on a bike ;-) and this girl doesn’t seem to be very comfortable riding her bike with one hand. Probably not grown up with it, whatever. I Love to share this and will still try to make my own version as well!

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Update – the making of
Here’s a video of “the making of”. You can see he’s using a yellow version of the Lumia 920 :-)

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Travelling to Australia with the Nokia Lumia 920

Just a short update with a few very nice shots published by FlashFly.net. It’s a Thai website and Google helped me a bit to understand what it’s all about – shots taken with the Nokia Lumia 920 during a trip to Australia. I have no idea where exactly, maybe you can help me out?

I liked the shots enough to borrow a few and share them here, you will find more on the site I already mentioned. Shots like these really make me want to get out and go to Amsterdam or another great Dutch city and make my own collection! I know, I need to post less and get out more :-)

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Touch to focus on the Nokia Lumia 920

You might have seen this lovely little pair before: mr. and mrs Bearded Dragon from Australia, (not always) stuck in a glass cage near where I live.

I met them yesterday once more, and since one of them was in the foreground, and the other one in the back, I had a nice oportunity to test touch to focus on the Nokia Lumia 920 – shot through the glass, mind you.

And it works, as you can see here – first the one up close

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