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Camera comparison: Sony Xperia Z vs Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note II, iPhone 5, Nokia Lumia 920

0. phoneArena 15 Feb 2013, 09:37 posted on

Ladies and gents, it is time for another camera comparison between the top smartphones in existence. And without a doubt, all eyes are on the Sony Xperia Z, which is equipped with the company's new Exmor RS camera sensor. With 13 million pixels and perks like HDR video mode, Sony's top-of-the-line handset should be a great performer, but will it manage to beat the fierce competition?...

This is a discussion for a review. To read the whole review, click here

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 10:44 1

44. vignesh_viggs (Posts: 34; Member since: 15 Jun 2012)


why the images are loading below the comment section in PA site..?? !!

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 10:45 6

45. windroid (unregistered)


"The Nokia Lumia 920, which is usually a decent low-light performer, simply couldn't get the colors right at night"

Simply it's the only one with the correct White Balance avoiding the yellow tone created by the artificial lighting...

If I dont know what I'm doing I can make my DSLR photos worse than those.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 10:49 6

46. Rexperia (Posts: 100; Member since: 28 Sep 2012)


welcome to the "GLADIATOR ARENA", this is the only web site where we can find a "bad" thing about SONY device, hope you guy's satisfied!!!

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 11:46 4

63. amansingal14 (Posts: 286; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


And a bad thing about NOKIA too

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 13:23 3

84. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


stop whining kid. time to get real. your precious "z" device is not as good as you hoped it would be. and so what?

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 13:30 3

87. emadshiny (Posts: 1131; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


so, you're here again bashing Sony phones. you can't deny the superiority of Sony camera over others. or maybe you need to visit the doctor for your eyes. don't be like that biased reviewer.

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 02:18 1

189. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


i don't see the superiority over competitors. Not enough to justify the whole buzz around its new sensor. I wonder why the bashed Lumia 920 again, even though it has got the best low light performance. In this article it looks like someone would took so bad pictures on purpose just to show how insignificance Nokia became.

posted on 17 Feb 2013, 09:09

242. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 762; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


http://www.gsmarena.com/vidcmp.php3?idType=3&idPhone1=5204&idPhone2=4238

stop praising XZ, just see urself :D
all of u are talking abt gsmarena, now go here and see the facts

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 20:20 1

222. rgxVOiD (Posts: 433; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


Being real is to not take photo with an automatic mode, which is the case here

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 10:56 2

50. sonofzeus (Posts: 95; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


when it comes to camera nokia 920 steals the show,but in this comparison the picture taken with the nokia 920 looks dull when compared to other phones

I believe it was not taken with the right settings on the nokia

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 11:06

52. sagemda (Posts: 25; Member since: 20 Dec 2012)


of course is**t 5 wins......

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 11:13 1

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


wth? PA? You sure about this? It's like a rip off comparison.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 11:28 4

58. Taters (Posts: 2948; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


A lot of Samsung haters here, must be butt hurt HTC and Sony fans. Ever stop to think that the results might be different this time because both of the shoot outs were done in different environments and a different time of the year/season? LOL

A simple case or screen protector is all it takes to affect the ambient light sensor and affect the image quality on auto white balance or anything auto. The GS3 camera uses almost exactly the same sensor as the iphone 5 it is a great camera period.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 12:01

67. pwnarena (Posts: 888; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


good analysis tit. the screen protector covered light sensor affecting white balance of images? nice joke.

the only light sensor affecting white balance is the camera sensor. the ambient light sensor that can get covered by a screen protector works on adjusting the display brightness, not the image white balance. i assume you don't actually mean you are putting a display screen protector on your camera lens. i assume we're talking about back cameras here.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 13:24 1

85. Taters (Posts: 2948; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Sorry I meant case or a full body like Zagg. You do know that a case effects the flash and sometimes lens right? You tit. Point still stands.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 21:40

164. pwnarena (Posts: 888; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


i'm sorry tit but given the context of the discussion here, the screen protector you're referring to is one that covers the front part of the device. we're not talking about a yota phone here that has displays on both back and front. quit being pathetic trying to defend your indolent argument. you don't havef to defend your idol samsung because it's quite obvious in the comparisons here that they are ridiculously winning even against the supposedly topnotch lumia photos. this is phone arena after all.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 22:02 2

171. iushnt (Posts: 636; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


Why you hate Samsung so much.. Lumias are not that great in day photography compared to others..

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 11:36 4

61. nsnk86 (Posts: 43; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)


no way can xperia Z camera produce bad shots....... come on man!! i got xperia S &i must say it produces really lovely pics....... i just love it..... oly trouble is, it takes time to focus but that is rare...... am enjoying it..

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 11:41 8

62. amansingal14 (Posts: 286; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


Usual iGalaxyArena.com

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 12:27 1

75. akki20892 (Posts: 3441; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


right

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 07:41 1

202. gauravkrishna121 (Posts: 6; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)


hahaaaa..u r right ..........

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 11:56 2

65. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 851; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


What is going on with this site and Lumia 920 photography?

These results are not at all what I'm getting when I use my 920. I know the 920 camera isn't amazing, but there's either an issue with this unit or the photographer has no idea what they're doing. In fact, I have to question whether or not the camera button is being used (correctly) or they're touching the display (which would really throw off the results depending upon where you touch). I don't trust these kinds of reviews on this site at all anymore.

Something is going on here...

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 11:59 4

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


the sole purpose of the comparison is to make samsung look good and make nokia look s**tty.
you made 920 look bad in LOW LIGHT. i mean, seriously?

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 02:26 2

191. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


I have to give you that. Out of the blue SAMSUNG cameras became the best and wow. The rest, like 920 which is the truly champion in LOW LIGHT and VIDEOS thank to OIS, turned out to be runners-up. How so??
Just to show how great is samsung and how shi^&% the rest, icnluding L920, are.
Totally biased and unfair review.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 12:10

69. Izoe (Posts: 106; Member since: 02 Sep 2010)


hmmmn so according to this the Lumia actually has one of the worst cameras? Interesting.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 16:38 2

114. Anamela233 (Posts: 24; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


just see it for yourself. 920's pics look awful

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 12:25 3

74. akki20892 (Posts: 3441; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


i think lumia 920 camera setting has not check and have not update pr1.2

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 12:53 2

81. pureviewuser (Posts: 137; Member since: 11 Nov 2012)


The nokia 808 would slaughter them all

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 13:00 5

82. chupoltorero (Posts: 20; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


ha ha ha...so many samsung haters...first of all that review is base on the reviewers opinion, he post the shots so its up to you which one is the best...second yes iphone5 & samsung get thier sensor from sony but its only half of the story, software also play part on how pictures came out...i think xperia z software aint tweaked yet to maximize its new sensor

and befor you say im a samsheep, please see my avatar for my phone :P

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 13:22 3

83. windroid (unregistered)


It's not about hating Samsung (personally I love Samsung), it's about a correct judgment on the photos. It's not serious if you say:
- Lumia couldn't get the colors right at night (they're the most correct)
- muddy details seen in their photos: has the Lumia the firmware pr1.2? if not all the review in respect to Lumia is incorrect (either in colors and detail)

I had Sony phones and Sony cameras and impossible to be worse than Samsung, they made a fabulous job in respect to image.

So... really don't understand this review.

posted on 17 Feb 2013, 09:11

243. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 762; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


http://www.gsmarena.com/vidcmp.php3?idType=3&idPhone1=5204&idPhone2=4238

review by urself..
Sony sucks on their own lens, sammy knows how to use Sony's lens

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 13:24 3

86. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


to me...this whole comparison is a pile of crap.
try to be a bit more professional PA. It doesn't hurt.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 15:10

98. nando2do (Posts: 53; Member since: 10 Nov 2011)


i would it put the nexus 4 instead of the galaxy note 2 which is the same as gs3 and would it add the one x that for some reason on this pages, dont like to include it as a power phone that still is.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 15:37 1

104. rahool360 (Posts: 13; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


sammy phones are pretty good as an allround phone.... but this review is really bad... even my friend is Sammy fan even he doesn't fi8 about camera quality... ... i own a nokia 808 so i won't ask to compare it here.....since it will smoke everybody...... either have sammy paid them or he is a sammy fan.. since after seeing a number of camera shootouts here... now they are claiming that sammy is better but results says something else.... ask somebody who knows to click the photos and unbiased abt phone companies.......

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 16:45

119. terabyteRouser (Posts: 419; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


the cloudy day camera test...

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 17:02 3

127. alexzibrit (Posts: 67; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)


Ok, Reviews are an Opinion, they posted the pictures so you can decide for yourself, the actual review is just a guide, Same thing as Actual Camera Reviews some people think Nikon are better while some say Sony, I mean we all have different eyes for crying out loud,

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 17:05 4

128. alexzibrit (Posts: 67; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)


Plus No way you can say that the S3's Camera isn't good, cause that would be a complete lie, the facts prove it, Yes It's a 8MP camera but it is obviously as good as the competition due to it's sensors, and all the reviews say so, not just PhoneArena, so calm down

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 17:07

131. motty (Posts: 84; Member since: 13 Dec 2012)


He used the taken photos of xperia Z review lols...

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 17:27 1

144. TMach (Posts: 354; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


Not even gonna bother reading this. Owned the iP4s and iP5, S3, One X+ and still own the Xperia T (white), Nexus 4 and the One X+. Best pics ever taken on any of them, is using the Xperia T.........In truth, if you want a camera, go buy one and stop using your phone as a substitute. I have played with this phone in 3 store here in the UK and damn.....all I can say is GIMME!!

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 18:25 1

153. pyradark (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


hahaha!! i expect those result for a ruged phone
but one thing i enjoy, I thought nokia 920 is the beast in camera, how come iphone 5 & S3 is far superior.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 20:06

157. bustervic (Posts: 22; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)


I am curious about how shutter speed and burst works, I find that as good as most are, you have to be pretty still with all of them not to get any blur. With how quick the shutter works on the Z, I think everyday usability might be better than most.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 20:14 1

158. a_tumiwa (Posts: 264; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


still, the best one is Nokia Pureview 808

btw, where is Blackberry Z10

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 00:42 1

180. fahqman (Posts: 38; Member since: 06 Jan 2013)


neither of em matters.

z10 = all around garbage compare to other high-end smartphones

808 = inferior all around smartphone w/ dead OS, only 8 people owns it. Good luck getting updates

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 12:02 1

215. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


i got N8 since 2010 when Symbian was announced to be killed...and still get updates...what's your problem you miserable kiddo?

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 22:14 1

172. IU_Lover (Posts: 35; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


IF YOU DONT PUT THE PICTURES SIDE BY SIDE IT WONT BE NOTICEABLE

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 00:29 2

179. theZED (Posts: 25; Member since: 09 May 2012)


See what CNET has reviewed. CNET has never given a Sony phone high mark. But this is the only Sony phone which has scored this much. Check CNET review.

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 01:19 1

182. Adithya7184 (Posts: 315; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)


and they told lumia 920 is most innovative camera phone...lolzzz

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 01:50 2

185. GALAXY-STORM (Posts: 328; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


I see a lot of butt-hurt sony and nokia fans as their praiseworthy feature just got owned by apple and samsung.....as usual.

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 20:23

224. rgxVOiD (Posts: 433; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


Of course we would be butt-hurt when there is an OBVIOUS bias towards Apple and Samsung

posted on 17 Feb 2013, 09:11

244. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 762; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


den have urself see d truth :D haha
http://www.gsmarena.com/vidcmp.php3?idType=3&idPhone1=5204&idPhone2=4238

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 07:55

260. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


you're blind, maggot)
go play with your dirt cheap all plastic phone

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 02:12 1

188. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


You lost the rest of your credibility PA. in one review you dare to say that the Lumnia 920 has got exquisite low light performance and none phone can even think to try to match it, and in the next one it becomes only decent!
The beauty is in the eye of the beholder but you should do what it takes to make ratings and conlusions more coherent.

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 07:09

199. MC1123 (Posts: 1240; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


808 pureview?

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 20:21 1

223. rgxVOiD (Posts: 433; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


f**k that s**t and get over it

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 07:36 1

200. papss (unregistered)


I find the term " butt hurt" to be funny from the group that it comes from tells me that they are fixated on getting in the butt.. Just a strange observation. Also what happened to this site? There are far more idiots than usual commenting. Maybe they are following the terrible bloggers that write on here?

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 09:56 2

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


samsung fans are extremely childish in general on here (they dont represent actual techy people there just kids) plus they throw out that term yet there the only ones actually ''butt hurt'' as they say. they class anyone pointing out anythin against samsung as ''butt hurt''

so yeah dont expect real discussion anymore this sites full of them.

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 07:38 2

201. gauravkrishna121 (Posts: 6; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)


samsung photoes are whitish and others having good color depth.........samsung photoes are brightest here which is not better.....who the hell this phonearena 2 judge phones camera....what they know about photography.....from naked eye each photoes are better......every other sites said nokia 920 camera is the best they have seen and phonearena put it on lowest rank.........this shows ur love for apple and samsung..........for e.g ..look the color of scarf in xperia Z and then see on S3...which one u like ........more vivid.....xperia z......S3 is just the brightest here ...............

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 14:32 1

217. maccess (Posts: 600; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)


you know why they put canon in this comparison?? because as a "real" digital camera they thought canon should be produce the most accurate results.. if you see those pictures coming from those phones , you can see that the s3 & the note2 has the closest result to what the canon does ( specially on daylight time ) while the other phones tends to produce much warmer picture ( specialy the lumia 920 if i could say ).. it's not about which one has a brighter picture or punchier color.. it's about the one whose produce the closest result to the canon i think..

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 07:43 1

203. gauravkrishna121 (Posts: 6; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)


iphone and samsung having Sony lens......so,this is the victory of Sony............

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 08:16

205. cyborg009 (Posts: 92; Member since: 17 Sep 2011)


Those are some s**tty comparison results.. I doubt sony phones camera would be such under performing .. anyways it will be available soon in retail stores here .. will review it then and see !!

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