Low-light camera shootout: Nokia Lumia 920 vs iPhone 5 vs Galaxy S III vs HTC One X

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The guys at Engadget had access to a Nokia Lumia 920 and went doing a shootout involving the iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X.

Here is a sample comparison that shows how good the Lumia 920 is in low light:

Low Light Shootout

Yes; the Lumia 920’s PureView capabilities are for real. Here are excerpts from Engagdet:

It looks like Nokia’s controversial marketing move, which involved using pro DSLRs to “simulate” low-light shooting, was even less necessary than the smartphone maker may have thought.

It’s one thing to snag proper exposure, though — capturing sharp details with little noise and superior color balance is an entirely different beast, and the Lumia managed to do just that, as you’ll see in our 100-percent-view shots further on. Later in the evening we hit the streets of Helsinki for a real-world shootout. The 920 did present some issues with exaggerated shake and other rapid movements, but it offered up excellent results overall, even in scenes that were too dark for us to make out any details with our own eyes.

Oh Lord, I want a Lumia 920 like yesterday. I’m such a sucker for great cameraphones.

Go check out all the details and the pictures over at Engadget.


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  1. I read the Engadget article. Something you failed to mention is that the iPhone 5 did equally well in the tests. Even better than the Nokia Pureview 808 in low light condition, coming out strong out of all the devices. But of course, your Nokia 920 took the day! Let me quote;

    “The 920 took the cake, without question, but the iPhone didn’t fare too poorly itself, snatching up nearly as much light as the Nokia device. The 808 PureView also performed quite well, but the HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S III yielded unusable results.”

  2. The earlier Nokia got their marketing acts together, the better for them to win the market and beat competition. They sure have a killer smartphone in Lumia 920 but this tardiness of theirs in hitting the market is a deal-breaker. How long will the Lumia enthusiasts wait?

  3. Afewgoodmen,

    Haba! How does one reconcile Engadget’s “The 920 took the cake, without question, but the iPhone didn’t fare too poorly itself, snatching up nearly as much light as the Nokia device” with your “Something you failed to mention is that the iPhone 5 did equally well in the tests“?

    English? Or I may be missing something. Cheers 🙂

  4. I promised myself no new mobile phone this year alas am almost eating my words. Thanks nokia if it will be out 25th december i will endure till 1st January 2013 to keep my promise its getting so difficult to keep promises these days in the mobile ecosystem.

  5. Somethings are not right in this test. For example, agreed no flash was used in taking the pictures. However, while the pureview on the lumia automatically detect low light and enhance the image brightness, you will need to set the camera on the S3 to night mode to get the same image quality if not better. For me, this is not enough test to set the camera quality apart. I will rather chose the image stability feature on the lumia while taking pictures with shaking hands as a plus rather than the above.

  6. Lately, your relentless over-support for anything made by NOKIA is becoming embarrassing. My candid opinion is that you should be as fair and rational as possible. This blog I must confess, is one of the few that any techie Nigerian always love to embrace. I strongly believe that apart from reading the blog, it’s also our duty to guide you when we feel that you are deviating…

  7. I didn’t see that… That was an oversight on my part. Well, all I know and cry for is that MOBILITY NIGERIA should be more neutral and aspire to be the BEST techie blog in Africa and beyond. Thanks for the update, Mister Mo.

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