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Lumia 950 / 950 XL advanced camera tech explained. Sample Images & low-light comparison.

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Microsoft has finally talked on details about the advanced camera technology behind Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL‘s PureView cameras that Microsoft’s imaging team considers to be its best till date. Though we enlisted the new and amazing features of Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL in one of our earlier articles, here are the details,

  • Here’s a quick look at some of the imaging hardware specs: a rear-facing PureView camera with a 20-megapixel advanced BSI sensor, F1.9 Zeiss optics, triple-LED natural flash, fifth-generation optical image stabilization, ISO12800, 4K video, and a 5-megapixel wide-angle front-facing camera.
  • The combination of technologies in the camera hardware of these phones is very unique and powerful. Just think what the super high sensitivity sensor, 5th generation OIS, and large aperture means in low light imaging.
  • Of course, more advanced photographers know how to manually adjust the ISO and exposure time for different situations. Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL are making those decisions for you, by analyzing how you hold the camera and what is happening in the scene. With these phones, everybody can shoot like a pro.
  • And it gets even more exciting when you use Rich Capture mode. It uses two exposure times for the same image: short for the moving object and long for the static part of the image. Capturing everyday moments, like moving children, is much easier with this feature.
  • One feature that stands out is the new flash technology. The natural three LED (red, green, blue) flash automatically matches the colors of the ambient light. This means that if you’re taking a photo outside at twilight, the flash will produce a blue light to complement the bluish color of the scene, and if you’re taking a photo of a candlelit dinner, the flash will adjust to expose candlelight.
  • Due to the natural colors, it also works very well in daytime as a fill-in flash.
  • In addition, in Rich Capture mode it is possible for you to change the amount of light in a photo after the image is taken. The camera takes two photos, one with flash and one without, and we use very clever algorithms to get the best of both. This is called Dynamic Flash.
  • It’s like magic. I think the Dynamic Flash function makes the RGB flash literally shine, and you capture the best flash photos you have ever seen.

Sample Images:

Low-light comparison with an unknown competitor:

For full-size images and interesting commentary by Juha about all the images, click here.

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