Here’s an interesting comparison. The Nokia Lumia 920 and the Nokia Lumia 925 both on Nokia Amber and updated imaging algorithms go head to head at AAWP. I’m surprised by the conclusion. The 920 which was previously called out for being a bit soft and lacking detail now seems to have gone the oversharpening route.
“ Nokia has definitely aired on the side of over-sharpening, perhaps in response to most other manufacturers, who do likewise. You see, it’s all a con, really. The human eye sees sharpened detail and assumes that’s ‘right’ and that a softer version must be slightly blurred and defective somehow. When all the time it’s simply a matter of how the photos are processed before the JPG file is created.”
I’ve been really impressed with the pictures I’m getting from the 925. I’m not sure if there’s an issue with my 920, but on the 925, I’m pretty much always getting the subjects correctly in focus, and thus a higher number of usable pictures. Perhaps it might also be a combination of the better image viewer in Amber (my 920 still doesn’t have it) and Pro Cam? Images I’ve zoomed in to prior to shooting currently looks better on my 920 (e.g. lecture slides). I can’t wait to get Amber for my 920. Aargh the wait!