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A day at Ightham Mote with the Nokia Lumia 920

So my wife and I decided to have a family day out at Ightham Mote, a beautiful National Trust property set in the wonderful Sussex countryside. Also, I thought, a great opportunity to test out the camera on the Nokia Lumia 920. One small problem though, I forgot to put it on charge and because I’d connected it to my home router the battery was only showing 50% left. Oh well, I took along my trusty Fuji X10 just to make sure I had everything covered.
It turned out to be a bright sunny day so the harsh lighting would certainly pose a challenge. Trying to view the screen in bright sunlight can sometimes be infuriating but the beautiful and huge screen of the Lumia was surprisingly clear and I had no real troubles using it outdoors.
Inside the house the darker rooms proved to be a bit more of a challenge as the iso only goes up to 800, even on a tiny sensor I would like to have seen it go up to at least iso1600. Despite this I still managed to get a few shots inside the house, luckily I have a very steady hand.
So there’s a couple of things that do annoy me a little, and that is the rather limited features Nokia have decided to put into the camera. First, there is no way to decouple focusing and shutter release. I like to make sure I have focus first before taking the shot but having both focus and shutter coupled together resulted in me getting a lot of shots destined for the bin. Aha I thought, enter Camera 360, a photo app I downloaded from the Windows store. It has the separated focussing and shutter I desire and also has a manual focus ability. Additionally there’s a number of cool effects that you can apply too. Now I’m not here to review the camera apps but because it had a couple of simple shooting features not found in the default camera I though it would be a good work around. Not so, upon transferring my shots to the computer I was disappointed to find the app works at a much lower resolution, around 3.1 MP! A bit of a come down from the 8.7MP you’ll get shooting the camera normally.
Still I got a few shots that I liked which you can view below.

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Nokia Lumia 920-camera test

The kind folks over at Nokia Connects recently got in touch with me asking if I’d be interested in trying out the camera feature of their new Lumia 920, the idea being that they are looking to get views from the perspective of a photographer.
The unit they sent me arrived today and I’ll have it for the next two weeks to put it through its paces. The phone is big and also runs Windows, so something for you to also consider when perhaps looking at this as a potential new phone. Unfortunately my SIM card is too big so I won’t be able to try it out as an actual phone.
It packs an 8.7MP camera with a Carl Zeiss lens (the smallest they probably do) and the initial quick snaps I took looked quite impressive, so off to a good start there. I’ll be posting the odd quick update along the way but will give my final thoughts at the end of my two week trial.
Thanks for stopping by.

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