Lumia 630: Let's take the 5MP camera outdoors for a quick camera test

Lumia 630: Let's take the 5MP camera outdoors for some quick shots

I'm close to wrapping up my Lumia 630 hands-on review and i'd like to take this time to quickly showcase the 5MP camera that comes with this new budget-friendly device from Microsoft. Powered by Windows Phone 8.1, the Lumia 630 features a 5MP camera, with no flash and no front-facing camera.

I wasn't expecting much from the camera, considering the specs, but I was disappointed with the quality of shots. Perhaps I am spoiled, having used a Lumia 928, Lumia Icon, and the Lumia 1020. The device also lacks flash, which can be an issue when taking shots in low-light environments. There is also no front-facing camera, so that means no selfies for you! But, there is auto-focus!

Keep in mind that I am no photographer nor do I claim to be one. I am a regular joe looking to take pictures with my Lumia 630. I took the Lumia 630 outdoors during a cloudy and humid day, and took a shot of the sky (as you can see below). The picture quality is not that great, but good enough for a budget device.

Lumia 630: Let's take the 5MP camera outdoors for some quick shots

I took a quick close-up shot of the grass (see picture below), and the quality came out decent. Again, I expected decent quality when taking a shot up-close. However, taking shots of something from a distance can result in a blurry and sometimes abysmal quality.  

Lumia 630: Let's take the 5MP camera outdoors for some quick shots

I also took a shot of the grass, along with a bit of the sky, to see an idea of how the picture would look in mixed lighting environment (see picture below). I was not impressed.

Lumia 630: Let's take the 5MP camera outdoors for some quick shots

I shifted the camera more towards the sky, and the picture below illustrates how the picture quality can radically change based on the lighting environment. Again, keep in mind that the Lumia 630 does not come with flash.

Lumia 630: Let's take the 5MP camera outdoors for some quick shots

Now, here is where the Lumia 630 camera shines -- when you walk up to an object and stand two feet from it to take a picture, using auto-focus. As you can see from the image below, the picture looks decent. 

Lumia 630: Let's take the 5MP camera outdoors for some quick shots

But when you step back a few feet from the object, and take the same picture in the same lighting evironment, the quality of the picture looks radically different (see picture below). Notice how the green grass now looks like it hasn't been watered in days!

Lumia 630: Let's take the 5MP camera outdoors for some quick shots

Overall, the Lumia 630's 5MP camera isn't too bad, but I would not purchase the device solely for its camera. There are way better alternatives out there for photography nuts. But, if you are looking for a balance between specs and price, the Lumia 630 is indeed a great phone. But, if you are serious about taking photos, then go by a pricier Lumia smartphone -- there are a whole bunch of options you can choose from.

I am nearly done with my comprehensive review of the Lumia 630 and it will go live sometime next week. You can check out my first impressions of the device here, if you haven't already seen it.

Before my review goes live, is there something specific about the phone you would like me to cover in my review? Sound off in the comments below.

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