Lumia 950/950XL camera

Last Tuesday, Microsoft announced their new Lumia 950 and 950XL smartphones. The new Lumias only got about ten minutes 'air time' in the almost two hour Microsoft New Devices event. We were told very little about these new Microsoft smartphones during the New Devices event.

But it seems the camera on the Lumia 950 and 950XL smartphones have a lot going on.

Some of the specifications about the 950/950XL's camera that have been made clearer since the New Devices event include:

  • f1.9 maximum aperture.
  • Six element lens by Ziess.
  • Lens focal length in 35mm terms is 26mm.
  • Minimum focus range 10 cm.
  • Backside illuminated sensor.
  • 1/2.4 image sensor.
  • 20MP sensor.
  • 1.12 micron sensor pixel size.
  • ISO up to 12,800 available.
  • 5th generation image stabilisation.
  • Triple LED (RGB) flash capable of imitating almost any light source (e.g., candle light).
  • 4K video recording at 30 fps.
  • Upgraded 'Rich Capture' mode—automatically chooses the optimum camera settings.
  • New post-capture image processing software.
  • Post-capture exposure adjustment.
  • Microsoft proprietary noise processing.
  • Dual capture.

One question being asked be those wanting to take 'serious' pictures with the 950/950XL is whether is will save RAW images.

The other is whether the camera is as good as, or better, then the camera on the famous Lumia 1020.

I will be keeping an eye on these phones because I am very interested in them. Mainly I want to know if the antennas are a good as the antennas in the 640/640XL (which have the best antennas of any smartphone on the market at this time), and battery life.