When I first got my hands on the Microsoft Lumia 950 a few weeks ago, I wrote up a comparison between the Lumia 950 and the Nokia Lumia 930. Of course, the Nokia Lumia 930 was running Windows Phone 8.1, so the photos were taken with Lumia Camera.
I had promised to do another comparison between the Lumia 950 and the Nokia Lumia Icon, which is the same hardware as the Lumia 930, but running Windows 10 Mobile; therefore, the photos would be taken with Windows Camera.
The old oversampling idea is gone in Windows 10 Mobile. Gone are the days where you snap a photo and get a 5 MP photo and a 19 MP photo. If you’re not familiar with it, you’d get a 5 MP and a 19 MP JPEG, depending on your settings.
The 5 MP photo was the one you used for just about anything. The larger file was there in case you wanted to crop or resize the image. It was pretty brilliant.
Now with Windows Camera, you have the choice between a small image, which is 5 MP on the Nokia Lumia Icon and 8 MP on the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL, a large image, which is 16 MP at 16:9 or 19 MP at 4:3, or you can set it to take the small JPEG and the large DNG.
Other than that, the software is the same.
Note that for this comparison, I used the 19 MP images for both. Normally, I don’t, as it doesn’t make a difference when you go over 5 MP. I just decided to start taking the larger resolution photos because you don’t get both anymore.
|Microsoft Lumia 950 XL||Nokia Lumia Icon|
In normal lighting conditions, the two phones are, by and large, the same. In low light, however, the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL blows away the Lumia Icon, which is just really exciting. It’s really exciting to see how much of a difference the new camera is.
On to the front camera. There is a large difference between the front cameras of these two phones. The Nokia Lumia Icon is a lowly 1.2 MP, which was acceptable almost two years ago when it was released. The Microsoft Lumia 950 XL is 5 MP.
Obviously, the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL is much better. The Lumia 950 XL also has a larger field of view, which can be a big deal when taking selfies with multiple people.