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 126.96.36.199 (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 v188.8.131.52. 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.
Nokia today announced that they are ending the trial of Nokia Place Tag beta app. Place Tag app allowed users to capture info about the places within their photos. Nokia shared the learnings from this trial, you can read it below. Nokia also gave a hint that this Place Tag feature might be integrated into future versions of Nokia Camera app. They feel that this type of functionality should be integrated in the default capturing + viewing flow and not requiring a separate app.
The Place Tag beta trial has ended. We have received a good amount of very high quality feedback, and kind of start to have an idea what the future direction of the technology should be.
Our key learnings are that
- embedding actionable metadata in photographs is in general definitely a good idea;
- there are many interesting info categories besides POIs;
- this type of functionality should be integrated in the default capturing + viewing flow (not requiring a separate app);
- increasing the compass accuracy is vital.
We thank you, the trial participants, for your valuable time and insightful feedback. We’ll keep on with further development of contextual imaging experiences. Please keep following Nokia Beta Labs for more innovation in this area.
The Place Tag Beta product team
AllaboutWindowsPhone have performed a comparison of image quality camera on the Nokia Lumia 925 before and after the Nokia Black update, which is meant to bring improved imaging algorithms.
They found the update brought significant improvements to colour accuracy, especially in low light, and colours were a lot more natural, but that it lacked the vibrancy and contrast of the Nokia Amber pictures which tend to make those pictures more attractive.
In comparing camera performance before and after the Lumia Black software update on the Lumia 925, it is readily apparent that the differences are smaller than the same comparison for the Lumia 1020. This is because the Lumia 1020 has the additional benefit of a re-engineered PureView oversampling algorithm, which improves detail and reduces noise (and of course has a lot more sensor to work with).
However, the Lumia 925 does clearly benefit from improved colour accuracy. There’s some evidence to suggest there’s a loss of contrast in some photos, but this is partly the result of more neutral processing (i.e. less artificial enhancement, such as boosting saturation levels). Our preference has always been for more neutral processing as, if desired, it’s possible to easily add contrast and/or saturation, but it’s not very easy to take it away.
This pattern of improved colour accuracy is something we would expect to see repeated across the rest of the Lumia range. We’ll look at this again once the Lumia Black update is available for the Lumia 920 with a similar gallery to that above, but this time handled by Steve.
In overall terms, what we’re seeing with the Lumia Black update is a refinement of the image processing changes made in the Lumia Amber update, with a particular emphasis on colour accuracy, which results in a small, but noticeable improvement in camera output.
See more pictures at AAWP here.
Engadget has posted this interview with Juha Alakarhu, Nokia’s head of imaging technologies.
He has been heading up the team developing the 808 Pureview and eventually the Nokia Lumia 1020, and spoke highly of the Windows Phone platform.
He also said he anticipates making even better products when the team moves to Microsoft, and while he did not leak anything about future product lines I think we can look forward to some exciting products in the future.
We have seen many comparisons in the past between Nokia Lumia 1020 and other cameras out there, but this one seems to be more detailed. Dpreview did a comparison on how smartphone cameras stand against regular DSLRs which is available in the market. Nokia Lumia 1020 and Apple iPhone 5S were compared with Canon EOS 10D, Canon EOS 20D, Canon EOS 30D, Canon EOS 40D, Nikon D800 and Nikon FM2 film camera. While Nokia is focused on giving manual controls and allowing users to take a perfect photo every time, Apple allows you to take photos at incredible speed with no manual controls. For example, you can take up to 990 full resolution burst mode photos in 99 seconds! ! The results of the comparison are not so surprising as Nokia Lumia 1020 trumps Apple iPhone 5S.
The author was stunned by Nokia’s imaging quality as he couldn’t believe that a tiny plastic and glass Zeiss lens could resolve so much from the center to the edge of the image and it was close to the Nikon D800. There were shortcomings in the Nokia’s image quality, but that should be resolved by the Nokia Black update and the RAW image feature.
Here is the conclusion,
Gun to head … time to come up with a number. How many years are smartphones behind the best $2,000 DSLRs? Comparing detail resolved, I’ll say the iPhone 5S currently sits 8-9 years behind the DLSRs in bright light, while the Nokia trails by less than 6 years — probably nearer to 3. This is even when you allow the DSLRs the luxury of a $1,700 lens, and shooting in raw. In bright light, the Nokia came close to competing with the detail from the best DLSR yet made.
Step into candlelight, and the gap between phones and DSLRs widens and becomes more a matter of taste, pivoting around your preferred tradeoff between speckly noise and smeary noise reduction. From our ad-hoc panel of 15 non-photographers, the iPhone trails the DSLRs by about 10 years, and the Nokia about 8. Splitting the difference between candlelight and daylight, around 6 years of technology has made up for the massive difference in the size of the lenses and sensors between the best phone and the $2,000 DSLRs.
Read about this comparison in detail with sample images from the link below.
Cover Cam is specially designed camera to capture your cover photo and profile picture in one shot.
The unique idea behind Cover Cam is that you can combine your Facebook profile picture and cover photo into one image. It makes your Facebook timeline header more beautiful, meaningful, attractive or something totally crazy. J
Cover Cam make it possible you to see the world through Facebook timeline. Then simply capture the scene and upload to Facebook with one tap. Cover Cam do all Photoshop work for you. It crop profile picture and cover photo from original image and upload to your Facebook account.
Not only that. With new version you can open existing photos from your gallery and turn them in to creative Facebook timeline header with few touches. Cover Cam photo editor allow you to transform original photo and make amazing timeline design out of it.
- Full featured camera with flash, auto-focus and focus on click
- Ability to make designs with existing photos from gallery
- Cover photo editor with scale, reposition, rotate and flip functions
- Inspiration gallery to inspire you to be more creative
- Facebook integration to upload photos directly
- Ability to save profile pics and cover photos to your gallery
- Customization with settings page
- Automatically saving image to camera roll
With all these nice features, the app allows you to post your creative designs to Cover Cam Facebook fan page. Most creative designs are publicly available in Cover Cam page timeline after editor’s review. Therefore, Cover Cam Facebook page is ideal place to see what people have done with Cover Cam and get inspired.
Trail version add small watermark (only Cover Cam logo) on bottom right corner of your cover photo and designs can’t be saved to gallery. Other than that you can enjoy all features even with trail version.
Download Cover Cam here from Windows Phone Store or scan the QR-code.
FoneArena have posted the some comparison videos between the Nokia Lumia 1520 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom (above) and Samsung Galaxy S4.
I think from the videos its clear the Lumia has superior colour accuracy, sharper pictures and video and that the optical image stabilization is still a big plus.
See the Nokia Lumia 1520 vs the Samsung Galaxy S4 after the break.