Nokia Lumia 830 Camera Review, Capture Samples

by Chetan Bhawani 13

Nokia Lumia 830 Camera

“PureView”, the name very much heard of, is the camera tech used by Nokia in their flagship smartphones recently. As the brand now goes into the hand of Microsoft, whatever we see in the market are the last devices from Nokia. One of them is the Nokia Lumia 830, an affordable flagship with a beautiful 10-megapixel PureView camera on the back, having the Carl Zeiss optics.

We put the camera of the Lumia 830 to test in different light conditions, and it seemed interesting due to the inclusion of Optical Image Stabilization for both, the still image and video capturing. Though, it is not just the hardware that does the magic for Nokia, as the latest Lumia Denim update for Windows Phone brings in a lot of additional features and enhancements, a few of which include Lumia Refocus, Lumia Panorama, Lumia Cinemograph, and a lot more lenses which can be downloaded / purchased.

For now, we see the app named as Nokia Camera, and this soon will be renamed to Lumia Camera, retaining the same functionality. It is a simple app interface with the options taking up very little space, and giving you a wide area on the 5-inch screen for zooming and viewing the preview of the object. But while it looks simple, it is having loads of options and lenses to choose from, and it is up to the user to choose between the standard auto settings and the professional manual settings.

Nokia Lumia 830 Camera App Interface

The little options panel on the top when expanded, shows the manual controls for White balance, focusing, ISO sensitivity, shutter speed (which can be taken to 4 seconds) and brightness. The lenses that already come pre-installed are Bing Vision, Lumia Cinemagraph and Lumia Selfie, while you can check the “find more lenses” section to download more. We tried using the Lumia Refocus and Lumia Panorama, in which the Refocus lens was pretty neat, letting you focus on any particular object after the capture is done. The Lumia Panorama app couldn’t stitch the pictures very well, and it was evident in the samples we took.

Talking of the capture quality, it is indeed impressive for a 10-megapixel shooter. That number was similar in the Moto X 2013, but the captures are incomparable as the Lumia 830 easily does a better job, with far accurate colors and exposure. The end to end sharpness stays good, and there is no stretching of the pictures. It does help a little for the shaky hands, as the stabilization comes into picture.

Color Reproduction and Details in Natural Light

The daylight captures couldn’t be more natural, and it doesn’t really need something like HDR mode or such, because the normal pictures came out so well. The focusing is indeed very fast, and the only issue was with the improper focus that happens on rare occasions. On zooming in, the details are seen to be lost in the phone’s display but the actual capture looks decent on larger displays.

Artificial and Low Light Captures:

The capture resolutions are as follows, based on the modes:
4:3 – 3520 x 2640 pixels (9.3 MP)
Wide angle – 3840 x 2160 pixels (8.3 MP)

As far as the video recording is concerned, it is no different from the photo capturing in quality. The stabilization does the job well in videos as well, but the low light videos are not much impressive, when compared to the photos. The camera can take 1080p videos at 30 fps, and there are no special effects or modes for the video recording.

Panorama Capture Sample:

Nokia Lumia 830 Panorama Capture

Front facing camera is a major disappointment, as the company could place just a 0.9-megapixel camera and selfies don’t really come out well. The recent smartphones with Windows Phone OS have all been decent with front camera, but the Lumia 830 seems have come with focus only on the rear camera.

So overall the Nokia Lumia 830’s 10-megapixel PureView camera captures brilliant pictures with great color saturation, white balance and there is a good sharpness seen in the final output which cannot be really judged on the display of the device but on any higher resolution displays.

Chetan Bhawani

Chetan Bhawani is a dentist, a tech blogger and a passionate writer in the field of technology. He keeps himself connected to the web for the entire day, of course except when he's dozed off! Add +Chetan Bhawani on Google Plus for more!

  • Jugal Mudoi

    As always pureview name makes a sense to consumers and lumia 830 really has a nice camera with great capture capability im too much impressed with the sharpness and colour reproduction of photos, also it is expected for that price but what’s not expected is the inclusion of a below average selfie camera in these days while everyone is become crazy for taking selfies. Despite I love the rear camera quality and the different lanses is amazing. By the way another great camera review I’m loving that I get to read camera reviews of phones separately on Phoneradar, that means more distinctly. Thanks for taking such great approach.

  • These were some great capture samples and I’m indeed impressed with the pureview technology Nokia has implemented into their device. for a 10 mp camera I say it can be compared to some flagships with higher mp since Nokia knows exactly what too do with their camera and has provided great features like refocus and panorama to pair with it making it more efficient than other cameras at similar levels. The photos were breathtaking and the colors were greatly represented by Nokias lenses. I really enjoyed the picture of the flowers as it did an excellent job at detailing colors and had different levels of focus at the front and back. OIS also is a great feature to implement as well and overall Nokia has done everything well. The panorama photo looked okay to me since my phone is terrible with panoramas and i have never seen a phone that could take one at a high quality. The side building, the tennis courts, the trees, the pathways, the roads, the bridges , the cars, and the beautiful city in the background all made it into the panorama and looked absolutely stunning. I cant wait to see the extra lenses that can be downloaded and purchase as well and learn about what they add to the table! Beautiful article!

  • Shanky Yadav

    Well this is another good product from devices but I am little confused that really the Carl Zeus is now Pureview Zeus ??? If it is then we are able to get the same quality of images which are in Nokia with Carl Zeus camera . Nokia was always known for its Camera Quality and simplicity through which an uneducated Old man can also do all smart things. In was the superfan of Nokia till it merged with microsoft. This device takes better images than Moto X with same Megapixels as mentioned above and also it has lots of excellent settings to provide the best. The HD recording at 1080P was an impressive one but with sad news , it doesn’t have any special or customisation for recording .. On zooming it loses the details of the images . This is not good for selfies which is too bad ..

  • Suraj Racharla

    Wow pureview is surely making their way into the premium camera style in smartphones and it was their goal all along. The camera in this phone is phenomenal and hands down without a doubt next to flawless. The colors are amazing and reproduction is great and sharpness is undefinable!! The different lenses is also a great addition to the smartphone and another reason to buy this phone. Many other features are present like refocus parorama which is now a standard in all phones and i also love the OIS. OIS was most popular in the LG G2 and made the hardware feature most intact and phones like the Note 4 and phones like this take it to the next level!!! This camera is great but in terms to me i honestly dont like windows and i dont like the build quality of the phone. My point is i wouldn’t buy a phone just for the camera. The user interface and other aspects matter too. Camera is a big part too and i love how this phone aces it with that phenomenal camera!! Way to guys and i really want to see more article regarding this phone in all other aspects. Great job!!

    • At this phone is able to make due with 8mp and turn it into a superior shooter. If only I could say the same about their other features which to me are lacking.

      • Κωνσταντίνος Κ.

        if only nokia had android, this would be a different story..

        • Agreed it would be a much better device. A gotta say Windows is a real problem for me on phones. I like it one computers and tablets but I strangely don’t like it on smartphones primarily due to the fact that there are better OS’s out there.

          • Nogitsune

            Gotta disagree. An unattractive OS like android would definitely clash with the beautiful hardware of Lumias. I am glad, at least for now, I have yet to see that mess. Nokia X was android(with lumia designs) but I am glad they didn’t screw the pooch and go with traditional android.

  • Jugal Mudoi

    No lost of details in the actual captured photos, they are saying that it is seen only in the phone’s display may be due to its lower resolution display. But when you see those photos on a larger display other than the phone display you could clearly see the photos are with full of details and sharpness. So no need to be sad in this case.

    • Shanky Yadav

      Hey now I noticed you .. You are the one who sent me the friend request on Facebook past few days ago.

    • Thanks man for clearing this issue because I was not able to understand that thing but I was a big fan Nokia since 8year . So far Nokia for me a brand which have the deligacy , simplicity which a person like me wants with the sharp shooter camera

  • Jugal Mudoi

    Yes, exactly that was me. Thanks for recognizing me. Actually I’ve been following this website since it was started and although I was reading every article I didn’t join the community actively with you guys. But with every article I loved to read those comments you guys had been posted and I did the same silently. So may be you don’t know me but I know you and other commenters as well. On this ride I got to know so many things from this site and also from you guys about techtechnology and partially about morality too. I’m now regardful and have started to let my thoughts with the community and will continue because I remade my schedule to join here. And exactly the same way I’ve found you commenting on Phoneradar’s facebook page and I just thought to join you, Hope you didn’t mind. Anyway I agree Nokia showed us the simplicity by their featured phones and I still remember that I’ve first seen with a touch screen phone by Nokia. Today is a big day wish you Merry Christmas bro. Let’s make this website more community friendly and a better tech hub. Have a great day! 🙂

  • Shatarup Chowdhury

    Carl Zeiss always take better image than other as it is best lenses in world. Hence thumbs up for Nokia always…