Nokia invited The Verge to put Lumia 920’s PureView Camera to test after getting lots of criticism from a portion of Tech Media, after the apologised for the simulation video used in promo of Lumia 920. Nokia invited them to the same park where the photos posted at Lumia 920’s product page were captured.
Nokia obviously wants to stem the tide of criticism and turn the conversation back to the quality of its camera instead of the legitimacy of its promotional video. In what we imagine was the first step in that effort, the company invited us to meet with them last night to test out the Nokia Lumia 920 for ourselves in a real-world situation. Unfortunately, Nokia could only demonstrate one of the two faked features to us, but it did offer us the full, untouched JPEGs out of the camera to publish online for the first time.
Nokia has posted actual images that came from a prototype Lumia 920 on its conversations blog, but with all the controversy it wanted to show definitively that those photos were real. So we met Nokia at the same spot in Central Park where they were shot and took the same photos with the same device of the same Nokia engineer ourselves, along with a few others.
The Verge did a shootout between Nokia Lumia 920, Samsung Galaxy S III, iPhone 4S, HTC One X, Nokia Lumia 900, and Nokia 808 PureView. They shot images with and without flash and used the default Auto settings for most of the images — though on the One X and Galaxy S III they also tried a “night” mode . Here are the results from night mode enabled on One X and Galaxy S III.
The Verge concludes, “The Lumia 920 takes very good low-light images, the OIS compensates for enough hand shake to take in light to create a photo in situations where you’d expect none are possible”.
As you can see in the gallery below, both the Galaxy S III and One X comported themselves slightly better when switching to night mode, but none of the cameras we tried took in as much light as the Lumia 920 with any combination of settings or flash. It wasn’t in the same class as a shot taken with a DSLR, of course, but given the more diluted meaning of “PureView,” we didn’t expect it to be.
If we had to pick one complaint about the low-light performance from the Lumia 920’s camera, it would be that the resulting image is almost too bright. Nokia could dial it back a bit, tweaking the software to keep the shutter open for a shorter period of time to reduce blur even more.
Great comeback by Nokia and Lumia 920 then. As we can see the results are similar to what we have seen on Lumia 920’s product page. Kudos to the PureView Phase 2 on Lumia 920.
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