In this post you'll find some screenshots from the new Lumia Camera application on the Lumia 930. I was happy enough to borrow one now that Microsoft is testing my patience for the official update on my Lumia 1520. But after seeing the settings, it's even harder to wait for Denim...
I've been following Nokia's imaging development like every step of the way. And it does appear that - after much work to get the 41MP oversampling technology to Windows Phone with the Nokia Lumia 1020 - the focus has been more and more on the development of applications (or "lenses"). Is Microsoft still working on better camera hardware? First let's see what it has been all about in a historical overview, from 2012 onwards.
In this comparison you will see four high-end smartphone cameras at work - the classic Nokia 808 PureView, the large Nokia Lumia 1520, the pretentious Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 and the high-end Samsung Galaxy Note 4. I will only compare the .JPG output and you'll find links to all originals.
Underlining the fact I'm terribly impatient to get Denim on my Lumia 1520, here's an interesting hands on-video featuring Kristina Björknäs. Kristina is Senior Experience Marketing Manager at Microsoft, and she has been working at Nokia's imaging team for years - I've had the pleasure of meeting her a few times and it's great to see her again in this video.
For the Desire Eye, HTC left it's " Ultrapixel" philosophy. The larger pixel size on a 4MP sensor didn't exactly bring what the company hoped for. On the HTC One M7 and M8 it was generally considered to be the only flaw on two otherwise as good as "perfect" devices. The new Desire Eye brings a 13MP camera on the back and the front. I only tested the one on the back.
In this post you will see some shots from a comparison at a forum of a French website ( planet-smartphones.fr), where the photographer tested the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 against the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1. Both devices are on automatic and the Note 4 was rooted to install a modification that avoids compression. That's probably not a fair way to compare both (why not root and mod the CM1 while you're at it?), but I'll share some of the shots here anyway.
After my previous post in which I compared snapshots of the Nokia 808 PureView and Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1, here's a new post, comparing the new contender from Japan with the second 41MP device Nokia ever released, the Lumia 1020. Many visitors are convinced the 808 PureView still is the best smartcam, but I've shown several times the imaging quality of the Lumia 1020 isn't that far behind - and it benifits from OIS.