iPhone 5 vs S3 vs Nokia Lumia 920: Sharpest Shooter In Town Is…

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The one feature of the mobile phone that’s undergone a huge transformation is the camera. Cameras are no longer a novelty feature but an essential part of the camera that can make someone decide to buy or not.

So which of the current in-crowd of phones has the best camera? TUAW looks at a camera contest between the Samsung Galaxy S3, iPhone 5, HTC One X, the Nokia PureView 808 and the Nokia Lumia 920 to find the answer.

Best camera: iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Nokia Lumia 920 & 808 vs HTC One X

The iPhone 5 camera was pitted against the Nokia PureView 808, the HTC One X, the Samsung Galaxy S3 and a Nokia Lumia 920 prototype. The PureView and the Lumia were best in low light thanks to PureView tech. The PureView 808 uses oversampling that captures images at high resolutions, but condenses them to lower MP values while retaining detail and clarity. The Lumia cameras have optical image stabilisation too.

The runner up to the Nokias was the iPhone 5 – its photos were only a bit darker than the two Lumia phones, and slightly less detailed. This is to be expected, though, as it has smaller sensors that have to work hard in low light. The iPhone 5 camera was better then both the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the HTC One X, which went very grainy in low light.

Camera test

Camera test

If you’re after an all-terrain camera, then opt for the Nokia Lumia 920 or 808. If you’re not too fussed, then the iPhone 5, the One X and the Samsung Galaxy S3 are good all-rounders as well.


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