Now that we've taken the Nokia Lumia 925 and its camera through its paces, we can't say that we aren't satisfied with the results. Quite the contrary – we think that Nokia's latest PureView smartphone has taken a step in the right direction, offering more accurate colors than before while still performing very well at night. However, the Nokia Lumia 925 leaves something to be desired in terms of details, so it can't be regarded as the ultimate cameraphone.

Overall, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 5 are still a notch ahead of the Lumia 925 and competition with their sharp, detailed photographs. No matter the circumstances, these two handsets always manage to present us with results that are well above the average in terms of quality.

The HTC One and its so-called Ultrapixel camera behaved strange as always during our testing. Some of our test shots were spoiled by the fact that certain areas of the image appeared blurry. In other scenes, however, the HTC One delivered pretty good results. Overall, the camera is capable, but twitchy, and might require manual fine-tuning in order to capture a given scene in the best way possible.

As for the Samsung Galaxy Note II, it is still all-around decent camera that excels in taking daytime shots and videos. Low-light scenes, however, are its weakness, so don't count on the Note II if you'll be shooting at a club or out at night with it.

Software versions of the smartphones used in the comparison:

Nokia Lumia 925: Windows Phone 8.0, OS version: 8.0.10327.77
Samsung Galaxy S4: Android 4.2.2 Build JDQ39.I9505XXUAMD3
HTC One: Android 4.1.2 Software number: 1.29.401.12
iPhone 5: iOS 7.0 Beta 1
Samsung Galaxy Note II: Android 4.1.2, Build JZO54K.N7100XXDMB6



125. t0litzsanity24

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

Biased camera comparison ever!

123. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

why compare zoom to the smart phones?zoom is a camera more like a camera..jeehs

122. Seraphim

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 07, 2013

I think it has to do with the fact that all the sudden everybody seems to blind on Samsung or Apple these days... I mean come on, eveybody descent enough (whom knows something about making snaps) knows that if you would have put the SONY Xperia Z in the match... It was a certain in comparement to the Samsung Galaxy S4. Not to talk about the old SONY sensor on the Iphone 5.

121. aslaskin

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

I own the nokia lumia 928. The pictures is good in some case and in others case it's not. It seems there is to much contrast depending on the lighting, and especially when its to sunny outside other wise it's good. When using it for video especially in a gloomy room the edges get darkened and you could see it in the video. DO NOT FORGET NOKIA HAS GERMAN OPTICS WITCH IN HISTORY ARE THE BEST, PROBABLY BETTER THAN SONY (JAPAN).

120. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

Are these people smoking crack..? I have taken test pictures in teh store and it was OBVIOUS the 925 was sharper and better focused than any of these. They seem to be VERY biased here to the point its questionable if they get paid by Samsung and Apple. They always the same shots, and see stuff in them I sure as heck can't.. then to add to that.. you know they are taking the pictures on a stable platform.. NO ONE USES Thier phone like that. Try taking the pictures without adjusting any settings and while its in your HAND.. CLEAR Winner in that contest is the Nokia. That is also how people use thier phones as well.

119. rromerof

Posts: 58; Member since: Nov 28, 2012

PA, I'm not surprised about your crappy comparision. Since I know that this site has always had bias against nokia or windows phone. So I consider the camera comparision is up to the person that makes it, subjective. You're nothing but FANBOYS!

115. arnoldjulians

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 26, 2013

iPhoneArena biased review. Even Galaxy Note 2 takes picture better than iPhone. And why Nokia can't be the best?

113. magman

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

"Night mode photos taken with the HTC One look pretty much the same as the ones captured in automatic mode." That right there tells me they don't know what they're talking about

112. o7o

Posts: 114; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

So, you're actually saying at the end that Lumia 925 got higher score than Note II, but at the beginning you rank Note II higher and giving it 8 points?

110. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

This comparison lost all credibility when it put the note 2 (which clearly takes aweful pictures) ahead of the Lumia 925 and HTC One.

111. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

you didn't own note 2 did you?? have you tried those three phones?? then quite please..

107. deburocks

Posts: 126; Member since: Apr 20, 2013

anod biased comparison from samsungarena.... Some of the pics have too much white in it in case of samsung. Where the walls are overblown with too much contrast just to prove its capturing too much light. 2ndly 925 has beter sharpness in real world pics as compared to sammy n apple. And forget about night shots , which sammy and iphn will take another thousand years to match nokia. well one more thing some 925 pics not taken frm default settings. Phonearena stop lying like please . Other websites clearly making 925 the winner but its just the opposite with phonearena. . Anyways samsungarena, let eos come then again do the photoshoot, and we already know who will be the clear winner.

104. GamasK

Posts: 22; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

What? Note 2 better than HTC One and Lumia 925!?

102. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Nokia and HTC with their 'hype' about their cameras. Shame that they perform poorly. S4 has the best camera

116. Damo579

Posts: 268; Member since: May 18, 2013

The s4 takes great daytime photos but the lumia 92x phones take great photos also they aren't overhyped. This site is to contradicting when it comes to camera comparisons.

100. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

gs4 should be # 2 and iphone 5

95. DeejayReact

Posts: 40; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

and the HTC ONE is built 50 times better then any of the other phones mentioned... I will take that and a decent CELLPHONE camera over crap iPhone with thier outdated OS, and Samsung with thier plastic body design. I just bought a One and I was oming from a Note2...The colors and depth of field on the One BLOWS THE NOTE 2 OUT OF THE WATER. I am not a samsung hater at all, either as I have owned plenty of Samsung products =) Lack of "megapixels" doesnt bother me considering if I am taking REAL PHOTOS, I am using a REAL CAMERA. For media sharing ala facebook and instagram, the HTC One does the job. It is also one the the best low light shooters on the cell phone market. Just expressing my opinion, so no need for asshole replys! Thanks.

94. DeejayReact

Posts: 40; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

you are all retards

89. Nephylim

Posts: 134; Member since: Apr 04, 2013

Ahhh, Btw... there is MEA and MF5 firmwares !!! ;)

88. Nephylim

Posts: 134; Member since: Apr 04, 2013

S4 camera is amazing, really really amazing

76. Altair

Posts: 367; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

I would not put any weight on this "comparison". The way how the guy has taken all these photos gives advantage for SG4 etc. Look at photos. You can clearly see, that almost EVERY SINGLE photo with SG4 has been taken closer than with 925. SG4 photos are taken with optimal condition while 925 not. Me and my friends have been playing with my 920, iPhone 5 and SG4 for a long time. We have like 2000 photos taken from our trips. We all three are agreeing that 920 is taking the best photos in ALL light conditions. iPhone photos are extremly bad if light source near source. SG4 takes average photos and VERY poor ones in low light. There is no question about this fact. This guy obviously favors SG4 and iPhone. There are a lot better and more professional test made by others. Look at them and skip this one.

101. Jason2k13

Posts: 1487; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

i dont think you or any of your friends own the SG4, because the SG4 has a smaller field of view compared to the rest, meaning pictures appear closer than they really are. Say hi to your "friends" for me.

59. dex-4

Posts: 22; Member since: Dec 09, 2010

How about some more low light tests and action shots? Or are you just playing to the strengths of Samsung and Iphone.

58. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

another bull$hit camera comparison from phone arena. The Lumia 925 wins hands down due to its overall versatility in all conditions. If you clowns want to compare detail and colour accuracy on cameraphones, then use the 808 Pureview. Of course that would make the s4 and iphone look like potato cameras by comparison, so I doubt that would happen.

55. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

To me the 925, and ip5 had the best shots.

62. Potato.

Posts: 607; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

You should check Gizmodo's camera comparsion. HTC One, L920 and i5 are the best camera phones right now according to their "UNBIASED REVIEW"

90. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I strongly agree

96. DeejayReact

Posts: 40; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

+ 100 I love my HTC ONE, brother.

108. deburocks

Posts: 126; Member since: Apr 20, 2013

agreed. ! Have tried note 2, lumia 920, htc one , s3 and s4 cameras. Lumia 920 is best along vid htc one. Iphn comes 2nd and frankly sammy pics luk gud only on its good screens , if u watch it over a big lcd or led and compare then you will realise the real deal. .

51. ama3654

Posts: 295; Member since: Nov 27, 2012

PA can you try the S4 i9500, it uses the new Sony Exmor RS sensor with significantly sharper photos and better low light than the Snapdragon version(Exmor R).

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