Nokia Lumia 620 Review
The Lumia 620 features a 5-megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, capable of recording 720p HD videos. There is also a front-facing VGA camera for video calls.
Given its affordable price, you shouldn’t expect wonders from the 5-megapixel camera on the device. But while it lacks in fine detail and clarity, it delivers with pleasing and true-to-life saturated colors. That is especially true for well-lit scenes where the device performs on par or better than many of its peers. Images also turn out a bit on the soft side.
The 5-megapixel camera is challenged by environments requiring ample dynamic range, where there is a stark contrast between objects in the picture like say a bright sky and darker buildings. The sensor doesn’t handle that particularly well. It also has troubles with noise in under-lit scenes, but that’s all to be expected from a device in this class.
The camera experience is helped by a variety of lens effects (things like Cinemagraph animating parts of videos as GIFs) and settings to tweak including ISO adjustments, scenes and others for those who want to manually control their shots.
The video recorder can’t brag with such a variety in settings, but the captured footage is definitely decent. Among the limited settings in the camera are white balance and choosing whether or not to have continuous auto-focus, and that’s about it.
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With such a good looking 3.8-inch display, the Lumia 620 has what it takes to entertain you with videos on the road. The phone supports most popular codecs and plays back Mpeg4, H.264, H.263 and WMV files at 720p with ease.
The built-in music and video hub conveniently stores a history of the content you’ve seen and heard. While there is no built-in YouTube application, MetroTube offers all the functionality of YouTube in an interface that looks native to Windows Phone and is great.
When it comes to music, the Xbox Music Store has pretty much everything you need. Nokia Music is one application that we really love having with its free Mix Radio streaming service. It does pretty much what paid services like Rdio and Pandora do, and it’s a perfect tool for music discovery. We had fun playing songs from the playlists offered, plus you can build your own playlists based on as many as three artists you mention. You can even cache playlists for offline listening. The only downside is that you can only skip not more than 6 songs each hour.
Overall, the music experience on the Lumia 620 is very rich and visual, you get a full-screen background image of the artist in the music player and in Mix Radio you can also see a biography and additional info which we appreciate.
The loudspeaker on the back is really loud which we appreciate but sound gets a bit tinny when you crank it up. The speaker is also strangely positioned in the bottom where usually you hold your hand and can easily accidentally muffle it.