Nokia Lumia 920, 900 & 800, with 808 PureView

Just a few shots of the Nokia Lumia 920, Lumia 900 and Lumia 800 for comparison. Yes: the Nokia Lumia 920 is bigger. A lot of American techbloggers have been whining it's " too heavy", with which I wholeheartedly disagree.

Compared to the ultralight iPhone 5 it's heavier, sure, but that doesn't mean you couldn't lift it up, or that it would be an unsurmountable disadvantage. Better even, I think the look and feel of the Lumia 920 are absolutely great, I love holding this device. Or - as Apple would put it - it's just right.

I've been seriously wondering why people write BS like that in their review, I sometimes wonder if these reviewers have different stocks than NOK, but that's beside the point at this moment (let me tell you I don't own stocks of any brand though, and I'm sometimes sorry I didn't buy any recently).

Anyway: here are a few pics I just took, hope they'll give you an impression of the size of the Lumia 920. And yes - alle these shots were taken with the Nokia 808 PureView - what else? :-)

First, second and last.

Tough Story: comparing several smartphone cameras in different light

When you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you know I'm walking around with an interesting bunch of smartphones. I'm collecting shots with the Nokia 808 PureView, Lumia 920, Lumia 900, Samsung Galaxy Note II and HTC One X.

Except for the Nokia 808 PureView these are all 8MP camerasensors: shooting in 4:3 you get 3264 x 2448 pixels. The difference with the 808 PureView is that it has its amazing 41MP sensor and uses PureView (oversampling) technique before realizing the 8MP shot.

Making these comparisons is not very easy, at least not when you can't devote your whole day to it (this could be a daytime job if it would earn me anything :-) So last evening I did something else instead, I set up a collection of Toy Story action figures and made shots of those with the lamp bright, medium and quite dark. From that, I made a collection of shots, from which I'll present a selection of the most remarkable differences.

First of all, let me say that in general the differences are not mind-blowing, except in low-light: we already know by now the Nokia Lumia 920 is best and it absolutely stands out in the crowd. Other smartphones - even the Nokia 808 on "auto" - have a hard time.

1. DARK 

Let's start with the King of Camphones - on auto settings, since with some change of the settings you'd get a much better result.

Than the worst result, which was with the HTC One X - again on auto, but mind you: I'm convinced the result would be much better if you'd choose HDR for instance.

First video testing low-light and recording on the Nokia Lumia 920

I know many readers are not yet impressed with the Lumia 920 compared with the Nokia 808 Pureview, but I think this short video by Glenn Ruysschaert might impress you nevertheless.

No, the sound is not stereo - in fact, I don'think Nokia calls it "rich recording" at all for that reason - but nevertheless compression and balance are remarkably well! Also, video is very stable and there's not much you can say about this low-light performance, in my opinion.

But go check it out for yourself and let me know what you think! :-)

Nokia Lumia 920 underperforming in daylight?

It's the kind of news I really do not like to bring. I can't test it myself (I still don't have the Nokia Lumia 920...), but I've reading it in many reviews so far. First I had my doubts, but after Engadget's review this doubt has made place for some worries. Of course, low-light performance is outstanding, but in normal light conditions, Lumia 920 should outperform any other smartphone with an 8MP camera, and it seems that at this moment in time, it doesn't...