Nokia Lumia 928
The Lumia 928 features the same impressive 8.7-megapixel PureView camera with Carl Zeiss optics as the Lumia 920. The f/2.0 lens, combined with a new Xenon flash, promises superior low-light photography.
Photos taken with the 920 and the 928 were nearly identical in terms of details. However, the 920 delivered better color in many of our shots, particularly photos taken at our local florist. Images captured with the 928 tended to have a bluish tint. Both devices tended to over saturate brighter colors such as reds and oranges.
When we enabled flash for both devices, our photo editor noted that images taken on the 928 were too yellow with a slight haze. Reds and pinks looked fluorescent, leading to detail loss. Many of the 920’s images had a bluish tint. However, both devices delivered sharp detail.
The Lumia 928 upholds Nokia’s gold standard for low-light photography. When we snapped a few shots of some random tchotchkes in a nearly dark photo lab, we got surprisingly vivid color that was borderline over saturated. However, it should be noted that much of the detail in the photos were soft and fuzzy.
Video shot of NYC traffic on the 928 was darker than we would have liked. There was also a hint of a white haze. Nevertheless, colors were fairly accurate and the text on the New Balance sign was nice and legible.
The 928 also has a trio of high-audio-amplitude-capture (HAAC) microphones that will capture distortion-free audio even in noisy settings (restaurant, concerts and nightclubs). When we recorded on a busy, windy NYC street, our conversation with a LAPTOP staffer was loud and clear despite the traffic and the whipping winds.
The 1.2MP front-facing camera shoots stills and video in 720p. Colors like our turquoise sweater and red jacket were nice and bright. The image also displayed a high level of detail, capturing our sweater’s fabric pattern.
These days, a smartphone camera has to do more than take pretty pictures. Nokia adds some bells and whistles to the Lumia 928 using a few nifty apps. Creative Studio gives users 8 Instagram-like filters to trick out their photos. We took sweeping shots of the New York City skyline with the Panorama app. Nokia also took a few notes from Samsung and added a few fun and useful camera apps.
Smart Shoot combines three features found on the Samsung Galaxy S 4: Best Shot, Best Face and Eraser Mode. With Smart Shoot engaged, the camera snaps eight photos when the camera button is held down. Once the photos were taken, we flipped through the shots like a flipbook until we found the best overall shot.