Nokia Lumia 920 vs iPhone 5 vs Galaxy S III vs HTC One X low-light comparison yields predictable results

Nokia Lumia 920 vs iPhone 5 vs Galaxy S III vs HTC One X low-light comparison yields predictable results
The Nokia Lumia 920 was already demoed to show superior image stabilization while shooting video, compared to its iPhone 5, Galaxy S III and HTC One X peers, but what about low-light still shots, where Nokia claims a strength, too? We saw some low-light shots comparison in a Nokia-controlled setup with an iPhone 4S and a Galaxy S III, and now we have one against those three leading the Android and iOS pack above.

It was again a controlled environment, with the phones shooting in 5 lux - the amount of light you would get on a poorly-lit city street during the night. The Lumia 920 fared very well, followed by the iPhone 5 with almost the same amount of light captured, less detail and more noise, but the samples from the S III and the One X came out pretty bad in this situation. 

There was even an 808 PureView thrown in the mix, but on auto settings it didn't fare better than the 920 in this particular setting that favors the OIS suspension in the PureView Phase 2 on Lumia 920.

The team then took the prototype Lumia 920 for an improvised shooting session around Helsinki, and the results from the night shots are included in the slideshow below for your viewing pleasure.

source: Engadget

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42 Comments

1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Time to get multiple phones - L920 for evenings and a GS III for days?

9. shadez10

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

you dont need 2 phones... all you need is the Lumia 920 very good in day and night.... =D

24. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

Lumia 920 used flash auto focus without flash it is darker than others.

29. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

If you read the original article, they state that all the phones used auto mode.

41. ChiX017

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

umm, so you took the pictures?

42. Medel

Posts: 84; Member since: May 31, 2011

please read before you comment. that's a good thing to do. :)

25. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Except L920 is a virtual phone at the moment.

11. ahmed_ali_yossef2010

Posts: 164; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

no iphone is better than gs3 for day

40. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

very terrible pic by galaxy s3!! go for lumia 920!!! well if you are kind of a camera person! but if you are a kind of a gamer person then stick to galaxy s3! but i think lumia/WP will also offer that... lets just wait!

2. wendygarett unregistered

Nokia camera always the best since Carl Zeiss creation :)

3. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Nokia 808 is arguably the best camera/phone combo. L920 is currently un-obtainium at present.

14. maverick786us

Posts: 158; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

808 is good because of lager senser and the best thing lossless zoom which is not there in Lumia 920. But Lumia 920 has optical image stablization and exposure compesation, which 808 laggs.

26. No_Nonsense unregistered

*lacks

36. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

yes 808 is not best for low light

10. maverick786us

Posts: 158; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Carl Zeiss is only the lens diaper girl. There are other things that makes camera great like focul length and apreture size.

4. MeoCao unregistered

I guess 920 uses what they call autofocus flash?

5. maryaaadil

Posts: 146; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

It was obvious but somebody correct me if i am wrong that 920 pics are better than 808(in dark conditions)

17. blackeye117

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

they are better in 920 than 808 in auto settings on both phones but when you bump up the iso on the 808 then its a different story , correct me if i am wrong too :)

21. shadez10

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

yes you are right... when you change the ISO setting on the 808 it will produce more natural colored night shots...

37. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

didnt knew that i was taking the first pic vs 920 as comparison which was not that good i think its wasnt using iso

6. dblue45

Posts: 77; Member since: Aug 26, 2009

Love the moon shots! They look amazing ;)

7. Seymur unregistered

Okay 920 camera is the best, get over it. I'm looking for smartphone not camera phone. Show me other functionalities

20. Jonathan41

Posts: 532; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

This is a camera comparison article though. So you'd probably do better looking else where.

27. DP777

Posts: 15; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Nokia Lumia has the best screen: PureMotion HD+ with the highest resolution 1280*768 (competitors 1280*720), it's much brighter than other phones, and much more sensitive, can be operated with gloves or anything else (ex. key, pen), it has higher pixel density 332 ppi than iphone's retina dispaly 326 ppi, GS3 -306 ppi. Lumia has the best PureView camera: 8.7 MP with optical image stabilization, dual LED flash, wireless charging, the body is the best protected against scrathes, Lumia has exclusive Nokia apps and great maps and many great accessories (JBL audio system...) All other specs are the same or better than competitors phones. It has LTE, NSF, powerful processor and powerful batery, etc. Nokia's quality is defenetively the best and it's proved by practise!!!

28. Seymur unregistered

Exclusive Nokia apps? I've used enough Nokia phones to know where this is going.

38. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

how about wireless charging builtin super sensitive touch screen and its in hardware goin in software nokia drive FREE nokia maps FREE nokia transport FREE nokia lens FREE whatelse u want to hear i didnt even said anything about wp8 which is in mist

8. flipjzn

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

How can we be sure those pics were really taken by Nokia Lumia 920? Considering the history...........................................​.... If they're real, good luck! It's still not going to sell as much as S3 and i5. Just saying............

15. Mobile-X-Pert

Posts: 565; Member since: Dec 20, 2010

Dude, did you read the whole post??? It says clearly that the test was done by engadget. By the way, Engadget is known for bashing Nokia and prasing the iphone.

12. Mercenary

Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

Wow..when you compare 100-percent view of 2 and 3..it seems like lumia 920 is better than 808!

13. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

Samsung GS3 camera take an actual picture no pretending.

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