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Camera comparison: Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC One X vs Nokia Lumia 900

0. phoneArena 08 Oct 2012, 08:07 posted on

After pitting four of the biggest stars in the smartphone world right now against one another in our web browsing and display comparisons, we’re once again taking the quartet on yet another worthwhile comparison to proclaim the best of the best in the camera-taking department. At the center of all the commotion, is none other than newest member of the crew, the Apple iPhone 5, which so happens to be armed with an 8-megapixel iSight ...

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posted on 08 Oct 2012, 16:06 3

113. maier9900 (Posts: 272; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)

oh man... !

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 17:29 3

120. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)

please stop you obviously have no idea what your talking about, the 808 is the full package, its not just the fact it has a Carl Zeiss lens, like No_Nonesense said the 808 uses oversampling to get the best result, noiseless images. plus the lossless zoom so no pixelation is present when zooming in like with all digital zooming.

anyway the iphone 5 isnt even close to the 808 or n8. and sony have better camera phones out then the iphone too.

the iphone's camera uses so much post process i.e saturating sharpness etc to get a pic. nokia dont its natural color.

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 00:37 9

129. amir1975 (Posts: 22; Member since: 18 Aug 2012)

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Another Biased Article about iPhone 5, there is no mention and either tests about situations which makes "Purple Halo" defect in iPhone 5's photos and make them really incomparable with rivals. sad to say that new iPhone is a faulty product.

But they have to sell their flawed phone to Naive customers, no way just exaggeration.

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 07:41 2

136. darkkjedii (Posts: 23453; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Shhhhhhhhhhhhh! Thank u

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 10:09

138. Miley_3d (Posts: 16; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)

Me Too!

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 10:16

139. iphone4me (banned) (Posts: 35; Member since: 09 Sep 2012)

Yeah, Why not Wait when iPhone5s & 6 comes out PA.

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 13:47

142. byb786 (Posts: 6; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)


posted on 09 Oct 2012, 19:05

146. cncrim (Posts: 884; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)

As today we speak about cam3ra on smartphone

1. Nokia 920
2. Iphone 5
3. Samsung 3
4. Galaxy note 2
5. Htc one x

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 19:22 2

155. meowcenary (Posts: 187; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)

So lens flare(s) are bad and a flaw of my devices? Shooting with a dslr, point and shoot, and HTC Radar 4g I get it from time to time, though not a Jimmy Hendrix type purple haze. If that is the case, maybe I should file a class action against Nikon, Canon, and HTC with what you are saying?

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 12:35

156. AmitMajumder (Posts: 178; Member since: 21 May 2012)

iphone 5 always wins. why do they compare it? they should officially declare that iphone 5 is the most amazing smartphone they can think of(how bad is their thinking!!!) and say that every in comparison iphone will win. they didn't include the Nokia 808 pureview, cause it would have won and that won do justice to the $$$$....

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 15:15 1

158. deathyyy (Posts: 101; Member since: 20 Dec 2011)

How many people are going to go buy a new 808 right now though? The 900 is definitely Nokia's "flagship" device.

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 20:19

160. KFear (Posts: 143; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)

Man. That is a good camera on the iphone. Still happy with the S3's lens however

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 20:21

161. KFear (Posts: 143; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)

I'm an Android fan all the way...but your comment is terrible. At our sales location we haven't been able to duplicate the purple halo defect. We've been some customer's photos that might have it, but it's not so easy to tell as the light condition has to be just right. It REALLY hasn't been so much of an issue for the iphone. I think the pictures from the iphone in this article did look best, for the most part. you just have to look at the photos.
you are borderline trolling

posted on 14 Oct 2012, 17:44 1

169. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4192; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

Do you see any comparison for flagship devices here?? Or who's going to buy what?
PA is comparing the cameras here jackazz...read the article, or atleast read the headline before you place a comment on a comment.

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 10:03

170. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)

I seriously wonder if they updated the 900's software to the latest version with camera improvements. It makes a world of difference. I'm not syaing it would trounce the iPhone 5, which has (aside from the Purple Haze issue) a very good camera for a smartphone (Nokia 808, Nokia N8, Nokia 920 aside).

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 10:10

171. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)

You need to read up on why the 808 has a spectacular camera.

1) Yes, precision optics developed WITH Carl Zeiss exclusively for Nokia that are 10x more precise than Zeiss' previously available products. This is new tech.
2) A Nokia-Toshiba PROPRIETARY sensor at 41MP, exclusively built for Nokia.
3) A dedicated scaling chip for the camera.
4) Proprietary algorithms which effectively create super pixels by oversampling the massive number of sensor pixels, each already the same size as those on the Iphone 5's sensor.
5) The largest XENON (with LED for video) flash on any smartphone, 2X more powerful than the N8's.
6) A camera UI offering a significant amount of flexibility and ease of use.

Carl Zeiss optics at the 808 level of precision would certainly improve the iPhone 5's results, but this alone would not make it competitive with the 808's other advantages.

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 10:26

172. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)

1. Nokia 808
2. Nokia 920
3. Nokia N8
4. iPhone 5
5. iPhone 4S



posted on 16 Oct 2012, 10:52

178. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)

There seems to be no discussion of why this Purple Haze may be more prominent on the iPhone 5. Some have argued the refractive properties of the Saffire protective glass may be the culprit. Others have mentioned a particular lens coating may be the issue. What about the distance between the optics and the protective lens? This is a very thin phone. Any shrowding from direct sunlight would be minimal with such a thin device because the lens group is not set as far back in the camera body. Note that some companies are selling little rubber rings to shrowd the lens unit (for over 20 dollars a pop!). I don't know if any or all of these elements are contributers, but the effect is well noted at this time.

Maybe this is just one downside to having an ultra thin phone?

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 10:53

179. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)

Probably difficult to duplicate the effect inside a mall.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 07:13

181. bondosho (Posts: 14; Member since: 07 Nov 2011)

The S3 also has a Sony sensor.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 09:25

182. deathyyy (Posts: 101; Member since: 20 Dec 2011)

Uh, yes I do, as each of these phones is each manufacturer's flagship device. Maybe you should work on your reading comprehension skills.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 04:28

187. maier9900 (Posts: 272; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)

Every since the iphone 4s came out with a wonderful camera on its back, no other phone beats it to date (i don't care what u say). And now the iphone 5 came out with the same 8mp camera as the iphone 4s (if u didn't know) with the only change being on the outside on the back of the phone. They changed the outside glass on the back with some sapphire crystal kind of thing. But other than that is the same camera as in the iphone 4s and still nobody can compete with it. It's been over a year...

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 08:16 12

2. No_Nonsense (unregistered)

I still don't understand why the 900 is compared to these 3. You could get the 920 (when it comes out) and then compare between the One X+, Note 2 or S3 and the iPhone 5. Also, while the 808 will offer the best results, I'd like to see some of its samples as well.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 08:20 7

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

Because it's 900's camera is one of the few cameras from nokia that any other competitors could win against with. My n8 could beat any of these performers! -.-

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 08:23 11

7. eisenbricher (Posts: 973; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)

Yeah, why not the 808? Why??
Want to see Nokia dead that badly?

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 08:23 4

8. No_Nonsense (unregistered)

And my 808. The cameras on the current Lumias are terrible.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 09:15 1

35. BillyG (Posts: 305; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)

dont be lazy, google it, you'll find the comparison with 808 instead of 900. i read it somewhere before, and it just as bad as that 900

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 09:40 2

55. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

I wouldn't say terrible... they're better than the 3gs and 4, and better than most of the newest and nicest pantechs

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 09:49 4

60. No_Nonsense (unregistered)

Compared to the usual high standards as exhibited in the N82, N8, 808 that is.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 10:08 4

68. No_Nonsense (unregistered)

Height of ignorance.

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