Lumia 920 Trumps Galaxy S4 And Others In Low Light Camera Test
Ryan Martin / 5 years ago
When it comes down to smartphone cameras, it doesn’t take a genius to see that they are improving very rapidly over time in terms of their quality. Modern smartphones offer picture quality similar or better than that on some discrete point and shoot cameras, except in a much smaller and more convenient form factor. However, low lighting is something people rarely pay attention to and it is important given the fact few smartphones utilise strong flashes, so low-lit photographs are frequently taken.
Over at Recombu they have been putting some high end smartphone cameras through their paces. They took the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One, Sony Xperia Z, Nokia Lumia 720 and 920 smartphones and conducted a low lighting camera test. You can see the image results above, Recombu decided that the smartphones performed in the following order of best to worst:
- Nokia Lumia 920
- Nokia Lumia 720
- HTC One
- Sony Xperia Z
- Samsung Galaxy S4
The Nokia Lumia 920 only has an 8.7MP camera but it shows the most detail under low lighting conditions and offers a very good white balance. The Nokia Lumia offers a 6.7MP camera with an f/1.9 lens and again has a strong white balance likes its bigger brother. HTC’s One did reasonably well as like the Lumia 920 and 720 it offered optical image stabilisation. The Samsung Galaxy S4 and Sony Xperia Z both offered poor optical image stabilisation and had weak white balances, described as delivery “the noisiest shots of the bunch”.
So definitely some very interesting results. While the Xperia Z and Galaxy S4 may trump many other smartphones in daylight photography, under low lighting it can be seen as performing very poorly. What are your thoughts on these low light testing results? If you are interested in higher resolution test images then please check out the source for that.