How does the Lumia 920 camera fare against a $7,000 Canon EOS-1D X DSLR?

How does the Lumia 920 camera fare against a $7,000 Canon EOS-1D X DSLR?
We have all been effectively “wowed” by the Lumia 920’s camera, especially its low-light performance. More or less, it destroys the competition in that department. In our review of the Nokia Lumia 920, we were pleased overall with its performance despite only a couple misgivings.

Where the camera shines though is in low-light, nighttime performance, and we were on board with that sentiment in our review. It is simply impressive, setting itself apart from the pack by a wide margin. In fact, nothing else really compares.

That left Keng Chang with a challenge and he decided to see how well the Lumia 920 would take on a “real” camera, that unit being the Canon EOS-1D X. The 1DX is a high-line 18.1MP shooter which can adjust for just about every setting. We will not try to paint this as if it was even a contest; the Canon obviously comes out on top. To round out the comparison though, Chang also brought out a Lumia 900. When compared side-by-side, the Lumia 920 does a very good job and is not such a bad comparison to the Canon.  That is saying a lot since the Canon has a full frame sensor on board and comes with a $6,500-7,000 price tag.

source: WPCentral




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38 Comments

1. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Here's to a job well done Nokia!! Cheers!

12. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Agreed! That said, why the different shutter speeds (1s vs 2s)? Makes a difference in low light.

30. asseek

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

because the longer the shutter speed, the more light is absorbed shutter speed and aperture (exposure) work in opposite, when SS is high the aperture must be low, and vice versa

2. vakbrain

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 27, 2012

Comparing DSLR with Smartphone camera is like Comparing a Bugatti Veyron to a Toyota Yaris. Limiting the test to ISO800 is like limiting the Bugatti on the first gear only... Bugatti still wins, but what was the point of this test ?

4. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Oh, quit yapping and accept the innovation on the phone!!! Atleast the 920 made it to the 1st gear of a DSLR according to you, while other cameraphones are still in the neutral gear. It's a phone...and a real camera, no one expects the phone to do better than the DSLR costing 7 grand.

10. vakbrain

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 27, 2012

The phone looks great. It can do tethering (meaning that it has some router features built-in). Perhaps we should compare this phone to a Cisco 3900 series routers as well.../sarcasm. I'm a photographer and I own Canon gears (bodies and lenses) and people saying that a PHONE can do better than something dedicated to real photography (i.e.: DSLRs) are just igno... Nah this subject doesn't worth it.

14. ahhxd717

Posts: 332; Member since: Dec 08, 2011

I don't think the point was to say the Lumia was better, but it can take comparable low light shots which is impressive since its on a phone. Obviously it won't do better than the Canon, but it puts out some high quality photos

24. meowcenary

Posts: 187; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

That is the problem with convergence technology. People think that a all in one device is the best because they are either too lazy to carry around a dedicated device (which is better) or just naive. Comparing a phone camera to a dslr (FX, DX, CMOS, or CCD) with fast glass or hell kit lens is ludicrous. I never use my phone camera, my load out has always been a Nikon with a nifty 50 or a 70-210. My back up is a canon advance point and shoot. Both dslr and advance point and shoot trumps any phone camera. I have control over ISO, WB, exposure, f-stop, and of course a plethora of lens.

32. akishakoi

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

Good for you if you carry all those gears all the time. But you don't. That's the point of Nokia creating the Lumia 920, providing you a smartphone that you always carry so that you can take pictures of moments that are "comparable to a DSLR".

38. meowcenary

Posts: 187; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Actually I do, friendo. I care them around in a Lowepro Photo Sport 200 AW. With the nifty 50, 70-210, and canon APS. It does not weigh much, and I am always ready for those moments. *shrugs* Comparable to a dslr is a joke friendo.

39. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

you carry all that i will carry my 808, bet i can pull my phone out and take a picture before your ready too. see this is a good comparision it shows how far phone camera's have come and how close there getting to dslr's like said by some one already its not trying to say the 920 is better then a dslr. but if you can get almost similar results for less then a 3rd the price and without the need for other lenses etc its a bargain

7. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

to show how far cell phone cameras have come... and how far they have yet to go to be a true camera replacement. the point is for "everyday people", its a damn high quality phone camera

9. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

actually comparing them into a DSLR has a point...coz it will show how capable a phone's camera if it have same settings on DSLR... but still DSLR are the best...but it will only show us that a camera with almost same with DSLR's settings is a very capable one... and besides, i prefer getting the best camera phone (but im getting 808 PV) than DSLR when i travel and going somewhere coz its handy than the DSLRs! DSLRs are just huge!

25. meowcenary

Posts: 187; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Even if a dslr shoots with the same setting as a phone camera. With dslr I still have control over my WB, exposure, ISO ranges, and I have loads of glasses to chose from. Also the sensor on a phone camera is not comparable to to a CMOS or CCD sensor of a FX or DX camera.

26. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

yeah...but still its good to see that a phone can somehow match a DSLR! and its a pricey DSLR!

3. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Nokia is really great company and I wish them to comeback to the top. They really deserve Phone world's crown and we are lucky enjoying their products.

5. nyamo

Posts: 274; Member since: Mar 19, 2011

coinsidering how many people don't own a DSLR, AND how many people have replaced most point and shoots with cell phones only i think the comparison is justified

6. papss unregistered

Agreed but impressive that it does so well.. I love my 920

8. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

loving this comparason..but it would be good if they compare it to 808 pureview as well, replace the lumia 900...

11. bluescreen

Posts: 154; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

well for a roughly 6k savings and even if it was restricted to one setting like an eariler comment said i'd still say thats pretty damn good odds are i wouldnt buy it though

13. sinple

Posts: 132; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

what the point of lumia 920 if it can only take photo at low light. shouldn't there be more comparison in other Setting? both camera using flash, day light etc. iI think the 808 with xenon flash might be a good fight with the 920. If comparison keeps limiting it to night shot with no flashlight, what's the point

17. redmd

Posts: 1926; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

because it's been observed that daylight photos aren't that stellar so that have to market the night shots.

15. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I can't put DSLR in my pocket, that's why i use lumia for taking pictures.. In terms of phone camera Lumia 920 is the king 2nd to PV 808

18. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

so if the 920 is the king the 808pv must be god lol nah it was said on here awhile ago by someone but in my opinion the 920 is iron man its been made to fit all purposes and hasnt left out style. the 808 is the hulk, forget been thin it throws its weight around and demolishes all other cameraphones think that works

31. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

indeed... 808 PV is God!! it is Zeus!!!!

16. steelicon

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 02, 2011

Nokia 808 PureView. Pro. :)

19. gazmatic

Posts: 807; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

This is like the 808 all over again. I actually heard people say that the iphone camera is better... Talk about deluded. Nokia are renowned for their build quality and camera. Atleast acknowledge that fact. The three best camera phones are nokia. 808 920 n8. Everybody else is fighting for fourth

21. someones4

Posts: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

Just an honest opinion: The lumia quality would seem better to me when compared with other phone cameras. Compared to the DSLR just makes me feel sad, knowing that every phone camera quality is still inferior.

22. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

but it is nice that lumia can be compared to a DSLR...we all know nokia is superior especially in camera, even sony or samsung makes a DSLR or compact camera! but nokia beat them in terms of innovation with camera phone! i think the one who deserve to be compared here is 808 PV, lumia 920 and this DSLR!

33. someones4

Posts: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

true that..but it just seems like a waste to get a nokia just for its cam. Granted, the lumia is impressive but I still can't get used to Windows OS. I really hope that Samsung can out a DSLR quality sensor in its Galaxy phones.

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