Following on from my previous posts about what I learnt in Dubai here's a post dedicated to cameras. I'm no expert on cameras, and my memory is now a little hazy but I hope that I manage to share with you some interesting things which are news to you. (note that all my photos were taken with a Nokia 8 on latest (at the time) Android 8.1 with stock HMD camera on auto mode). @SeqTre
, @wilson shrestha
, @juho lemmetyinen
, you were there too, did you learn anything
else? Please also tag others who were there.
In the Q&A with Juho he compared the HMD app to the GCam:
- Daylight performance is a
case of personal taste - some may prefer what GCam produces, others may not
- HMD don't want to over process
- In my opinion (not Juho's necessarily) the HMD camera produces more natural and photographically correct images than GCam does, in daylight
- In low light there is a clear difference however
- HMD consider below 100 lux as
low light - for info, this is probably higher than the lighting we had in the room where we discussed with Juho, see below photo:
- GCam has machine
learning powered processing which helps with low light; HMD don't have this
- Gcam solution is very
powerful, HMD are working on making theirs comparable; Juho is not happy with the current status quo
- In the Nokia 8.1 the significant sensor improvement
compensates for low light so there is not so much need for AI on this new phone
- (Personally, I'd prefer if HMD just gave us bigger lenses and better sensors and didn't spend time on AI, but that's my personal opinion)
Also in the Q&A with Juho he explained that some Android apps, e.g. Facebook, don't actually use the whole image processing pipeline! They use a shortcut. This is obviously bad for HMD publicity, but why isn't it also bad for Google and other camera vendors? I presume that if some of the pipeline is missed out that the phones with the best optics then look the best, which is where Nokia phones with ZEISS optics should do well! Shouldn't they?
At the launch event after the Q&A I spoke with a gentleman from the MENA region office and asked a few questions which he was reluctant to answer (!). One was about the PureView trademark, which is publicly known is now owned by HMD (see EUIPO website) but for some reason he only wanted to talk about the Nokia 8.1 and not future unannounced possibilities... I can't imagine why?!
(it was the launch event of the 8.1, so it's understandable). However, he did explain that there was a gentleman from ZEISS elsewhere in the experience zone so that is where I went next...