Recently Nokia released the large sensor 41 megapixel Nokia PureView 808, one of the last Nokia phones based on the Symbian O/S, with promises that the PureView Imaging technology would make its way to Nokia's Windows Phones. The Nokia Lumia 920 is the first Windows Phone (WP) from Nokia with PureView built in, and while it was rumoured that the first WP with PureView might feature a larger sensor, this phone has just an 8.7 megapixel sensor and its highlight feature is built in optical image stabilisation - the first mobile phone ever to feature OIS.
As Nokia's flagship phone it has a wealth of high end features, such as a large 4.5inch touch-screen, with 1280x720 resolution, 32gb memory built in, Carl Zeiss lens, Wireless charging (with optional charging base), physical shutter release, Dual-core 1.5GHz SnapDragon S4 processor, all packed into a 10.7mm thick phone available in a number of colours.
8.7 megapixel 16:9 BSI sensor
26mm f/2.0 Carl Zeiss Tessar AF lens
Camera Flash Type: Short pulse high power dual LED
Optical image stabilisation (OIS)
4.5inch touch screen, 1280x720 resolution
Pixel density 332 ppi, Luminance 600 nits, Aspect ratio 15:9
Dual-core 1.5GHz, SnapDragon S4
2000 mAh battery (built-in)
1GB RAM, 32GB Storage
Full HD, 1920x1080, 30fps video, 4x zoom
ISO100 - 800
Available in yellow, red, white, grey, black
Handling - The phone feels larger and thicker than the 10.7mm specifications suggest, and while the phone has a 4.5inch screen, it feels larger than other phones with a 4.7inch screen such as the Samsung Galaxy S3. It's also noticeably heavier than an iPhone 5, which weighs 112g compared to the Nokia Lumia 920's 185g. The dedicated buttons on the side (from left to right) for shutter, lock, volume are a nice touch, with the shutter release having a two-stage release, where you half-press to focus and then press fully to take the photo. When the phone is locked you can "quickly" enter the camera mode by holding the shutter release button for roughly 8 seconds, although it would be quicker to get to it by placing a shortcut on the homescreen and unlocking it the normal way. The phone screen is made of Gorilla Glass so shouldn't scratch easily, however small scratches can be seen in this review phone, so a cover is recommended, and the rear body is made of plastic and appears to pickup scratches easily so a cover is also recommended to protect this.
Menus – The phones operating system is quick and responsive in use, featuring large tiles that can be customised for the home page. The design and style of the operating system is carried over into each application you use, making it quite easy to navigate the system. Photo options in the main camera application are a little limited, with a small handful of scene modes, as well as flash, ISO, white balance, exposure (EV +/- 2.0), aspect ratio and focus assist light options.
To add additional features, such as Panoramic shooting, or photo editing you can get additional apps from the Windows Market Place, which is quite well stocked with a number of recent and new applications (compared to Nokia's Symbian App store for example), however it isn't as full of as Android or iOS, and lacks instagram, and hipstamatic for example.
Some of the built in apps provided by Nokia add additional features:
Cinemagraph - Animates a section of the photo
Creative Studio - Adds digital filters to photos
Nokia City Lens - Augmented reality GPS
Panorama - Sweep to create panoramic photos
Smart Shoot - Lets you take a number of photos and choose the best, as well as choose the best face or remove objects
Battery life - Battery life should be reasonable, with a 2000 mAh battery, however, as the phone has a large high resolution screen, it is likely the phone will need charging daily when in regular use. This is what we found in use, and is fairly typical for smartphones like this.
Speed - We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.
Shutter Response 0.05 0.0
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response 0.1 0.3
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response N/A 0.3
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo 37.0 2.2
Shot to Shot without Flash 1.2 0.9
Shot to Shot with Flash 1.3 2.1
(shots before slow down) N/A 7fps (speed priority mode, 15 shots)
Continuous Shooting - Flash N/A 1.6s
Focus is very quick, as well as shutter response. Shot to shot is reasonable, with good performance when using the flash, although there is no continuous shooting mode, unless you use the Smart Shoot app.
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Max Aperture f/2
Lens Range No Data
35mm equivalent 26mm
Optical Zoom No Data
CCD pixels 8.7Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W) 3552
Pixels (H) 2448
Sensor Size 1/3 inch
Sensor Size (width) No Data
Sensor Size (height) No Data
LCD Monitor 4.5in
Screen resolution HD+ WXGA (1280x768)
Touch Screen Yes
Shutter speeds shortest No Data
Shutter speeds longest No Data
ISO sensitivity 100 - 800
Movie mode Yes
Video FPS 30
Stereo Sound Yes
Image Stabilisation Yes
USB USB 2
Internal Memory 32000mb
Battery Type 2000mAh
Box Contents Nokia Lumia 920, Nokia Fast USB Charger AC-16, Nokia Charging and Data Cable CA-190CD, Nokia Headset WH-208, Quick guide, SIM Door Key