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Nokia Lumia 920 review

Mon Nov 05 2012, 16:43

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The Nokia Lumia 920 is the first of the Finnish firm's Windows Phones to feature a Pureview camera. However, the bulging 40MP camera found on the Nokia Pureview 808 is nowhere to be found on this smartphone, as it's instead been replaced by an 8.7MP camera complete with Carl Zeiss optics and dual-LED flash.

While the camera doesn't sound all that jaw-dropping on paper, it really is quite impressive, and it's undoubtedly one of the handset's main selling points.

That's thanks to its lowlight performance, which trumps that found on the Apple Iphone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3. The Lumia 920 manages to take detailed pictures in the poorest lit surroundings, which it does without losing any detail or adding any noise to the images. We compared the camera in the Lumia 920 to that in the Iphone 5 at night, and it really is impressive what Nokia has done here.

Nokia Lumia 920 camera sample

Taken using the Nokia Lumia 920

That's not to say that images taken in well lit places aren't impressive too, because they are. Nokia's advanced image stabilisation and 'floating' camera sensor mean images are easy to capture without any blur.

Nokia Lumia 920 test shot gecko

Taken using the Nokia Lumia 920

Smart Shoot is another cool addition to the Lumia 920's already great camera. It's a bit like the Smart Burst option found on Samsung's Android smartphones, taking multiple photos in quick succession so you can pick which one is best. However, unlike the feature on the Galaxy S3, you can remove objects from the back of images captured with the Lumia 920 - a very clever feature indeed - which is included thanks to Nokia's acquisition of imaging company Scalado.

It's worth nothing that there's also a 1.3MP camera on the front of the Lumia 920, which could prove quite useful when Skype eventually turns up in the Windows Store.

Next: Performance, connectivity, battery life and storage

 

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