It’s been a while since I had to send the Lumia 810 back, and much has happened since then, so my little piece on the photos that I took with it has been sitting on the back-burner for longer than I had hoped. But I’m glad to say I’m finally able to spend a bit of time uploading and typing and getting this done at last!
My general point on the 810’s camera… it was excellent. I liked how I could boot up the camera UI straight from a locked phone, even though the shutter button needed a squeeze that seemed far too hard to be necessary. But I say excellent, because the photos I took with it, both inside and outside were superb. I always try to follow @stevelitchfield’s advice on taking pictures with camera phones, and I always try to keep the device as still as possible when taking a snap. But even with that basic necessity taken care of, I was very impressed with the overall colours and sharpness of the photos the Lumia 810 captured. And these were nearly all taken just using ‘Automatic’ in the settings. Occasionally I would turn the flash off to get a more natural look for the photo, but other times when it was necessary, it seemed to do a decent job.
Rather dishearteningly for me being such an N9 fan was the fact that my N9 pics of the same subjects seem to be a little washed out and lacking in colour and punch when compared to those taken by the Lumia 810. I wouldn’t be surprised if the two 8MP camera modules were very similar. Of course, I expect that software optimisations would have no doubt taken place since the N9’s launch back in mid-2011, so there’s that to ponder about too. But when it comes to macro shots (of which I always put the N9 in the number 1 slot), the 810 surprised me when I looked back at the photos on my computer – the 810’s were better than my N9’s, so I was quite shocked, but also pleased that Nokia had released a device into the wilds of the USA that packed another great camera unit to add to that wonderful imaging legacy.
So feel free to scroll down and see the pictures that I took with the Lumia 810. I’ve tried to intersperse them with a few N9 comparisons so you can see what I mean about the 810’s pictures having more vibrancy when both phones were set to ‘Auto’ in settings. All photos shown were taken with the Lumia 810, unless the caption mentions the N9.
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Let me know what you think in the comments section.