Identical shots, automatic white balance, yet different tinting...

This is just a very short post to show you what I've mentioned in a reaction to my previous post that's already been much discussed.

These shots were made with the Nokia Lumia 1020 before the update to Lumia Black, but it shows something I thought would be gone after the update. It's just an example to show there's something strange going on and as it seems now, the software kind of appears to have a mind of it's own.

You'll see Cosimo, my Münster friend's patient cat, in four shots that were taken seconds apart. There was no change in his expression, nor in the lighting in the rooom (not that I can remember at least). All shots are with automatic white balance. Still in one shot you will see the "amber"  tint, and in the other one, it has magically disappeared.

Here's the first shot (I'll share them in chronological order)


Here's the second - the only thing I changed was the format (from 4:3 to 16:9), and yes, I got a bit closer.

WP_20140105_10_48_14_ProNow you might argue the last shot has been take with the lens capturing less of the light from the window on the left. And that's true, but that's not the case in the next two shots: the angle is exactly the same.



Cosimo only turned his head a bit, but I'm sure that can't be the reason for these differences? But then, pray tell, what is? These shots were taken seconds apart, and in both cases it's the second shot that will show the "amber" tinting (although I do think that's a coincidence).

I think this is the exact same effect people are noticing on the Lumia 1020 after the update to Lumia Black. So my conclusion is it's a part of the software that Nokia need to look into. What else could it be - magic? If you like to shots and want to see the original 5MP files, I've added to the " All animals are equal" set on Flickr.

You may expect much more shots coming from the Nokia 808 and Lumia 1020 / 1520 later today, including the raw .DNG shots this time!

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