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Nokia Lumia 520 Review

Nokia Lumia 520

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The 5 MP shooter on the back of the Lumia 520 lacks an LED flash, but, as in every Windows Phone, is equipped with its own two-stage shutter key on the right. Shot-to-shot times are about 1-3 seconds, depending on how much light there is around, and you can go directly from a locked phone to the camera interface by pressing the shutter button.

There aren't many options to choose from in the app, just a few preset scenes, which include a macro mode and backlight setting. You can also set the ISO, white balance, exposure and aspect ratio of the photos beforehand, and that's about it. Nokia, however, supplies its own Panorama and Cinemagraph apps for spicing up your photography experience on the Lumia 520 a bit.

The camera interface of the Lumia 520 - Nokia Lumia 520 Review
The camera interface of the Lumia 520 - Nokia Lumia 520 Review
The camera interface of the Lumia 520 - Nokia Lumia 520 Review
The camera interface of the Lumia 520 - Nokia Lumia 520 Review


In automatic mode the phone performed pretty good, with accurate color representation and enough detail in the photos. White balance measurement were mostly correct, and color saturation just right, though we'd like to see a tad sharper and brighter shots, but we did have a rainy day, so you might want to push the exposure up a notch in such conditions.



As most phones in its category, the Lumia 520 shoots video with a maximum of HD 720p definition, and it comes out with smooth 30fps. The colors are accurate and the footage is well defined, without wandering focus or skipped frames.




Multimedia

We have the Photos app on Windows Phone to sift through your camera or SkyDrive photos, and Nokia adds the Creative Studio app to its Lumias for editing them on the go.

The Photos app - Nokia Lumia 520 Review
The Photos app - Nokia Lumia 520 Review
The Photos app - Nokia Lumia 520 Review
The Photos app - Nokia Lumia 520 Review


The music player sorts your tunes by artists, albums or playlists, and you've got a pretty strong loudspeaker to enjoy them, though the sound output is flat and tinny as usual with those tiny speakers.

Playing music on the Lumia 520 - Nokia Lumia 520 Review
Playing music on the Lumia 520 - Nokia Lumia 520 Review
Playing music on the Lumia 520 - Nokia Lumia 520 Review
Playing music on the Lumia 520 - Nokia Lumia 520 Review


The phone runs popular video formats like DivX/Xvid without a hitch, and at up to 1080p definitions at that.

Nokia Lumia 520 Review

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Nokia Lumia 520

Nokia Lumia 520

OS: Windows Phone 8.1 8
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PhoneArena rating:
8Good
Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (235 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1000 MHz, Krait processor
0.5 GB RAM
Size4.72 x 2.52 x 0.39 inches
(119.9 x 64 x 9.9 mm)
4.37 oz  (124 g)
Battery1430 mAh, 14.8 hours talk time

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