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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 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 08 Oct 2012, 09:23 1

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


because 920 is not there yet, go blame nokia... they announce a half baked phone but with no specific release date (or too long...), just like RIM always do. take a look at apple and samsung, they announce it when it ready to be released in few weeks.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 11:24 3

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


half baked phone? you in your own little world, the 820 and 920 are far from half baked so get your facts right

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 09:27

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


because 920 is not there yet, go blame nokia... they announce a half baked phone but with no specific release date (or too long...), just like RIM always do. take a look at apple and samsung, they announce it when it ready to be released in few weeks.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 09:43 2

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


I think nokia Lumia 920 will be the best wp8 but the bad news is it's exclusive for AT&T. How long at&t because I need one on my t mobile even no LTE still why only at&t.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 09:50 6

61. Connie.Linghus (banned) (Posts: 32; Member since: 14 Aug 2012)


You needn't worry my good man, neither the Galaxy SIII, HTC ONE X or Lumia 900 take purple pictures so, therefore, we clearly know who the actual loser is. Interesting, though, how PhoneArena took test shots wherein much of the picture subject matter was in the red, blue and "PURPLE" pallette family. Truely pathetic.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 10:03 2

66. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Sony camera are the best. Which is in the ip5.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 11:25 3

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


well no, nokia are arguably the best in the mobile camera department i.e the 808

but there should have been a sony device included

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 11:51 2

87. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


If the ip5 had Carl Zeiss optics, 808 doesn't stand a chance.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 12:35 4

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


So you are saying, a better flash (Xenon vs LED) pixel oversampling, lossless zoom and proven results don't stand a chance against the ip5 with a sony sensor if it'd had CZ optics? Sony makes great sensors but the quality of pics of the SXS is not close to the n8, let alone the 808. So a phone with a sony sensor, sensor size way lesser than the 808 and put in with cz optics would have given better results than the 808 just because of a sony camera? LOL.

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 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 08 Oct 2012, 14:14

103. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


well if the iphone 5 wins in camera.......doesnt that actually mean sony wins??

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 15:24 3

110. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


iPhone 5 use CMOS sensor from Sony but remember that camera consist from more parts than only a CMOS sensor also don't forget about software par. ;)

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 08 Oct 2012, 12:05 2

89. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


typical apple fanboyism by PA

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)


APPLE BIASED

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 19:05

146. cncrim (Posts: 854; 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 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
6. SGSIII

...

IMHO.

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 08 Oct 2012, 08:16 12

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


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 4

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


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

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 (Posts: 826; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)


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

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 18:31

159. epdm2be (Posts: 556; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


No they ARE terrible.
I can show pictures taken in the same conditions ( indoors low lighting) where even my EDoF Nokia 701 has better pictures than the Lumia 800 (which I used to have)

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 10:38

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


Actually, with latest software updates the 900 is a decent snapper. But it cannot compare with the 808, 920 or N8. It's now more on par with the iPhone 4S.

Frankly, the 808 has blown away all challengers and set a completely new expectation of what is possible in a smartphone. Sure, the 920, with OIS, is probably a better choise for low light stationary scenes and video, but it really can't compete across all likely use scenarioes with the 808.

Actually, I would love to see the PureView technology (I & II) combined in a camera only small body point and shoot. One with larger optics for better light gathering ability, but in an ultra compact format. Optics fixed because of PureView's lossless zoom approach. That would be very interesting. I do wonder how that might compare to Micro 4/3's and base DSLR's. I imagine such a device would further establish the PureView brand among photo enthusiasts.

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?

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