New Nokia Lumia: Good Phone, Great Camera

New Nokia Lumia Phone

The new Nokia Lumia phone line is different. Most cell phones, even ones with “good” cameras are cell phones with a camera attached. There are four phones in the Lumia lineup, including the 625, 720, 925, and 1020. All four are excellent cell phones designed around highly functional camera systems.

Nokia’s Most Affordable Lumia

The Lumia 625 allows you to do more with your camera and pictures, natively, than do most other smartphones.

Want to highlight the subject(s) of your pictures? With the 625 you can blur the background of an image and remove objects from an image. It has a 4.7-inch screen to allow for easy image editing. The phone runs on Windows Phone 8 and comes pre-installed with email and communications apps.

The Lumia 625 has eight gigabytes (GB) of available internal storage, plus a MicroSD port that supports cards of up to 64 GB. And 7 GB of cloud storage is also included. Connectivity includes Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11n Wi-Fi with full support for all security modes. The 625 also comes with support for Office file formats, so you can stay productive even away from work.

Video Chat with the New Nokia Lumia 720

This phone looks like it was designed for young adults with bright vibrant colors and cool FX that you can overlay on top of your video chat image. Another cool feature is that the phone is able to charge wirelessly with a Wireless Charging Cover.

Talk time can be as high as 13 hours and max music playback time can be as high as 80 hours.

There are times when using a flash can ruin the mood of the image so the Lumia 720 comes with a wide-angle, low-light, rear-facing camera. Multiple images can be assembled into one using Smart Shoot, and Erase lets you, well, erase things that you want out of your images.

The Lumia 720 comes with eight GB of internal memory and support for up to 64 GB more with a MicroSD card and 7 GB in the cloud. The battery has enough reserve to allow for up nine and a half hours of browsing using the 802.11n Wi-Fi. Windows 8 means that you’ll have a wealth of apps to choose from.

Design a Mobile Phone Around a Camera? That’s Crazy!

Crazy or not, the Nokia Lumia 925 definitely seems to be a new Nokia Lumia phone that was designed with an excellent 8.7 megapixel (MP) camera system as primary focus, instead of an afterthought like most smartphones. The Lumia 925 has one of the industry’s best low-light cameras, allowing you to capture the mood in low-light settings. One thing I really like is that you can take a burst of images, letting you capture stop motion or select the best image later.

Using a phone to take pictures isn’t a very natural feeling in the best of situations, which sometimes ruins the photo. Sure, the basic controls are easy to figure out and access, but most cell phone cameras have very limited user controls.

The 925 comes with Nokia Pro Cam which makes taking professional-quality images easy and intuitive. Most cameras found in cell phones let you zoom somewhat, but I haven’t seen one that lets you adjust white balance, shutter speed, and more, let alone one that has controls that are this intuitive and easy to learn.

A Professional Camera — with a Phone

My camera — that is the device that takes pictures and movies but doesn’t also make calls — has a 20 megapixel lens. This new Nokia Lumia phone more than doubles that, with a camera that can capture a full 41 MP. Most professional-quality cameras cost just less than a few thousand dollars don’t have cameras like this one. The Zeiss PureView technology lets you take flawless photos night or day.

That 41 MP allows you to use the 4x zoom and take pictures that allow you to further zoom in without any loss of image quality. Video recording lets you zoom in up to six times during recording and Nokia Rich Recording ensures that you have high-quality stereo audio to go with the excellent video quality. And Vyclone? I’m just going to let you decide for yourself when you see what this app can do with stuff from different sources.

Looking over the camera specifications, I got the picture that once the camera design was completed, someone said, “Uh, guys? What about the phone part?”

“Oh yeah. Well, it’ll run on Windows 8 Phone and support all Office applications.”

Befitting its top-of-the-line status, the Lumia 1020 has 2 GB of RAM (memory you can run programs in), and 32 GB of storage memory, plus the cloud storage and MicroSD support.

If you’re looking for a new phone and you like taking pictures, I would definitely recommend any of the new Nokia Lumia phone lineup. I do have to admit though, the 920 and 1020 are far away the best cameras in their price ranges. The fact that they’re also smartphones is pretty cool, too.