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  1. Omar Khan1's Avatar
    The blurry ones are taken at very low light. I can tell because shutter speed is at around 1/10 to 1/5 sec even at high ISO. That's very very slow shutter speed for handheld shots even with OIS. Some blurriness is unavoidable at that situation. Be glad you are still getting modestly usable images. With iphones and Samsungs, you will get unusable pictures (either very dark or much more blurry) in the same situation. There are plenty of such side by side comparisons on Internet. Don't listen to a few naysayers on this board. L920 schools the competition in low light.

    What you can do to increase sharpness in that situation:
    - Keep ISO to the max (800). I see ISO of 650 on some of those shots. Increasing ISO will let you increase shutter speed just a tad.
    - If you think the night shots can be a little less brighter, set the exposure bias to -2/3 to -1 EV. By doing this you will get a bit darker image but benefit from 66% to 100% faster shutter speed or lower ISO for less noise.
    - Don't pixel peep. Downsize image dimension to smaller size (e.g. 1024px or even less) in post processing. It will look more presentable for facebook and etc.
    - Use a support such as a tripod. Miniature ones are quite portable and will do wonders for ultra low light situations like that. If a support is not an option, learn to keep your hands real steady.
    Thanks for the advice. I will try and take more pictures with these considerations and will post them as soon as I can.
    01-07-2013 01:22 PM
  2. sanders2232's Avatar
    No some of your shots do not look normal(blurry) compared to my current portfolio of shots if you will...haha
    01-07-2013 02:30 PM
  3. Kissanviikset's Avatar
    Thanks for the advice. I will try and take more pictures with these considerations and will post them as soon as I can.
    Few tips that i can give.

    - Like someone already said, keep your camera lens perfectly clean. Your lens was obviously smudged since those light streak were clearly visible. If your lens is clean there shouldn't be any of those streaks.

    -Avoid "hotspots" in your photo. Multiple photos was ruined because of those bright light sources near you. Here is good example https://public.blu.livefilestore.com...089.jpg?psid=1 Avoid those in all cost and frame those out of your photo or hide them behind objects. It ruins exposure and makes photos look hazy. Here is other sample https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=9cccc...92B667109!1414

    -In scenes like you were shooting when there is multiple bright light sources you can try shooting even with ISO 100 and -2 EV. Those settings gives nice moody night shots.

    -Keep phone steady long enough to make sure photo is fully exposured before moving it. There seems to be slight delay when you press shutter and photo is taken.

    There was many photos that could have been great with right settings. Unfortunately Auto settings rarely take good night shots. Those are almost always over exposured. Shooting towards light source is very tricky. If possible always keep light source behind you.
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    01-07-2013 03:08 PM
  4. Omar Khan1's Avatar
    Few tips that i can give.

    - Like someone already said, keep your camera lens perfectly clean. Your lens was obviously smudged since those light streak were clearly visible. If your lens is clean there shouldn't be any of those streaks.

    -Avoid "hotspots" in your photo. Multiple photos was ruined because of those bright light sources near you. Here is good example https://public.blu.livefilestore.com...089.jpg?psid=1 Avoid those in all cost and frame those out of your photo or hide them behind objects. It ruins exposure and makes photos look hazy. Here is other sample https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=9cccc...92B667109!1414

    -In scenes like you were shooting when there is multiple bright light sources you can try shooting even with ISO 100 and -2 EV. Those settings gives nice moody night shots.

    -Keep phone steady long enough to make sure photo is fully exposured before moving it. There seems to be slight delay when you press shutter and photo is taken.

    There was many photos that could have been great with right settings. Unfortunately Auto settings rarely take good night shots. Those are almost always over exposured. Shooting towards light source is very tricky. If possible always keep light source behind you.
    I guess I had unrealistic expectations from the phone.
    01-07-2013 03:41 PM
  5. kong u's Avatar
    Finally got SkyDrive pictures to show up in posts!












    How do I get this video to show instead of a link?
    https://skydrive.live.com/redir?resi...8A26602AB!1396
    01-07-2013 03:45 PM
  6. sanders2232's Avatar
    I guess I had unrealistic expectations from the phone.
    I think those photos could have been improved greatly still. I will take some similar shots and see what I can produce. The Lumia 920 definitely the only phone with the ability to capture that kind of setting.
    01-07-2013 04:04 PM
  7. K3n1x's Avatar
    I guess I had unrealistic expectations from the phone.
    I think making sure you lens is clean will improve a lot of your pictures. Looking through your pictures I see a lot of flares and long streaks from the light sources.

    Here are examples of dirty lens and clean lens I just took. Both are on auto setting.

    Dirty
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    Clean
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    01-07-2013 06:35 PM
  8. scnmip's Avatar
    01-07-2013 09:48 PM
  9. bawboh86's Avatar
    I decided to try out a close up, and the first thing that came to mind is the keyboard of my Lenovo Yoga (as it's directly in front of me). I take that back, I first thought of my desktop's keyboard, but it's... unsightly (I've had it for 6 years without cleaning it. EVER). Anywho, enough about my desktop keyboard's hygiene.

    https://skydrive.live.com/redir?resi...PsQa7cfvKlcmV4
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    01-07-2013 10:20 PM
  10. Aldiggi's Avatar
    Driving home from work and took this shot. Completely dark in the car, air freshener was moving around like crazy and 920 captured it very nicely.
    https://skydrive.live.com/redir?resi...Jh7vzQHR4dX_AM
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    01-07-2013 11:49 PM
  11. ttsoldier's Avatar
    I think making sure you lens is clean will improve a lot of your pictures. Looking through your pictures I see a lot of flares and long streaks from the light sources.

    Here are examples of dirty lens and clean lens I just took. Both are on auto setting.

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    Is there a best practice to clean the lens?
    01-08-2013 06:41 AM
  12. bawboh86's Avatar
    Is there a best practice to clean the lens?
    I have a micro fiber cloth that I use. I breathe on the lens and wipe it clean with that cloth. Seems to work all right for me, anyways.
    01-08-2013 06:59 AM
  13. ZiiimZooon's Avatar
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    Took this photo at night without flash ;) I was very surprised with this shot!
    Without Portico...
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    01-08-2013 07:10 AM
  14. The_Traveler's Avatar
    No tripod, just handheld on rail. ISO 200, all else auto.

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    01-08-2013 07:18 AM
  15. sanders2232's Avatar
    No tripod, just handheld on rail. ISO 200, all else auto.

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    Wow that does not look like a picture from a cell phone.

    What city is this?
    01-08-2013 09:12 AM
  16. JMBasquiat's Avatar
    Wow that does not look like a picture from a cell phone.
    Even a prosumer DSLR would struggle taking that kind of shot without a tripod. I have a Nikon D200 and a Nikon D7000, and they couldn't do it without some stabilization (tripod), or seriously cranking up the ISO (which would provide enough light perhaps, but render the image with heavy noise).
    01-08-2013 11:42 AM
  17. TK2011's Avatar
    No tripod, just handheld on rail. ISO 200, all else auto.

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    Very nice. What did shutter speed turn out to be on that shot?
    01-08-2013 11:49 AM
  18. ARVI_SD's Avatar
    taken yesterday near Irvine
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    01-08-2013 03:14 PM
  19. ARVI_SD's Avatar
    point loma (national monument)
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    downtown view from pointloma (Panaromic)

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    more downtown view from pointloma (Panaromic)
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    harbor drive - sd
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    local thai restaurant

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    painting at restaurant


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    01-08-2013 03:47 PM
  20. slashd0t's Avatar
    What's not to love about the 920 camera?



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    01-08-2013 03:48 PM
  21. ARVI_SD's Avatar
    Holiday spirits! :-)

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    01-08-2013 03:51 PM
  22. sanders2232's Avatar
    point loma (national monument)
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    downtown view from pointloma (Panaromic)

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    more downtown view from pointloma (Panaromic)
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    harbor drive - sd
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    local thai restaurant

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    Great shots!
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    01-08-2013 04:02 PM
  23. krystea's Avatar
    :) This thread makes me happy
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    01-08-2013 04:08 PM
  24. Aldiggi's Avatar
    Set to close up, ISO at 200. Cheers everyone


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    01-08-2013 04:33 PM
  25. bawboh86's Avatar
    Another of my kitty (he loves boxes):
    https://skydrive.live.com/redir?resi...KZ5MCfNL-jvDVY

    Took this one at one of the Chinese restaurants here in town:
    https://skydrive.live.com/redir?resi...JxRMdkh-Z0r-Ys
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    01-08-2013 08:52 PM
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