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I recently went on vacation and over the week was switching back and forth between taking pictures with my Lumia 920 and my wife’s iPhone 5.  It really got me to thinking how much better the Windows Phone is as a camera.  The images in this post were taken using my Lumia 920.

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The main issue that got my attention was the faster shutter, or at least the perception of a faster shutter.  I think it is the fact that Windows Phone has a dedicated camera that I can prefocus in order capture action images where the iPhone focuses after you tap the shutter button on the screen.  This caused me to miss shot after shot with the iPhone 5.

Another advantage of the Windows Phone is the multitude of what Microsoft calls filters.  From panoramas, to selectable sequence images, to gif creation to just about anything else a developer can imagine allow you to have infinite flexibility and creativity without leaving the camera app.

The last major feature that I want to point to is the visibility of the screen.  I found it nearly impossible to see the image on the iPhone 5 under bright sunlight compared to my Lumia 920.  Since this is your viewfinder it is critical.  If you can’t tell what you have on the screen you are rolling the dice with you shots.

Ultimately everyone is going to have their opinions.  As a photography enthusiast there is no way that I would own an iPhone.  As always, your mileage may vary.