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HTC One vs Nokia Lumia 920 vs 808 PureView: technical comparison

0. phoneArena posted on 21 Feb 2013, 07:50

“The myth that the more megapixels a camera has the better the pictures, is a big fat lie.” That is how HTC daringly started talking about its hugely important HTC One…

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posted on 22 Feb 2013, 03:56 4

260. SamsungFan (Posts: 201; Member since: 16 Apr 2012)


A droid can do many things which a wp can't. And I don't hate nokia but I hate wp. It would be better for nokia if they redesigned symbian instead of using wp

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 11:17

296. shashi.map (Posts: 31; Member since: 16 Oct 2011)


Re-desinging Symbian or MeeGo......never gonna happen untill that trojan elop is there in nokia

posted on 22 Feb 2013, 15:51

279. maccess (Posts: 742; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)


lol.. a type of comment from a butthurt fanboy.. we costumers never claimed samsung is the best.. but the volume of the sales speak by itself..

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 01:53 2

284. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1163; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


people just think samsung is better coz they see ads all around. i blame nokia for bad marketing.

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 11:13 1

295. shashi.map (Posts: 31; Member since: 16 Oct 2011)


hey i dont hate samsung to the core or anything, it's just that i want to see a really innovative smartphone from them. The SGS2 & note-1 were my favourite's,and then they got their sequels s3 & n2 nothing of these two really impressed me that much,It was like they added 2cores and bumped the screen....... i really liked what nokia did with the lumia 920 (L800,L900 were never good),the OIS ,supersensitive screen were some welcome improvements for smartphones and nokia was there first to implement them

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 08:30 10

21. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4278; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Written up there are the plus points and minus points. You should "like totally check it out" before you get a screamin'.
Thanks Victor, this article should help people like me, understand how camera works inside our smart phones.
If HTC One does manage to outperform the 920 in the low light category, it will raise the bar to a whole new level again! Competition is good!

posted on 22 Feb 2013, 07:03

264. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1163; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


just a story.

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 07:59 10

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


The sensor size and aperture is actually impressive, but ironically what HTC says, that the MP count doesn't matter applies to them as well, so just because the One has 4 million single pixels it doesn't mean it will capture more details than say the 920 of same sensor size with smaller but more pixels. The samples I've seen so far are perfectly okay in low-light conditions, but under more light, they don't stand out at all, as a matter of fact there are rivals that look sharper at higher resolution than the One does at just 4MPs.

In any case one should give HTC A for effort, what a phone!

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 08:08 9

9. Victor.H (Posts: 761; Member since: 27 May 2011)


We would not rush on judging the HTC One by those camera samples right away. We have included them for reference, but the device is expected to ship in March and we wouldn't be too surprised if HTC took those extra few weeks to make some more improvements on the camera software.

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 08:39 5

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


Looking forward to release performance and comparison, can you include BOTH Exmor RS devices?

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 10:50 1

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


Can you do the comparison shots on the girl on the HTC ad?

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 08:00 4

4. erick01 (Posts: 22; Member since: 10 Sep 2012)


What nonsense article: are you comparing the cameras? the phones? the OSs?

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 08:41 6

37. FireDragon (Posts: 117; Member since: 13 Nov 2009)


The article is trying to introduce us to the camera technology used in smartphones.

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 09:24 13

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


I think they are praising and lowballing Nokia's efforts at the same time with Pureview and implying that HTC has beaten Nokia with an Android over WP... Thin (One) over thick (808)...

BIASED article definitely.
This article was merely posted to promote HTC One. Not that it really is better than the phone camera king, Nokia.

Let's wait about HTC has to say when the Nokia EOS comes out. Can't wait for that! hahah

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 10:15 5

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


Totally agree with you! If pa does a camera comparison I know who's going to win =P when they include a phone without latest updates for the camera, biased, can't wait till Nokia EOS comes out..

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 10:29 4

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


@jsdechavez My point exactly.

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 08:03 10

7. Siaw_Yong (Posts: 12; Member since: 09 Dec 2012)


Wow! A 4.3MP camera beats an 8 MP camera from nexus 4. I can hardly imagine if the HTC One has a bigger MP+Ultrapixel :O. It'll be Lumia 920 hardest competitor in camera department.

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 08:08 12

10. p5yb0rg (unregistered)


I'm very skeptical about this 4.3 MP or "ultrapixel" business. There's a chance it may work because lower pixels generally result in smaller sized files, leaving more room for pics. So, smaller sized pics and better quality = win. However, falling below the industry's 5 MP standard could be a huge fail. Let's see how it plays out in quality and vs the competetors.

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 08:18 4

13. asingha94 (Posts: 295; Member since: 08 Apr 2012)


Thanks PA! afterall nokia 808 is in comparison list.They should withdraw the nickname ULTRAPIXEL!!

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 08:35 3

28. alterecho (Posts: 1099; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Unaware people will think it is worse than other Android 5mpx camera phones. HTC can't have that, after all their efforts(?). So they need to tell, the uninitiated, its different than the others. So i think their marketing term is justified in this case.

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 08:19 8

14. trustory (Posts: 132; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


How come phonearena doesn't go this in depth with every review of a smartphone so we can objectively compare cameras?

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 08:26 2

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


because its a technical comparison, sir...

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 08:41 8

36. Victor.H (Posts: 761; Member since: 27 May 2011)


A lot of that has to do with the stalled development of smartphone cameras where we basically get more megapixels every year. The HTC One brings change, and I'm pretty sure you will start seeing more depth that goes with it in our reviews.

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 12:25 5

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


I would disagree with the "more megapixels every year". Nokia had the 12MP N8 in 2010, but their 2012 flagship has only 8.7 (we all know that the 808's shots tend to be distilled to 5-8MP with the "oversampling" featue). HTC had the 16MP Titan2 last year, now their flagship has 4.3, previously 8. I'll grant that Pantech has upped its MP count with the Discover, having 13 compared to the usual 5 or 8, but most OEMs are remaining at the 8MP for the most part, but improving the optics, as well as the other components (BSI vs FSI, for instance, and adding OIS and dual-LED or Xenon flashes).

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 21:25 4

232. tashreef (Posts: 476; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)


next time while doing comparison please let someone else from PA do it.. your conclusion looks more biased than technical

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 08:21 3

15. preet27in (banned) (Posts: 173; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


welll it shows all. htc has rather taken a bold and better step towards improving the camers. it is clear in those pictures that megapixels actually dosent matter. pictures r damn clear and definately better than htc one x or any other smartphone of this catagory. its equivalent or better than nokia 920 atleast if not 808 pureview. techinical specifications show u all.HTC UR THE BEST. this move is highly APPRECIABLE as now other companies got some work to do with those cameras. the design is ultimate and top most compared to any other phone design. BEST OF LUCK. KEEP ROCKING HTC.

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 08:23 15

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


There are three levels of camera understanding -
Low - MPs, Zoom and all
Mediocre - Sensor Size, Pixel Size and all
High/The Most Basic Level - Algorithm, Practicality, Logical reasoning and all...

For Example, only the lens moves to provide OIS in the HTC one, thus providing a very low level of it. But since the whole optical assembly moves, although slower, thus providing ten times better OIS in the Nokia
Simply speaking, HTC is jus taking you from Low level to mediocre level, thus faking you even more, but Nokia is jus making you think at low evel and is itself thinking at the last level.

Also, about the algorithms, Nokia already has been providing Portico update with many changes and bug fixes to the 920...

So, according to me, both Nokia(s) beat out the One completely. Not saying One would be a bad camera phone, in fact it would be great, but just doesn't have as much capability as Nokia 920/808 do in the camera department.

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 08:26 6

18. preet27in (banned) (Posts: 173; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


future will telll. wait n watch matee.atleat lumia 920 is out from competition. cheerz

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 08:29 7

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


Lumia out of competition. Bet you didn't see portico update coming...

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 21:29

233. tashreef (Posts: 476; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)


oh really... you saying it before any real comparison between L920 and HTC one ... i would suggest you to watch some OIS demonstration of L920 before concluding.....

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