Hands on with the Lumia 930 camera

A decent camera is something most of us want, myself included. Let’s not forget that we used to use small 5 megapixel lenses that would never be able to replace a point and shoot camera.

Thankfully Nokia were one company who decided to focus on this area, no pun intended, and really hammered down to get the best mobile camera experience possible.

This became obvious when PureView technology came in with the Symbian powered PureView 808. Later it was seen on the Lumia 920, 925, 1520, 1020 and now the latest, the Lumia 930.

The video below was taken using the 1020, but the same controls are available on the 930 and it shows what you can expect to see on this newer device.


The team from @Connects kindly loaned me a Lumia 930 to take as many photos as possible on, and with a trip to London coming up this was an ideal time to try it out.

Just in case you didn’t know, the Lumia 930 features a 20 megapixel camera with Zeiss optics and PureView technology. This sounds fancy, and to be honest it is, but the results speak for themselves as you will see below.

There is also a dual-LED flash on the back to help with low light conditions and, unlike the Lumia 1020, the camera lens does not stick out on the back meaning it can lie flat on a desk.

The photos above were taken in various locations in different lighting conditions. There are some close-up macro shots and as some low light ones in an aquarium which feature moving animals. This is something most camera phones find hard to capture without blur.

I must have taken over 80 photos in a short time. The ones above are the best and also none of them have been edited, so no adjustments to the captured image.

Another thing that makes the Lumia range with PureView techniology so great is the camera software used giving you full conrol over settings which you can see live on the screen.

This allows you to adjust things like the ISO, shutter speed, white balance and manual focus level for the best all-round photo you can get.

There are some great camera phones out there such as the Samsung K Zoom, Sony Xperia Z2 and HTC One M8, however Nokia have got the optics and the software working together brilliantly.

Click on any of the images above for a larger view and to see all the detail.

Many thanks to Connects for loaning me a Lumia 930 to show off the camera. This is a great new smartphone, and with the new software coming out in the next few months you can also capture 4K video on the move!.