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Camera comparison: iPhone 5 vs Nexus 4 vs 8X vs DROID DNA vs Lumia 920 vs Note II vs Galaxy S III

0. phoneArena posted on 07 Dec 2012, 10:30

Phone cameras are constantly getting better and better. True, they do so at a relatively slow pace, but they are moving forward, despite the limitations imposed by the thin profiles of today's phones. Those who have been with us for longer know that we like doing such ...

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posted on 07 Dec 2012, 10:56 7

8. valapsp (Posts: 561; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)

I think the main competition is between the Lumia 920, iPhone 5 and the Galaxy note 2 (Galaxy S3 is pretty much the same as galaxy note 2)

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 10:57 16

9. jubbing (Posts: 150; Member since: 20 Aug 2008)

I think there's def something wrong with the outcome of the Lumia 920 in the video department. Other comparison sites show the Lumia 920 is better than the lot, though I can agree with the warm tones on the other tests.

iPhone 5 is still clearly the overall winner, but there's no 'perfect' camera phone. Buy a DSLR if you want that.

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 11:09 14

14. speckledapple (Posts: 892; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)

Well I know the Note 2 camera is pretty awesome though I am not sure about the Lumia 920 not doing just as well considering the tech behind it. Pretty much every review I have seen puts its camera really above everyone else even the iPhone 5.

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 11:15 2

19. mydi.maus (unregistered)

none of them are naughty or nice,all pics came out just perfect slightly from a little angle came blurry on some point..but still,..great phones.

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 11:17 17

20. gb1011 (Posts: 2; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)

Typically iphonearena.com (y)

posted on 08 Dec 2012, 00:36 2

81. brucewayne (Posts: 29; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)

every sentence reveals their bias towards iphone.even the ones who dont hate iphone will start hating them cos of PA's favorism..too much sugar is bad..

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 11:17 7

21. gazmatic (Posts: 795; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)

htc sucks... my god!!!

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 11:24 10

23. Aphorism (Posts: 5; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)

The strange thing is, that in the comparison between the 920 and i5, you write concerning the 2 cameras, there is no doubt, the winner is the Nokia Lumia. And here we change our opinion due to... what?

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 11:56 7

29. gazmatic (Posts: 795; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)

best question asked since.... but... wateva... let the apple fans take the win... their phone to them is jesus and it is blasphemy to put any other phone above it

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 14:51

52. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

Due to falling for the Nokia hype

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 11:44 4

25. gazmatic (Posts: 795; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)

soo... it is iphone, galaxy, lumia, nexus then htc?


i can deal with that...

heads will start imploding now...

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 11:52 6

27. Credo (Posts: 749; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)

Try switching the lumia with the iphone ;)

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 11:55 1

28. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

Nokia should release a proper W8 PureView cameraphone.

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 11:58 6

30. ogy_dogy (Posts: 453; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)

Interesting how there are no low light to no light samples. and i love how the purpleview ip5 camera vins. im starting to think all these websites are biast... :(

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 12:00 4

31. pfroo40 (Posts: 28; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)

It looks as if Nokia spent so much time engineering the hardware on the pureview camera that they didn't pay enough attention to the software. All the issues with the quality of photos for the 920, like soft details, over saturation etc, can be resolved via software updates. If they want to put the effort into it, that is.

Personally I'd rather go for the better hardware and wait for software updates.

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 22:00

76. lolol (Posts: 64; Member since: 14 Nov 2012)

Same here :) They sure will update, they wouldnt want their flagship's cam to be like this..

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 12:33 5

32. The_Innovation (Posts: 632; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)

The iPhone took it.

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 12:41 8

34. LionStone (Posts: 843; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)

"we came to the conclusion that the iPhone 5 is the leader of the pack in this respect."

I stopped reading after that sentence. Clearly in the first set of photos of the sign: No vehicles beyond this point, look at the bark on the tree right above the sign...ip is darker and not much detail, whereas the DNA you can see DETAIL in the bark. These guys doing these comparisons need their eyes checked.

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 12:58 1

36. Ostoreh (Posts: 6; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)

where is the xperia T ???

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 13:11 2

37. RapidCat (Posts: 351; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)

samsung and iphone have fine image
nokia 920 the sharpnes is way over, i don't like it, and alot of noise.
HTC the worse of all camera phone.
and panasonic not a phone
just saying.

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 16:16 2

59. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

I refer you to my comment below #58. Nothing (except maybe the 808) comes even close to the camera on the Lumia 920

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 13:21

39. myownchoice (Posts: 22; Member since: 31 Oct 2012)

What about panorama?

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 13:22 7

41. javorr (Posts: 14; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)

What is this phone arena? Two Samsung phones with identical cameras and no Sony in the comparison.
This site is going down.

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 22:05

77. lolol (Posts: 64; Member since: 14 Nov 2012)

ikr, that was really dumb :/ they never include sony :/

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 13:43 6

45. omar98 (Posts: 71; Member since: 28 Aug 2011)

-cough- 808 pureview and lumia 920 are the best - cough-

but hey no surprise Ray has written it the apple fan boy and where is sony for gods sake

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 14:13

48. starandmountain (Posts: 53; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)

Can someone explain me why the video of the galaxy note 2 (have to say i didn't watched the other ones) are a little bit shocky? i really want to buy this phone, but why is it so shocky? and is it possible to get 60 fps on the note 2 like on the galaxy s3 showed in an article a little while ago? The pictures of the note 2 are beautiful! Thank you!:D

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 14:17 6

49. remixfa (Posts: 14604; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

Sorry Ray, but I call your personal favortism to the iphone in question for these tests. I'm sitting here looking at a lot of these shots and the iphone's shots didnt look much if at all different than the nexus4s shots for a majority yet you praise the living dailights out of your iphone and completely ignore the N4 over and over again.

Also, on the macro shot, the Nokia should have gotten last place, not top 3. focused or not, it had horrible over-saturation. there was nearly no detail in the flower because of it. And again, the N4 while producing a solid shot got completely ignored.

Hmm constant praise for the pure apple experience while completely ignoring the pure google experience while they both had very consistent shots. The N4's camera isnt magical or perfect, but it sure as hell didnt do so bad that it should be ignored. You didnt even mention it in your conclusion at all. Forgot that it was in your round up?

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 15:03

54. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

remixfa, you forgot that the iphone is like that dude in Twilight - both sparkle....

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 16:26 1

63. remixfa (Posts: 14604; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

I didnt want to make that reference since the N4's back actually sparkles. lol

posted on 08 Dec 2012, 18:05

117. bucky (Posts: 3113; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

I had the nexus and it's great but it doesn't have a camera that even remotely competes with the sga3 or iPhone.

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