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Nokia Lumia 928 gets strapped to an octocopter, produces beautiful footage

Octocopter

Nokia hasn’t been shy about the Nokia Lumia 928. A few days ago they put the device up on their homepage and have slowly been releasing video footage from the device. Today we get another tease. Let’s check it out.

After filming on a rollercoaster and live street music, what could be next? How about strapping the Lumia 928 to an octocopter and setting it free in the wilds of British Columbia. Warning: Do not watch if you’re in a cubicle. You might snap, set the building on fire, and run away to British Columbia to live out the rest of your life in the woods.

Gorgeous right? Hopefully we’ll be getting a more in-depth look at the device sooner than later. Below is a new screenshot of the device where you can see the Verizon logo for 4G/LTE.  Need anymore proof this is coming to Verizon? Also check out that speaker. 

Lumia 928

Source: Nokia

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Nokia Lumia 928 gets strapped to an octocopter, produces beautiful footage

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Video is shaking, you can see that. Plus the difference in locations and change in colors. My point is 920 is 6 month old. Next Nokia will be even better.

Ha ha :)  I think I know these guys, as soon as I get a 928 maybe we shall run a side by side test. And then they will have to admit that Nokia is better ;)

That footage is unbelievable. Gorgeous videos. It's incredible to think those shots are from a cellphone.
 

Looks great, but aren't the colors a bit oversaturated though? Colors don't seem very realistic. Some good shots anyway.

I just need to get my hands on an octo-copter and some better scenery. Video on my L920 is one of the best features, so smooth and sound is great.

In the reflection in the water you could totally see it being filmed by a camera crew and a different camera...

The quality of that footage looks too good to be true.  I really hope that it's true.  Brilliant work Nokia!!

If done properly, 24fps gives a more 'filmic' feel. Higher frame rates make it seem 'hyper-real' like the movement enhancement settings on modern TVs, but can also have the side effect of coming across like home videos as a result.

The key to getting 24fps right is to have the shutter open for longer so you get some nice motion blur in there. 24fps is no good if the shutter is only open for a fraction of the frame -- that's where you get the 'crappy frame rate' feel from -- but if it's open as long as possible then you get very smooth filmic motion as a result.

That's just because you are used to movies having only 24 fps. There is no objective reason why 24fps are better. I complain about movies only having 24fps for years now and after seeing the Hobbit in 48fps I am 100% convinced that 24fps movies need to die as fast as possible.

I haven't seen the Hobbit in 48fps, but if it looks anything like the anti-motion blur settings on tv's, then 24fps can stay around as long as it wants. I hate the way the anti-motion makes video look.

So the problem is really having the shutter open a fraction of the time it should record. The 30fps on the Lumia is not smooth either, it's not quite there. If we can't get the shutter accuracy of real 24p cameras, might as well bump up the stuff we have today to 60fps.

Maybe I'm just being too picky, but the jerkiness when the OIS is confused drives me batty.  It's very  pronounced in the scene just after the copter takes off (big hand, copter on pad, bright light) and we're flying over a grass field.  Everything in the bottom of the screen (the grass) is aaaaarrrgh!  You can also see it before the copter takes off, as it's pulling away from beached boat.
 
It's like the OIS is sticking to an object just a bit too long before it decides to jump to the next reference point.  The end result is it feels like it's stepping from object to object rather than smoothly scrolling between them, if that makes sense.
 
It's not going to stop me from getting this phone, mind you.  I've already got the fever.  Release it already!

I thought I was the only one that noticed that! ever since i bought my lumia 920, i noticed that the video does that! but yea im with you, if i didn't have a lumia 920 already, i would still buy this phone

It is because the OIS system is focusing on keeping the steadiness of the central area. Images on the sides and corners are abit shaky.

That is absolutely gorgeous. Maybe a tad oversaturated but steady as a rock. Let us not forget that it's a PHONE STRAPPED TO A FREAKING HELICOPTER!!!

when I first read the title I saw "OCTOBER" for an october release. I nearly shat myself lol

Really nice video, the quality is awesome considering... but what's the point of taking the phone to B.C. if it's never going to be released in Canada! It's downright cruel!

I'm hoping that 928 or Catwalk won't be exclusive to Rogers (or any single carrier).  Every prospective customer should be able to get one.

This looks pretty promising and a nice evolution for the 9xx models. Watching this in HD on the phone and its looks amazing not seen it on a bigger screen yet.

Agreed, I have played a few videos taken with my 900 on my friend's 85" tv, and they commented on how good the quality was for a phone. Granted, the videos were taken of relatively slow moving people/pets in full sun. Which almost all cameras can do well, but it still made me feel good. :-)