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For the night photos, HTC One performes well - the noise levels are controlled, but detail is not great due to its low resolution of only 4-megapixels. Exposure is accurate, but colors are once again slightly yellowish.

At night, images on the Nokia Lumia 920 differ drastically from what you’d see during daytime. Colors go to the other end of the spectrum and look washed out and dull. The handset tends to pick very slow shutter speeds which makes a lot of images blurry.

The Apple iPhone 5 does a decent job at night. Colors again look close very realistic, with a nice slight warm tonality. The iPhone 5 has the secret advantage of supporting ISO as high as 3200 while most other phones max out at 1600. Apple is not afraid to use that and while noise definitely becomes a big issue, in exchange you almost always get a picture where you can actually see something while other phones would only capture black.

The Samsung Galaxy S III doesn’t do so well in in low-light. Its images are overexposed to the point that even darker areas look well lit. This also results in a noisier image that is lacking fine detail.

The Sony Xperia Z shot pretty good images – slightly underexposed leaving not well-lit areas dark, but with great detail in the well-lit areas. Colors tend to be on the warmer side here.

Nexus 4 does relatively good exposure, with average detail and noise.

Ranking:

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




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