Monday, November 23, 2015

More Smartphone Camera Testing


Lumia 950 XL Camera detail


Reality Bites
For reasons of sense and sensibility, i.e. not having an insanely large amount of money to blow on the purchase of a Microsoft Lumia 950 phone: in Switzerland at least 550 CHF   (i.e. 550 USD) I had to settle for a 

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL




Running Windows 10, beta release 10586.11

The objective so far, apart from the Windows 10 mobile catchup is really to test the camera, first basic functionality using the now defacto Microsoft Camera app (was Lumia App).  Then to follow on with more sophisticated features  (not going well ... read on)

Each of the following section links to a Picassa album where you can see the camera settings for each photograph.

Example:







20151120 First Photos










20151121 Muggy Weather Photos











20151122 First Snow

If you examine the camera settings you per photograph you will see that I was able to manually set the ISO to 64 wherever possible for maximum quality.









20151122 Running Chalet a Gobet









20151123 Random Photos



 When both ISO and Speed are set then the camera is unable to change Apeture which seems fixed at F2.0 so in this case overexposing the photograph.


















Unresolved - Living Images

I still have not figured out how Microsoft has implemented its living images format, nor how to view it except on the Smartphone.  (essentially useless, as I don't store any data there longterm).


A living Image, essentially a picture which is also a short say 5 second movie clip was implemented by Nokia some 2 years ago and has found fame with the Apple 6S or 6S plus live photos.

To be continued


Unresolved - Camera Lenses

The Microsoft Camera app  (i.e. the renamed Lumia app) allows you to extend this application using plugins called Lenses.

Except....

So far all I could find (on the appalling) Microsoft App store was alternative Camera Applications, not plugins.

To be continued#2


Summary
So far the humble Microsoft Lumia 640 XL camera is proving to be very capable.  Special features seem to be held back by a healthy dose of incompetent applications/ app store, or perhaps my understanding of the same.