The gig test: a (Lumia 1020) and HAAC Rich Recording data point

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The ability to be used to film gigs at 'rock' volume is something that Nokia users have been used to since the days of the N8 and then, in particular, the 808 PureView, with its full on HAAC mikes and 'Rich Recording'. Embedded below is an example from the world of the Lumia 1020, the 808's successor and running Windows Phone. But it's a great data point for how Nokia's tech works - some comments below.

The concert was by Rootvälta, at the Långshyttan in Sweden, and the track name was "Rootical Items Medley". The guy with the Nokia Lumia 1020 was standing on a raised dias of some kind and right in front of the stage, so perfect conditions for filming - and presumably with the band's permission, since several songs made their way onto the YouTube channel without any bouncers coming over and slapping him!

As usual with embedded videos, maximise the playback window and increase the resolution to 1080p if your bandwidth can stand it. Oh yes, and it would help if you liked reggae, I think!

All in all a pretty good showing for the Lumia 1020's PureView camera, I think:

  • Audio capture is exemplary throughout - only Nokia's HAAC mikes seem to be able to cope with full on rock gigs with zero distortion. There's not as much stereo separation as I'd have thought - comments welcome on this.
  • The 1020 owner tries out the PureView zoom several times in the video, to different degrees - it's clear that, at full 4x zoom, especially in such low light, the videography and encoding go to hell, see the section at roughly 3:30, for example, with the zoom in on the drummer being unwatchable. The 1020 doesn't have the same real time oversampling and hardware JPG encoding as the 808 PureView and I maintain that the Nokia 808 is still the champion here when it comes to filming intimate gigs like this.
    Mind you, when only zooming in by a factor of about 2x, the precision of the 1020's video is very good indeed, plus the OIS means that the footage is largely jolt-free, despite the presence of hundreds of dancing people, the music and the camera man's own (no doubt) tapping foot.
  • Perhaps unsurprisingly, the auto-focus gets confused sometimes, what with all the flashing lights, colours and movement - I think it did a good job overall though. 

I love these video data points - and not just because I get to pretend I'm gatecrashing various gigs around the planet, with a front row seat!

Source / Credit: Nokia 808 Recordings