Camera:

There is nothing inspiring when it comes to the minimalistic camera interface on the Nokia Lumia 822. The only adjustments come to selecting different scene modes, ISO, exposure value, white balance, and aspect ratio.


Even though the Lumia 822 comes equipped with an 8MP autofocus camera with a Carl Zeiss f/2.2 lens, images that we took outside did not impress us, as fine details were lacking and color accuracy was poor – mostly looking “cool” instead of natural. For indoor shots, images had noticeable grain as the light levels decreased, though the dual LED flash does a good job of illuminating a dark environment.


Videos can be recorded at 1080p resolution with 29 frames-per-second, allowing them to be played back relatively smooth. Again, we weren’t impressed by the overall results of the videos, as details were dull and the autofocus can take a while to adjust, but they did look reasonable for a $100 contract phone.

Nokia Lumia 822 Sample Video:



Multimedia:

Going into the picture gallery of the Lumia 822, it follows in form with other Windows Phone 8 device on the market. Aside from being able to view the images in the camera roll, the app also populates albums stored in our Facebook account, and we can use the “Tap & Send” feature to share photos to other NFC-enabled Windows Phones. Video playback also looks good on the ClearBlack AMOLED display, and we didn’t have any issues playing ones up to 1080p resolution.


Nokia Music gives you yet another music store, a gig finder tool, and Mix Radio. The latter allows you to listen to predefined music mixes for free, or even create your own, by choosing up to three artists you want to listen to. What's more, you can even download your mix for offline use, which is a cool service. It's possible to skip songs, but there's a limitation of up to 6 skipped songs per hour.



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