Microsoft shows off the 'magical' cameras in the Lumia flagships

Imaging has always been one of the strong points of the Lumia line. Not only was the Lumia 920 one of the very first smartphones to adopt optical image stabilisation (OIS) but the Lumia line has also seen some of the best handheld cameras in the world, such as the one on the Lumia 1020. When released, the Lumia 1020 was widely considered the best smartphone camera in the world, with the highest megapixel count of any smartphone at that time and one of a kind features not found on any other phone.

Continuing in that tradition, Microsoft has made the camera a priority in the design of its latest flagships, the Lumia 950 and 950 XL, which are claimed to be even better than the 1020's. Spec-wise, the two phones feature a 20MP PureView sensor, Carl Zeiss optics, triple-LED flash and a f 1.9 aperture, which put the camera as a strong contender for the top spot, especially in low light.

The company has also worked extensively on the software side of the equation, focusing on colour accuracy and saturation, while trying to maintain the fine details of the image. For example, the image on the right was taken using a Lumia 950 XL and shows much more detail in low light conditions than a competing product, something Alakarhu credits to Microsoft's leadership in imaging algorithms.

To prove his point, Alakarhu shared a gallery of images, along with a comparison between the 950 family's camera and an unnamed competitor's offering (shown above). You can enjoy these below.

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