It seems possible to me that people who have been reviewing this phone have not been using the correct camera settings/configuration...
The problem with this logic is the reviewers have been (mostly) fair.
When they compare the camera from an iPhone to a Lumia they are both at the stock settings.
At night the Lumia kills it, during the day it doesn't. That's not good.
Also why can't the Lumia automatically go into a macro mode? My HTC Titan (gen 1) could even do that.