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    So, remember last year when the Lumia 920 was announced, and I declared I'd buy it to use as my personal smartphone? That was pretty cool, and so was the experience of actually following through with it. The 920 has served as trusty sidekick ever since, earning high marks in durability, in vacation photography, and in overall After The Buzz performance. It's been a pretty excellent smartphone, one I'm proud to carry. But ... there's always been a "but." The 920's camera, awesome as it is, is branded "PureView." That's the same branding that Nokia used to launch its 808, the Symbian-powered ...

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    It's not every day you schedule a podcast the day before one of the biggest Windows Phone announcements in the platform's history - but given our plans to host a special-edition Pocketnow Live event covering Nokia's NYC event tomorrow, we thought it best to get the Weekly out of the way ahead of time. That doesn't mean we don't talk Nokia - indeed, we've got Chief News Editor Stephen Schenck on the air with us this week to discuss what it's been like to follow the story of the EOS/1020/909, probably one of the most widely-leaked devices in smartphone history. We also follow the leaky ...

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    As you've probably heard, we've got some Nokia news to look forward to this week. If the rumors and leaks are to be believed, the company is gearing up to drop quite a smartphone on the world come Thursday - and whether it's called the EOS, 909, 1020, or something else, it's a safe bet its name won't be the big story. Taking center stage will most likely be its super-sized camera module, which at an assumed 41MP seems guaranteed to blow the pants off every other device out there not called an 808 PureView - including Nokia's current Windows Phone flagship, the Lumia 920. But the Lumia 920 ...

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    It's rally day. The Blackhawks just won the Stanley Cup. I'm downtown. They're downtown. Everyone is downtown. I'm rocking my Lumia 920, a.k.a. the best smartphone camera in the universe and I'm snap-snap-snapping away. The thing is, I'm not exactly at the front of the crowd. So if I want to be able to see more than just tiny little globs in my photos, I need to zoom in. And so I zoom. And then I get sad. And then I check my battery, and I get sadder. Smartphone camera technology is really good today. Compared to smartphone cameras over the past decade, they're downright miraculous. But ...

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    Smartphone cameras are more important than ever. No longer are they cameras bolted onto the back of our phones for technicality reasons. They are legitimate cameras, capable of capturing impressive shots. And they give an entirely new meaning to the old saying "the best camera is the one you have on you." In the last year or so, smartphone manufacturers have branched out and redirected a solid portion of their focus on image sensing. Nokia, for example, introduced PureView imaging technology with the 808 and Lumia 920. Although many don't consider the 920 to have true PureView technology, ...

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    Not sure if you remember, but we've talked about Instagram around these parts before. We've gave you a guided tour of the photo-sharing app when it first came to Android last Spring, and the relative merit of the app has been disputed more times on the Pocketnow Weekly podcast than is probably necessary. But regardless of your personal feelings about the social photography title (looking at you here Taylor Martin), you'd have a hard time arguing that it's not a significant force in mobile. Instagram currently boasts 100 million active users posting 40 million photos per day - photos that ...

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    Samsung Galaxy S 4 vs HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5 vs Nokia 808 PureView; that's the comparison we've been waiting to do ever since this year's flagship Android models came out. That also happens to be the camera comparison most requested by you. So, here it is! We've reviewed all of these phones and, at that time, we compared them against other competitors; this time it's them playing against each-other. While we know that the Apple iPhone 5 is the oldest amongst the best-sellers -- with a refresh due soon -- and the Nokia 808 PureView is more than a year old now, but still regarded by many ...

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    About this time last year, we shot a video called How To Take Great Photos with the Samsung Galaxy S III. It's very much an artifact of yesteryear, with a fifty-second intro, hazy interlacing, and one the worst haircuts in my personal history, but people seemed to enjoy it. So much so that when the Galaxy S III's successor dropped just a few weeks back, we followed up our full review with a similar tutorial on its 13-MP camera titled Galaxy S 4 Camera: Everything You Need To Know. The comments on the latter video convinced us that, even though we're now quite a few weeks past its review ...

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    "This barbecue grill has seventy bazillion BTUs; you better learn to work it." "This car engine has forty-two million horsepower. You better learn to park it." "Your smartphone camera has 13 megapixels and a hundred features and settings; you better learn to use it." Those first two examples may have some figures skewed, but the third sentence applies almost perfectly to the camera on the Samsung Galaxy S 4. It's not the first 13MP smartphone shooter we've come across, but it's definitely the one that offers the most features. Without knowing how to use it, though, it's just another hunk ...

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    Last week, we caught wind of an upcoming software update for the unlocked version of the HTC One. Firmware version 1.29.401.13 finally made its way to our devices and we took the UltraPixel camera for a spin both before and after the update, as we wanted to have a firsthand look at the effects of the update. Although only a 4-megapixel camera, we found in prior tests that the UltraPixel camera on the One packs quite a wallop, performing quite well in various areas: HDR, low-light and even well-lit conditions. The supposed changelog, according to SlashGear's report last week, states this ...

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    As indicated by the amount of conversation surrounding Nokia's strains of PureView, HTC's UltraPixel, Apple's iSight and many other flagships with unbranded image sensors, cameras on smartphones are always a hot topic. It's a topic I personally devote a lot of time to in full reviews. And on today's podcast, Michael admitted that reviewing the camera is his favorite part of every device review. Often, the camera can stand between a device being a mundane, iterative piece of hardware and being off-the-charts awesome. But it's also difficult to weigh the camera against all of the other ...

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    Since the iPhone 4, iPhones in general are regarded as having some of the best, if not the best, smartphone cameras around. Sure, the Lumia 920 from Nokia has optical image stabilization, so it performs better in low-light. And some newer phones have 13-megapixel sensors, meaning they produce larger images. But the iPhone has a way of almost always capturing great, balanced photos. But some photos simply need some touching-up, some post-processing to turn an okay photo into something much more dramatic or moving. The built-in Photos application has some lightweight tools for editing ...

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    Just two or three years ago, smartphone cameras were laughable, at best. Sure, there were a few out there worth mentioning, like the iPhone 4 or Nokia N8. But the majority of smartphones just had cameras as a technicality, not because they were terribly impressive or groundbreaking. Fast forward to today, and many manufacturers have fitted their flagships with image sensors that rival most point and shoot cameras – if not entirely in quality, in portability and convenience. The 8- and 13-megapixel cameras of 2012 and 2013 have sparked a revolution in mobile image sensing, and we're bound ...

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    We've recently compared the camera performance on the new HTC One with the imaging capabilities of the Verizon HTC Droid DNA, as well as the PureView on the Nokia Lumia 920 and 808 PureView. Additionally we stacked it up against the Apple iPhone 5 and now it's time to compare it against another phone renowned for being one of the best cameras on a non-PureView phone: the Samsung Galaxy Note II. Note: The Samsung Galaxy Note II and the Samsung Galaxy S III feature very similar camera offerings. HTC chose to be different from everybody out there: the Taiwanese company decided that they ...

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    Update: By popular demand we added a side-by-side video comparison at the bottom of this post; you can check it out in addition to the raw video files. ____ We've recently compared the camera performance on the new HTC One with the imaging capabilities of the Verizon HTC Droid DNA, as well as the PureView on the Nokia Lumia 920 and 808 PureView. Now it's time to stack it up against one of the best cameras on a non-PureView phone: the Apple iPhone 5. HTC chose to be different from everybody out there: the Taiwanese company decided that they will no longer participate in the megapixel ...

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