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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, 15:02 2

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

its iphonearena.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 14:53 1

107. kingpet13 (Posts: 139; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)

Also I like the S3s camera better, because it overexaggerates the color a little. Though I will admit the iphone 5 is more lifelike.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 15:46 1

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

But i like my Xperia S Camera better than all of the one's listed here. Doesn;t give any of those Haloes for sure.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 16:20 2

117. osanilevich (Posts: 284; Member since: 29 Sep 2009)

I'm just gonna say it, IP5 had the best camera, purple halo aside. Can't wait to see how many different ways the 920 can destroy it

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 16:37

119. darkskoliro (Posts: 1076; Member since: 07 May 2012)

Mic rating
L900 > iP5 > oneX > gs3

That gs3 was horrible!! Was it recorded correctly??

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 17:36 1

121. MickDM (Posts: 63; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)

typical pa...trying to make nokia look its worse...ijs

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 18:51

122. Marcus73 (Posts: 10; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)

I believe the 920 camera is superior than the iPhone 5. But till it officially launch, the honour should be to one of those tested phone. It is a bit strange, phone arena didnt encountered any of those purple flare things that widely discussed. It looks like a detail comparison.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 19:07 2

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

"It is a bit strange, phone arena didnt encountered any of those purple flare things that widely discussed."

Actually it encountered!

On the left side of this photo:

On the right side of this photo:

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 19:32

127. Marcus73 (Posts: 10; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)

Noted. But as this become an issue among cameraphones, they should highlight it as well. iPhone 5 probably a good cameraphone but what is Phone Arena stands for those purple flare? Are they agree with Apple that its a normal thing? Phone Arena user want to know what is their desicion on this. To prove iPhone 5 superiority , Phone Arena should directly shoot where those claim that Apple Purple Flare occur and compare them to rivals. And than decide, is it normal as Apple claim.

posted on 13 Oct 2012, 18:00

165. epdm2be (Posts: 487; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)

The Lumia 920 has NO superior camera. It has a normal BSI camera module just like all current 8MPixel modules. It only has optical image stabilisation as its pureview feature. I believe SGSIII uses digital image stabilisation. But that isn't really anything new. It's been around on camcorders and digicams for ages.

So don't think that the lumia 920 will actually produce better pictures. It's just less prone to motion blur (when used in hand).

A lot of you guys seems very susceptible to Nokia's propaganda. IMHO the only true Nokia innovation is with the 808 Pureview. The 920 is IMHO Fakeview. Propaganda as a last straw to make a dent in the market.

People will be dissapointed when the 920 will in reality be no better then models reviewed here.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 19:02 1

123. Peter98 (Posts: 119; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)

iPhone 5 wins

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 01:20

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

I concur!

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 20:44

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

lets see how will iPhone 5's camera and "over sampling" compared with 808 pureview! and even on lumia 920!!!

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 01:17

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

I LOVE YOU PA!! (^_~), why settle for "LESS", get the "BESTEST"!
= iPhone5!!

I always knew, Phone Arena is "Fair & Balance".

This Result dispel any doubt,
.... iPhone 5

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 12:02

141. johnborgjacob (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Oct 2012)

very biased comparison, nokia's 808 will be best followed by sony

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 17:21

144. imnotascammer (Posts: 160; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)

okay.. I was like, "oh, should i even read it? cuz when PhoneArena do a comparison, no one wins other than the Iphone." Lol.

Am I the only one thinking about that?

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 19:03

145. cncrim (Posts: 826; 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 10 Oct 2012, 20:40

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

still 808 pureview is the best!

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 19:54

147. alibaba5712 (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Oct 2012)

where's sony? i thought apple camera comes from sony.

posted on 13 Oct 2012, 11:13

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

As does the Samsung's. But the one in the OneX, is from Samsung.

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 21:26

148. serge327 (Posts: 73; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)

LOL. This Article look promote the iphone 5 features more than comparison...

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 04:08

149. mailbox4eswar (Posts: 6; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)

I don't disagree with the iPhone5 camera capabilities but I feel this article is little biased towards iPhone. I can see the purple haze in one of the night shots of the article. But never talked about that in the article.
Also, I can see the picture taken for color reproduction by iPhone was taken with a different angle than the other three. Still I feel One X has the color reproduction than the iPhone. But that is my opinion.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 09:47

150. amayo88 (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)

I feel this article shows how well the 2 android phones performed, and not how the iPhone dominated. When considering the very short turnaround of new phones, I don't think that comparing the new iPhone to phones that have been on the market over half the year is a fair comparison. I will hold judgment until the next round of phones come out at the end of the month.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 15:02

151. Ninetysix (Posts: 2381; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)

Saad Salman says:

This is an optical effect called “purple fringing”. It exists in almost all lenses including those in point-and-shoot cameras and SLRs:

Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Samsung Galaxy S III

iPhone 4S

iPhone 4

Canon Powershot G9

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 21:27

153. jroc74 (Posts: 6005; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Some of us know this. Still doesnt explain how in the pics in this article....its not there on the other phones.

Its is really common...or do those other phones have defects? Is it a by product of some material...like Amoled screens can have black splotches?

And the guy said it exists in ....almost.....all lenses. My thing is.....give me a lens that doesnt have this issue.

posted on 13 Oct 2012, 18:08

166. epdm2be (Posts: 487; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)

you wrote "This is an optical effect called “purple fringing”. It exists in almost all lenses including those in point-and-shoot cameras and SLRs:"

The effect described here is NOT purple fringing. Purple fringing exist when purple pixels (a kind of purple halo effect) appears between high contrasted objects. The URL below shows an example.


The purple haze we see in iPhone is due to the saphire lens used. Apple should have used a polarising filter on the lens and/or used anti-reflective coating on the lens itself.

Perhaps the reviewers can hold a polarizing filter in front of the device and see if it dissapears (I suspect it will).

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 13:00

154. zhiae (unregistered)

every thing is auto buls**t gs3 users make auto contrast on in camera setting and I sure u it is like seeing life with open eye

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 20:26

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

This article isn't biased at all. He is absolutely right, when you just want to pull out your camera and take a pic, the iPhone5 has every single handset beat. Now, when you start learning how to use the settings on the Samsung, it will make the iphone look like a toy. But again, it isn't for everyone.

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 20:37

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





Anyway, I think you get my gist.

posted on 13 Oct 2012, 18:14

167. epdm2be (Posts: 487; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)

These are scaled down pics. And there's no exif info so what do want to show here? What camera has been used?

BTW. Nice pictures. I particularly like the last one (with the boats). Where have they been taken? It seems a lovely place.

posted on 14 Oct 2012, 06:43

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

The pics were uploaded to facebook, so yeah, no EXIF data. The camera is a Samsung Galaxy S3. The place is Lake Englebright up near Marysville, Ca. I say up, because I'm in Southern California :)


posted on 17 Oct 2012, 00:02

180. suneeboy (Posts: 201; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)

"Apple wins again so I have to bash the article."

-PhoneArena.com Readers

I don't care either way, but the whining has got to stop in the comments section. Is there ever an adult conversation around the articles here anymore?

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 20:59

183. besingamk (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)

it is obviously an iphone 5 ads. LOL why you dont use 920 instead of 900

posted on 20 Oct 2012, 09:40

184. crusher (Posts: 16; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)

a better camera comparision, with nokia 808 followed by ip5 and xperia tying second place


posted on 20 Oct 2012, 10:21

185. ricky0702 (Posts: 11; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)

The iPhone's resolution being lower than HD means that video players need to perform some downscaling when playing HD movies.
The GS3 screen settings offers a choice of 4 options (dynamic, standard, natural and video) that efficiently tame the "oversaturated" effect.One of the most interesting features in new Galaxy S III is the ability to create your own custom vibration notification.Check this tutorialhttp://www.careace.net/2012/10/02/how-to-create-your-own-custom-vibration-notifications-on-your-samsung-galaxy-s-iii/

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 17:07

186. OSUTIN (Posts: 23; Member since: 28 May 2012)

I hope that the iPhone 5 being the winner is some sort of joke. I saw all of the photos for all of the devices, and one of the shots, like the second or something, by the iPhone 5, was absolutely horrendous. In comparison, all the other devices, including the Lumia, had shots that were incredible, or in the case of the Lumia, bearable. In fact, in the photo where the iPhone did an absolute horrendous job, everything did better than it. Including the Lumia. With the Galaxy S III undeniably coming out on top of the photo that I'm talking about. The iPhone 5 failed miserably once, and not all of the photos were well rounded, and yet you give the win to the iPhone 5 obviously just because it is an Apple product? You guys are huge disgusting jokes. Good thing you are trying to properly inform readers who come to these sites in order to educate themselves for their next purchase.

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