Our first camera samples from the Microsoft Lumia 950

Our first camera samples from the Microsoft Lumia 950
While the Microsoft Lumia 950 is giving consumers a chance to experience Windows 10 firsthand, others are probably eager to see how its camera stacks up against the competition. Lumias, in general, have been renowned for their better-than-average qualities with their cameras, so its 20-megapixel snapper is no doubt garnering high-expectations already. Considering that we've been handling the phone in question for a few days now, capturing quite a bunch of images with its camera in the process, we'd like to share just some of the stuff in our current collection. So, what do you think about it so far? Any good? This year alone we've seen some phenomenal devices, so this one needs to be at the very least on par to some of the greats currently out there.



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Lumia 950
  • Display 5.2 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Windows 10 Mobile

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99 Comments

97. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

It has such a good camera. Now MS go and talk with developers to create more apps.

89. killerpollo

Posts: 89; Member since: May 15, 2015

Love the very low noise, seems like they use longer exposure time than the competition, hard to be impressed with devices like the S6 and G4 around tho...

77. Cod3rror

Posts: 142; Member since: Apr 06, 2013

This camera looks... average. Not impressive enough to warrant a switch to Windows phone. 808 PureView still reigns supreme in daylight shots, closely followed by G4, S6/N5, N4, iPhone and the new 6P. Even the new Motorola looks better, and Motorola wasn't known for having great cameras. I am afraid Microsoft(Nokia) has lost their plot in cameras, so has Sony(great sensors, terrible lenses and processing) and HTC never even had it. Also PA, I don't know what you guys run on your website, but my browser comes to a crawl on your site.

80. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

ads that's what they run, its also crap on touch screens, a simple css checker would fix it, but hey they wont change it. Only way I can get PA to work is sadly an adblock method We have to wait for a camera comparo, my 1520 imo outdoes the note 5, doing shots side by side 10mins ago, along with my 1020. I used jpeg mode, since I figured dng would be unfair. The 1020 doesn't look as powerful in jpeg mode, it really comes to life in dng mode, big time.

73. mixedfish

Posts: 1574; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Either PA had focusing problems or this camera has serious vignetting problems.

71. scorpeyun

Posts: 27; Member since: May 18, 2012

Pictures are great if you ask me. They look just as good as any other top camara phone on the market right now.

78. Cod3rror

Posts: 142; Member since: Apr 06, 2013

Them looking just as good as any other top camera phone is exactly the problem. The only selling point Windows has is the camera. If it looks the same, there is no reason to purchase Windows phone.

96. jontaylor07

Posts: 169; Member since: Oct 12, 2015

The main selling point is the OS. It looks great, it's smooth, it delivers good battery life, and it's secure. Having one of the best cameras is just an expectation for WP users, as it's a Nokia heritage.

65. shinywindow unregistered

This whole article was written Krapple pillow biter John v. Just for click bait trolls. Everbody knows that is not an isheep that krapples camera is rated way lower than all the high end Windows and android phones. S6 probably best can at present for android phones.

61. Valol23

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 17, 2015

These are some good quality shots with very nice detail, love the natural colors

60. SamJasper

Posts: 12; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

I want to do the Blind cameraphone comparison with this Lumia 950 Vs other flagships phones. PA lemme know when you're ready.

62. Plutonium239

Posts: 1263; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

They should mix in shots from the Lumia 1020 and 1520 just for added comparison vs Iphone and two leading Android devices.

87. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

94. Plutonium239

Posts: 1263; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

The sensor on the 808 is different from that on the 1020. That comparison is useless. Someone didn't do enough research. Additionally, who ever took the photos did not know how to properly focus any of these cameras.

54. FrankUnderwood2

Posts: 243; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

To be honest, I really don't see anything extraordinary in these pics. Same quality photos can be taken with a Galaxy S6/Note 5/ LG G-4 (or even better). So what's all the hype about?

57. Jason2k13

Posts: 1489; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Because of Fan boys, I do agree the pictures look great but so do the competition like the G4 or S6 camera. There's not much difference anymore but I guess there's just Fan boys who's delusional mind just won't change.

59. dimas

Posts: 3465; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Nothing, just some lumia fans liking the new camera. After thousands of samsung and apple articles flooding the web, it's nice to read something different yes?

81. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

No huge Hype, though we love camera tech, others as you mentioned took what 2-3yrs to catch up? So when it compares to other flagships, and didn't get left behind etc, its good to know we will get great camera, great hardware, and an OS we like. how is that a problem? Considering my 1520 holds against the note 5 very well...I don't see why i wouldnt be excited that its replacement is matching up.

52. H4rmattan

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 21, 2015

I wanna see comapre Lumia 950 to Nokia 808 PV with 1/1.2' sensor size, 1020 was 1/1.5', 950 is 1/2.4' and maybe aslo Sony Z5, Nexus 6P and Note 5.

50. Veigald

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 13, 2012

That is one impressive camera. Will be fun for the haters when the blind test comparisons arrive.

43. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

better than my hasselblad H5X :o

41. waqas.mehmood2

Posts: 55; Member since: Nov 21, 2015

Not accurate colours

88. killerpollo

Posts: 89; Member since: May 15, 2015

??, how in hell can u tell?....

37. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Note 5 and V10 is still the best.

39. Plutonium239

Posts: 1263; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Nope, this phone blows those out of the water. In a blind comparison test, these would win by a very large margin.

42. rsiders

Posts: 2068; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

You are delusional if you think that. At the top of the camera crop no one phone will be better than the others by a large margin. By a small margin maybe but the competition has risen and if you take into consideration manual capabilities, you might as well put LG right at the top. 30 second exposure is amazing https://flic.kr/p/AJqEzH

44. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Nothing amazing imo..great though...but not zomg

53. rsiders

Posts: 2068; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Are you serious?lol This was pitch black at night. Maybe I should've showed in comparison what the shot would look like at normal smartphone exposure times and the ISO cranked way up.

51. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

You are right. Superiority of pureview camera is diminished in 2015. Even if it is better than the competition, it is just marginally better and doesnt provide any justification to waste 500+ dollars on it. Fan boys are always delusional. Plz don't worry about that. They will mock you, call you blind but they are the ones blind. But that's OK, they are spending their own money, so they can do whatever they want. Its up to them.

66. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

It has gotten much closer, but still no reason to spend 700 bucks on a flagship android either. If I 'neeeeed' android apps, my 100buck tablet runs it. I rather have the smoothness and security of my windows device for that 500 bucks more.

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