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Photo contest against the Nokia Lumia 920 shows how the Galaxy S III and iPhone 4S shoot in the dark

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Photo contest against the Nokia Lumia 920 shows how the Galaxy S III and iPhone 4S shoot in the dark
Nokia explained yesterday that what the Lumia 920 carries in its camera it calls PureView Phase 2, where a special emphasis has been given to improve on the Achilles heel of smartphones - low-light photography. This is in contrast to the more pro-centric Phase 1 in the Nokia 808 PureView, where the giant 41MP sensor is used for the maximum level of detail and sharpness possible, and lossless zoom capabilities.

The Finns had staged an impromptu studio yesterday, where you try and shoot a barely visible vase, which is just sitting in the dark across a peephole. The Nokia Lumia 920 was used in the video below to snap a photo of the vase, followed by the Samsung Galaxy S III and the iPhone 4S, which have excellent cameras by today's smartphone standards, but both fared much worse capturing the object at hand.

Photo contest against the Nokia Lumia 920 shows how the Galaxy S III and iPhone 4S shoot in the dark
Photo contest against the Nokia Lumia 920 shows how the Galaxy S III and iPhone 4S shoot in the dark


Granted, the AF assist light of the 920 shaped a picture, whose quality is boosted by many element not present on other phones, such as true optical image stabilization allowing up to 8x longer shutter speeds, a large f/2.0 aperture, and a proprietary sensor/optics combo built from the onset with low-light photography in mind, but still the results are impressive, considering that no flash was involved in the shot. 

Nokia has been right so far touting the quality of its N8 and 808 PureView cameraphones so far, so we hope its first PureView phone with a modern smartphone OS will deliver as well when we take the retail unit for a photography spin.


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posted on 06 Sep 2012, 03:38 14

1. fatun (Posts: 3; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


totaly fake, sgs3 iz da best

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 03:41 29

3. bbblader (Posts: 580; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


even the most android obsessed fanboy's cant say that in camera the sgs3 is the best but it is one of the best

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 03:48 17

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


i was suppose to thump you up!!!

s3 might be a beast but its camera is still not good!!! so i think samsung should make a phone with its camera sensor on its digicam!!!

i think samsung fans will also dream that the newly announce galaxy camera has phone functionality and less bulky..

posted on 08 Sep 2012, 01:16

78. joseph98 (Posts: 167; Member since: 03 Feb 2012)


We all know about the fake video but did you know guys about the fake photos of this new lumia 920. follow the link and see how nokia is so fake. no wounder why there stock got beaten so bad. Very bad nokia.
www.sefsar.com/nokia-faked-the-still-photos-too

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 03:46 2

10. haseebzahid (Posts: 1827; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


why not admit the vedio untill u or someone u know try it out to verfiy till then dont just falsify just because SGS3 is ur favourite choice

posted on 07 Sep 2012, 02:04 1

73. badini007 (Posts: 18; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)


I am a samsung fan and I am really impressed by Lumia 920 camera and I totally agree with you, YOU HAVE TO TRY IT FIRST.

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 03:57 16

21. 12Danny123 (Posts: 86; Member since: 18 Aug 2012)


In your dreams. The 920 camera killed the s3

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 06:12 3

55. sid07desai (Posts: 258; Member since: 03 May 2012)


yeah but who clicks THAT kind of shots?

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 04:00 4

24. Mittal (Posts: 427; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


I understand brother... But u must learn to move on ..

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 04:03 8

28. MeoCao (unregistered)


This is unfair, 920 took picture under light, may be not flash but still light while GS3 and iPhone took pictures in complete darkness.

Typical Nokia style.

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 04:36 11

39. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


I have a theory here, hear me out first.

As I was watching the video, I can't help but be amazed with the photo taken from nokia lumia 920. It's like a photo taken in a well lit studio.

Compared to samsung's s3 and Apple's 4s, the difference is so damn big that it's like they we're made 10 years apart.

So, here's the theory I'm talking about.

Did you see when apple and samsung devices took the photo? It's a pitch dark studio.

But when Lumia's turn, the demo guy told us that the light flashed by the phone was used to focus the camera.

The thing is, why flash light?

After thinking and thinking, I came to a conclusion that while the phone was focusing the camera with a flash of light, it's already taking some photos. And that well lit photo is then combined to the photo that's later taken without a flash to create a good contrast ratio.

I don't have evidences to support my case. I made this by my own observation. This is my own opinion, so please, try to understand first what I'm talking about before bashing me.

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 04:56 7

46. ogy_dogy (Posts: 453; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)


Wow, all those letters for nothing, you trolls should do some research before posting. my lumia 710 uses flash also to focus before shooting and if flash is turned off it takes a lousy dark photo. the gs3 and iphone have been owned and you people cant face the truth...

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 05:06 2

48. MeoCao (unregistered)


The question is why should we turn off the flash?

I think Nokia now combine flash to autofocus with lighting flash, a clever small improvement but nothing more.

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 05:14 4

49. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


okay, maybe I'm wrong, but at least, I'm thinking.

Or maybe, lumia 920 uses longer shutter speed and optimize it together with OIS to take a light-rich blur-less photo.

Troll? Haha. I'm a nokia fan. I'm just stating what I just thought of.

I love nokia devices, I'm just amazed on how they do things. I'm accept that this phone owned the current top-end phones.

So, stating a theory of my own makes me a troll?

posted on 07 Sep 2012, 03:29

74. ogy_dogy (Posts: 453; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)


You have no right to state your opinion :D lol sorry, i cant stand these droid boys and ifans trolling about something thats revolutionary and might benefit us all.

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 05:01 1

47. MeoCao (unregistered)


Haha, may be Nokia has some special technology but then this is surely not the proper way to show it.

I lost trust in Nokia after it began adopting Ballmer's style of advertisement: exaggeration, so I think Nokia has some new small improvement and now they try to make it much bigger than it actually is.

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 05:47 4

52. amehtab (Posts: 8; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


if this is true , this is called innovation my friend :)
welcome to Nokia !!

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 06:29 2

59. champ_vl (Posts: 44; Member since: 31 Aug 2012)


I totally agree !! There is something unusual with that flash thing and the fact that the iPhone and Galaxy took pictures separately from the Lumia and not immediately. Another Nokia desperate attempt to impress us by dirty scams.

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 11:26

69. cncrim (Posts: 503; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


+1, I was thinking the same thing why flash was on Nokia and iphone and S3 flash was off. I really don't see the big brag here, Iphone and S3 can twist it in the software and will do the same unless I missing something here.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 02:24

83. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1144; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


LOL. because nokia is actually thinking. android and iphone doesnt know anything about cameras.

cameras actually use flashes to focus the subject but not actually using it to light the whole picture.you know the red light on your camera before you capture? that is the focus assist lamp (n8 has one i think). since 920 has no red lamp to focus, they use the Led instead.clever.

(also, flash has around 3meters of lighting for the subject) so if shot on landscape night mode, 920 is the best to light surroundings. last part is my opinion.

posted on 09 Sep 2012, 12:26

81. EspHack (Posts: 70; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


my N97 does the same, if i set "night mode" it uses the flash anyway when you focus something BUT it takes the pic without flash when you end pressing the camera buttom

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 14:07

82. dru4you (Posts: 10; Member since: 08 Jun 2011)


dude i was thinking the SAME exact thing!! taking multiple shots then combining it.. hdr like.

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 14:42

70. housecat (Posts: 8; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


Meh, it looks like HDR with flash. It's a bit limited, everything must be still or you'll get blur. The f2.0 aperture and OIS is nice, but on a 1/3 inch sensor (the same size sensor on most other phones) you'll still get noisy low light pictures.

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 04:15 2

34. 09wbd03516 (banned) (Posts: 140; Member since: 30 May 2012)


Your spelling just show your trollness

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 04:45 1

40. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 361; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Nokia lumia 920 took the photo using flash while iphone 4S & galaxy s3 captured photo in pitch dark.this is totally unfair.

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 06:55

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


can i ask you a question did you see the camera of lumia 920???????????????????

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 07:25 3

62. AeroPrime (Posts: 154; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)


What's so good about the S3.... please don't give claims that S3 camera is the best... is s**tty... S3 needs a quad core chip to run that smooth? Are you freaking serious? what kind of engineering is that?

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 08:40 1

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


Anyone else think the iphone looks like a kid's toy next to the Nokia and Samsung? Looks so cheap and toy-like, especially with the tiny screen...

posted on 08 Sep 2012, 01:14

77. joseph98 (Posts: 167; Member since: 03 Feb 2012)


www.sefsar.com/nokia-faked-the-still-photos-too

posted on 08 Sep 2012, 05:10

80. hgvenom (Posts: 5; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


I own a s3 and before that a n8, yeah, the s3 is a monster talking about hardware, but doesn't come even close to my old n8 camera quality.
The n8 still the best cameraphone around there, since the 808 didn't sell much and this 920 isn't yet on sell.

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 03:38 12

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


yeayyyy... nokia wins hands down...

the pureview on the 8.7MP of lumia 920 isnt a joke after all.. nokia really pull it through!!

now i just wish that they will release the 920 with microSD slot...

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 03:42 4

5. bbblader (Posts: 580; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


32GB isnt enough for you? come on i fill that much space for a month on my PC

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 03:44 1

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


coz i have so many films!

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 03:46 3

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


but i just wish it has microSD slot.. coz i think is kinda make it stand against s3..since s3 has microSD slot and changable battery...

and i think 820 has better specs (not the camera though)

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 03:48

13. haseebzahid (Posts: 1827; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


it will raise the cost it should have 16/32GB version for the right price if the sd is not in this one

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 04:36

38. dickwyn (Posts: 595; Member since: 07 May 2012)


The one they showed yesterday was still a prototype. The final model should have an sd card slot

posted on 07 Sep 2012, 22:40

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


no..im pretty sure it wont have a microSD

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 03:41 4

4. tech_lover (Posts: 25; Member since: 02 Jun 2012)


nokia u WOWed me here for sure!!!

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 03:43 1

6. Veigald (Posts: 238; Member since: 13 Jan 2012)


This camera seems pretty jaw dropping indeed. Hope we get to see some in depth reviews shortly.

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 03:44 3

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


i think nokia shouldnt fake the ad!!!! it just gave the phone some bad replies from some sites!

http://conversations.nokia.com/2012/09/05/taking-pureview-to-the-next-level/?cid=ms_converse-fw-scl-na-camera_0x0-na-twitter-g0-en-1todtmte2f805

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 03:46 3

11. mobilefuture (Posts: 206; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


To those who said an 8MP PureView would be a fail for Nokia, better prepare your invalid arguments!

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 03:47 1

12. JunaidZaka (Posts: 24; Member since: 24 Mar 2012)


Nokia should make atleast one android phone
We would all love Nokia's hardware on an android phone!!

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 03:51 2

17. haseebzahid (Posts: 1827; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


ahahaha i know why every one who is android users wants nokia android phone i guess its all because of its awsome camera tech which no other phone is capable off although 41MPX android will do great for u guys for a year or 2

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 04:02 3

26. JunaidZaka (Posts: 24; Member since: 24 Mar 2012)


Not only the camera and the pureview technology
but also the build quality and the distinctive look of Nokia's Smartphones!

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 03:51

18. raunak (Posts: 504; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


yeah and microsoft would be so happy...dont forget nokia gets a lot of money from ms to be able to survive.

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 04:10

32. JunaidZaka (Posts: 24; Member since: 24 Mar 2012)


I know man
i wish i could beat the crap out of elop personally

Nokia would be in a much better position in the smartphone business if they would have been making Both windows and android phones

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 03:48

15. raunak (Posts: 504; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


this will be the best phone on the market when it comes out. It has all the features that other flagships have plus a unique design, a far better camera judging by the samples and has a new fresh os. now if only people would understand that megapixels arent everything and although more mpx help in oversampling nokia still did a great job.

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 03:49 1

16. jove39 (Posts: 1283; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Hmmmm...Nokia has something to brag about camera...now lets turn flash on as we'll do in real world and then compare...lol

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 03:56 2

19. p0rkguy (Posts: 684; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)


So he still used the flash to get the first and second image...
Nice try Nokia. Now do it without any light.

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 03:58

22. 12Danny123 (Posts: 86; Member since: 18 Aug 2012)


Um it's just auto focus. nothing else

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 04:09

31. p0rkguy (Posts: 684; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)


But it still used flash, no?

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 04:55

45. 12Danny123 (Posts: 86; Member since: 18 Aug 2012)


No it's not flash. Flash is when you push the button. It's blicks. This man half pressed it to auto focus and produced a light. The light blicked before he took the photo

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 05:45 3

51. p0rkguy (Posts: 684; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)


... Die hard fanboy at its best.

"HDR basically means High Dynamic Range, it solved the problem of overexposed and underexposed portion of a image."
"HDR works by combining a few images into one, usually two or three photos will be used and sometimes more. It works by combining images with different exposure values, and then uses the correctly exposed portion will be combined into the final image."
Sound familiar?
It "blicked" to get the first shot, which Nokia will tell you it's "autofocus" then takes another shot without the "blick" and then make them have sex.

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 06:11

54. poddey (Posts: 75; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


Nicely put LOL.

Yes, just because you don't hear a camera shutter sound (which is just digital sound file) doesn't mean that the camera is not taking and saving images, i.e. it doesn't have to sound like it's in 'burst' mode taking 20 shots.

If people still don't believe then take the example of the camera on RIM's dev alpha BB10 phone. It starts shooting, taking photos as soon as you launch the camera app so that when you do take a snap it is able to rewind back in time so you can find one picture where everyone's smiling and has their eyes open.

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 03:57 2

20. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Nokia .... cannot believe after they faked about video.

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 04:00

23. 12Danny123 (Posts: 86; Member since: 18 Aug 2012)


um there's another video loaded up. and it's the same result.

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 04:00

25. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


It's just longer exposure. Let's wait for the actual samples and we'll see then.

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 04:03 1

27. 12Danny123 (Posts: 86; Member since: 18 Aug 2012)


those are actual samples. no matter how you think the pictures on the 4s and s3. the 920 still kills the 4s and the s3

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 06:15

56. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


You are seeing it on the screen of the camera. yes it "can" capture detail in low-light, but is it good? what if it's blurry, faded, etc.

See it in full scale then do the judging.

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 04:03

29. 23nikki1 (Posts: 45; Member since: 25 Jul 2012)


Wait a min. Did he use flash while capturing on iphone and s3?

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