Microsoft Lumia 640 XL camera sample gallery

One of the number one questions we've been hearing since the launch of the Microsoft Lumia 640 XL is about how the camera fares. The 13MP Zeiss shooter on the back is, on paper at least. pretty substantial for a smartphone in the mid-tiers.

So, as we did we the Lumia 640, here's a very quick gallery of sample shots.

Again, all we did here is leave Rich Capture turned on (because, why wouldn't you?). That doesn't mean any effect has necessarily been added, indeed in some of the shots below there is absolutely none. The images have been crunched a little for uploading to the site, but clicking on each of them will open a larger copy.

We're reasonably impressed so far. As expected it does pretty well outdoors in good light, and it seems to do pretty well with close up shots such as the flower towards the bottom of the gallery.

We'll be talking more about the camera in the course of our full review, but we wanted to share some quick snaps in the mean time. But enough of our opinions, what's yours? Sound off in the comments below!

Richard Devine is an Editor at Windows Central. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently you'll find him covering all manner of PC hardware and gaming, and you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

  • I want it
  • I want to visit this place. @Richard which city is this anyway?
  • Looks like Lincoln to me.
  • Lincoln,U.K.
  • I love Lincoln. I am hoping to vet my 640XL this week from Germany. The MS store in Germany says it ships from 16th April so I guess Amazon will do the same. Am soooo excited. The phone will cost about £50 less from Germany
  • yes but not LTE !
  • This is without doubt photographed in the little market town of Lincoln UK!
  • I always dreamt of retiring to a small village or a town.
  • Well there are some lovely other places that fit that description better.
  • 221B, Baker Street? ;)
  • Just the size.!!! Makes me go no and Lumia 640 it aint up with Zeiss lenses .!!! :/
  • Then get an 830
  • Probably but its expensive for my pocket to stretch there.!! Lets see probably the prices fall a bit further
  • Prices for the 830 have gone down. Don't know where you're from, but on in the US the 830 went from $350 to about $270 in the past few months. Kind of want to get another one, been pretty happy with mine.
  • It's $499 at the Microsoft Store in Canada.
  • Lumia 830 on ATT $399 now
  • Exactly! Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • Have you got small hands?
    You know what they say about small hands, small... :)
  • ... fingers?
  • Close - it's a small third leg.
  • Are we in primary school again?
  • Yes daddy
  • XD no it's just about taste , doesn't love too big phones ..!!!
  • There's also a saying about compensating with a large phone...
  • The same. But I just bought the 640 and for now it seems ok.
  • Same here! I know the 640 will be available in the US soon, I will have to wait for the 640 XL for all the better features. I wish Microsoft would stop being so coy about a US release date 
  • Takes very good pictures. Buying this tomorrow
  • Where you want see am buy?
  • Maybe him dey jand nah.
  • Una be Naija men?
  • E bi like say dem be naija guys oo but the phone never reach Slot.
  • LOL
    Slot don chop guys money foe that side ohh
  • The phone de slot and jumia, for slot na 49500 jumia na 51350
  • Ibile. team naija
  • I think say na only me de wpcentral way be full naija man
  • No be only you o
  • Now I'm regretting buying this 535 dual with touchscreen problem
  • I bin buy that one too, quickly sold it and bought 730. To stop that screen problem stick a screen guard on it, did I on mine and touch issue leave the phone as demon the leave possessed person.
  • I thank all of una my peoples, I laughed so hard, dem think I de craz for work when I started reading naija broken on WPC. Ayyways, happy wp hunting for you my peoples.
  • Ffc plz
  • Ffc is great in daylight
  • I'm impressed!   any news about china version?
  • Seriously great photos! I notice the sharpness level in these shots. If I am not mistaken, the sharpness is just waaay better than the Lumia 1020.
  • Not really, the saturation and detail is muted compared to the 1020, but probably faster.
  • That's one thing I miss about the 920 over my 1020 is the speed it takes images
  • Agreed, the 1020 is an image beast and the photo grip case is awesome, but speed is definitely not its strong suit.
  • Not bad. No OIS though - and how does this fare in low light? Camera is probably still not as good as 925/928
  • The indoors photo of the XBOX controller is looking pretty nice (1600x900):
  • Amazing!!
  • Quick question? How will this stack up against Lumia 830's pureview!?
  • I think L830's pureview will perform better. Pixels do not matter much and plus it has OIS.
  • Thanks, was considering upgrading to 830! 640xl's size is a turn off for me! Good to know! :)
  • Do consider that you will have spend extra 5Ks for 830. That is nearly a third of 640XL's price!. On top of it, the front caemra is great in this phone vis-a-vis the 1MP shooter in 830. Having said that, I love the looks of 830 so much. I hate it that they can't adopt that phiolosophy of metal frame throughout the lumia product line. It will make phones a bit thinner, lighter and amazingly good looking. The backs should retain their vibrant color options though. 
  • Yea I know, but I somehow find it cumbersome to use such a big phone. And major reason why I'm leaning more towards 830 is the camera and aesthetics!
  • 830 or 640 or 640 XL. One will get similar performance on every Windows device. This is the best thing about Windows platform and Microsoft devices. And by the way, you can use it easily from a single hand.
  • Probably not as good in lowlight or with motion, but otherwise they look pretty good to me... especially if, like me, you can't get Denim for full Lumia Camera support yet.
  • I hope this increases Microsoft's sales and thus this plateform may grow because I don't think there's a better camera phone out there at this price point.
  • I agree after seeing these photos.
  • Ever heard of Zenfone 2?
  • Athull man Zenfone 2 wont get regular updates like 640XL...and also this is hell of a newer phone...
  • Windows phone? Regular updates? Yeah, right.
  • Im talking about Win10...will Zenfone 2 get Lollipop 5.0.1 ? Nope...will 640XL get Win10 ? YES.
  • The Zenfone 2 is a brand new phone and not even released in many countires yet. It also comes stock with Lollipop 5.0.1. The specs for the Zenfone 2 blow the 640 and 640XL away. For instance, the Zenfone 2 Antutu scores range from 40,000 - 50,000. The Antutu score for the 640 XL is a pitiful 12,000! However, benchmarks tests don't often corellate with real world use, I understand that and I'm sure the 640/640XL will be a fine phone, I'm even condiering getting one, but the Zenfone 2 is a MUCH better deal for whatyou get for the price. And the Zenfoen 2's camera seems just as good as the 640 XL's in the pictures I've seen.
  • Double post
  • FFC cam please
  • Thanks for this gallery Richard, makes me look forward to getting an XL.
  • When will it be available for purchase in US?
  • Great :)
  • Nice camera performance but I'm happy with my L730.
  • Same with my L735...hope we get LED notification light with Win10 btw :)
  • Yep, 730's camera is preeetty niiice! ..and screen ..and design and ergonomics :)