x PhoneArena is hiring! Reviewer in the USA

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

Pages
Exposure and Dynamic Range:

Both the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S III excel when it comes to exposure, seeing that there’s a fine balance throughout their shots – where there’s no under or over-exposure being noticed. However, we tend to see a hint of under-exposure with the HTC One X, which tends to make its shots darker in overall appearance, but it isn’t that bad at all. Conversely though, the Nokia Lumia 900 is afflicted with a bit more over-exposure with its results – thus, details are sometimes lost in the process.

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

Apple iPhone 5

Samsung Galaxy S III

HTC One X

Nokia Lumia 900


Without a doubt, the iPhone 5 handles dynamic range the best out of the bunch because it’s able to maintain a consistent amount of balance throughout the scenery. In fact, it’s most evident in the shot of the flowers near the gazebo, where the white flowers toward the right side are still accentuated with their yellow centers. In contrast, the other three smartphones are still able to handle it decently too, but they lose out when it comes to adjusting for items that are brighter in the shots. Checking out the same set of flowers, we can clearly see that the yellow in their centers are less prominent – overtaken by the white.

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

Apple iPhone 5

Samsung Galaxy S III

HTC One X

Nokia Lumia 900



Indoor Shots:

Indoors under the presence of minimum or prevalent artificial lighting, the iPhone 5 delivers the absolute best results in all shooting conditions. In low lighting, its shots are undeniably sharper looking with its brighter appearance, stronger details, and very distinct color tones. Although it’s nowhere close to the iPhone 5, the HTC One X is able to come in second place with its decent results – though, it’s noticeably darker than the iPhone 5, but it isn’t softened by the same amount of pervasive noise that’s diminishing the results of the other two handsets. And lastly, it’s rather difficult to accept the qualities of the Samsung Galaxy S III and Nokia Lumia 900, since there’s a lot of graininess, soft details, and excessive noise with them.

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

Apple iPhone 5

Samsung Galaxy S III

HTC One X

Nokia Lumia 900

Strong light

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

Medium light

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

Low light


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

Apple iPhone 5

Samsung Galaxy S III

HTC One X

Nokia Lumia 900

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

To tell you the truth, the flashes on all four handsets are powerful enough to lighten up the scenery. However, the Samsung Galaxy S III and Nokia Lumia 900 benefit from the fact that their flashes turn on prior to taking the shot – allowing them to focus properly in pitch darkness. Meanwhile, it can be either a tossup with the iPhone 5 and HTC One X, seeing that it can take a few snapshots before they’re able to get the correct focus level.

Apple iPhone 5 - 3ft - Darkness with flash - Camera comparison: Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC One X vs Nokia Lumia 900
Samsung Galaxy S III - 3ft - Darkness with flash - Camera comparison: Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC One X vs Nokia Lumia 900
HTC One X - 3ft - Darkness with flash - Camera comparison: Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC One X vs Nokia Lumia 900
Nokia Lumia 900 - 3ft - Darkness with flash - Camera comparison: Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC One X vs Nokia Lumia 900

Apple iPhone 5

Samsung Galaxy S III

HTC One X

Nokia Lumia 900

3ft

5ft - Darkness with flash - Camera comparison: Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC One X vs Nokia Lumia 900
5ft - Darkness with flash - Camera comparison: Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC One X vs Nokia Lumia 900
5ft - Darkness with flash - Camera comparison: Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC One X vs Nokia Lumia 900
5ft - Darkness with flash - Camera comparison: Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC One X vs Nokia Lumia 900

5ft

7ft - Darkness with flash - Camera comparison: Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC One X vs Nokia Lumia 900
7ft - Darkness with flash - Camera comparison: Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC One X vs Nokia Lumia 900
7ft - Darkness with flash - Camera comparison: Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC One X vs Nokia Lumia 900
7ft - Darkness with flash - Camera comparison: Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC One X vs Nokia Lumia 900

7ft

Darkness with flash


187 Comments
  • Options
    Close






posted on 08 Oct 2012, 08:15 46

1. StreetNerd (Posts: 826; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


Again..... why not wait for the 920, thn do the comparison -_-"

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 08:41 20

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


It's the only thing the 5 can win before the 920's camera comes out to trounce everything in its path.

That said, what version of the 900 was being used? And did it have the camera software up to date (that is, with the "Camera Extras" Nokia update installed)? I noticed quite a significant difference after updating to Tango and having the software up to date. While it may not have changed the rankings, the 900 could have held its own better, presuming the test phone wasn't up to date.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 09:18 3

37. darkkjedii (Posts: 22479; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Excuses excuses excuses lol

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 09:37 5

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


No, just wanting a level playing field. As I said, the Lumia would still likely wind up in 4th, but not as easily.

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 00:37 9

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


||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||​||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
|||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| B I A S E D |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||​||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||

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: 22479; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Shhhhhhhhhhhhh! Thank u

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 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 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 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 08 Oct 2012, 10:09 12

69. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4027; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Let's get real here...920 is not out yet, so let's leave that out of the question.
I'm really not sure if John is comparing the cameras or the phones!
He got the top-notch from Apple, HTC,
Samsung but a mid-notch from Nokia. Why not
820? Everyone below has asked and i am
asking it too. Everyone knows Lumia 900 won't stand a chance among the other 3. I'm not
saying it's a bad camera-phone, but it's not the
best from Nokia, camera wise.
Again, an unfair comparison.
I guess he don't want to see iPhone fall...sorry
John, you made me say this.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 11:54 9

88. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4027; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Sorry, i meant 808...
John, try that for the love of mango, banana, cherry and coconut.

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 14 Oct 2012, 17:44 1

169. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4027; 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 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 08 Oct 2012, 12:29 5

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


"this article also shows a lack of journalistic integrity to deliberately avoid investigating a known issue and ignoring it completely."
iphonearena.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 16:06 3

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


oh man... !

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, 08:44 29

25. MeoCao (unregistered)


Do GS3, One X and 920 have "Purple Glare feature" like iPhone 5? I guess not so iPhone 5 wins as it has at least 1 more feature than the rest LOL.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 09:20 1

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


try to pic against the sun with your GS3, One X and 920 (later), i bet they get that glare too, tried with my canon camera, i got those glare too even though its not that purple.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 09:21 7

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


It is admited by Apple that there is such problem like a "Purple Haze".

"iPhone: Camera image effects"
http://support.apple.com/kb/TS4436?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 09:26 2

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


yup, it clearly stated : Most small cameras, including those in EVERY generation of iPhone, may exhibit some form of flare at the edge of the frame when capturing an image with out-of-scene light sources. and people just notice it in iPhone 5.., imagine that..

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 09:28 6

49. jroc74 (Posts: 6018; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


"tried with my canon camera, i got those glare too even though its not that purple."

And thats part of the point. Someone posted a site that compared the iPhone 4S to the 5, and anyone could clearly see the same thing....it was purple on the 4S, but it wasnt that purple on the 4S.

But....Night Shots in this article clearly show the purple issue on the iPhone 5 vs the other phones in the 2nd n 3rd row of shots. Didnt even need the sun. The other phones had the same result as my RAZR.....white or yellow halo, not purple.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 09:38 7

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


Glares are normal but a purplish one isn't.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 09:48 2

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


Two different devices in the same conditions!

"Apple iPhone 5 vs Galaxy S3 (Camera Test)"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5i1Dnk2voU

Download link for original pictures and video examples you can find in the description.

As I have stated in my comment #19, I think that iPhone 5 shots relatively good pictures just "Purple Halo" effect ruin everything.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 10:07 4

67. jroc74 (Posts: 6018; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Looking at that YouTube clip, starting at the 2: 56 mark, shows the iPhone 5 with purple halo issue while the GS3 doesnt have it..

Same lighting and shooting conditions.

At some point....ppl will just have to accept that...it is what it is. I dont think the purple halo ruins everything....lol, but it can be seen in certain instances.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 10:13 1

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


Check download link in the description, you will find original photos and videos, check photo with roof window, light through roof window is also "purpled" while Samsung Galaxy III photo doesn't have it.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 12:12 2

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


exactly. its pure apple fanboyism by PA.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 08:45 10

26. dr_fajardo12 (Posts: 118; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)


when 920 comes out in november phonearena will make a camera comparision. the 900 is the nokia flagship right now, so need to be against it.

but still a little biased this comparision, where's the 808?, we need to see how well the iphone 5 is against the best cameraphone on the market
wheres sony's phones?, the note 2? etc..

* Some comments have been hidden, because they don't meet the discussions rules.

Want to comment? Please login or register.

Latest stories