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Although the blogosphere has been dominated almost entirely with reports and coverage of Apple’s iPhone 5, it’s important to remember that the Cupertino company’s sixth flagship device is just one of many new and exciting smartphones releasing this Fall. The Windows Phone 8 platform will be hoping to make a significant impression on a market dominated by iOS and Android, and in terms of Windows Phone 8 handsets, the Nokia Lumia 920 is the pick of the bunch.

The Lumia series of the Finnish telecoms giant made Windows Phone 7.x worth a look, and as well as boasting a dual-core processor and a large, colorful display, the takeaway feature of the Lumia 920 is its snapper. It has been dubbed the best smartphone camera on the market, and given the performance of previous Carl Zeiss Nokia cameras, you would expect little less from a company desperately in need of a break. The 8.7 megapixel rear camera boasts so-called PureView technology, and from the images we’ve seen taken by it, point-and-shooters will be well and truly indulged by the Nokia Lumia 920.

iPhone 5 vs Lumia 920

As well as managing decent stills, its video capturing capabilities aren’t bad at all. In fact, when the guys over at Engadget compared its image stabilization with the iPhone 5, there was little competition:

Of course, given the Lumia 920 offers optical image stabilization versus digital image stabilization with the iPhone 5, it was always going to be a pretty one-sided affair, but the gulf between the two respective platform darlings is quite stark.

Unfortunately, a vast portion of consumers won’t realize the significant differences since most simply look at the megapixel count before deciding whether a camera is better than another. Smartphone vendors market the cameras of devices by stating the number of megapixels, but in this case, 8.7-megapixels versus 8-megapixels doesn’t even tell half the story.

Still, stunning camera or not, Nokia will have its work cut out competing with the rampant sales numbers of Apple’s iPhone, which has sold over five million units over the course of its first weekend.

The Nokia Lumia 920 is an intriguing device, and Windows Phone 8 will certainly draft in a lot of interested consumers, but can it make a lasting impression? Time will tell.

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