Microsoft Lumia 950

Announced Oct 6, 2015 •
5.2 screen | 20 megapixels (rear) | 5 megapixels (front)
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Announced Oct 6, 2015
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The Lumia 950 is the smaller of the current Microsoft Lumia top-end smartphones and comes with the same PureView-branded camera specification as its larger sibling 950 XL but without a front flash. Images can be viewed on a 5.2-inch QHD display and a Snapdragon 808 processor is running the system. Like on the XL model there are 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. At 3,000mAh the battery is a little smaller than on the XL but you also get wireless charging and a USB Type-C port.

The latter lets you connect the phone to the Microsoft Display Dock, allowing you to use a large screen, keyboard and mouse with your phone and giving you a PC-like experience.The PureView camera comes with a 1/2.4-inch 20MP sensor and a Carl Zeiss branded lens with F1.9 aperture. A latest generation optical image stabilization system is keeping things steady and a triple-LED RGB flash should ensure there are no undesirable color casts when shooting with flash. 4K video recording is on board as well. On the software side of things the new Windows Hello feature uses the front camera to recognize your face and unlock the device.

Quick specs
OS Microsoft Windows Phone
OS Version Windows 10
Front camera effective pixels 5 megapixels
Rear camera effective pixels 20 megapixels
Rear camera resolution 4992 x 3744
Rear camera aperture 1.9
Camera physical shutter release Yes
Camera image stabilization Optical
Video camera recording format 2160p, 30fps
LCD size 5.2
Built in memory 3GB RAM, 32GB storage
Weight 150 g (5.29 oz)
Dimensions 145 x 73 x 8 mm (5.71 x 2.88 x 0.32)

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Our review

The Microsoft Lumia 950 is capable of capturing very good image detail and maintains low noise levels across the ISO range. However, it is slightly let down by very saturated images and white balance instabilities. The imaging feature set lacks behind the competition but Raw mode, manual control in an intuitive user interface and a hardware shutter button will appeal to many users. Overall, the Lumia 950 is not for everyone but if you can live with its weaknesses, or are willing to work around them, it can be a very good tool for mobile photographers.

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