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Camera comparison: Sony Xperia Z vs Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note II, iPhone 5, Nokia Lumia 920

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Well, we can't really pick a clear winner among the five smartphones we're testing today since all of them are pretty good at capturing 1080p video. Still, if we really had to choose, we'd go with the Samsung Galaxy Note II or Galaxy S III since they both capture video that is full to the brim with fine details. The iPhone 5 and Nokia Lumia 920 capture excellent 1080p footage as well, but the former introduces quite a lot of digital noise when the lights get dim, while the latter boosts colors' intensity, thus making them look less natural. As for the Sony Xperia Z, we're left wishing its video was as detailed as that of the competition.

We must mention that the Sony Xperia Z offers the so-called HDR video recording mode, which should theoretically boost the footage's dynamics range. And as our video samples show, HDR video taken at night is brighter than the non-HDR video. However, the additional digital noise introduced by the HDR mode is quite annoying, so we'd advise you to use the perk with caution, depending on whether the situation requires it.

Sony Xperia Z Sample Video:



Samsung Galaxy S III Sample Video:



Samsung Galaxy Note II Sample Video:



Apple iPhone 5 Sample Video:



Nokia Lumia 920 Sample Video:



Canon PowerShot SD780 IS Sample Video:



Sony Xperia Z Night Sample Video:



Samsung Galaxy S III Night Sample Video:



Samsung Galaxy Note II Night Sample Video:



Apple iPhone 5 Night Sample Video:



Nokia Lumia 920 Night Sample Video:



Canon PowerShot SD780 IS Night Sample Video:



Sony Xperia Z Sample Indoor Video:



Samsung Galaxy S III Indoor Sample Video:



Samsung Galaxy Note II Indoor Sample Video:



Apple iPhone 5 Indoor Sample Video:



Nokia Lumia 920 Indoor Sample Video:



Canon PowerShot SD780 IS Indoor Sample Video:


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