GSMArena has run a massive shootout between some of the best smartphones currently available, looking particularly at camera quality.
Comparing the Nokia Lumia 1020, LG G3, Sony Xperia Z2, Oppo Find 7, Samsung Galaxy S5 and iPhone 5S, the Windows Phone 8 handset did pretty well, even beating out the other handsets in the HDR shoot-out, despite not having built-in HDR, due to a very wide dynamic range.
The Nokia Lumia 1020 still has it – it performs amazing when it comes to still photography, regardless of the lighting conditions. Even shooting against the sun works out well with the sensor’s high dynamic range. Xenon flash, OIS and lossless digital zoom is a combo no other phone offers (unless we’re talking the Galaxy K zoom hybrid). Just make sure it has a good focus lock before fully pressing that shutter key – we did find it struggle in the dark.
The Lumia 1020 doesn’t do too hot for videos, largely limited by its hardware, which can’t handle 60fps videos or 2160p. The large sensor gave it a push in low-light video capture, where it scored on top of the scoreboard, not to mention OIS, which always comes in handy in video recording.
Read the full shoot-out at GSMArena here.
Microsoft has released a new ad to promote Lumia Windows Phone device. The basic message of this ad is, With the Nokia Lumia 1020, OneDrive, and Instagram Beta, you can take great photos, access them from your favorite devices, and share them with the people who matter most.
- Nothing else comes close to the Nokia Lumia 1020. The 41 megapixel camera and revolutionary zoom allow you to capture stunning photos and HD video. You can then reframe, crop, and straighten your original image as many times as you’d like. Pair it with OneDrive and Instagram for an amazing way to keep and share memories, virtually wherever you are.
- The world’s best camera phones now have a fast, beautiful, and fun way to capture everyday moments, enhance them, and share the photos with friends and family—Instagram Beta. Choose a picture, use a filter to enhance it, then post it to Instagram. It’s that easy. You can even share your photos on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Foursquare right from the app.
They have even created a microsite with the focus on photography to promote this campaign. Find the page here.
In the Ask Me Anything session with Nokia imaging executives Juha Alakarhu and Eero Salmelin, they revealed some information about the upcoming Nokia Cyan update. For example, there will be a lot improvements for Lumia 1520, Icon and also Lumia 930 in the imaging front. Below are the improvements,
- much better low light performance
- better colors
- continuous autofocus
- better video quality
- and even the raw images will look better because we are using the sensor in more clever way.
Also Nokia Creative Studio app is completely rewritten and it has new filters, and non-destructive editing. Also the Nokia camera has been improved to make it a bit faster and it will have better camera roll. When asked about shot to shot time improvements, they replied that they have improved the shot to shot time somewhat in the new camera application which will be part of Cyan update.
The Nokia Lumia 930 is expected to have largely the same camera as the Nokia Lumia Icon, but will benefit off the bat from the enhancements brought by Nokia Cyan, the update Nokia will bundle with Windows Phone 8.1
We Love Smartphones have posted a number of videos said to be from a Lumia Icon, and they all look pretty good in 1080P, especially in terms of great Optical Image Stabilization.
See the example above and a few more after the break.
4Blend HDR is one of the 4 Must Have Photography Apps for Windows Phone. It is the first Dynamic Range Camera for the Windows Phone. The 4Blend HDR is not like other Windows Phone camera apps. This app takes several images at different brightness to combine and make the final image. The best part about this is that you can apply effects to theses individual images and than combine them which results in better image quality.
4Blend HDR also uses the Nokia Imaging SDK which allows it to provide you with a similar interface to the Nokia Camera app. Another great thing about 4Blend HDR app is that you can easily snap pictures through voice command as well. A list of some other great features has been given below:
- Apply selection of filters before taking the shot to create your own unique effects
- Unfiltered HDR for better photos in difficult lighting conditions
- Voice activation for tripod use
- Automatic or fully customizable manual camera settings
- Live tiles
- Apply filter even after taking the shot
- Open and modify photos from gallery
- Detect automatically the hdr sequence of shots taken at different exposure while opening a from gallery, for a better results
- Select 16:9 or 4:3 ratio mode
- Set flash light
4Blend HDR is free and is available on the Windows Phone Store. If you haven’t already, you might also want to check out our list of 4 Must Have Photography Apps for Windows Phone.
Nokia’s Imaging team was due to transition to Microsoft, but it appears it will be without one of the key architects behind the Pureview technology.
Ari Partinen, who co-authored the paper behind the 41 megapixel Pureview technology with Juha Alakarhu, has announced on Twitter that he will be joining Apple in June this year.
The news will come as somewhat of a blow to Microsoft’s smartphone efforts, as imaging technology was one of the major selling points of Nokia’s high end handsets.
Hopefully however integration with Microsoft Research will bring new talent to Nokia’s imaging division to help ensure Nokia’s excellent reputation is maintained.
Via The Verge
PhoneArena has run a poll where they tried to discern exactly which phone had the best camera, without the bias of fanboy voting.
They ran a blind photo comparison test, comparing the leading smartphones for picture quality for pictures taken of the same scene.
The results could not be more clear, with the Nokia Lumia 1520 being head and shoulders above the other devices, with 17.9% of the vote, with the next nearest being the LG G2 at 13.95%.
The HTC One M8’s new dual cameras scored it only 10.7% of the vote, while the Google Nexus 5 garnered less than 5% of the vote.
The original photos can be see at PhoneArena here.
Sofica Speedcam is a service that measures how fast a camera is.
It seems some Finn decided to test the as yet unannounced Nokia Lumia 630, or RM-974.
They were able to confirm the handset runs Windows Phone 8.1 (build 8.10.12324.0) and has a 5 megapixel camera, and also that it lacks a camera flash.
Other specs leaked earlier shows the device to have a 4.5 inch 854×480 screen, virtual navigation buttons, no hardware camera button and come in multiple colours.
The handset is strongly expected to be announced at BUILD 2014 in less than 2 weeks, and may be paired with the higher end Nokia Lumia 930.
OneShot, the camera app with real-time photo effects, received the next major update that bumps the app to version 4.0. The update contains some great improvements as well as some very interesting features.
- High resolution support: With today’s release, OneShot gets full resolution support for the Nokia Lumia 1020 and Nokia Lumia 1520. That means you are now able to take pictures with over 38 MP (20 MP for 1520). If you have the Lumia 1020 or 1520, you will see the high resolutions to be available for all aspect ratios (4:3, 16:9, 1:1). Get even more out of your beautiful photos taken with OneShot!
- JPEG compression adjustment: Besides enabling high resolution support we also improved the default compression rate of taken photos. We decreased the compression rate so that your pictures have more quality by default. Moreover, you can adjust this option in the settings menu and choose between High, Medium and Low.
- Voice control: With today’s release, I’m very excited to say that OneShot 4.0 gets voice control so that you are now able to use your voice for triggering the shutter release. Just enable voice control in the settings menu and start taking pictures by using the phrases “take picture” or “take photo”. We currently support English as the only language for voice control, so you need at least one English language installed on your Windows Phone.
In order to be able to use voice commands on your Windows Phone, you need to go to the Windows Phone’s settings menu and check the option “Enable Speech Recognition Service”. This is a central place to have control over speech recognition for all apps.
- GPS: OneShot 4.0 introduces GPS tagging of your photos, so your pictures will now contain the exact location they were taken at. If you do not wish to have this option enabled, please go to the Windows Phone settings menu, swipe over to “applications” and then choose “photos+camera”. There you can adjust the option “Include location info in pictures I take”.
- Macro favorite button: OneShot’s favorite button has been one of the significant features since the first release, so it is just natural that we extended this feature with some more options over time. The latest release of OneShot receives another favorite button which switches the current capture mode to the macro mode.
Today’s release includes some new features and improvements that help you to get even more out of your photos. Go and get OneShot 4.0 in the Windows Phone Store, it’s totally free!
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We already know that Microsoft is revamping the stock camera app present in Windows Phone 8 in the upcoming release. We saw that in some previously leaked screenshots which also revealed the new burst mode option and the new UI. UnleashThePhones today posted the video demo showing this new Microsoft camera app UI in action.
As you can see in the video above, the viewfinder now has three option on the right (Single photo, Burst photo and video) and the left side of the view finder can be customized by the user with up to 5 different camera settings such as Flash, Scene modes, etc,. Apart from these, there is also an option in Settings for enabling photos layout based on grouping by date & time.
I’m sure many of us will be having tough time choosing between Microsoft Camera and Nokia Camera, one is focused on speed and simplicity and another on features and photo quality.
Microsoft recently collaborated with We Are Juxt, a group of dedicated mobile photographers, to show off a collection of pictures taken with the Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 1020 at the Artifact art gallery on the Lower East Side.
The exhibit showed work by Bridgette Shima, Josh St. Germain, Mike Hill, Richard Koci Hernandez, Joel Aversing, Matt Coch, Brad Puet, Andre Hermann, and Jean-Brice Lemal.
The art exhibit also included a display showing the devices, allowing guests to test them out. The artists note that key factors that differentiate these devices include a high level of performance, how easy it is navigate between programs and apps, and the high quality of the camera along with its editing features.
We are Juxt have posted a tutorial by Josh St. Germain for Nokia Lumia 1020 owners to show them how to get the best from their handsets, which can be seen here.
More pictures of the collection can be seen at Examiner.com.
Yesterday, we reported that Nokia has released an update for its Nokia Camera beta app in Windows Phone Store. We reported about the new UI tweaks alone in the latest update. Today, Nokia detailed all the changes in the new version. Read it below.
New in beta version 184.108.40.206 (February 25, 2014):
- New Camera Roll Experience
- Automatic Playback of Video and Cinemagraph shots.
- Animations for shots captured with Smart Sequence and Nokia Refocus Application.
- New Capture Animation
- Improved Saving Time for Single Shot Capturing
The updated app can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.
Nokia Camera app in Windows Phone Store just got updated to v220.127.116.11. This new version of the app does not bring any new features, but I guess Nokia would have fixed some bugs and thus improving performance and overall experience of the app.
Nokia Camera replaces Nokia Pro Cam with no loss in functionality, yet also includes all the best features of Nokia Smart Cam.
The auto mode makes it easy for anyone to capture great images with ease, and provides quick access to sport and night controls. And when you want to create that perfect composition, manual mode offers controls for exposure, shutter speed, ISO, white balance and focus.
There’s also smart sequence, which quickly shoots a series of photos that can be combined in different ways. You can emphasize motion, remove moving objects or show action using a strobe effect. You can also change faces in group shots so that everyone has their eyes open.
The original versions of your photo are stored, so you can zoom, reframe and edit them long after they were taken. Requires the Lumia Amber software update.
Download it here from Windows Phone Store for free.