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Nokia Lumia 920 vs iPhone 5 vs Galaxy S III vs HTC One X low-light comparison yields predictable results

Nokia Lumia 920 vs iPhone 5 vs Galaxy S III vs HTC One X low-light comparison yields predictable results
The Nokia Lumia 920 was already demoed to show superior image stabilization while shooting video, compared to its iPhone 5, Galaxy S III and HTC One X peers, but what about low-light still shots, where Nokia claims a strength, too? We saw some low-light shots comparison in a Nokia-controlled setup with an iPhone 4S and a Galaxy S III, and now we have one against those three leading the Android and iOS pack above.

It was again a controlled environment, with the phones shooting in 5 lux - the amount of light you would get on a poorly-lit city street during the night. The Lumia 920 fared very well, followed by the iPhone 5 with almost the same amount of light captured, less detail and more noise, but the samples from the S III and the One X came out pretty bad in this situation. 

There was even an 808 PureView thrown in the mix, but on auto settings it didn't fare better than the 920 in this particular setting that favors the OIS suspension in the PureView Phase 2 on Lumia 920.

The team then took the prototype Lumia 920 for an improvised shooting session around Helsinki, and the results from the night shots are included in the slideshow below for your viewing pleasure.

source: Engadget

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posted on 27 Sep 2012, 06:37 17

1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5783; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Time to get multiple phones - L920 for evenings and a GS III for days?

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:00 27

9. shadez10 (Posts: 403; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


you dont need 2 phones... all you need is the Lumia 920 very good in day and night.... =D

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:19

24. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


Lumia 920 used flash auto focus without flash it is darker than others.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 08:13 13

29. -box- (Posts: 3797; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


If you read the original article, they state that all the phones used auto mode.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 00:40

41. ChiX017 (Posts: 308; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


umm, so you took the pictures?

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 08:41 1

42. Medel (Posts: 84; Member since: 31 May 2011)


please read before you comment. that's a good thing to do. :)

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:20

25. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5783; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Except L920 is a virtual phone at the moment.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:01 4

11. ahmed_ali_yossef2010 (Posts: 159; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


no iphone is better than gs3 for day

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 18:54

40. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


very terrible pic by galaxy s3!! go for lumia 920!!!

well if you are kind of a camera person! but if you are a kind of a gamer person then stick to galaxy s3!

but i think lumia/WP will also offer that... lets just wait!

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 06:37 24

2. wendygarett (unregistered)


Nokia camera always the best since Carl Zeiss creation :)

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 06:45 8

3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5783; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Nokia 808 is arguably the best camera/phone combo. L920 is currently un-obtainium at present.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:04 4

14. maverick786us (Posts: 118; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


808 is good because of lager senser and the best thing lossless zoom which is not there in Lumia 920. But Lumia 920 has optical image stablization and exposure compesation, which 808 laggs.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:22 4

26. No_Nonsense (Posts: 826; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)


*lacks

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 13:15 1

36. haseebzahid (Posts: 1828; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


yes 808 is not best for low light

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:00 3

10. maverick786us (Posts: 118; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


Carl Zeiss is only the lens diaper girl. There are other things that makes camera great like focul length and apreture size.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 06:46 2

4. MeoCao (unregistered)


I guess 920 uses what they call autofocus flash?

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 06:46 12

5. maryaaadil (Posts: 146; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)


It was obvious but somebody correct me if i am wrong that 920 pics are better than 808(in dark conditions)

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:08 6

17. blackeye117 (Posts: 13; Member since: 24 Dec 2011)


they are better in 920 than 808 in auto settings on both phones but when you bump up the iso on the 808 then its a different story , correct me if i am wrong too :)

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:16 4

21. shadez10 (Posts: 403; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


yes you are right... when you change the ISO setting on the 808 it will produce more natural colored night shots...

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 13:16

37. haseebzahid (Posts: 1828; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


didnt knew that i was taking the first pic vs 920 as comparison which was not that good i think its wasnt using iso

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 06:47 3

6. dblue45 (Posts: 77; Member since: 26 Aug 2009)


Love the moon shots! They look amazing ;)

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 06:54 1

7. Seymur (unregistered)


Okay 920 camera is the best, get over it. I'm looking for smartphone not camera phone. Show me other functionalities

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:10 10

20. Jonathan41 (Posts: 528; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


This is a camera comparison article though. So you'd probably do better looking else where.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:33 8

27. DP777 (Posts: 15; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


Nokia Lumia has the best screen: PureMotion HD+ with the highest resolution 1280*768 (competitors 1280*720), it's much brighter than other phones, and much more sensitive, can be operated with gloves or anything else (ex. key, pen), it has higher pixel density 332 ppi than iphone's retina dispaly 326 ppi, GS3 -306 ppi.
Lumia has the best PureView camera: 8.7 MP with optical image stabilization, dual LED flash, wireless charging, the body is the best protected against scrathes, Lumia has exclusive Nokia apps and great maps and many great accessories (JBL audio system...)
All other specs are the same or better than competitors phones. It has LTE, NSF, powerful processor and powerful batery, etc.
Nokia's quality is defenetively the best and it's proved by practise!!!

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 08:02 1

28. Seymur (unregistered)


Exclusive Nokia apps? I've used enough Nokia phones to know where this is going.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 13:18 2

38. haseebzahid (Posts: 1828; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


how about wireless charging builtin super sensitive touch screen and its in hardware goin in software nokia drive FREE nokia maps FREE nokia transport FREE nokia lens FREE whatelse u want to hear i didnt even said anything about wp8 which is in mist

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 06:58 1

8. flipjzn (Posts: 154; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


How can we be sure those pics were really taken by Nokia Lumia 920? Considering the history...........................................​....
If they're real, good luck! It's still not going to sell as much as S3 and i5.
Just saying............

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:04 10

15. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)


Dude, did you read the whole post??? It says clearly that the test was done by engadget. By the way, Engadget is known for bashing Nokia and prasing the iphone.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:01 3

12. Mercenary (Posts: 61; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


Wow..when you compare 100-percent view of 2 and 3..it seems like lumia 920 is better than 808!

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:03

13. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


Samsung GS3 camera take an actual picture no pretending.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:19

23. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5783; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Also, you can buy GS III right now, while L920 you have to wait for.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:05 6

16. Jonathan41 (Posts: 528; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


Would take a Lumia 920 over a PureView 808 no question. Especially after seeing how well the 920 performed here. Great Camera plus you get don't have to sacrifice on other features. I'm really liking this phone man. I might have to double-down and grab one of these to go along side my One X. I'm considering it. Nokia really hit the mark with the 920.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:09

18. maverick786us (Posts: 118; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


I think the only thing that Lumia 920 camera missed is "Simultaneous HD video and image recording". I remeber last party I was recording a footage with my Lumia 900 and I had to stop the recording and take static pictures which was a pain.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:09

19. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1077; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


I like android...but I really hope Nokia do well.
That being said oh come on Nokia, if you have the goods your stuff will sell.
Stop drawing comparisons always its starting to get on the nerve. We want to know what your device can do period! Not what it can do compared to others!
Comparisons are relative. If you take a crappy phone and compare it to another crappy phone, does that necessarily mean the less crappy phone is a good phone? NO!

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 08:16

30. -box- (Posts: 3797; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


While Nokia was the host for this comparison, it wasn't something they necessarily set up. Engadget came for a visit during one of Nokia's event at their HQ, brought a bunch of phones to compare, and, apparently, were impressed enough with the results to get a few articles out of them

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:16 1

22. FranksGT (Posts: 167; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)


I wish I could write my own article, I love how PA, degrades the one x, on all of these photo shoots. My one x can take 10x better picture then the one displayed. I can prove it. Someone is getting paid to do some dirty work.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 08:18 1

31. -box- (Posts: 3797; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


These were all shot on auto mode. Yes, if you tweak the settings on any of these phones they might produce better photos (especially the 808), but how many general consumers actually do that? How many whip out their phones, hit the camera button (if they have one, otherwise launch the camera app from the screen) and start recording video or shooting photos without touching the settings?

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 08:59

32. lzsbleach (Posts: 155; Member since: 20 May 2012)


I dont think Samsung focuses on there camera that much, and they should start doing that with the GS4 because this is a bad comparison for them.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 09:41 1

33. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


sorry But this seems quite bogus are they Using Night Mode on those pictures?

here are some more objective shots

http://www.theverge.com/2012/9/7/3299784/nokia-lumia-920-pureview-camera-hi-res-photos

yeah nokia wins but still photos look better on the S3 and the One X that what they look in here
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/1345245/night-mode-composite.jpg

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 13:07 2

35. shadez10 (Posts: 403; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


did you read the article?..
it says all of the pictures are taken on Auto mode...

i know the galaxy S3 on the verge article took good night shots because its on night mode... but it cant even match the picture taken with the Lumia 920 even on auto mode...

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 13:53

39. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I dont think Ive said the nokia fared worse, all I'm saying is for comparsions sake you need to try out the night mode, another quiestion is if the Nokia has an explicit "night mode" or its all one mode to rule them all (like the iPhone), for example if you take away of of the iphone HDR setting picture fair less good but suddenly you can't include anything that makes the picture look better on both the One X and the S3? I'm not saying they beat the 920 but rather they fair better than this.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 10:36 2

34. zzzzz (Posts: 18; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


Galaxy SIII really sucks in this :P

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