Took my daughter to the park this afternoon and snapped these with my white 900. These are straight out of the camera using the built-in camera/software. No apps, no tweaking. I'm happy with these, and I've had every iPhone, the Samsung Focus, and Lumia 800.
Wildflower season is just getting underway... here are a few shots from a lunchtime walkabout.
I think flower pics are actually not too trying for a camera, being pretty saturated, and not having large areas of neutral color that have to be balanced just so and reproduced without gradations. But what the heck... they're enjoyable to look at, and folks who know the characteristic color of Ceanothus and California Poppy will probably agree that these are pretty decent reproductions:
N-A-N (Not A Native):
And one dim-light shot of a candlelit restaurant table. This one won't survive any pixel-peeping, but the overall image does a fine job of capturing the scene. (Not making any claims about the composition or choice of subject!)
Overall I'd rate the 900's camera a definite step up from my iPhone 4, and on par with most point-and-shoots I've used recently. The sensor is pretty noisy in low light, but usable, and quite nice in daylight. There are definite issues with the image processing: white balance, color rendition, and tone curve, so Nokia's got some homework to do. Actually, I think they've already done it: the "Auto Fix" function goes a long way toward taming crushed shadows and blown highlights, and as I get comfortable with it I'm applying it to more and more pictures by default.
If Nokia would just move a slightly milder form of this AutoFix processing over into the standard default JPEG processing done on every picture, and release it in the next software update, I think we'd be hearing less complaining about photos from this phone.
Just got my replacement today for various reasons. One thing I noticed though was low light pictures. On my original 900 I would see horrible streaking before taking photos, with my new lumia it looks just noisy, like it normally does with point and shoots. Also, then lens look different. In my original,it looks larger, the newer looks smaller. I'll have to put photos later of it. That said the newer one seems to take better low light photos.
getting some error when trying to attach picture us the drop down above. also, i shared my phone pics to skydrive and then copied to a personal folder i use for photo forums. is there a trick to get a WP picture uploaded to a web site from my PC? I don't have this problem with regular digital photos. the only way I have been able to attach a WP pic is to insert my flickr link.
I have taken about 200-300 pictures on my 900 and while not the best camera ever I don't think it warrants the criticism its been getting. I'll post a few of my pictures later but I think with a little software tweaking this camera could be really good.
So unless camera quality varies greatly between phones I think people are just expecting too much.