Nokia Lumia 630 ReviewNokia Lumia 630 7.5
The 5-megapixel camera is of middling quality - it captures images with good detail, but colors are often way off.
The Lumia 630 comes with a 5-megapixel auto-focus camera. Unfortunately, the camera has no flash, and there is no front-facing camera either. Looking at the tech detail sheet, you’d see this 5-megapixel shooter comes with a tiny, even for smartphone standards, 1/4” image sensor. On top of that sensor sits a wide 28mm lens with rather narrow f/2.4 aperture.
When it comes to the actual quality of images shot on the 5-megapixel shooter, though, we’ve seen better. Images are not terrible by any means - they are definitely usable, and in fact they have good detail. However, colors are definitely off and this is the biggest issue for this camera. Some of the pictures look blueish, some - a bit greenish, but generally colors are not accurately represented, and images all tend to look as if they were taken through, say, a rusty glass. The speed of capturing images is also nothing to write home about - auto-focusing is on the slow side, and there is also no HDR mode.
Indoors, images turn out similar in quality, with a tendency to blur detail more because of the scarce lighting, but colors are still on the cold side.
Nokia Lumia 630 sample images
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The 5-megapixel shooter records video at up to 720p at 30 frames per second, and the quality of the recordings is again okay, but not particularly good. Videos turn out fairly smooth, with almost no dropped frames, but they lack a lot in details and dynamics, to the point where naturally appearing color gradients in the sky appear in stripes rather than smoothly flowing. There’s also a pronouncedrolling shutter effect. On a more positive node, sound recorded from the mics is of decent quality.
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1. Nokia Lumia 630 Sample Video
2. Nokia Lumia 630 Indoor Sample Video
The vivid display is a great asset for video on the go, and Nokia’s MixRadio music app offers affordable music streaming.
With a vivid 4.5” display, the Lumia 630 has got the core asset for enjoying media on the go. It chewed through major video codecs with ease and we were able to play back 720p files with no slowdown.
For music, Nokia’s MixRadio is traditionally a great option for enjoying music on the go. It has Spotify-like on-demand music streaming at a very low price, but you can also use a lot of the functionality for free. In addition, you also have Microsoft’s standard Music application with tight integration for the rich Xbox Music catalog, where you can purchase tunes. Music output via the loudspeaker is indeed loud and sounds very decent.
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Nokia Lumia 630 Review - Camera and Multimedia
|Display||4.5 inches, 480 x 854 pixels (218 ppi) IPS LCD|
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A7 processor
0.5 GB RAM
|Size||5.10 x 2.63 x 0.36 inches|
(129.5 x 66.7 x 9.2 mm)
4.73 oz (134 g)
|Battery||1830 mAh, 16.4 hours talk time|