Last night during Nokia’s par-tay we managed to check out their little photo challenge area. In short, they literally had a cubby hole in a brick wall where you could mosey on up with your smartphone, snap a pic and then Nokia would do the same with the Lumia 920.
Of course the Lumia 920 is better positioned to win such a contest, after all it has everything: lens stabilization, a larger BSI sensor, F/2.0 aperture and some funky Nokia algorithms to top it all off. And indeed, challenge after challenge we saw the 920 crush any phone that attempted the feat—iPhone 4S, Samsung Galaxy S3—all were smoked.
The Lumia 920's camera simply overpowers the Galaxy S3's
The object was a flower in a vase tucked in a little dark corner. To say it as poorly lit is an understatement. Honestly, we would never even attempt to photograph what they were doing with the 920 as you could barely see it with your own eyes. And let’s make no mistake—as far as we could tell, this was not rigged. Nokia snapped the photo each and every time and we were allowed to view the images to verify (ironically, we couldn’t challenge the Lumia 900 as Nokia probably does not want to compete against themselves too publicly).
Likewise with video stabilization as the Nokia employee held up the phone above his head and would shoot 5 to 10 seconds of video. Sure, this works on any camera but on the 920, the video was solid and didn’t budge. It did look like it was mounted on a tripod instead of being handheld.
Don’t get us wrong—we want to see the “final” product like everyone else and we’ll surely put it through its paces between George and myself. But we noticed some folks are calling this ‘vaporware’—sorry friends, but it is anything but vaporware, faked or being over-sold to you. This kind of camera can truly change the level and quality of photos you’ll be taking in 8 weeks’ time and we can’t wait to see 'em.
Watch the video above and let us know your thoughts.
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.