Low Light Shootout: iPhone 5 vs. Lumia 920 vs. One X vs. Galaxy S III [Photos]

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The iPhone 5, Lumia 920, Nokia 808, HTC One X and Galaxy S III go head to head in an Engadget low light shootout.

It looks like Nokia's controversial marketing move, which involved using pro DSLRs to "simulate" low-light shooting, was even less necessary that the smartphone maker may have thought. During our visit to the company's Tampere, Finland research and development complex, we were given access to a comprehensive testing suite, enabling us to shoot with the Lumia 920 and a handful of competing products in a controlled lighting environment. Technicians dimmed the lights and let us snap a static scene with each handset at just 5 lux -- a level on par with what you may expect on a dimly lit city street in the middle of the night. The 920 took the cake, without question, but the iPhone didn't fare too poorly itself, snatching up nearly as much light as the Nokia device. The 808 PureView also performed quite well, but the HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S III yielded unusable results.

For a far more detailed comparison of each device's performance, hit the link below...

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ya - September 28, 2012 at 7:09am
Fuck crapple. Dont go lost using your maps. Go somebody else while your at it apple. Oh and btw thank Android for their lte technology that you stole. Innovation my ass. Hope they sue you for stealing it.
Hemlocke - September 28, 2012 at 3:46pm
"thank Android for their LTE technology"? How stupid are you? The iPhone 5 uses a Qualcomm LTE chip. Not stolen, and last I checked, Google owns almost nada for LTE IP. So, run along and enjoy your Fisher Price Android play phone, and let the adults talk about hardware that isn't made of the cheapest imaginable plastic.
SourApple - September 27, 2012 at 8:04am
Android Samsung= Republican Apple=Democrat Windows8 whatever=Independent. Let's cast our vote by year end what everybody showcases their wares. Put your $ where your mouth is. Oh, before you buy, think of resale value because these phones cost as much as my old car. Now if you buy subsidized phones with contract and pick the one with the lowest resale value, I really feel your pain! Hehe.... Keep hating Apple and you miss out on a lot of cool technologies, Apple haters.
Gugu - September 27, 2012 at 6:32am
I don't believe the test results at all because it was done inside Nokia's lab. It should have done outside at the natural environment.
ExeciN - September 27, 2012 at 7:15am
Almost everyone did that test, but of course only the winner is announcing it.
Tim Cock - September 26, 2012 at 6:55pm
Just to add some info! On the thumbnail pic s3 looks dark but it is noiseless while the ip5 is brighter it has too much noise yhat cannot be fix on PS
STFU - September 26, 2012 at 9:05pm
So your saying that the s3's photo was better cause it doesn't have any noise. No. You can't see shit in the s3's photo.
Steve - September 26, 2012 at 9:28pm
If you bring the s3's image brightness to a similar (functional) level, it is far worse than the ip5...
johnieapplese3d - September 26, 2012 at 10:28pm
Doesn't matter Lumia 920 came out first. You guys and your fight for 2nd place.
Nokia Lumia - September 27, 2012 at 1:10am
Looking foward to by a Lumia. Amazing camera, wonderful features a compatibilty. I was going to uptade my 3GS, but iphone doesnt deserve my money. Apple needs a wake up scenario and Lumia is the new bechmark.
Hemlocke - September 28, 2012 at 3:47pm
Enjoy chasing RIM for third place. Are you sure we can trust these images? Twice Nokia has lied about their camera...
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