All posts by Jay Kim

I have been using mobile phones since 1996 and digital cameras since 1999. Also have been an editor/host of various digital camera and gadget websites and now a founder of ShootSpeak.com!

@NokiaAustralia giving away Lumia 520 every #520Friday

lumia_520_01

I was a little late on this one but there is still 4 more Fridays to go to have a chance at winning your very own Nokia Lumia 520 smartphone so here it is!

Each Friday (until the 21st of June), Nokia Australia is holding a #520Friday competition where they are asking their @NokiaAustralia Twitter followers to share an image that shows how you are preparing for the weekend.

All you need to do is use Twitter on Friday and reply to @NokiaAustralia with your photo along with the hashtag #520Friday. At 5:20pm the competition closes and the winning image wins a Nokia Lumia 520 handset.

Terms & Conditions

1. Be residents of Australia who are 18 years old and above as of the date of participation
2. Submit a picture, that they have taken, via Twitter directly to @NokiaAustralia
3. Include the #520Friday hashtag within the entry (tweet)
4. Comply with these Terms and Conditions including the entry requirements

Full T&C – http://www.nokia.com/au-en/terms/terms/520friday/twittercompetition/

 

Big thanks to Danielle @ Fuel Communications (@Fuel_Comms) for the heads up!

Panasonic GX2 might be my next camera!

Panasonic DMC LC1

I currently have a Panasonic GH2 and I love it to bits. I love taking videos of my family and I know there isn’t anything around its price range that can compete with the GH2. But I always wanted in-body IS (IBIS) for my manual focus lenses (very shaky videos when hand held!) and a smaller form factor if possible. It seems Panasonic might be bringing out what I always wanted from them later in the year with the upcoming GX2 in August with its tilt-able  EVF as well as IBIS!

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Nokia Lumia 920 Size Comparison Photos (vs Note, 4s, 800)

Galaxy Note 1 (white) – Lumia 920 (grey) – Lumia 800 (black)

Not much to say about this post really. Just a bunch of photos showing the size / design difference between various phones I had at the time while I had the 920.

Phones that took part
– Samsung Galaxy Note White (N7000)
– Samsung Galaxy Note Black (N7000)
– Apple iPhone 4s White
– Nokia Lumia 920 Grey
– Nokia Lumia 800 Black

You can click on the photos for a larger photo.

Galaxy Note 1 – iPhone 4s – Lumia 920 – Lumia 800
Galaxy Note 1 – iPhone 4s – Lumia 920 – Lumia 800
Galaxy Note 1 – Lumia 920 – Lumia 800
iPhone 4s – Lumia 920
Galaxy Note 1 – iPhone 4s – Lumia 920
Lumia 920
iPhone 4s – Lumia 920

Nokia Lumia 920 Camera Review Part #1 – Quick Impression

Nokia Lumia 920 with PureView 2 Camera featuring Optical Image Stabilization

Introduction

This first part of my review on the Nokia Lumia 920 camera will not have a lot of information other than some full size sample photos taken with it while I got to use my cousin’s nice looking grey unit for a few hours as well as some first impressions. Nothing fancy, just simple shots while I was out and about. =)

Camera Specification

Nokia Lumia 920 has a PureView Phase 2 camera with the following key specs:
– 8.7MP 1/3″ BSI sensor (Pixel size 1.4 µm)
– 26mm equiv. FoV (at 16:9) Carl Zeiss lens with fast f/2.0 fixed aperture
– Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
– Mechanical 2 stage dedicated shutter button
– Powerful fast-pulse dual LED flash
– Min. 1/3 second shutter speed in Auto mode and 1 second shutter speed in Night mode.

On paper, the specs are very good. In fact, other than Nokia’s very own camera-centric 808 PureView and N8, there is no other smartphone currently in the market that has better camera specs than the 920.

First Impressions

I’ll keep it short and simple for now as I haven’t had any extensive use of the Lumia 920 yet.

1.  Camera feels speedy enough when taking photos with the physical shutter button. I did not notice any significant lag from when the shutter is pressed to when it actually take the photo. Once I get more hands-on time with it, I will post some more info about its speed.

2. Without any case for the Lumia 920, I didn’t feel confident in holding it with my right hand single handedly to take photos like a normal small compact camera. I guess it’s due to the round shape of the sides and the relatively small protruding shutter button. I’m sure it would improve if you get a case for it that allows for a more secure grip.

3. Daylight image quality is nothing to really boast about due to its heavily post-processed look to them which I am not that fond of. However, once the photo is resized to the more commonly used web-use sizes smaller than 2MP (1600×1200 or less), it is not any different to any other high-end competitor smartphones out there right now. Also, Nokia did state that they will work to improve the quality with future software updates.

4. In terms of low-light images, due to its hand-shake reducing OIS, the fast f/2.0 aperture lens combined with a very slow 1/3 second shutter speed support in Auto mode, Lumia 920 can take some seriously well exposed photos at night hand held that most other smartphones just cannot do. (Most smart phones don’t go slower than around 1/15 seconds in Auto mode using the default camera app) The level of noise is also very well controlled with low chroma noise while keeping enough detail even at ISO 800. More samples with various ISO will come in my upcoming part #2 review.

The central dark grey metal surrounding the lens is actually made out of Ceramic zirconium which is virtually scratch proof. Same material is also used for the volume, power and camera shutter button!

My gripes with the default camera app
– No exposure lock during focus lock (while shutter button is half-pressed)
– Exposure compensation is very fiddly to get to and use.
– No sharpness or contrast settings.
– No metering mode options. (this was a problem for some photos seen below)
– No JPEG compression settings.
– No customizable UI elements.
– No setting to turn off OIS (would be handy for reviewers at least. =p)

I will stop here for now as I am planning to post Part #2 later on with full sized ISO image comparison shots and night shot comparisons.

Sample Photos

– Click on the photos for untouched original image files straight off the Lumia 920.
– I did try to ensure I got good focus lock before taking each shot.
– I made sure that the lens was kept clean at all times also.