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Hold on tight: Nokia Lumia 928 camera shines in roller coaster video demo

Although Nokia(s nok) hasn’t officially announced the Lumia 928 yet, it’s already starting to take shots at the smartphone’s competition. On the U.S. landing page for the phone — the URL has ends with “lumia928” — Nokia sticks it to both the Samsung Galaxy S 3 and Apple’s(s aapl) iPhone 5, with a video to show off the handset’s camera.

If you get motion sickness easily, I’d be cautious watching the video: It’s taken with all three phones at night with some parts on a moving roller coaster called The Hurricane.

After watching the video, I can’t see anyone disputing the Lumia 928 as a clear winner. It handles the low-light extremely well and uses optical image stabilization to smooth out the bumps and turns while riding the coaster. And it’s smart of Nokia to focus — no pun intended — on the features and expertise it brings to smartphones. Hopefully, this footage is from an actual Lumia 928: I’d hate to see a repeat of Nokia’s camera demo faux pas from last year.

But there’s a reason why iPhone models take up the first three spots in the top five most-used cameras on Flickr: They take all-around great shots and they’re super simple to use. Will the Lumia 928 win out over its peers in low-light situations? Most assuredly, although the HTC One is quite good in the same scenario. What else will the Lumia 928 offer to sway buyers, however? That’s the missing piece of this picture.

This post was updated at 3:12pm to reflect the Galaxy S 3 was used for comparison.

7 Responses to “Hold on tight: Nokia Lumia 928 camera shines in roller coaster video demo”

  1. Nicholas Paredes

    Low light performance will generally equate with a larger sensor, so the typical image quality should improve as well. It is great to see device manufacturers focus on image quality. Nokia was the first to do so, and Apple learned from them.

    That said, it will be tough to dislodge the iPhone from the top camera slot.

  2. Frank A NYC

    As my night clubbing days are behind me, low light picture performance means very little to me. I will gladly give up low light performance for high(?) light performance.

  3. David J Ramos

    Did anyone else think that while actually impressive! … the shots being taken by the iPhone5 and SG4 seemed to keep floating north of the desired focus. Seemed like whomever was holding the Nokia kept the phone’s perspective more in line with the roller coaster, slightly.

    • The Optical Image Stabilization in the Nokia 920 operates on all three axes… the HTC One, which also has OIS, only operates on two axes. The other units, of course, have software stabilization.

      The motion of the phone chassis on the vertical axis (from the perspective of the cameraman) is tilting forwards and backwards within the chassis, where the HTC, for instance, is fixed on that axis to the back of the phone. So when the users hand tips forward, the image does as well.