Nokia Lumia 925 – Another PureView but the Lumia Level


There have been more than enough speculations of the new PureView coming in Windows Phones (Nokia Lumias) with the names of EOS/Catwalk as well as with the references of the original PureView capabilities first came into Nokia 808 PureView. That all went false since the new Lumia 925 announced yesterday. With the same outfit, as leaked earlier, the expectations of the new PureView matching the Nokia 808 PureView still remain in the speculations.

The PureView capabilities of Lumia 925 stay at the Lumia level which was introduced first in the Lumia 920. So there is no monster pixels on the sensor unlike 808 PureView to perform pixel-binning/oversampling, but the CMOS sensor of 8.7MP like the one in Lumia 920. The same Carl Zeiss lens with f/2 aperture opening. The difference is found within the lens. In Lumia 925 it’s now a 6-element design which is again very first time in smartphones.


According to the Finnish firm there is also significantly improved image processing which offers even improved detail in normal lighting conditions as well as better low-light performance. Hence ISO 3200 setting is available now to perform in even lower light.

Other outer body elements include aluminium frame with the polycarbonate back cover and the curved Gorilla Glass 2 on the screen. AMOLED display with Nokia’s ClearBlack layer on it. They are counted on the improvements from the Lumia 920, where the body elements making the Lumia 925 slimmer and lighter in weight and the the AMOLED display with ClearBlack brings the brighter Windows Phone interface and colors that actually helps outdoor visibility overall as well as when shooting with camera. So comparatively we’ll count the Lumia 925 as an improved and better looking PureView camera smartphone.

Camera specifications and features of Nokia Lumia 925:

  • PureView 8.7MP camera sensor (8MP usable) with Optical Image Stabilization
  • 6-elements Carl Zeiss lens with F/2 aperture opening.
  • Exclusive Nokia Camera Intelligent apps e.g. Smart Camera, Cinemagraph etc.
  • Camera Features: Autofocus, short pulse high power dual LED flash, most advanced lens technology, 1080p HD video at 30fps with Optical Image Stabilization. Includes Nokia Smart Camera mode.
  • Secondary camera (front facing): 1.2 MP wide angle.

PureView camera and its features

When it’s a camera and imaging centric blog post about Lumia 925, we’ll limit our discussion about the camera and its features, Nokia has offered with the device.

Smart Camera app was already there in Nokia Lumia devices but with the launch of Lumia 925. It takes multiple shots and provides an interface with different modes to perform different tasks on the shot. Nokia brought new features like “Action Shot” and “Motion Blur” along with the previous features in Smart Camera app (Camera plugin).

“Action Shot” is more like the “Drama Mode” introduced in the latest Samsung Galaxy S4. You chose a select shots and create a single image. The ones like below. Either you want to keep the solid objects or add some transparency to prominent one object of them.

Official sample images from Nokia Lumia 925

“Motion Focus” feature is like the artificial version of the panning technique in photography. It creates blur on the background while focusing on the main subject. The blur can be applied in low, or high impact as per your desire. The final output of the image comes as below.

Official sample images from Nokia Lumia 925

Other features include “Best Shot” and the option to remove unwanted objects in the background or foreground.

Hipstamatic’s new app, Oggl, That’s what Nokia also announced which will arrive on Nokia Lumia smartphones, allowing people to take and share high quality pictures. Along with sharing photos on Oggl, users can also share photos on other social networks including Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Tumblr, Flickr and most importantly the “Instagram”. Hm. that’s one more push towards Instagram interest found within the Windows Phone community. We’ll see if Instagram listen to them.

The best thing is that Nokia promised the above camera features to be rolled out to earlier Lumia devices in July with a Windows Phone 8 software update.

Official Sample Images from Nokia Lumia 920’s Camera

The Nokia Lumia 925 has just been announced and we haven’t got a chance of testing it. However Nokia has published some sample shots from Nokia Lumia 925 which include all e.g. photo shots from native camera app as well as from the camera apps like Smart Camera.

We have a good interest in this Lumia 925 specifically due to its aluminium/polycarbonate finish and the AMOLED display. The slimmer outfit and light weight of the device also attracts us. We’ll reserve our feedback about the device until we test it ourselves. We hope a soon arrival of the Nokia Lumia 925 here at Tech Prolonged once it’s launched in Pakistan.

Until then we’ll want to have your opinion on it. What do you think about this PureView addition in the Lumia family? do tell us in the comments below.

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