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HTC One vs Nokia Lumia 920 and 720 low-light comparison (video)

0. phoneArena posted on 28 Feb 2013, 02:31

There weren't much dark corners at the MWC expo, but the HTC booth had one, where you could check out the low-light capabilities of the newest One handset with the UltraPixel camera...

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posted on 28 Feb 2013, 02:47 15

6. D.Aceveda (Posts: 396; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)

I don't know why people are shocked or surprised. Ultrapixels are better for low light as you can see in the videos. However, MEGAPIXELS increase the pixels in an imagine giving more detail as you zoom

Looking at both images. The HTC One captures far more light and the image wasn't as dark but the moment you zoom in....it goes to hell.

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 03:22 22

11. MrJerry (Posts: 403; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)

Sorry mate

Without zoom in, the pic still sucks.
And the better low light you mentioned?

What's the point in having more light with really poor detail?
So basically Ultrapixel give us a light filter and the deterioration in the rest of camera quality?

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 03:23 4

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

correct it worked better took more light infact too much light to give the picture right + ultra high noise isnt good for a flagship since they stated ultrapixle will reduce the noise well that didnt went well in this pic they need to adjust it more

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 03:34 4

14. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)

I'm not convinced the brighter result on the HTC was solely due to larger pixels and not aided by over processing, because the noise/artifacts are excessive. All have relatively larger aperatures for smartphones (i.e. HTC One w/2.0, Lumia 920 w/2.0, and Lumia 720 w/1.9). BSI sensor sizes are: HTC One (4MP)=1/3, Lumia 920 (8.7MP)=1/3, Lumia 720 (6.7MP)= 1/3.6. To note, the 920 has a patented OIS across the entire camera module while the HTC uses traditional OIS on one lens element.

True, larger native pixels help in photo 'capture' per unit time...but this alone does not guarantee improved low light performance.

Frankly, I was surprised by the 720 results. For its relatively small sensor, the 720 demonstrated that top notch optics, large aperature and solid processing can make a significant difference, even without OIS.


posted on 28 Feb 2013, 08:23 4

63. shikroi (Posts: 187; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)

HTC definitely used some bad algorithms. it seems to be a habit of theirs. Even the one x had artifacting issues.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 02:21 1

112. jsdechavez (Posts: 758; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)

@shikroi, and I can't take these htc fans swearing they have the best cameras in smartphones.. omg. lol. sourgrapes much, perhaps?

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 02:54 28

7. PhoenixWright (Posts: 102; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)

They had a dark room so that it would be easier to do a comparison for other cameras/smartphones?
Guess the dark room backfired, Muahahaha :D

Lumia 920 reproduced the environment better. The ONE got a lot more exposure.

Soooooooo HTC, Higher MPs don't equate to better pictures huh?
Can wait for the 808 comparison, specially in the dark :D

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 03:40 19

17. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4293; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

HTC has the dark spot for testing which Nokia made good use of.

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 03:44 9

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

808 wasnt best for dark but it dont take lot of noise in low light either

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 20:05 3

101. applesauce (banned) (Posts: 165; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)

True, but the 808 PureView captures more of the image with its giant sensor l, so a fair amount of the difference can be made up in post processing . Plus it has that EXCELLENT Xenon flash

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 03:40 16

18. sbergman (Posts: 6; Member since: 26 Jan 2013)

It is ridiculous that HTC based so much on the marketing of the camera and a 300$ phone beat it.

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 03:52

21. Luisit0 (Posts: 73; Member since: 18 Feb 2013)

and there the 4mp shine :( damn htc.......

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 03:52 5

22. redmd (Posts: 1357; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

the video itself had me nauseated.

the source will tell you the winner. definitely nokia have done best with their sensors.

but I dont like to take pictures at low light. next they should compare pictures in daylight.

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 04:02 6

24. droidluvngurl (Posts: 11; Member since: 27 Feb 2013)

Nokia took this one. I guess to get a good low light pic with the Htc you'd have to manipulate the ISO settings settings.

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 04:19 12

25. Tajeshwar (Posts: 9; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)

Nokia always Rocks...

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 04:25 5

28. yero789 (unregistered)

HTC One caught more light when compared with Nokia Lumia 920,but I would say that Lumia 920's photo was a lot better and the colors were accurate,while HTC One's photos had a lot of blurr.Nokia 720 is a mid-ranfe device,but it did pretty good job,I think it was equal with HTC One with picture quality,because it had a little blurr too,but I mean for a mid-range device,it's awesome :D

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 04:27 5

29. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)

There's no question the Lumia's have better cam's. You can easily bring up the levels in photoshop, but it's much harder to get rid of excess noise. Having images with sharp and crisp details is always better when it comes to photographics...

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 04:37 5

34. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)

To the JackA33 who gave thumbs down: you try eliminating noise from your photos, without resorting to blurring the image, or other techniques that lose detail. Oh wait, you have no skills or knowledge related to graphic design and photography! Go figure ;o)

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 04:46 3

35. lallolu (Posts: 551; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)

HTC should have just simply used a 13mp camera with good camera software.
Hope they have good sales on the HTC One but I for one am not going to buy it.

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 04:53 9

37. lelouchltm (Posts: 8; Member since: 03 May 2012)

Ultrapixel sucks, Nokia's handset still the best photophone ever.

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 04:53 4

38. pitak (Posts: 23; Member since: 23 Feb 2013)

disappointed to call Ultrapixel

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 04:56

40. pwnarena (Posts: 1129; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)

they should have tested the xperia z to prove how useless increases in megapixels are since that was their main pitch with the ultrapixel technology. i've seen samples online and there're no significant differences. only a wider field of view for htc one. thankfully, htc one videos aren't as shaky as the xz's.

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 06:10 1

47. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

Nokia yet again compared in low light.

How about comparing it in NORMAL CONDITIONS for once?
Uh, no that wouldn't be interesting to Nokia fans.

Because Lumia LOSES against the competition in normal condition still imagery!

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 12:07 6

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

one device, the 808 beats all in normal conditions so your comment is foolish as usual saying nokia fans wouldnt be interested. sticking to the lumia range the 920 in normal conditions is on par with the top android flagships and has the advantage in low light

so what else you got ? anything of sense or just fanboy nonsense

your such an android drama queen

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 13:56 4

89. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4293; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

Where you been man?? Good to see you!!!

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 23:17

111. No_Nonsense (unregistered)

Yeah man, you need someone to drive these pathetic samsungfan, troll, hemo and darac out.

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 15:31 3

92. sbw44 (Posts: 433; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)

And now the Mid range Lumia's are starting to kick their mid range androids ass*s in the camera department as well!

Shame looks like their starting to worry about the sleeping giant!

Nokia FTW!

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 17:21 4

100. papss (unregistered)

you spewing more nonsense as usual.

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 20:23 5

102. applesauce (banned) (Posts: 165; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)

Portico update resolves the daytime image softness issue. At least the Lumia can pick up changes in light better (i.e. shooting a building and being able to get detail on the shaded side, per one of the comparisons here or GSM Arena it Giz, I don't recall). I'd take the 920 any day over any android on thr market.

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 06:19

48. mydi.maus (unregistered)

the 720 is better than one and 920.

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