I have been singing the praise of the camera on the Lumia 950 and 950 XL for ages. These two Microsoft mobile phones have the same camera, so when I refer to the XL’s camera from here, I have the 950 in mind too. Some of you are probably tired of my going on and on about it. Gird up your loins, people. The Lumia 950 XL camera is so good that a pro photographer uses it for his work – with stunning results. Enjoy this feature on Lumia 950 XL stock photography.
David Taylor-Hughes is a professional photographer who has been taking stock photos for over 25 years and has worked with clients like British Airways, Armani, Virgin, Conde Nast, Thomas Cook, Eurotunnel, Visa, among others.
The Lumia 950 XL is one of his favourite cameras. Oh! Hear him:
Obviously Zeiss microlenses help and Nokia, who Microsoft took over, always made a point of putting great cameras into their last cameras. It was just a shame nobody bought them!!
So, Windows Phone OS may have failed in the market. Bummer. But the photography prowess of the Lumia 950 twins is not in doubt by a pro photographer who owns and uses one regularly.
Lumia 950 XL Stock Photography On Display
This stock photo was shot on David’s Lumia 950 XL:
Colour me impressed. I am no professional photographer, but the Lumia 950 XL’s photography capabilities are well known to me. Having owned a Lumia 950 for over a year now, it has out-shot every smartphone it has gone up against. I have challenged everyone who has scoffed at it to a photo shoot, and the Lumia 950 has come out tops every time.
The Lumia 950 camera is such a delight to everyone here at MobilityArena that my colleagues have threatened to deal with me should I ever get rid of it. I must mention that some of these same co-workers of mine have tried to pull off a hostile take-over of my beloved Lumia. But as I have said before, they will have to pry it out of my cold, dead hands.
Can You Really Shoot Stock On A Smartphone?
Anyway, back to David. His conclusion on the 950 XL:
I don’t remember seeing any samples from micro sensor compact cameras that come close to what this 950X produces and at its best it produces stunningly sharp images, particularly when I process the .DNG raw files it outputs. So, I don’t feel I’m compromising on quality and I do like the depth of field and saturated colours I get from my smartphones, both of which are advantageous for my stock photography. So, it’s a very strong positive reply to the question Can you REALLY shoot stock on a smartphone? But then those of you who are already shooting seriously with yours knew that already.
If you own a Lumia 950 XL, yes; you can. That is the simple answer to that question. This professional photographer actually said that the Lumia 950 XL is “the first” among his cameras.
You should visit David’s photography website, Sound Image Plus to read up his accounts of using the Lumia 950 XL and to see the rather stunning pictures he has taken with it.
Thanks to All About Windows Phone for the feature article that introduced me to David’s love of the Lumia 950 XL.
Unbeaten Since 2015
Perhaps I should add a statement by Steve Litchfield, veteran cameraphone reviewer. The source is a Camera head to head between the Lumia 950 XL and Honor 9:
This series of smartphone camera comparisons is showing a distinct trend, across dozens and dozens of test shots and challenging light scenarios. Microsoft’s 2015 flagship had/has an astonishing camera (mainly inherited from the Nokia imaging engineers and the work on the 930 and 1520) and this still can’t be beaten, even mid-2017. Android pretenders come and go, producing what are very good single and dual cameras in ultra-thin devices – yet physics continues to win, aided by some PureView oversampling and some post-processing magic. The largish sensor, the largish aperture, the mature OIS, the ZEISS optics, the PureView software tech, all come together in the 950 range to produce the phone imaging benchmark device of modern times.
I’ve tested the lot this year, including the Pixel, the OnePlus 5, the iPhone 7 Plus (albeit only looking at zooming), the Huawei P10, the HTC U11 and now the Honor 9 above, and – across all subject and lighting ranges, and even though it itself isn’t perfect – the Lumia 950 and 950 XL are guaranteed to win out. Still.
Nokia made great cameraphones. No contest. One has to wonder if the new Nokia smartphones will continue with that legacy. The Nokia 8 has some interesting camera specs on paper. How well it will live up to the Nokia cameraphone legacy remains to be seen. The Lumia 950 twins are the last great cameraphones among the now gone Microsoft cell phones. Will HMD Nokia rise to the occasion? Time will tell.
In the meantime, my Lumia 950 is alive and well and still taking stunning photographs. Bummer that Windows Phone OS is dead. But the Lumia 950 and 950 XL cameras continue to blaze in all their glory.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.