Nokia Lumia 925 trumps HTC One in improvised low-light photo shootout

Nokia Lumia 925 trumps HTC One in improvised low-light photo shootout
In case you've watched yesterday's announcement of the Nokia Lumia 925, then you probably know that a huge chunk of the event was dedicated to demonstrating how good the phone's camera is. With 8.7 megapixels of resolution, optical image stabilization, and ISO that can be cranked all the way to 3200, the smartphone's snapper should be theoretically capable of capturing great photos, even in low-light situations. Well, these fine folks actually got the chance to put the handset to the test.

The video below demonstrates how good the low-light photos taken with the Nokia Lumia 925 can be, without even having to have the smartphone's flash turned on. Note that the light that goes off in the video is just for assisting the auto-focus. For comparison's sake, an HTC One – with a 4MP "Ultrapixel" camera and hopefully running the latest software, was also used to capture the same frame, but it didn't do very well. Although the HTC One took a usable photo, the Lumia 925 managed to deliver better results.

Of course, that's just a single photo test so it is too early to draw any final conclusions about the low-light performance of the Nokia Lumia 925. But judging by what we've seen so far, the Lumia 925 is shaping up like a strong competitor in the field of cameraphones. 


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Lumia 925
  • Display 4.5" 768 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8.7 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 2000 mAh(12.8h 3G talk time)
One
  • Display 4.7" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 2300 mAh(18h 3G talk time)

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50 Comments

2. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

did the one already loose to 920 in low light before??

34. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

no thats not fair. Nokia uses flash on focusing ! it takes focused moment in its camera memory. then taking picture with focused flashed photo. they must make a test in outside and with no flash.!!! non flash focusing ! and this is nokia s big big trick !!!

38. lukkiristi unregistered

So doesn't that make HTC stupid for not using technology that helps take better photos?

43. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

hmm good logic

50. nooraldeen

Posts: 49; Member since: Oct 21, 2012

there is no such thing if thats the way then when u turn the flash off u will get an image with a flash , besides u can turn that setting off they did it with the lumia 920 and they got the same result but the focusing was not excellent . just admit it already Nokia is the king of cameraphone true they have low sells , not the best OS but they got the best cameraphone

42. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

it was zero light they always say it wrong

3. mousesports

Posts: 286; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

2- 0 For Nokia !

4. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

Theres no denying that the Lumia has superior camera quality, But I feel as if they should have done a night mode in their camera test because right now despite their "ultrapixel", the shutter speed times are still fairly fast, meaning they are made for point and shoot for auto focus with about 1/7s shutter speed . If they used night mode there would be considerable amounts of more light coming into the photo. It uses instead 1/3s shutter speed with lower iso reducing the noise by a substantial amount. Nevertheless, Lumia would have won :) Cant wait to see 41mp sensor on smartphones!

7. jlp34876

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 02, 2012

You can manually set shutter speed on lumia 920 up to 4secs using proshot.

20. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

I believe every smartphone camera should be able to adjust the shutter speed and iso manually :\ given that the f stop is not physically possible. its the proper way to use a camera

44. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

wowowowowow stop right there every camera can have adjustable shutter speed after they get image stabilizer since you must hold ur camera for that whole time u leave shuter open unless ur lens gets stabilizer

8. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Is it a comparison between flash vs non flash? Or I don't understand somewhere...

12. devilfisch

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

The flash used by the Lumia 925 was only used for focusing. It wasn't used when the guy took the picture.

26. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

but i think it takes focused moment in its camera memory. then taking picture with focused flashed photo. i think it takes photos with flash but no flash ;)

30. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

well, you're thinking wrong

45. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

well they they are trying to be smart then why was HTC NOT :\

41. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

dumb ass in the video don't know how to use the one. and I don't get this comparison. I am sure both phones have good camera .

9. Cannabis

Posts: 22; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

but can it do it without the pre-flash photo getting layered on?

16. Stoli89

Posts: 333; Member since: Jun 28, 2010

That's not how it works. The pre-flash is used to establish distance, not record a pic. It's activated when the two step camera button is pressed to the first detent. Only on the second detent is the photo actually taken.

21. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

yes it can be turned off. it is a setting that is user adjustable. however as stoli is saying, it isnt necessary. the pre-flash isnt for the exposure. the actual picture doesnt capture any of the flash whatsoever. it just helps the camera focus and then the picture is taken. the actual flash can be used with or without the pre-flash.

10. Smart

Posts: 76; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

is it just me or the guy with htc one did not use flash at all?.....

17. Stoli89

Posts: 333; Member since: Jun 28, 2010

Not sure, but it seems HTC is using another method to establish focus...or the focus is fixed for these low light shots at a preset.

22. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

the lash from the lumia is for focus only. it doesnt effect the lighting conditions at all.

13. nvrhde

Posts: 77; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

Wow greatest camera on a smart phone. But no for me, I don't take pics often.

23. 90ninjas unregistered

That camera is great. I have an HTC One and I admit that the camera is just so-so on this thing. Low-light is decent at most on the One; captures light, yes, but also a lot of noise. 4 MP does truly hurt the camera as well. But oh well, I'm not looking for crazy looking shots; I just use it as a much more easily pocketable all-in-one (phone, internetz, etc..) point-and-shoot that works decently in the dark and shoots fast. I would get the NL925, but I just prefer Android over WP8.

27. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

atleast there is one android user being honest here

28. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

The Nokia comeback!

31. feres13

Posts: 307; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

This is impressive, but i won't believe the result until i see the settings used in this test, focus assist flash should be turned off and the ISO on the 925 can go up to 3200 do they should show us what ISO setting is used. Also judging from the icon on the top left corner night mode is on on the 925 while it's off on the One

46. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

hmm why just setting why not whole sourcecode to see what they are tryng to do in there maybe its illegal -_- why ya all so suspisious if nokia done it so was HTC could do it but they went their style

32. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

takes photos in night mode in outside not inside and in small rooms and far landscape photos. we will see the difference.

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