Report: Camera fix for the Lumia 920 coming from Nokia this month
The Lumia 920 has impressed many with the PureView camera technology Nokia has installed inside the Windows Phone. The optical image stabilisation (OIS), software enhancements and Carl Zeiss lens are just a few features that work together to create some truly astonishing magic when taking shots in low light.
However, there's an issue with photographs taken in good amounts light. Lack of detail, sharpness and while it's not a deal breaker, it does cause alarm especially when low light shots are that good. Thankfully, Nokia is set to release a firmware update to address problems raised by consumers.
We've taken a second look at the Lumia 920 camera and concluded that while the low light performance was nothing short of incredible, there was room for improvement. When taking shots that weren't at night (or in a dark room), one would notice a lack of detail and blurriness. This could be rectified through post-capture editing, but we'd expect such a superior camera to have little issue.
The image above compares quality between the Lumia 920 prior the update and with it applied. Our George Ponder went into some detail when looking at the current state of the camera:
We've always believed Nokia would release an update (or rather bundle it with an OS OTA update) soon enough to iron out any creases in the camera software for the production of sharper, clear images to be possible. This is turning to reality with the update in the works and well on the way. Engadget obtained a number of photos taken with two Lumia 920s (one is visible above with the cats). One Lumia 920 (left) is using existing firmware - PR1.0, while the second is running the upcoming version - PR1.1.
The Lumia 920's camera and housing
It's clear from analysing the photos supplied that Nokia has made strong progress on fixing the Lumia 920 camera to make results sharper and more clear. While it's not perfect, we're sure the company will continue to work on adding improvements when possible - we saw a software update released for the Lumia 900 that improved the camera quality greatly.
The update is expected to be bundled with Microsoft's upcoming 'Portico' release for Windows Phone 8. For Lumia 920 owners, this OTA update will not only contain the camera fix (as well as other software enhancements), but also the constant WiFi connection and will address the random reset issue, SMS drafts and call rejection functionality to name but a handful of features that are on their way.
If you'd like to read up more on how to effectively use the camera on the Lumia 920, be sure to read up on our in-depth guide to all the features and functionality.
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Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.
The pictures after the update look better, still look soft, but better.
If I bought a car without working brakes, I'd be pretty upset. Regarless of how good the cigarette lighter and headlights are. To me, good brakes are more important. Got it?
basically... in the future, the camera Nokia touts is not going to be the deciding factor anymore in me choosing my next phone.
I take pictures more often when there is good lighting... and the titan continuously impressed me. I'm talking about the titan 1... I never demoed the titan 2.
I really hope for Microsoft's sake that this patch comes out quickly for MS. I know a few who are having the rebooting phone issue. It is hard to be super happy with your phone if it randomly reboots on you.
I personally am really looking forward to the reply to call with SMS.
In addition if MS can get this on all phones on all providers within 30 days of release it will make all of the tech people happy. iPhone still rules with the day 1 patch release. Android is the worst. If Microsoft can show that all WP8 devices can expect the update within 30 days of release -- that would be great.
The next gen Lumia's a year from now, I think, will be the best balance with regards to their Pureview technology, and that is when I will make another purchase; but my N8(and Symbian) has been benched!
At the end of the day, you and anyone else feeling betrayed or disappointed with daylight photos had plenty of time to return the product for a full refund...no sure why some held on to the device only to bash the camera/other functionality.
BTW do you knoww about purple pictures with IPhone.. or 'you are not holding it properly' issue?
I'm a photographer and love gadgets, therefore having a camera on my phone that takes decent pictures is a good thing eventhough I know it will never replace my DSLR camera. And, I don't expect it to.
What I hope they don't do is over sharpen the pictures to make it "look nice". As a photographer, I know that if I have a soft picture I can sharpen it in post processing. If I have an over sharpen picture, I'm stuck with it. As I photographer I also know that if I don't have the details at capture time, I can't add them later in post processing. Fixing that "lost of details" that sometimes appears to happen is what I'm really looking forward to before I start using my L920.
In the reivew (http://www.neowin.net/news/review-nokia-lumia-920) of the L920 at Neowin, Tim complained about the camera. In the comments you can find some comments from "Jaybot". He posted a link (http://jaybotography.tumblr.com/) to some photos he's taken with the L920. Hmmm. Maybe what they say in the photography world is right "Is not the camera, is the photographer" that makes the picture.
And, before you ask for my pictures, I don't have my L920 yet. That's coming next week, you know on the 25th.
How can i post selfies on facebook if its all blurry? ;-)
During the glory days of N9x series, Nokia really delivered. Even though symbian became antiquated quickly, they still delivered on my expectations. If you're a camera, or camera phone enthusiast, you are no doubt disappointed, and therefore disapointed in Nokia releasing this device with the hype they are making.
I have plenty of friends and colleagues interested in the Lumia, but I cannot in good faith endorse it with that level of 'mistake'. Reading some of the articles, I'm very curious why it supposedly took better photos as a prototype. And my real concern is that this issue is no fixable via software. :( Adding more 'sharpness' to post process is not a fix. I can understand Nokia remaining quiet about this in order to not draw too much attention to the flaw, but in my opinion, this is huge, and they should be throwing everything at it. Again, if they fix it so it has clear focus at a distance (reguardless of the poor white balance and oversaturation) I will be very happy and satisified. Until then, betrayal is an appropriate word.
I contacted their webchat support last Thursday. It was escalated to level 2.
They called me back today. Support knew nothing about it.
I'm at least glad Nokia support was good. Next is to see how well the camera was fixed with the new firmware.