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Nokia Lumia 520 review | Digital Camera

Published on: Wednesday, July 10th 2013                   Written by: Ralf Jurrien - Photography by: Mark Peters

Nokia Lumia 520 camera

Nokia Lumia 520 camera

Nokia Lumia 520 features a 5 MP camera

The Nokia Lumia 520 has a 5 megapixel (F 2.4 28mm lens) digital camera with autofocus. Unfortunately, the camera does not have a flash, but we cannot complain about that in a smartphone for this price. The Lumia 520 camera has a maximum resolution of 2592 x 1936 pixels and shoots Photos in JPEG format. To start up the camera app, you only have hold down the Camera key on the right side of the camera, and this way the camera can be started up rapidly so that you do not have to miss a photography moment. Zooming in can be done up to a maximum of 4x (digital zoom), but this is not recommended in order to preserve the quality of the shots.

Nokia Lumia 520 camera functions

Nokia Lumia 520 camera functions

Camera functions of the Lumia 520

In general, Nokia smartphones have good cameras. Of course the cheaper models, such as the Nokia 520, do not have a Carl Zeiss lens, which is the case for the top models in the Lumia series, but that is not to say that it is a bad camera. The photo quality of the Nokia Lumia 520 is pretty good. There are also a number of camera functions available including touch focus, and another fun addition is ´Geotagging´. Brightness and white balance can be adjusted manually, although the best result is often achieved on automatic mode.

 

Nokia Lumia 520 camera applications

Nokia Lumia 520 camera applications

Camera apps op the Lumia 520

Next to the 5-megapixel camera, the Nokia Lumia 520 is also equipped with a number of apps that make photography easier and more fun. There is a Panorama lens app in order to shoot nice panorama photos. In addition, the Lumia 520 has Nokia’s famous Cinemagraph lens. Another good addition is the Smart Shoot lens, which shoots several consecutive shots, and then you can choose the best one. Finally, there is a Bing Vision camera app, with which you can scan QR codes, but also DVD covers and books, after which available information is downloaded automatically from the internet.

Nokia Lumia 520 video function

Nokia Lumia 520 video function

Recording HD videos with the Nokia Lumia 520

You can record videos with the Lumia 520 in a maximum resolution of 720p (HD, 1280 x 720) or in standard WVGA (800 x 480) resolution, both with a maximum speed of 30 fps. In addition, the video recording mode allows you to zoom in up to 4x, but just like with photos, this is detrimental for the quality. The Nokia Lumia 520 Videos are fairly good, as long as there is sufficient light. The white balance can be adjusted, but with insufficient light it is very difficult to make a good video.

 
 
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