Upcoming update will improve Lumia 920 picture quality (w/pics)

Upcoming update will improve Lumia 920 picture quality (w/pics)
The "Portico" update for Windows Phone 8 has been in the works for a while, and is planned to be pushed out to devices very soon. T-Mobile has said the update will come to the HTC 8X tomorrow, and Nokia has promised it for some time this month. Now, we're finding out that the version of the update for the Lumia 920 will bring improvements to the picture quality.

The new "floating lens" Carl Zeiss camera has been one of the major selling points for the Lumia 920, and while the low-light pictures have been far far better than anything that we've seen on a smartphone, the daytime photos and video had been somewhat disappointing. But, it looks like the Portico update is going to fix that and bring some impressive improvements to the camera picture quality. 

The guys over at WPCentral got their hands on the update, and did a little test using a tripod and two different Lumia 920s, one with the update and one without. The improvements are quite noticeable. Take a look:

source: WPCentral

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Lumia 920
  • Display 4.5 inches
    1280 x 768 pixels
  • Camera 8.7 MP (Single camera)
    1.3 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB,
  • Battery 2000 mAh
  • OS Windows Phone 8



18. jameshoe unregistered

once again be the best camera smartphone in 2012

16. Guarulhos

Posts: 39; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

This Is Further Proof Of The Consumer Respect, That the Finnish Giant Pays De Form Continues! This Update is More Than Are Coming, Once Performance Photo DAY From Lumia 920 PureView LITE I Was Disappointed Too, So How Many Users Amateurs And Professionals Technology And Photography, In Practice What They Hoped The Best Solution In Image And Video ! Now I Believe In FACT, Why Assumptions And Not Fanciful, Lumia 920 PureView LITE If Make The Best Solution From 8 MP Market(IPhones And Galaxies Overcoming Life) Losing Just For Consecrated NSeries N8 And To The “KING” 808 PureView PRO !!! P.S: A Pen That This Preciousness Only In Brazil Arrive In March 2013 !

14. DerryAhmad

Posts: 296; Member since: May 05, 2012

Looks great! The difference are quite substantial. The pictures looked sharper and the colors looked more natural. Hopefully the update will roll up in the next few days.

13. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

Still can't tell whether or not the edge sharpening is gone. Pic 5 looks better on the left due to colors.

8. wendygarett unregistered

I only see different @ #3... But thanks Nokia :)

9. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1258; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

The differences are subtle. Look at the fence in pic #1. It def looks better in the improved one.

10. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Lol, Wendy you really got eye concer! Come on, the differences are major. It's sharper, more detailed and the tones are natural...

4. kirholstov

Posts: 146; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Is WP9 coming next year or in 2014?

6. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Hard to say, because Microsoft doesn't have a long track record with WP to draw on. I'd guess next year brings WP 8.5, then 2014 brings WP9, but I really don't know. And, there's always that weird Windows Blue thing that could change the cycle.

7. Emily1985

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 08, 2012

What do you mean by "the daytime photos and video had been somewhat disappointing" Who disappointed with the daytime video recording? Quality is better than any other phone currently on the market youtube.com/watch?v=jcHprVuTANA

11. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Sorry, you gotta ask John on that one. I'm just repeating what he said. I haven't had a chance to test the phone.

3. Rager099

Posts: 29; Member since: Apr 06, 2009

I cant wait for this update looks good!! I have been a proud owner since it launched!!! ex gs3 owner also :P

2. nando2do

Posts: 53; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

ok PhA, now you can do that camera test again, but this time do it like you mean it. inlcuding VIDEO STABILIZATION AND LOW LIGHT PICTURES. :D

5. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

I've already let John know that redoing the camera test would likely be called for by you guys.

15. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Wow, that would be cool, thx :)

1. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011


12. MeoCao unregistered

Very impressive Lumia 920 the best camera, period

17. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

I CAN notice the noticeable improvements on the camera!

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