In a very admirable review, DigitalVersus.com concluded the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 is the best smartphone camera to date. In this post you will read a few quotes and see some of the shots they published to prove their point. However, they are quite critical of the device as well.
This is the first part of my review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 with some comparison shots with the Nokia Lumia 1020 (and 1520). What you will see here is mostly limited to daylight photography. I will touch on low light photography, using the flash, burst video and video in future reviews. This review is long enough as it is and moreover it takes time to master the camera and get the results I think are worth sharing since they do the device justice.
In this post you'll find my translation of the review/comparison I just posted in The Netherlands for my Dutch site Smartpone-Review.nl. It's becoming quite impossible to maintain that site next to what I do here at the PureViewClub, but sometimes it's simply irresistable to write a review there - like when you're the first to get your hands on the Nokia Lumia 930 :-)
People have been asking me to write a Lumia 930 review here at the club as well, so I decided to share the same comparison. It's not as much about the PureView camera as you are used to read here (working on that one) - it's a general comparison of both Lumia smartphones. Here we go, I hope you'll enjoy it :-)
Through Nokia Connects, you can get your hands on a Nokia Lumia to try it out. I was lucky enough to receive the Nokia Luimia 925 and be able to test it for a few weeks (you've seen some shots already and my review will follow somewhere soon).
PureViewClub member and friend Mayuri Mehrotra has been posting a few times here, and she asked Nokia Connects to test the Lumia 920 for a while. I'm happy to share this review by Mayuri Mehrotra.
For regular visitors of PureViewClub, the Nokia Lumia 920 is not a new device to read about as Marc has had one with him for quite a while now (see his extensive review here). So I will keep my review of the device as short and simple as possible.
I got the 920 for trial thanks to Paul at Nokia Connects ( https://twitter.com/nokia_connects) and I must say I have really enjoyed my time with it. The first thing that struck me was the screen - WHAT a screen! Smooth, sharp, very responsive. I think the first couple of days I was grinning like an idiot whenever I picked up the phone.
And for all those who think the 920 is as heavy as a tank and such, please look up the dictionary. The 920 felt comfortable to hold - if I’m even slightly careless with my 808 it kind of tips over. Only one issue here: I got a white 920 for trial, and after using the E7 I pretty much vowed to steer clear of slippery backs. I also prefer the USB port on the top of a device.
I’m also not going to write much about the OS - to each his own. I found the phone easy to set up and very snippy to use, the WP OS for me is a breeze. But for some things I found it too simple, I mean, why does one need an app to view photo info?! Or, why can’t one set up a time period to fetch mails? Also, the Settings menu seemed too wordy to me, could do with some icons maybe?
And now for the camera. I must admit, I approached this aspect of the 920 with a faint bit of cynicism. I’m no photographer, but the 808 just spoils you. But I was pleasantly surprised with the results. I’m more of a day person, so really wanted to test the camera for daylight on Auto, and less for low light. Unfortunately, it rained almost non-stop throughout the trial period, so there are very few photos that I could take, and even when I did, it was overcast and the light wasn’t that good.
This is my favourite photo:
I simply love the blue of Dizzy’s eyes. I was concerned about over-saturated colours, but this photo is on Auto, and the camera, I think, did a great job keeping it real.
Nokia doesn't make it easy for its fans when it comes to the very luxurious accessories: these are still extremely hard to find in the electronic stores. Not so long ago, I wrote a long review on the Nokia Purity Pro Stereo Bluetooth Headset by Monster and that too, is still as "untraceable" as the JBL PowerUp Wireless Charging Speaker for Nokia (I even heard this Nokia headset by Monster is out of production, but I'm not sure if that's true).