We got a huge response from our last HTC One camera comparison, so we thought we’d take a more granular look at the device’s biggest competition, Nokia’s Lumia 920. Both promise unrivalled results, in low-light and in normal conditions; the two companies have confidently touted their cameras as big selling points, and for good reason. Rather than focusing on jumping forward in megapixels, the two focused heavily on creating better sensors, which in theory would produce better images.
In our newest comparison, we tried to replicate casual use as best we could, both indoors and out, during the day (in sunlight and in cloudy weather) and in the evening. We also went to a dimly lit restaurant, where we’d expect many users to use their devices in similar situations. Everything was set to Automatic on both handsets, and the flash was purposely turned off indoors to demonstrate how the sensors reacted to low-light. In all cases, we attempted to take the photos from identical spots, at the exact same time, so bear with us if they aren’t exact mirror images. The images, too, are taken at different resolutions, which is why the crops aren’t precise.
Like last time, we’re letting the community decide who the winner is. Both cameras do well in certain situations but, admittedly, you’re ultimately getting a better experience with the One, which comes out soon in the U.S. Still, the Lumia 920 is a wonderful device in its own right, and an exemplary model of what the mobile Windows Phone 8 experience should be. The images, incidentally, are clearly labeled for 75 percent and 100 percent crops to give you an understanding of the overall results.
So does the HTC One, with its fancy UltraPixel camera, outdo the Lumia 920, which has already proven its quality? Let us know. If you’d like to see a more in-depth comparison between any two smartphone cameras, give us a shout. We’re always trying to evolve and improve the content we present to you, The Herd. I would have liked to visit more locations with both the One and Lumia 920 but, alas, it was not to be. Still, the results are quite revealing, and help us better understand which is ultimately the better choice.