Comparison of video shooting on Nokia Lumia 920 with iPhone5 and Nokia 808 PureView

    For several years, the iPhone held the palm in the segment of smartphone cameras. In any case, this was the case in consumer consciousness. Nokia, one of the first to start producing cell phones at the time, seemed to be lagging behind. Although this lag was rather stereotyped, Nokia actually had the N8, which, although it doesn’t shoot video with Full HD resolution, it also takes pictures and shoots HD video no worse than the notorious iPhone. But this year, with the release of the 808 Pureview, Nokia pulled ahead. It seemed that in the next few years no one could release a smartphone with a better camera. Strange as it may seem, within a few months Nokia itself released such a smartphone, and it is called Lumia 920.

    A couple of months ago, when Apple released iPhone5, I already did its comparative video test with Nokia 808 PureView. It seemed to me that the iPhone beat Nokia 808 in image stabilization, but this stabilization was achieved digitally, that is, by blurring the picture, so that the Nokia 808 turned out to be much stronger in terms of frame clarity. 41 megapixels in Nokia 808 PureView in this case did not matter, because when shooting video, only 8 megapixels are used, and the rest come into effect only when zooming, which, although it is essentially digital, in quality (due to the stock of megapixels on the matrix ) is comparable to optical.

    And now, in Lumia 920, Nokia, together with its regular partner Carl Zeiss, realized optical stabilization for the first time in the camera built into the smartphone. At the same time, the resolution of the camera itself is not so gigantic: 8.7 megapixels. These 8.7, and not the usual ones that have already become the standard of 8 megapixels, appeared so that wide-format photo and video would be shot exactly at 8 megapixels, because all other smartphone cameras with 8 megapixels make widescreen pictures with a resolution of 7 megapixels. Also, the Lumia 920 camera uses a back-illuminated matrix, which provides noise reduction with an increased level of photosensitivity of the matrix. Secondly, the camera uses a new lens with a reduced aperture value - 2.0 compared to 2.4 in the Nokia 808.

    And now I propose to consider several comparative and a couple of demonstrative videos. Films were shot using such a foam installation, into which two smartphones were inserted:

    So, the first two clips were shot on 808 and 920 in low light conditions. The difference was huge, in terms of photosensitivity and stabilization.

    Mindful of my previous comparative test of the Nokia 808 and iPhione5, in which the iPhone5 looked significantly better in terms of image stabilization, I decided to compare the Lumia 920 and iPhone5. That's what came out of it.

    And finally, I’ll bring a couple of videos shot on the Lumia 920, so that the viewer-reader had the opportunity to consider the work of optical stabilization and autofocus separately.

    I don’t want to impose my point of view, but it really seems to me that the Lumia 920 is at the moment the best video camera built into the smartphone. Even when running, the objects on the Lumia 920 record do not blur, do not lose contours, each step is clearly visible, as is customary in the movie, when the subjective camera is used. I think that if you use smartphone stages with the Lumia 920, then you get an absolutely full-fledged movie picture.

    As for the sound, it, despite the presence of three microphones, the Lumia 920 so far writes only in one channel, that is, mono. I think a more advanced recording system will appear in firmware updates. Although even now the sound is written very well:

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