Groovin’ with Lumia: Afro House Music, Live Percussion, and the Lumia 920

Lumia 920 Optical Image Stabilization

WinPhanEA Robert K (aka @Mwirigi) was on hand last night at the Tree House (Nairobi, Kenya) to watch the South African Band, Black Motion perform. Lucky for us, Robert had his Lumia 920 to record some of the mesmerizing grooves.

As you watch the amazing video he captured and by the end of it, you too will be shaking your head (or derriere) to the groove. (If your bandwidth allows it, the video below is best viewed) in 720p HD.
Any shaking in the video is due to Robert trying to restrain himself from dancing (which was proved to very difficult)

Pure View + OIS

So as you can see, the Lumia 920 can shoot amazing low light video with crystal clear sound. In fact as Robert twitted this morning, many of the concert goers tried to shoot video and pictures on their smartphones but quickly gave up due to poor results.

You may have wondered why you can never seem to take good pictures with low light conditions. To take good pictures at low light, the shutter of any camera needs to remain open for as long as possible to record as much light as possible onto the image sensor. However, the longer the shutter stays open, the more the sensor is subjected to external vibration (usually from you holding the camera). This is why low light images are often blurry , unless shot with a professional DSLR camera or using a Tripod.

The reason for the clarity in the video shot with the Lumia 920 lies in the industry first, Pure View OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) technology that Nokia developed.
The 8.7 MP camera assembly featuring a F2.0 Carl Zeiss Tessar lens and backside illuminating sensor, is encased in a suspended stabilization mechanism. This means that since the lens is not subjected to your vibrations as you hold the camera, it can leave its shutter open longer to take in more light. This results in amazing pictures in Low Light that can often times captures the scene even better than you experienced with your own eyes.

Read more about Pureview and OIS on the Lumia 920 at Nokia’s website.

Hi Fidelity Sound with HAAC Microphones

If you watch the video you’ll notice the sound is very clear, with clearly defined highs as well as bass (something which is very hard to capture at live concerts). The Nokia Lumia 920 has a trio of the special HAAC (High Amplitude Audio Capture) microphones Nokia co-developed especially for Rich Recording. These microphones can record a significantly broader range of frequencies than standard microphones: up to 140 dB in fact, whereas traditional phone microphones top out at 110 dB. Due to the extended dynamic range of the used new HAAC (High Amplitude Audio Capture) microphone technology, it is possible to record sound pressure levels up to 140 dBSPL with no perceptual distortion.

This means that “Nokia Rich Recording Technology offers recording of four times louder sound pressure levels than with traditionally used digital microphones. As there is no need to modify the frequency response on purpose for distortion prevention, Nokia Rich Recording Technology can provide high audio quality stereo capture over the whole audible frequency range.”  The result is sound that is more natural, without the hiss and distortion that most camcorders have.

If you love taking pictures or shooting video, then the Nokia Lumia 920 with Windows Phone 8, is the perfect smartphone for you.