- 11-08-2012, 12:27 PM #1
I'm comparing the pictures from
Camera phone comparison; iPhone 5, Note II, HTC 8X, Lumia 920 | ZDNet
Iphone and Lumia are neck and neck. It's also a matter of opinion.
Note II looks good. I really do not like HTC at all.
Day time shots, IPhone wins by a hair over the 920.
Low light, 920 beats IPhone by two hairs. Reason is because the 920 pics look a little bright.
Don't bite my head off. This is just my opinion.
I hope that Nokia fixes this problem because with the hardware the L920 has, it could not just be better, but actually smoke the competition.
11-08-2012, 12:56 PM #5
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At the end of the day, Nokia is the clear winner for me as I prefer to include video and audio into the camera comparison. Frankly I have been unimpressed with the iPhone 5 camera. It's not a whole lot better than the 4S (performs better in low light, but not by enough for me to care... low light pics still aren't good enough IMO to be called great).
It's going to take me trying the L920 out to see what the difference really is. I already know how pictures that I take turn out with the iPhone 5. I will have to compare them to pictures that I take with the L920 to know which phone takes the better pictures with ME behind the shutter.
- 11-08-2012, 01:05 PM #7
the ability to take a really sharp picture is there in the hardware, personally i like the slightly less saturated images the lumia pulls out, and if they can fix the softness with a firmware update like they say then the 920 will have the best camera hands down. plus the OIS and excellent low light ability pushes it over the top.
personally i haven't been that impressed with the iphone 5's pictures in the actual use i've had with friend's phones.
11-08-2012, 01:10 PM #9
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I forgot to add that it is dangerous to justify a piece of hardware by saying "a fix is coming". While it may be true, it also may not be. Phone OS updates around the board have been notorious for promising functionality and fixes that some people claim they notice right away and others claim they never noticed. Maybe this had something to do with the extremely strange launch information we got on the phones... although that doesn't explain the other makes and models.
And don't get me wrong. I am just as hopeful for the camera fix as anyone else out there. But if the phone doesn't take pictures to my satisfaction within the 14 day return period, I will likely take it back and re-buy it once the proper firmware is out and everything is fixed. This way I don't risk locking myself into a contract based on a promise I was made that never came to be.
- 11-08-2012, 01:19 PM #10
- 11-08-2012, 01:23 PM #11
I also think they were like screw it. We need to get these things out there and we'll just promise to update them. I mean even Nokia drive is in beta.
Your point is very true, but the L920's hardware is better. So no matter what, the 920's camera should be better overall.
- 11-08-2012, 01:25 PM #12
I have to say I owned iPhone 5 for 1 week and sold it, because I decided to go for Lumia 920 instead.
During the time, I made quite a bit of photos with it, and I have to say, that daytime photos, especially with HDR, are very impressive indeed.
Macro shots are really nice as well, although I noticed, that HDR or not, iPhone had a bit of problems with over-saturated reds.
Night shots were acceptable, lots of noise but still much better than majority of cameras.
I have seen many Lumia 920 photos, and while night shots are very nice and impressive as well, day time photos are - like we all now - blurry and lack detail.
I am not sure if it is Nokia's fault, because HTC's phone lacks detail as well. Maybe it's Windows Phone 8's fault, I don't know, it will be interesting to wait and see how other WP8 phones perform.
11-08-2012, 01:39 PM #13
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^ I wouldn't say its Windows Phone's fault, but more like the OEMs haven't had enough time to optimize their drivers and processing software for it. Apple have their own platform, full control...just like Nokia did with their old platform, and that is a big +.. also, they have like 4-5 years of testing and perfecting their imaging software. Nokia had..one year tops.
Apple are utilizing the available camera module/optics set in the iphone 5 to the maximum.. its a pretty good achievement. Similar to what Nokia did with their Symbian based camera smartphones.
If you look in the android realm, its the same thing... there hasn't been one proper camera phone for 5-6 years now, they are all average at best. Even that new Samsung android camera is mediocre..
The camera isn't just about day time quality photos, we need a proper 1v1 test of day light, sunset/sunrise, portrait, low light no flash, low light flash, low light flash bar scene, flash group/portrait shot.
Also, having a camera button is a HUGE plus.
Also, we need a audio/video recording test between the two.
Also, 920 uses true 16:9 aspect ratio for both pictures and video, which is way wider than the iPhone 5.
Once that is done, we can see which camera package offers more to the end user, overall.
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11-08-2012, 03:42 PM #15
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I'm not saying that makes it any better or easier for Nokia to develop for WP8 but I can tell you that your average customer isn't going to care if the 'potential' is there in the Lumia 920 they just want the awesome camera to be great out of the box.
The day time pictures I've seen with these review units haven't been exactly stellar.
I'm not saying this to start a fight but Nokia really needs to step it up. Simple as that.
11-08-2012, 04:10 PM #16
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- 11-08-2012, 04:10 PM #17
OK, FIRST Off, he has the Seattle Waterfront pictures for the Lumia 920 and HTC 8x Swapped. You need to save those photos to your drive, bring them up, then check out the properties (exif data) and you will see which phone really took those pictures (For the Seattle Waterfront only.)
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11-08-2012, 04:13 PM #18
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We're still talking about a complete change of developing environment here. HTC has been doing this with WinMo/WinPho far longer than Nokia. Sure, Nokia needs to step it up. That still doesn't excuse HTC and slightly lackluster camera performance on 8X.
11-08-2012, 04:14 PM #19
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- 11-08-2012, 04:26 PM #20
Second, ya, it seems that Nokia has some work to do to get the best of the hardware. There in camera processing just seems to aggressive
Third. Still, all the daytime shots would suffice for what just about everyone uses them for... Showing off a moment either on their phone, blog, FB, etc. Lowlight and Video with OIS is where the Nokia phone shines.
- 11-08-2012, 04:29 PM #21
Point being. Unless you can view the Exif data, you don't know if the crappy pictures the sites are showing are really coming out of the Lumia. And actually... that's kind of false too. You can easily edit the Exif data.
- 11-08-2012, 05:42 PM #24
from almost every review I have seen with comparison shots it does look like the iphone5 has a better camera overall. it's also a great phone.
that said and considering its irrelevance to my lack of phone photography in situations where I would take a good dedicated camera, I can't wait until my lumia gets to me!!!! Monday according to fedex.
11-08-2012, 06:21 PM #25
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^ to have the ability to shoot in 16:9 is great.. and it will be the preferred aspect ratio for most user cases. The good thing about it is that you can always go back to a 4:3 .. its a matter of them including the setting, which is present on Nokia's previous camera phones.
You can switch between those two modes ...
This is why the sensor in the 920 is 8.7Mpix and not just 8 .. that extra .7 is there to accommodate for the 16:9, no other OEM does this.
And, its not just Nokia.. Microsoft need to step it up as well because right now their OS doesn't support the available Nokia technology, or at least that appears to be the case..