The Nokia Lumia 920 has been put up against the Apple iPhone 5 already in an ultimate camera showdown and comes up as the winner. This time around it’s been put up against the HTC 8X by the folks over at Tech2 in a camera showdown. Lets’ get to it.
HTC 8X vs Nokia Lumia 920: camera test verdict
Both of the handsets have Windows Phone 8 along with BSI cameras of 8 megapixels, 8.7 for the Nokia Lumia 920, and they come in at around the same price.
Both of the devices have an aperture of f/2.0, which means that they both should get around the same amount of light. What will be the factor that determines the winner will be the optics and the image processing engine. During the test all of the settings were kept on automatic.
The first test was indoors with ambient lighting that was standard. This allowed T2 to test the cameras with a mixture of colours and textures. Images were cropped at 100% zoom.
When it came to contrast the winner was the Nokia Lumia 920 as the colours popped out, in particular the reds. On the other hand the HTC 8X was the sharpest of the handsets and when you zoom in the text is a lot easier to read and it is more focused. The Nokia Lumia 920 does tend to smooth edges quite a lot.
The next test was to check the cameras dynamic range. Both of the devices performed average here but the colours were slightly better on the Nokia handset. The HTC 8X picked up a purple colour on the floor, while the Nokia Lumia 920 has colours that were more neutral.
The Nokia Lumia 920 has quite high saturation in comparison to the HTC 8X. However it doesn’t mean that the colours are the most natural. The whites do tend to be cool, and there is a bluish tinge to trees in the background. The HTC 8X does seem to blow out highlights which creates an effect that is burnt out.
They then did a macro test, this showed that the Nokia Lumia 920 is the best and blew the HTC 8X out of the water. They had some issues getting the HTC 8X to focus on objects that were close. The Nokia Lumia 920 didn’t have any issues as there was a close up mode, if it was needed. The Nokia Lumia 920 was able to get better close ups thanks to the fact that it had a shorter focusing range.
The Nokia Lumia 920 is the clear winner here as it beats the HTC 8X in macro shots, colours, contrast and it doesn’t matter what the lighting conditions are. However one problem with the Nokia Lumia 920 is the fact that it does smooth images somewhat and this can cause losses in details, particularly when you zoom in.
The HTC 8X has great sharpness by default, and this is adjustable. The HTC 8X beeps annoyingly if you half press the shutter and it is not accurate with focusing, which cannot be said about the Nokia Lumia 920. So there you have it!