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Monday, 19 November 2012 14:05

Videos Taken with the Lumia 820

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The Lumia 820 does quite a good job when recording videos. If you are lucky you can get sharp 1080p shots. Just look at our sample footage recorded with the Lumia 820. We provide some pros and cons about recording a video clip. You will also find a short how-to.
The camera of the Lumia 820 does have a good lens and a nice sensor behind it. You can expect good clips in most situations. But some bugs in the firmware still ruin some shots. The white-balance is changing randomly, the focus is slow during recoding and the brightness is stuttering when lighting conditions are changing.

But beside these bad news, look what we recorded on a mostly cloudy and rather dark day.

Quick how-to to do good videos:
  1. Clean the lens! It’s very important. Fingerprints and smears create soft images and strong halos around bright areas (yes, the sun is a bright area too).
  2. Hold steady or try to place the camera on a steady surface. The footage will look more professional like this. For the sample shots I used a tripod in a few shots. You can certainly tell which ones are tripod shots. 
  3. Disable the autofocus when recording and try to focus before you start. The autofocus is not working properly while recording. It's kind of random to get things focused. Apart from that, a randomly shifting autofocus makes videos look like those of an amateur.
  4. Try to record in the same lighting conditions to work around the brightness stutter bug.
  5. Manual white-balance! It helps a lot. If you want to record a small clip it doesn't matter. But if you want to record more than one it's better to have them all in the same color tone.

Until Nokia updates the the new software revision and/or firmware you have to mind the steps mentioned above. Let's hope they fix it soon.

If you want to read more about the Lumia 820 we have written a detailed review and uploaded several sample pictures in a gallery

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