Lumia 920 vs Samsung Galaxy S III in low light camera test

An image is worth a thousand words but when that image is dark and unrecognizable, it might be discounted in value. One of the compelling features of the Lumia 920 is the camera and its low light performance which was recently put to the test against Samsung's current flagship Android device, the Galaxy S III. 

A video was pushed to YouTube recently that shows off the Lumia 920 camera against that of the Samsung Galaxy S III in a low light performance test. Even if you don't understand what the individuals are saying, you can clearly see the results at the end of the video.

The Lumia has noticeably better performance with higher contrast and visibility. A sample consistent spot to focus would be on the posters on the walls where you can see more detail on the Lumia 920 than that of the Samsung Galaxy S III.

It will be interesting to see how Samsung responds to the Lumia series with its next gen devices as the S III will be over 4 months old by the time the Lumia hits the shelves in late October or early November. 

Watch the video above and let us know in the comments what you think of the of the image results.

Thanks for the tip Elmer Fernandes

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Ok, so maybe now we can finally put this one to bed? I get that people were skeptical after camera-gate but now with several comparisons hopefully it'll stop. Of course, the sooner this thing is released and showcased, the better. Can't wait to get my hands on one. (that's what she AND he said)

It's definitely a move in the right direction and one they had to take to avoid fading into obscurity. They need to be making big steps in both hardware and software. My only fear is that Apple and Android are so intrenched in the consumer psyche that Nokia/MS have just too much catching up to do.

When I see an WP app for certain particular apps that I use then I will know that they've bucked the trend. If you give someone too much of a head start your never going win the race even if you're Usain Bolt.

Good. This is what the market needs...more competition. Will force Apple and Android to correct some things that are slowing them down.

My GNEX takes pretty good photos in light but when it is dark, it sucks. Same with video. I rarely shoot in the dark tho so its no big deal for me. But its a cool selling point/feature.

I have the same problem with my One X (although in my experience HTC cameras have always been notoriously crap). Daylight it's a great camera, but in low light conditions is sucks.

What a turnaround. It's only about 18 months since Nokia were written off, dead and buried. Now the 920 is being touted as better than Apple.

Nokia's problem was always going to be hardware. The company has a standout reputation for innovation in hardware, while their old Symbian software languished. Now they have WP8, quite simply the best mobile software money can buy. The earlier Lumias didn't impress much because the hardware wasn't that different from others - as Nokia scrambed to catch up. Now Nokia is again innovating in hardware and combining in with better software. Apple are surely feeling the heat.

Meanwhile, over in Cupertine the Ive League are having trouble coming up with new ideas. iPhone 5 is drab dull and boring. Nokia is Bjorn Again.

Major Plonquer said,
What a turnaround. It's only about 18 months since Nokia were written off, dead and buried. Now the 920 is being touted as better than Apple.

Nokia's problem was always going to be hardware. The company has a standout reputation for innovation in hardware, while their old Symbian software languished. Now they have WP8, quite simply the best mobile software money can buy. The earlier Lumias didn't impress much because the hardware wasn't that different from others - as Nokia scrambed to catch up. Now Nokia is again innovating in hardware and combining in with better software. Apple are surely feeling the heat.

Meanwhile, over in Cupertine the Ive League are having trouble coming up with new ideas. iPhone 5 is drab dull and boring. Nokia is Bjorn Again.

+1
They're just suing Samsung to pad their wallets before the bottom falls out from underneath Apple.

Major Plonquer said,
What a turnaround. It's only about 18 months since Nokia were written off, dead and buried. Now the 920 is being touted as better than Apple.

Nokia's problem was always going to be hardware. The company has a standout reputation for innovation in hardware, while their old Symbian software languished. Now they have WP8, quite simply the best mobile software money can buy. The earlier Lumias didn't impress much because the hardware wasn't that different from others - as Nokia scrambed to catch up. Now Nokia is again innovating in hardware and combining in with better software. Apple are surely feeling the heat.

Meanwhile, over in Cupertine the Ive League are having trouble coming up with new ideas. iPhone 5 is drab dull and boring. Nokia is Bjorn Again.


Your post is a little too cheerleaderish for me to get behind, but it says a lot when Apple attacks Samsung by pointing out how Windows Phone is a good product without copying anyone.

You've got Apple on the record saying good things about WP. That's uh, that's something.

We need to wait and see yet. We don't actually have much of an idea whether the mass market wants it.

If the market doesn't choose Lumia, Nokia are in trouble. I don't want to see that happen, since the Lumias really are good phones, but lets not count our chickens before they've hatched.

Majesticmerc said,
Nokia are

D'aww, you do that adorable thing where companies are a plural. I still can't wrap my mind around this! I always wonder, if at any time it's grammatically acceptable to say "one company", how that doesn't acknowledge the legitimacy of referring to a company as a singular noun.

But still, there it is.

/not picking a fight, just genuinely baffled by this difference in language
//it's like how people in Europe sing the EXACT same alphabet song as the US, and feel in no way weird about saying 'zed' even though it's jarringly out of place in the rhyme

The Lumia 920 is making me want a Windows phone. Although having a Blackberry currently is making me want anything else.

Sartoris said,
The Lumia 920 is making me want a Windows phone. Although having a Blackberry currently is making me want anything else.
LOL

Melfster said,
Samsung Galaxy S3 camera is looking really old now. The Nokia and Iphone 4 look way better.
Is that actually the same camera as on the Note? Just wonder since a friend of mine takes excellent pictures in daylight.

Tumultus said,
Is that actually the same camera as on the Note? Just wonder since a friend of mine takes excellent pictures in daylight.

Yeah, but most cameras take decent pictures in daylight... terrible cameras only take good pictures in daylight.

Melfster said,
Samsung Galaxy S3 camera is looking really old now. The Nokia and Iphone 4 look way better.

iPhone 4? DA FUQ? The 920 has a VASTLY better camera. The iPhone 4 uses the same camera sensor as the GS3. Any image difference between both is down to software, but they basically perform the same. Neither compare to a 920.

The Lumia 920 is shaping up to be a beast of a phone Camera quality was always one the strong sides of Nokia ever since the N95.

SteelToast said,
The Lumia 920 is shaping up to be a beast of a phone Camera quality was always one the strong sides of Nokia ever since the N95.
Yeah, seems to be a real nice one. Sad I got unpatient and just got me the Lumia 900 unlocked from Expansys for $289.00 new in the box. Couldn't stand the tiny screen on my Omnia W any longer.

SteelToast said,
The Lumia 920 is shaping up to be a beast of a phone Camera quality was always one the strong sides of Nokia ever since the N95.

Agreed but I found that it went south after the N95 - at least from a performance perspective.
However things have come along since the Lumia 800+series as I'm getting photos a lot better than my Samsung Digital camera these days on my 800.

Interesting but all very useless unless Nokia actually pulls fingure and announces some sort of date as to when it is going to appear. The comparison might inform possible purchases of what might exist out there but unless Nokia actually gets it out there then it seems a lot of foreplay with nothing at the end to show for it.

Mr Nom Nom's said,
Interesting but all very useless unless Nokia actually pulls fingure and announces some sort of date as to when it is going to appear. The comparison might inform possible purchases of what might exist out there but unless Nokia actually gets it out there then it seems a lot of foreplay with nothing at the end to show for it.

Oh shut up already...we know it's coming...this have nothing to do with the price...

yardmanflex said,

Oh shut up already...we know it's coming...this have nothing to do with the price...

You understood what he said? Was that English?

yardmanflex said,
Oh shut up already...we know it's coming...this have nothing to do with the price...

The focus of my post was the RELEASE DATE - how about reading what I wrote instead of quickly browsing over it and making assumptions.

AtriusNY said,
You understood what he said? Was that English?

What couldn't be understood in regards to my original post - the US education gone down hill so quickly that even a small paragraph is becoming difficult to understand?

Release depends on your market. Some markets have dates already (from carrier).
Worldwide it is end of October (as in 29th) or start of November, depending on your market.

Mr Nom Nom's said,
What couldn't be understood in regards to my original post - the US education gone down hill so quickly that even a small paragraph is becoming difficult to understand?
No, but apparently wherever you got yours hands out diplomas to nincompoops. Your paragraph was far from easily legible.

Mr Nom Nom's said,

The focus of my post was the RELEASE DATE - how about reading what I wrote instead of quickly browsing over it and making assumptions.

What does the ****ing 'Release Date' have to do with the low light performance of the Lumia's Camera?

It's not like the November release will automatically reduce the imaging quality. Please stop posting irrelevant bull**** and stick to the subject matter being discussed.


Mr Nom Nom's said,

What couldn't be understood in regards to my original post - the US education gone down hill so quickly that even a small paragraph is becoming difficult to understand?

Yes, it's difficult to understand when one posts the way you have posted. Incoherent, off topic and stupid.

yardmanflex said,

Oh shut up already...we know it's coming...this have nothing to do with the price...

Rude much?