Lumia 920 image stabilization shown off on new video

The Lumia 820 and 920 both received warm receptions when they were debuted on September 5th, but in the hours that followed it turned out that images, both video stills and motion video, claiming to be from the device were in fact taken using other camera hardware.

Red faced, Nokia launched an internal investigation into the gaff and took “appropriate action” which has not been clarified, but we can only assume demotion or firing of the person(s) responsible.

Well now, a Russian video from YouTube has shown someone testing the optical image stabilization (OIS) functionality in the 920 against a Galaxy SIII.

By strapping both devices to a radio controlled car, both record the same footage. It may be a quirky way of testing, but it shows off just what OIS is capable of. You only need to see that the footage on the Nokia is much smoother and less jittery than the same footage on the SIII.

The only issue with this test is the person didn’t play back the video on both devices at the same time, but this is a minor sticking point as the footage speaks for itself.

Source: YouTube | Thanks to onedrummer2401 for the tip!

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The entire thing is ridiculous- there is no way that the phones video was ever be as smooth as in the preview video that was released... To get footage that smooth, you've gotta spend at least a few hundred on proper camera stabilization gear.

They did the same with the HTC One X. As much as I love my new phone, there's no way that you could use it for a photoshoot in general, let alone while skydiving... I'll be honest, I just laughed when I saw the ad.

Nokia 920 and Windows Phone 8 actually got me interested in buying a Windows Phone. I'll probably wait till next year for the next Nokia and Windows Phone 9 to be released when my contract is up.

Windows Phone OS should be in a good position then.


Starting to see an increasingly amount of footage where the footage taken by the lumia 920 is better than the camera used to record the lumia taking said footage.

Really looking forward to it, though come on Nokia, official release date and price please!

Xilo said,
Nokia 920 and Windows Phone 8 actually got me interested in buying a Windows Phone. I'll probably wait till next year for the next Nokia and Windows Phone 9 to be released when my contract is up.

Windows Phone OS should be in a good position then.

Not sure, but i still need a drop down in which i can activate silent, bluetooth or 3g anytime i want like in belle or android.. not sure if WP8 has it....

I'll buy Windows 8 phone depending on the app availability/price.
If I want a good camera, I can get a SLR and point and shoot. I care about the apps.

mr_sock_00 said,
I'll buy Windows 8 phone depending on the app availability/price.
If I want a good camera, I can get a SLR and point and shoot. I care about the apps.

Then look at Nokia, you'll never get app support like Nokia has from Samsung nor HTC.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,

Then look at Nokia, you'll never get app support like Nokia has from Samsung nor HTC.

I think he means apps in the WP8 store. If only WP7 has a more apps, I would have bought it. It has everything but just lacking of apps.

tanjiajun_34 said,
I think he means apps in the WP8 store. If only WP7 has a more apps, I would have bought it. It has everything but just lacking of apps.

The WP marketplace has most of the well-known apps from the other platforms, as well as a host of apps for pretty much any function you need. WP doesn't need the hundreds of thousands of fart apps and other low quality crap that's in the iOS and Android marketplaces.

tanjiajun_34 said,
I think he means apps in the WP8 store. If only WP7 has a more apps, I would have bought it. It has everything but just lacking of apps.

Give me one example that Android has an WP doesn't? I haven't found any that I need to use daily and there are many that I do.

I think the Lumia 920 is finally bringing mobile phones to a point where the photo/video quality is comparable to your basic point & shoot camera.

To me, that is reason enough to get this phone.
And unlike iOS 6, the actually have a decent Maps app.

underthebridge said,
I think the Lumia 920 is finally bringing mobile phones to a point where the photo/video quality is comparable to your basic point & shoot camera.

To me, that is reason enough to get this phone.
And unlike iOS 6, the actually have a decent Maps app.

not just decent but great Map app. I was lost somewhere at the middle of the night and that navigation helped me get to my home.... Seriously

Nokia should have done something like this in the first place. Leave it to real-world people to come up with a real-world solution.

joep1984 said,
Nokia should have done something like this in the first place. Leave it to real-world people to come up with a real-world solution.
That's not how marketing works. I wish it was, but sadly it doesn't.

Bloody hell, all he had to do was queue them up properly before playing - idiot! haha

anyway, the Nokia video is obviously way smoother and clearly shows the quality of the camera, although its a bit darker than the S3 video (although this may be an adjustment option).

trimphil said,
am i the only one thinking that playing movie on lumia is not to intuitive?

The guy kept trying to play a 2 second clip he recorded right after the car recording, he's an idiot! All he had to do was look at the screen, see the obvious 00:02 time and think

"oh I must have taken another video, I'll just scroll left to find the correct one"

But he didn't do this, about 3 times he didn't do this, maybe he was rushing to do it I don't know, but its very intuitive (as its the same as on any WP7.5 device)

trimphil said,
am i the only one thinking that playing movie on lumia is not to intuitive?

Yup, you're the only one - they instead of check recent movies just put record on. Thats why they had some troubles.

Great, I want that Lumia so much

Neobond said,
I don't need anymore reason to get a Lumia 920 SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY NOKIA!

HTC had me wondering but its Nokia all the way, better screen, camera, NFC, Nokia apps (and mainly the mapping stuff) - its win all the way!

duddit2 said,

HTC had me wondering but its Nokia all the way, better screen, camera, NFC, Nokia apps (and mainly the mapping stuff) - its win all the way!


Exactly, i don't think there can be any confusion over the best WP8 device. HTC is impressive but Nokia packs much more.

Neobond said,
I don't need anymore reason to get a Lumia 920 SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY NOKIA!

I'm just wringing my hands, wondering if T-Mobile will have the device. I don't want to switch carriers at all.

duddit2 said,

HTC had me wondering but its Nokia all the way, better screen, camera, NFC, Nokia apps (and mainly the mapping stuff) - its win all the way!

Don't forget the wireless charging stuff too. Not just the desk plates, but accessories like speakers that'll charge your device just by putting it on the top, while at the same time using NFC to play your music

And yes, Nokia and Microsoft... FFS get your stuff out already. I have cash here that I want to give to you!