Here on Day 2 of Nokia World, we had a fun little performance from the UK’s Got Talent group Diversity and I was able to film some of it on the Lumia 800. So if you’re wondering about what sort of video capture will Nokia’s first Windows Phone device be capable of, look no further.
The Nokia Lumia 800 packs an 8 megapixel Carl Zeiss camera with a f/2.2 aperture, one of the largest that you’ll see in a mobile device. The idea behind that is to get as much light into the sensor as possible so as to enable better low light shots. Since the Lumia 800 shares its camera prowess with its older sibling, the N9, you might want to have a look at the N9’s camera accomplishments in a little detail.
But that’s all theory, so to see how the Lumia 800 performs in the worst conditions possible for a smartphone camera, I took an extended set of low light pictures around London. The full resolution pictures are available on Flickr as set.
So as you can see, the Lumia 800 did a fairly impressive job at keeping the noise low, colours accurate and producing a very acceptable picture overall. It might not have the N8’s prowess, but I think it would be fair to say that as far as smartphone cameras go, this is right up there with the best. The only thing that you need to be careful about is waiting for camera to finish focussing before pressing the shutter fully to take the picture, as the auto focus speed on the Lumia 800 isn’t as fast as that of the N9.