- 01-28-2013, 12:10 AM #1
It's been more then two weeks after I purchased my Lumia 920. With all the excitement I started taking photos with the so called best camera in a smart phone. The low light photos were mind blowing...believe me no other smartphone can even come close to Lumia 920.
Next day i was flaunting my phone camera in front my colleagues who own SG3, iPhone 5 & Note 2. We decided to compare photos
with our respective devices.
In broad daylight I found that the photos with Lumia 920 had adequate saturation, clarity but they were not crisp as SG3 or Note 2. All devices had good acceptable photos but Lumia 920 lacked those details which would make it stand out.
Anyone else experiencing same issue??
(BTW I have Portico update pre-installed)
- 01-28-2013, 12:23 AM #3
It was the same with Lumia 800, the specs were comparable to other devices but images were weaker in quality. Now the story repeats in Lumia 920. I don't know the details but its something to do with the software algorithm concerned with daylight images. Nokia has yet to get it right.
- 01-28-2013, 01:51 AM #7
Lumia 920 has a wider angle lens than others. So if you take shots from the same distance, objects will appear smaller on L920 than on those other phones. Hence, if you are comparing two phones, you will have to zoom in more on 920 to get a particular object sized the same. But when you do that, objects on L920 will be a bit less sharp because it's using less pixels. It's not a fair comparison. But people do that all the time not realizing the implication. Just FYI.
All in all L920 is not advertised to blow your socks off with daylight. It's about the same as other top phones. It's the low light performance that kills the competition as you saw. Test them again in low light and your friends will hate their phones from that point on.
- 01-28-2013, 02:01 AM #9
01-28-2013, 02:29 AM #11
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If true, this would be "good news" as it can be fixed with software patch.
01-28-2013, 02:46 AM #12
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What does the firmware revision number on your phone say: .1249 or .1242?
The softness issue was fixed in update .1249.
Nokia improves Lumia 920 camera. We do a before and after comparison. | Windows Phone Central
Report: Camera fix for the Lumia 920 coming from Nokia this month | Windows Phone Central
You would get better response if you would have posted this in Nokia Lumia 920 section:
- 01-28-2013, 07:24 AM #13
Its not Bokeh...I do use a Canon 550d and purchased a 1.8 prime lens after reading a lot about Bokeh.
My firmware version is 1249.
I have already mentioned earlier that low light performance is awesome...no comparison required.
My point is, a camera which can give this amazing low light performance can and should give equally impressive daylight performance. I am not asking for performance which can kill other devices but at least compares to other devices.
Haven't compared the pics on computer will do so and comment. Have always tried zooming in on my phone and comparing..
01-28-2013, 08:30 AM #15
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1) The zooming feature in WP8 really doesn't tell the truth about the picture, so you should really view it on computer (and pray for microsoft to fix it)
2) The camera of 920 has a fixed f/2.0 on every focus distances so there might be a chance your pictures have elements which're out of focus. I don't know if the Portico update can fix this (I didn't receive it yet)...
- 01-28-2013, 09:18 AM #16
- 01-28-2013, 02:07 PM #20
Also, if your theory was true, L920 should kill my 5MP Torch in daylight, unfortunately is the other way around.
- 01-28-2013, 03:51 PM #21
- 01-29-2013, 01:07 AM #22
Thanks for the link, TK. Although I did not read it thoroughly yet, I see they talk quite a bit about the low light shots. I will have to return to it later.
Itís just from an end user perspective, one should not need to understand and research all these whitepapers and web resources. Buying the flagship handset of Nokia late 2012, one is entitled to expect progress and improvements in absolutely ALL aspects compared to a 2010 BB (which did not have the best hardware anyways). We are looking at more than two years, which is a very long time for technology.
When I say I am disappointed with the daylight shots of L920, I do not arrive to that conclusion by overanalyzing and zooming to 100% or beyond. I do not take the same shot with two cameras and then display them on two monitors side by side. Just by using the camera for almost three months I can easily tell I hate the daylight pictures.
L920 takes amazing pictures in low lights as well as close-ups. Itís hard for me to believe that it canít get better in daylight. Portico definitely brought an improvement so itís obvious Nokia did not get the algorithm right the first time. I hope they can further improve it, as I badly need a good camera for work and do not want to carry a P&S.
- 01-29-2013, 01:56 AM #23
In general, I think some people (not you) are perhaps expecting too much in daylight shots. Most DSLRs, cheap and very expensive, they all perform very similarly in daylight condition. It's hard to find difference in blind test. Go to Flickr and browse daylight shots from $400 14MP DSLR like Nikon D3100 and then $3000 36MP DSLR like Nikon D800. You will have trouble distinguishing difference in normal PC screen. Seriously. But it's a totally different story for low light shots though. It's the same pattern with L920 and competing phones. Once in daylight, you get pretty good pictures across the line (even 5MP ones from 1-2 yr ago as long as you are viewing them in low res like 720px) and differences if any are pretty minor. But again the big difference shows up only in low light. In this case, L920 blows them out.
01-29-2013, 01:21 PM #24
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I did a warranty replacement on my Lumia 920 2 weeks ago & my firmware is at 1232, looks like the firmware should be at 1249, how do i update my phone. Thanks in advance, i don't think this is the right place to post this but i searched the forums for this & i couldn't find any threads related to this.
01-31-2013, 04:20 AM #25
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Hi, have you read this article http://www.windowscentral.com/creative-studios-nokia-fine-tuning-your-lumia-windows-phone-pictures
Softness of photos is pretty easy to fix with creative studio, not a perfect solution, but better than nothing
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