Camera

Camera is where competition between the two devices heats up. The HTC One features a 4.3-megapixel UltraPixel camera with a single LED flash, and the Nokia Lumia 920 has a 8.7-megapixel PureView camera with a Carl Zeiss lens. Both cameras are with a wide, f/2.0 aperture, but the actual images differ a lot.



In daytime, colors on the Lumia 920 are overblown to absurdity, they look unreal. Even in well-lit conditions there is some noise and overall images look a bit soft. The HTC One captures much more realistic tones, but images are not perfect either - while sharp around the edges, they look smudgy in single-tone areas.

For night images, both cameras have the advantage of capturing a lot of light. The Nokia Lumia 920 does much better when light is scarce, capturing realistic colors and with balanced noise levels. The HTC One captures sharp well-lit photos with little noise, but it has the tendancy to burn brighter spots of image in low light and in certain conditions colors were yellowish.



Both devices come with front facing cameras that are made for use in video calls and little else. The HTC One’s front-facing camera is also a wide-angle one, so more information fits in the frame at closer distances.

For video, both come with optical image stabilization (it seems to be working slightly better on the Lumia 920) which we appreciate. Both record at 1080p and 30 frames per second, and there are no skipped frames. Daylight colors are again just over the top on the Lumia 920, it looks punchy but far from reality, while the HTC One has a more accurate color representation.

HTC One Sample Video:



Nokia Lumia 920 Sample Video:



In low-lit situations the HTC One is the definite winner. It captures much more light. While video on the Nokia Lumia 920 is dim, very hard to watch, you can easily watch footage shot at identical conditions on the One. Take a look at the video sample below which sums it all up perfectly.

HTC One Low Light Sample Video:



Nokia Lumia 920 Low Light Sample Video:



Sound recording on the HTC One is simply a different world than most other smartphones - it’s that much better. The device has dual-membrane microphones that clear up a lot of the noise, and not just that but recorded sound is rich at both the high tones and deep at the low ones. It is the perfect device to record videos with sound from concerts and loud parties.

The Lumia 920 also captures surprisingly deep bass, but lacks that fullness the HTC One unveils at the higher tones. We should say, though, that the Lumia 920 outperforms most other smartphones so it is great on its own. In comparison with the HTC One it just doesn’t stand a chance, though.

Multimedia

With large, sharp and vivid display both devices are perfectly well suited for watching videos on the go or listening to music. Both play back 1080p videos in various formats with ease.

For image consumption, we are impressed with the gallery of the HTC One which not only integrates pictures from your social networks like Facebook, but also has a ton of cool features like the capability to automatically create movies out of your footage and stills. The Lumia 920 comes with less bells and whistles in that regard, but the vivid screen makes watching images on it a pleasant experience.

The real difference comes with sound from the loudspeaker. The HTC One is a small revolution in sound quality on smartphones, setting a new standard. Both are very loud but sound on the HTC One stereo speakers is so much fuller at both the bass and high tones.




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