Nokia Lumia 920 low light shots vs iPhone 5 vs Galaxy S III vs HTC One X vs 808 PureView

Nokia Lumia 920 low light shots vs iPhone 5 vs Galaxy S III vs HTC One X vs 808 PureView
We've seen one comprehensive prototype Nokia Lumia 920 camera comparison with the main competitors, and a few sporadic ones, but now we have one of what is probably much closer to a production version, and the low-light results are indeed something.

The Nokia Lumia 920 was pitted against the iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S III, HTC One X, and the 41 MP Nokia PureView 808 photographic juggernaut. The improvised testing was done on the streets of Helsinki, and the authors used every trick the phones had, shooting in normal, HDR and low light modes, if the phones had them, then posting the best result for comparison.

Thus the Lumia 920 is with its low light mode turned on, which lets much more luminance in, and when you couple that with the optical image stabilization system inside, its photos look much brighter than the rest of the gang, almost unnaturally so, thus if you want more night-ish photos from the Lumia 920, you'd apparently be better off shooting in the normal regime.

Have a look at the comparison shots in the slideshow below, and be patient while the full sizes load, there are also three bonus pictures from the Lumia 920 at the end on the streets of Helsinki.

source: Test-Mobile.fr via WPCentral

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Lumia 920
  • Display 4.5" 768 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8.7 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2000 mAh(10.8h 3G talk time)

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48 Comments

1. crapdroid666

Posts: 24; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

why is the galaxy s3 considered a rival to iphone5?

2. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

please reverse your sentence :)

8. wendygarett unregistered

and why is the iphone 5 considered a rival to nokia pureview 808 LOLOL

16. infernal88

Posts: 113; Member since: Jun 08, 2012

camera wise 808 is way better than both of them

25. MeoCao unregistered

Hmm, 920 pics are much better even than 808, something fishy again?

33. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

look closly 808 image quality is best but light quality is better on 920 just look at water reflection in first set of pictures 808 is better image quality with very low noise but light capturing of 920 is better

3. zippolite28

Posts: 107; Member since: Sep 28, 2012

LUMIA 920 is SEXY ... Best Cam .. Best Touch ... Good Screen ... But i dont mind buying it if it is powerful enough with real gr8 apps and games .... I Like WPOS but lack of apps is one big backdrop .... how for windows phone 8 we see good apps and Games with low price :-)

6. zippolite28

Posts: 107; Member since: Sep 28, 2012

** Hope for windows phone 8 we see good apps and Games with low price :-)

13. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

i would love to see temple run, instagram, nba 2k13, nfs most wanted, halo 4 on the marketplace :(

40. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Per the announcement, looks like you'll be in luck for some of them.

44. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

true,, temple run would be there. but gad, i love to see instagram in a nokia phone. This is what nokia must look for. With instagram they could send a message to everyone that they have the best camera phone evurrrr

45. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

awww....temple run!!! that would be awesome!!! but i dont know about instagram being metro/modern-fied! i dont know how to feel... will i be happy or angry and annoyed by the metrofied instagram!! but one thing for sure..the instagram of BlackBerry and Symbian called MoloMe is coming to WP!!!

46. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

MoloMe is cool. I've used it but the thing is, it's not that popular compared to instagram. Instagram is a medium to let everyone know that nokia 920's camera is one of the best camera phone in the market.

47. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

yeah... but as for me, i dont need what is the "Medium" to take photo and share it online with the likes of facebook and twitter! this is what's wrong with people! we dont need instagram to take cool and awesome photos! coz if you ask me, i rather use the "share" button on the gallery than using instagram! instagram will not replace real awesome photos! what instagram's doing is just adding filter... "Instagram is a medium to let everyone know that nokia 920's camera is one of the best camera phone in the market." in general, so kailangan mo ba talagang magka instagram so that people will know that 920's camera is better?

34. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

agree on u but think realiztically apps dont come before the platform comes out :\ seriously if u say its a year now and we still dont see 100k apps then u may got a point but now its ur imagination and it is imposible to instantly add 500k apps over night beside android took 5 years now to reah 500-600k apps

4. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

what's that ISO for iphone 5's photo. Gad, I guess it's too damn high that it ruined the quality. Good performance for one X. :)

5. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Is it just me or the 920 'overexposes' night shots? These photos are unnaturally illuminated, the 808 does a much 'purer' job. In fact for the eye it looks Nokie simply uses a SW effect to brighten up the 808ish results which is disappointing and nothing more but a media stunt. The 808 is solid enough in the dark and I prefer my shots natural, the 920 overcooks it.

7. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

I feel ya, it seems as if my eyes wouldnt even see that much light in the 920 shots. But honestly solid effort.

12. zippolite28

Posts: 107; Member since: Sep 28, 2012

I kinda feel same bro … but u always have an option in camera to low down light by reducing ISO light :-P

10. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

they should test it with a moving object like a car to see if it really is a result of long exposure time.

11. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

Can someone explain why we havent gone to the stage of increasing the shutter time/exposure time in camera phones?

14. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

battery consumption? bigger module? dunno really, maybe if nokia pursue the graphene sensor, this would be pureview phase 3/4? :)

22. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Most phones actually increase shutter time in low lights, but it's counter-productive because it increases handshake blur.

27. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4767; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Well, if we had the option of manually adjusting the shutter speed and focal length on phones...why on earth would SLRs and DSLRs exist?? On the other hand, i think the possibility is not that far away. With the 808 and 920 creeping close to the result of DSLRs...the future for camera phones is strong.

31. zippolite28

Posts: 107; Member since: Sep 28, 2012

i accept nokia have done real good job and not close to dslr Performance

35. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4767; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Yes, i agree... But what i'm trying to say is, what Nokia has is definitely an improvement in camera phone tech and is inching close to DSLRs. I'm not comparing 808 and 920 with DSLRs, i'm comparing them with other camera phones.

37. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

That can mostly be done on the 808 (and N8, too, if I am not mistaken)

39. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

n8 user. and i definitely hate its camera performance on lowlight condition. trust me, just tested it earlier.

41. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

The adjustment of ISO and such^

9. wendygarett unregistered

It's sad that iphone is not the best camera here, oh well, on the live :(

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