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Camera comparison: iPhone 5 vs Nexus 4 vs 8X vs DROID DNA vs Lumia 920 vs Note II vs Galaxy S III

0. phoneArena 07 Dec 2012, 10:30 posted on

Phone cameras are constantly getting better and better. True, they do so at a relatively slow pace, but they are moving forward, despite the limitations imposed by the thin profiles of today's phones. Those who have been with us for longer know that we like doing such ...

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posted on 07 Dec 2012, 23:13 3

78. jameshoe (unregistered)


shut up, LAG is what I see on sony device!!!!

posted on 08 Dec 2012, 01:55 3

84. amansingal14 (Posts: 309; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


But my previous Xperia S did not lag after i updated it to ICS.

posted on 08 Dec 2012, 06:56 1

98. jameshoe (unregistered)


Really? My friend is now using Xperia mini, lag is only what she see after 3 months. Maybe Sony is good as you said ,but I like Nokia more than the other ;-)

posted on 08 Dec 2012, 07:13 3

99. amansingal14 (Posts: 309; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


oh common, you're talking about Sony Ericsson phone, and we are talking about a phone after Sony and Ericsson broke up.

posted on 08 Dec 2012, 10:18

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


It isnt just megapixels, otherwise a Titan 2 would win against anything short of an 808 PureView

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 04:07

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


hey, i think you're lost. I was not saying that it's a comparison in terms of pixel. I was just stating the fact that all the phones in this comparison are around 8MP modules.

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 10:47 33

3. amansingal14 (Posts: 309; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


Either your camera is bad, or you have been paid well, 'coz with OIS tech, there is no way Nokia 920 lags behind in video, and further more, it has the best colour reproduction. I have used and tested all of the camera phones, and also 808 pureview, and N8. To tell you the truth, I have received professional training on a Sony Alpha DSLR-290Y, and Lumia's shots stood nearby.

PS - Also it could be that the person capturing the snaps was not trained or even good at capturing photos, as in the category of Colour Reproduction, Night Shots, and Video recording, Lumia is by far the best device to be tested.

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 10:55 11

6. ama3654 (Posts: 295; Member since: 27 Nov 2012)


Don't be a fanboy and accept facts, this is a major tech site, im sure they have properly trained professionals doing the job fro them and reviewing, if Nokia Lumia loses out is not the end of the world!

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 10:58 9

10. amansingal14 (Posts: 309; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


Also I found that on every page in the website, a tag stating - "Learn More about Verizon pre-owned phones (sponsored)", while the 920 is primarily an at&t offering. The iPhone, S3, and Note II, are all available for on-contract by Verizon. This seems suspicious.

PS - Droid DNA was not mentioned as any Phonearena can't so easily fool people, or they will not be left credible anymore.

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 10:58 9

11. lolol (Posts: 64; Member since: 14 Nov 2012)


Well lumia 920's camera has some stuff to be fixed by updates soon.. btw photos look lovely still :D

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 11:02 13

12. amansingal14 (Posts: 309; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


What I am saying here is that a panasonic digital camera can be wrong, but a canon/nikon/sony DSLR can't be.

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 11:10 5

15. doubler86 (Posts: 320; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)


Umm as a pro photographer I'd pick a Panasonic over a Sony any day. Sony Alpha's weren't even usable till they bought out Minolta. Canon would be the best to compare it to, followed by Nikon.

However I do understand Jon V for you have to use what you've got.

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 11:10 2

16. lolol (Posts: 64; Member since: 14 Nov 2012)


yeah, like panasonic has that mucha good cameras :O is it really that hard for them to find a sony, nikon or a canon to do these things :O

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 11:10 2

17. speckledapple (Posts: 892; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


Much of what I said. Its curious because of what I have seen everywhere else.

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 11:24 10

22. amansingal14 (Posts: 309; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


Guys, I found the colour reproduction of Lumia much better while viewing the photos. When I turned the 1080p in Youtube videos on, Lumia again rocked the band.

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 12:38 4

33. darkkjedii (Posts: 23402; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Awwww hush and take it like a man

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 13:27

43. zippolite28 (Posts: 106; Member since: 28 Sep 2012)


i really liked lumia 920 pics tooo ... not a fan boy using gn. GT-N7000

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 13:32

44. myownchoice (Posts: 22; Member since: 31 Oct 2012)


When it come to lumia then only low light and night shots?... cmon man... Are these the only times u r gonna take a photo? Nokia 808 is good, lumia 920? Nokia concentrated too much on low light and stabilization.. well many people doesnt take photos only in the evening or at night and most of us doesnt shake our hands while doing so.. Nokia should have known better..

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 16:24 1

61. rickywinataa (Posts: 262; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


A290 seriously ? it is considered as entry level DSLR, still on CCD sensor and you're boasting about it ? let's say the colour reproduction is as good as 60D then i'll believe you

posted on 08 Dec 2012, 01:54

83. amansingal14 (Posts: 309; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


if you see what I have written, I got trained on it, and am currently using Canon EOS 7D.

posted on 08 Dec 2012, 12:43

105. doubler86 (Posts: 320; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)


No it's not you're right, you should be the one to find it for them since it's so easy

posted on 08 Dec 2012, 22:35 1

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


Look through Facebook, flikr, any other photo sharing site outside of professional. Do you realize what you tend to see? Improperly lit shots, shots with dim ambiance that are less than useful and unmemorable because the users are using the only camera they have convenient, the one on their phones. Nokia is showing these users there is a much better option and better results available from an even better device than what they use. In short, they DO know better. You just don't get it.

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 13:58

132. ruffhowzin (Posts: 4; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)


I agree with -box-. Most pics I take are indoors: parties, museums, my dog playing inside, etc. Less often of outdoor shots. So, I would go for the Lumina 920. (I had owned the legendary Fuji F30, the best low-light P&S camera ever made, but it wasn't practical as it was slow and heavy.)

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 14:07

133. ruffhowzin (Posts: 4; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)


Image stabilization is important, especially if your viewing on your hdtv. The 920 sample looked almost like it was mounted on a tripod when panning. I can see some serious pro videos taken on this one.

On the videos where I notice the 920 has a weakness is on recording audio in a noisy environment. On a quiet scene, the 920 has the best sound recording and the announcer's voice sounded nice and full, where on all the others, it sounded tinny. But on a noisy scene, everything sounded muffled and digitized as it tried to suppress the background noise.

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 10:51 21

4. brucewayne (Posts: 29; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


It's really crazy that PA awards the 808 best innovation in a phone for its camera.. And here its not even considered.. Plain stupid.. Scared that it'll beat even your Panasonic.!

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 10:53 21

5. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


The PureView 808 is in a league of its own, they really didn't want to make the devices in this comparison look bad by throwing in the 808.

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 10:56 9

7. lolol (Posts: 64; Member since: 14 Nov 2012)


Well yeah, they are considering flagships but they took 2 from HTC and sammy so why not put the 808 too? :/ .. Btw that award went to Pureview as a whole not only to 808

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 11:05 10

13. lolol (Posts: 64; Member since: 14 Nov 2012)


Guess you are right, why not keep the little guys happy for a while :)

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 11:11 8

18. doubler86 (Posts: 320; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)


I think they wanted to compare only top selling phones ;-)

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 11:27 4

24. lolol (Posts: 64; Member since: 14 Nov 2012)


It doesnt matter for a camera test if its top selling or not, I know that only people who love photography on their phones buy it, because its sold only unlocked for a really high price, :P

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