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Indoor

Indoor studio shots performed under identical conditions are a perfect opportunity to see how different smartphones behave in typical low-light situations, such as in the office or at home.

The HTC One produces artificial, washed out colors in these imperfect conditions. Fine detail is again not excellent, but noise levels are very good and images look sharp.

The Nokia Lumia 920 performs very differently under low-light conditions than in daylight and in this case it surprisingly picked a more realistic tonality than we saw in the outdoor shots. Fine detail and noise level are well balanced.

The Apple iPhone 5 produces pretty accurate, pleasant tones. Noise becomes an issue but the same is true to an even larger extent for other devices. We don't like that its flash doesn't help for auto focus in dark scenes, so some photos may be out of focus.

The Samsung Galaxy S III colors are “typically indoor” and inaccurately warm; detail is average and if the LED flash works, it may result in a blueish shot.

The Sony Xperia Z studio images came out with relatively accurate colors and although detail is not the best, the handset overall did a decent job.

The Nexus 4 images shifted the color balance towards the yellow while detail level is decent. The flash may cast a blue halo though.

Ranking:

  • Apple iPhone 5, Nokia Lumia 920, HTC One
  • Samsung Galaxy S III, Nexus 4, Sony Xperia Z

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