Camera Comparison: Sony Xperia Z vs Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note II, iPhone 5, Nokia Lumia 920

| February 18, 2013 | 39 Replies



Quick heads up! Sorry I’ve been busy with more exam prep.

This is a comparison between the Sony Xperia Z, SGSIII, Note II, iPhone 5 and Nokia Lumia 920. Of course it would have been unfair to have the 808 in any camera phone comparison.

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  1. harsh doshi says:

    still the comparison is really unfair!!!..u see the earlier comparisons and they were great from PA but this makes them look like Samsung makes the best camera..soo not true!.. check out my comments there with the name of doshi_harsh.. I have mentioned the same things there about how biased the comparison was

    • harsh doshi says:

      sorry wrong name given up there..its actually harsh_doshi and check out for comment #4, #10 and #15

    • josh says:

      This is before the portico update as well, with the portico update there is so much detail in day photos, and they are so much better… This is so baised

  2. dss says:

    The difference between all of them are.. negligible really.. noise, mediocre detail, and poor flash performance.. the usual 1.4 / 1.1 micron mess :) The Xperia Z is probably shooting at 1.1 considering that 1/3″ sensor cut into 13Mpix for marketing purposes.

    • AreOut says:

      yupp, all these smartphone camera comparisons are really just comparing between their software and what maker has put more saturation and artificial light or softening…

      808>>>N8>>>>>>>all others

      • dss says:

        ~ 3.x µm >>> 1.75 µm >>>>>>> 1.4 / 1.1 µm

        add xenon, ND filter, amazing optics, and very well tuned jpeg processing in the mix and you have a winner.

        • mirco says:

          You are really obsessed by the pixel size but remember that the N95 had larger pixels than the N8 (2.2mu) and the N90 even had 3mu pixels. Was any of those old N9x better than the 920? Certainly not.
          As time goes by technology evolves… just don’t be so fixed on one single value.

      • Gordon Ramsay potkii takaosaa says:

        It’s all about software.

        Unfortunately 808 is not a modern smartphone.

        At best it’s more like a souped up featurephone with Symbian making it unreliable.

        It’s unfortunately true.

        So, comparing any Symbian phone with a modern smartphone is actually a comparison between a modern smartphone(s) and those Symbian phones. Completely different products.


    • Marc Aurel says:

      dss, pixel size in itself has very little correlation with image quality. This has been discussed widely for example at by people who are imagining engineers and know their stuff inside out. I will not repeat their arguments here. Go there and search for old threads about noise, pixel size etc.

  3. pezman726 says:

    as a side note….they said “highest resolution possible” but it looks like they left the 920 on 16×9, which is a lower res than 4×3 mode. 7.1MP vs 8MP. So they did not use the highest resolution

  4. paul says:

    it is not “unfair” to left out the 808 in a smartphone-photo-comparison. It is ignorant and not so clever, leaving out the “king of the hill” of an given function in an comparison of this function.

  5. JGrove303 says:

    Ya, no PR1.1. Reshoot is in order.

  6. Bkams says:
    Did you see this? Somebody is lying here… Is it Gizmodo or PhoneArena? You decide ;)

    • dss says:

      Both of them are pretty clueless actually.. what are they compering really ? At least gizmodo tried to take a look at the bigger picture and gave the 920 credit, phonearena are very confused.

      This is how it is:

      Image quality in daylight:

      1. iPhone 5
      2. Z10 (very, very close)
      3. GS3
      4. 920
      5. Nexus


      1. 920
      … the rest is all pretty much the same bs.. depending on conditions one would do better than the other.


      they all suck.


      1. 920 (because of the stabilization)
      2. iPhone 5…
      .. whatever


      1. 920 by a huge margin because of the haac mic
      … whatever.. the ip5 and the z10 are awful.

      So.. overall.. I would pick the 920, but really.. at this level it doesn’t matter.

      This is quality:

      The rest is pretty much garbage in comparison

      • Bkams says:

        It’s easy to see that the writer has his preferences, for example there’s no list in the indoor test where L920 is clearly the winner. But maybe it’s me who has other preferences?
        And about 808, they’re just afraid that an old smartphone with symbian takes way better pictures than their cutting edge all-new-hardware-pomped high end smartphones. They will just ignore it.

        • Gordon Ramsay potkii takaosaa says:

          I don’t think they are afraid of that.

          It’s just that the 808 is not a modern smartphone. It has Symbian OS, you know?

          Besides, it’s possible that the 808 is no longer in production.

          Actually it would be interesting to see how obsoleted products can compare with the modern smartphones. Like 808 and some camera from the early 20th century.

      • Marc Aurel says:

        The phone and general gadgetry sites don’t really understand digital imaging, so their reviews and comparisons are very subjective. At least Gsmarena has the nice comparison tool, which allows us to do our own comparisons. Even they make amateur errors in the actual comparisons like not taking into account the field of view of the lens when comparing real world shots…

  7. adam says:

    ah don’t worry guys…

    Clearly the Portico update was present…and it was shot in a 16×9 ratio which is meh…but look at it this ways guys/gals///when the EOS comes out, I’m sure there will be no room to talk.

  8. swain says:

    Surprised to see xperia z and 920 coming last.

  9. Zhi says:

    What a joke, some review websites say that the L920 is the best, some say the iPhone is the best etc. If they can’t even agree on one objectively, what makes their shootout comparisons even credible? The only smartphone that got a universal praise is the 808, because it IS the best.

  10. Zhi says:

    What a joke, some review websites say that the L920 is the best, some say the iPhone is the best etc. If they can’t even agree on one objectively, what makes their shootout comparisons even credible? The only smartphone camera that got a universal praise is the 808, because it IS the best.

  11. Grendell says:

    Wish they at least brought in the N8 for this test. At least for a historical perspective on how far camera phones have come. I can understand that everything else is competing for second place behind the 808.

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