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The Nokia Lumia 925 is an update to the Nokia Lumia 920, and features a new slim aluminium body, an 8.7 Megapixel PureView camera with six Carl Zeiss lenses, optical image stabilisation and a 4.5 inch HD+ AMOLED touch screen display.
As Nokia's flagship phone it has a wealth of high end features, such as a large 4.5inch touch-screen, with 1280x720 resolution, 16 or 32GB memory built in, Carl Zeiss lens, Wireless charging (with optional charging base), physical shutter release, Dual-core 1.5GHz SnapDragon S4 processor, all packed into a 8.5mm thick phone available in a number of colours.
The camera features optical image stabilisation that is active whether shooting stills or video. Scene modes include: Automatic, Night portrait, Sports, Night, Close-up, Backlight. The camera also features manual setting for white balance, as well as ISO settings from ISO100 all the way up to ISO3200.
The Nokia Lumia series includes a number of Nokia only camera apps including:
Nokia Smart Camera: Shoots a sequence of photos, making it easier to capture great moments. Choose your Best Shot or combine the photos into one picture, make a strobe effect to emphasize motion, remove unwanted objects or choose the best faces for great group shots.
PhotoBeamer: PhotoBeamer is an innovative and easy way to show your pictures on any screen. Point your Nokia Lumia at any screen displaying www.photobeamer.com and enjoy your photos anywhere with family and friends. It's a mobile projector that's always at hand.
Cinemagraph: A magical blend of photo and movie-like animation, creating pictures that seem almost alive. Helpful on-screen assistance lets you select the animated area of your picture and easily create and edit a cinemagraph. You can share your cinemagraph with friends via social media, email and messaging.
- 8.7megapixel PureView 1/3inch sensor
- f/2.0 26mm equivalent Carl Zeiss Tessar Lens
- Optical image stabilisation
- Secondary camera: Secondary camera resolution: 1280 x 960 pixels, f-number/aperture: f/2.4
- 4.5inch AMOLED Touch Screen, 768x1280 resolution, 15:9, 334ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 2
- Magnetometer, A-GPS, A-GLONASS, NFC
- 2000mAh battery
- 1GB RAM, 16GB/32GB mass memory depending on model
- Camera video resolution: 1080p (Full HD, 1920 x 1080), frame rate: 30 fps, zoom: 4 x
- Video light, Video zoom, Optical image stabilization, Continuous autofocus
- ISO100 - ISO3200
- Dual LED flash (operating range 3.0m)
- 8cm macro
- Backlight scene mode
- 8.5mm thick, 139g weight
- Slim & lightweight anodised aluminium body
- Available in a number of colours
The side features a middle unlock/lock button, volume control and a two-stage shutter release letting you pre-focus the shot before releasing the shutter. It can also be used to directly access the camera even when the phone is locked by simply holding it down. The camera feels well built with an aluminium surround, smooth glass front, and a plastic rear giving additional grip.
The phone operating system, Windows Phone 8, is quick with a very responsive touch screen, featuring large tiles that can be customised for the home page. The design and style of the operating system is carried over into each application you use, making it quite easy to navigate the system. Photo options in the main camera application are a little limited, with a small handful of scene modes, as well as flash, ISO, white balance, exposure (EV +/- 2.0), aspect ratio and focus assist light options.
Battery life should be reasonable, with a 2000 mAh battery, however, as the phone has a large high resolution screen, it is likely the phone will need charging daily when in regular use. This is what we found in use, and is fairly typical for smartphones like this.
Speed - We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.
|Nokia Lumia 925|
|Wide - Focus / Shutter Response||0.125|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||30.4|
|Shot to Shot without Flash||1.2|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||1.5|
|Continuous Shooting - JPEG||N/A|
Focus is very quick, as well as shutter response. Shot to shot is reasonable, with good performance when using the flash, although there is no continuous shooting mode, unless you use the Smart Shoot app.
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Nokia Lumia 925 Sample Photos
Red Poppies | 1/2825 sec | f/2.0 | ISO 100
Without Flash | 1/50 sec | f/2.0 | ISO 400
Night | 1/6 sec | f/2.0 | ISO 800
Cat (LED Flash) | 1/23 sec | f/2.0 | ISO 100
Sample Photos - The camera phone is very good at shooting in low-light without the use of the LED flash, with optical image stabilisation keeping shots steady at shooting speeds as low as 1/6th of a second - we took the same night shot on the iPhone 5 and the camera struggled in the same conditions. Colour and exposure is reliable with the camera giving pleasing results.
Nokia Lumia 925 Lens test images
Wide | 1/1715 sec | f/2.0 | ISO 100
Closeup Towards Sun | 1/714 sec | f/2.0 | ISO 100
Trees | 1/100 sec | f/2.0 | ISO 160
Macro | 1/100 sec | f/2.0 | ISO 125
Lens Performance - Images show good levels of detail and good colour reproduction, with better detail and sharper images than the Nokia Lumia 900. Images show very little barrel distortion, and the camera appears to be quite resistant to flare. Macro performance is quite good, with a "Close Up" scene mode selectable, and in good light produces impressive results with a good amount of background defocus.
Nokia Lumia 925 ISO test images
1/20 sec | f/2.0 | ISO 100
1/33 sec | f/2.0 | ISO 200
1/50 sec | f/2.0 | ISO 400
1/189 sec | f/2.0 | ISO 800
1/347 sec | f/2.0 | ISO 1600
1/664 sec | f/2.0 | ISO 3200
ISO Noise Performance - ISO Range ISO100 to ISO3200 is quite rare for a camera phone, and the results are much better than expected for a smartphone, with low noise at ISO100, ISO200 and ISO400. At ISO800 detail suffers slightly as noise increases, and detail is reduced again at ISO1600 as well as colour saturation. At ISO3200 detail is low and colour saturation also suffers.
Nokia Lumia 925 White-balance test images
AWB Tungsten | 1/33 sec | f/2.0 | ISO 200
WB Tungsten | 1/33 sec | f/2.0 | ISO 200
AWB Fluorescent | 1/15 sec | f/2.0 | ISO 200
WB Fluorescent | 1/13 sec | f/2.0 | ISO 200
White Balance Performance - Auto White Balance (AWB) performs well under tungsten and fluorescent lighting with very little need to use the presets available.
Panorama mode - The panoramic mode struggled at times to line up the images.
Nokia Lumia 925 Digital filters
Amber | 1/67 sec | f/2.0 | ISO 640
Aquamarine | 1/67 sec | f/2.0 | ISO 640
Focus Object Ivory | 1/67 sec | f/2.0 | ISO 640
Jade | 1/67 sec | f/2.0 | ISO 640
Opal | 1/67 sec | f/2.0 | ISO 640
Quartz | 1/67 sec | f/2.0 | ISO 640
Radial Tilt And Shift Seashell | 1/67 sec | f/2.0 | ISO 640
Silver | 1/67 sec | f/2.0 | ISO 640
Digital Filters - There are a number of effects available using the Creative Studio app built in, as well as other Nokia exclusive apps that can be used to get more creative shots. You can use Nokia Smart Camera to get the best shot, select an action shot, or you can delete moving objects, and choose the best face, thanks to the camera taking a number of shots. Cinemagraph lens animates an area of the picture. Creative Studio lets you choose a number of different colour options, as well as blur the background, or apply tilt/shift style effects.
Video - Video options let you set the white balance, continuous focus, and video quality (720p or 1080p), there is also the option to have to video light on or off - this uses the twin LEDs and is very bright. The optical image stabilisation does a good job stabilising this handheld video, and performance in low light is also good.
Value For MoneyThe Nokia Lumia 925 is available for £489 with 16GB which makes it reasonable value for money, in a similar price range as its competitors. It's also available with 32GB for free with a contract, and is up against the following high-end smartphones:
Apple iPhone 5, 8mp, f/2.4, 16GB, £505
Samsung Galaxy S4, 13mp, f/2.2, 16GB, £465
Sony Xperia Z, 13mp, f/2.4, 16GB, £479
HTC One, 4mp, f/2.0, OIS, 32GB, £489
Nokia Lumia 920, and improves on the 920 with a slimmer and more stylish metal body, as well as improved image quality. Optical image stabilisation and f/2.0 Carl Zeiss lens gives impressive low light performance as well as stabilised video recording. Colour reproduction is very good, and the camera is capable of taking a decent macro photo. The biggest competition to this phone would be the Samsung Galaxy S4 with a 13 megapixel sensor and Android, or the recently announced Nokia Lumia 1020, with a whopping 41 megapixel sensor and Xenon flash.
Smaller, thinner and lighter than the previous version, with a stylish aluminium framed body, the Nokia Lumia 925 is a much more appealling camera than its predecessor, the rather large 920. A number of the negatives we found could be resolved with a software update, and the release of Nokia Camera Pro will give users of the Nokia Lumia 925 much more manual control over settings, when it is rolled out for other Nokia phones in the not too distant future. Overall, we enjoyed using the Nokia Lumia 925, and are reluctant to send it back.
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Nokia Lumia 925 ProsAluminium body
2 year warranty
4.5 inch high resolution screen
f/2.0 Carl Zeiss lens
Optical image stabilisation
Excellent Sat-Nav built in
Extended ISO range for a smartphone
Nokia Lumia 925 ConsSelf-timer not available!
16GB version may be limiting
Panoramic stitching struggles
Backlight scene mode seems ineffective
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Nokia Lumia 925 Specifications
|Lens Range||No Data|
|Optical Zoom||No Data|
|CCD pixels||8.7Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size||1/3 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||No Data|
|Sensor Size (height)||No Data|
|Screen resolution||HD+ WXGA (1280x768)|
|Shutter speeds shortest||No Data|
|Shutter speeds longest||No Data|
|ISO sensitivity||100 - 3200|
|Box Contents||Nokia Lumia 925, Nokia AC-50 MicroUSB Charger, Nokia Charging and Data Cable CA-190CD, Nokia Headset WH-208, Quick guide, SIM Door Key|