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Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nokia Lumia 920

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Expectations towards the camera of the Lumia 920 have always been high, and for the most part, it has failed to live up to them. This is exactly what we observe now that it competes with the 13MP shooter of the Galaxy S4. Interestingly, Samsung doesn't really praise the camera of the GS4, but it's really so much better than that of the Lumia 920.

Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy S4 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nokia Lumia 920
Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy S4 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nokia Lumia 920
Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy S4 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nokia Lumia 920
Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy S4 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nokia Lumia 920

Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy S4


The camera interface of Nokia Lumia 920 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nokia Lumia 920
The camera interface of Nokia Lumia 920 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nokia Lumia 920
The camera interface of Nokia Lumia 920 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nokia Lumia 920
The camera interface of Nokia Lumia 920 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nokia Lumia 920

The camera interface of Nokia Lumia 920


To start with, the Galaxy S4 features tons of different shooting modes and options, and while we don't really think that all of them will prove to be useful, some of them might come in handy in certain situations. The Lumia 920 isn't exactly free of any settings, but it can't really compare with what the Galaxy S4 offers..

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Nokia Lumia 920

Samsung Galaxy S4 - Nokia Lumia 920Outdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nokia Lumia 920
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Samsung Galaxy S4 - Nokia Lumia 920Outdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nokia Lumia 920
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Samsung Galaxy S4

Nokia Lumia 920 - Nokia Lumia 920Outdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nokia Lumia 920
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Nokia Lumia 920

Samsung Galaxy S4 - Nokia Lumia 920Outdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nokia Lumia 920
Samsung Galaxy S4 - Nokia Lumia 920Outdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nokia Lumia 920
Samsung Galaxy S4 - Nokia Lumia 920Outdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nokia Lumia 920
Samsung Galaxy S4 - Nokia Lumia 920Outdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nokia Lumia 920
Samsung Galaxy S4 - Nokia Lumia 920Outdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nokia Lumia 920

Samsung Galaxy S4

Nokia Lumia 920Outdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nokia Lumia 920
Nokia Lumia 920Outdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nokia Lumia 920
Nokia Lumia 920Outdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nokia Lumia 920
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Nokia Lumia 920Outdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nokia Lumia 920

Nokia Lumia 920
Outdoor samples


That would have been OK, if the quality of the Lumia's images was better than that of its opponent, but that is not the case. The Galaxy S4 captures much more detail in its 13MP shots, and it also keeps noise levels at bay, while noise is easily seen with the Lumia 920 when shooting in cloudy conditions, for example. In addition, the Lumia 920 tries to get some liveliness in its shots by boosting the contrast and altering the colors, but it doesn't really do it right, and the Galaxy S4 remains much closer to reality in those aspects. Pretty much the same observations are valid when taking images indoors, in low-light conditions.

Samsung Galaxy S4 - Nokia Lumia 920Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nokia Lumia 920
Samsung Galaxy S4 - Nokia Lumia 920Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nokia Lumia 920
Samsung Galaxy S4 - Nokia Lumia 920Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nokia Lumia 920
Samsung Galaxy S4 - Nokia Lumia 920Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nokia Lumia 920

Samsung Galaxy S4

Nokia Lumia 920Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nokia Lumia 920
Nokia Lumia 920Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nokia Lumia 920
Nokia Lumia 920Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nokia Lumia 920
Nokia Lumia 920Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nokia Lumia 920

Nokia Lumia 920
Indoor samples


In terms of 1080p video recording, the Lumia 920 doesn't fascinate us with anything as the video itself has a bit of a high contrast, but its optical image stabilization (OIS) more than makes up for that as it makes all camera movements appear very smooth and pleasant – none of that constant trembling that's visible when recording video with the Galaxy S4, which lacks any OIS technique. As far as pure image quality is concerned, though, the GS4 once again takes the cake, maybe with the exception of extremely low-light recordings.

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posted on 10 Apr 2013, 04:36 27

1. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


The Lumia 920 wins the low-light camera and violent drop test but that's about it. Look how small the screen is on the 2011 spec brick!

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 05:11 22

12. Emily1985 (Posts: 127; Member since: 08 Nov 2012)


phoneArena, Ray S,
The video from the Lumia 920 is 1080p?
Are you sure that you do not have faulty device?

this is from GSMArena.com Video Compare Tool, s4 vs 920 vs 808
http://www.gsmarena.com/vidcmp.php3?idType=1&idPhone1=5125&idPhone2=4967&idPhone3=4577

Good light and low light , the Lumia 920 look sharper and have more details(Look at the grass and the written signs).
How can you explain the differences?

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 07:16 22

29. raunak (Posts: 507; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


S4 obviously wins.
But didn't know Snapdragon S4, OIS and a touch screen that works with gloves on was '2011 spec'.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 10:12 9

46. shreyas.s666 (Posts: 80; Member since: 24 Aug 2012)


2011 spec has these things but not in 2013 specs????

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 19:28 18

60. shadez10 (Posts: 427; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


as usual... its phonearena... they won't let nokia win... hahahha...

ive seen so many video comparison and phonearena have a different output from thier L920... maybe its busted... lol

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 08:33 7

40. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


GS4 is winner, but i'm waiting for Nokia World that nokia will announce 1080p and quad core phone may be "Catwalk"

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 21:09 8

61. ChiX017 (Posts: 308; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


Definitely, the Lumia 920 was their 2012 phone and it's still competing with 2013 devices. Let's all wait for their 2013 hardware.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 04:38 24

2. thethird (Posts: 72; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


No questions for the S4 beating the Lumia but the Lumia has a great camera. :) [+]

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 04:39 11

3. iluvsmartphonexpdx (Posts: 48; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


Still S4...

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 04:42 8

4. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


BTW PA is keep dissing the GS4 keyboard when their pre-release model simply doesn't have the the Samsung-optimized SwiftKey already present on fresher firmwares. Update the damned thing at the local Samsung store for crying out loud!

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 04:46 13

5. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


L920 vs S3 was valid this test is not even valid as they both are from different time line same will go if they put iPnone5 vs SGS4 also invalid comparison

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 04:49 14

6. mrtee (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Apr 2013)


Phonearena has some of the worst reviews and comparisions in the tech world...this comparison like many comparisions this year seems so rushed and lacking in detail. seriously Ray S, was this article written in less than 5 mins? cause it surely feels like it. Phonearena needs to step up its game.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 04:51 3

7. N-fanboy (Posts: 543; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)


Hahahahahaha Nokia wins... Again! Just kidding lol but i don't think its nokia's faults thoug, its MS' limited OS. But the HTC ONE is the best phone in the world right now even tho sam-fans won't admitt it.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 15:05 2

56. asteala8 (Posts: 17; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


Please explain how the One is better than the s4. Aside from the "premium" materials of course. Those are clearly subjective. If you wanted an easily scratched aluminum phone you'd get an iphone. Slower hardware. Weaker camera. Battery killing HTC Sense. I don't see how the one is better.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 05:02 10

8. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


this comparison makes no sense
two phones which have features of different years and more important, have different OSs.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 05:03 11

9. Kreft (Posts: 84; Member since: 27 Dec 2012)


I'd pick the S4 over the 920 if it had stock android. Otherwise 920 ftw. I don't need touch wiz crap. Leave the os to Google, stop messing with it.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 07:03 3

27. abdane (Posts: 494; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


then buy a nexus... is it that difficult ? :/

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 07:25

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


Well if you don't like Touchwiz, you can install Apex Launcher or Nova Launcher™

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 08:10 4

35. SleepingOz (unregistered)


"touch wiz crap"
If TW was crap like you said, I wonder why it is the most praised and most supported oem's skin/framework on XDA. Any idea?

posted on 01 May 2013, 02:03

84. vampyren (Posts: 22; Member since: 26 Apr 2013)


I was also negative towards TW but after using it man I like it. It has lots of useful features and run very well. I wish some apps could be uninstalled but i can disable most of them. Pros are more then cons.

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 06:45 1

69. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)


+1 for you. I hate touchwiz too. Well, its my personal choice.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 05:06 1

10. iluvsmartphonexpdx (Posts: 48; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


Top 10 phones!
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/825/22735148.jpg/

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 05:10 5

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


In screen, we want vivid colors (S4) and in camera, we want natural colors (again S4).

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 05:17 11

13. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)


Two beautiful phones.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 08:30 9

39. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


only one NL920

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 05:24 21

14. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2072; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


This review is completely biased. This guy has always been a Sammy fanboy.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 06:56 7

25. voxmarc (Posts: 332; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)


So you want them to lie and tell the world that the NOOOOOkia is better.......lol

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 12:30 2

53. SleepingOz (unregistered)


You're the biased one buddy! Deal with it.. =]

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 05:25 17

15. kaliil10 (Posts: 145; Member since: 16 May 2012)


It's not new to me that Phonearena is always against Lumia phones. Every aspect of this comparison they handled the Lumia negatively. They compared to it with even midrange phones and they said its not fascinating like the other phones. But the good news is that the all other Mobile websites like the verge, endgadjet, techradar, gsmarena they said Nokia Lumia 920 is one of the best smartphone of all the time. even Eva the editor of uoobe.com said, Lumia 920 has the sharpest camera phone ever.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 05:38

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


Here's a "RED thumbs from me"™®©

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