Nokia Shows Off Just How Good The Lumia 925 Camera Is Against The Competition


Sure, there’s no question this Nokia-run test is a controlled environment using ideal settings to make the Lumia 925 look as good as possible. Still, for Windows Phone 8 fans it’s a chance to see how the Lumia 925 stands up against some tough competition. Nokia explains the comparison shots were taken using the “same low-lit scenes using the automatic settings for all the pictures.”

We’ve explained how advanced camera algorithms, great engineering and our partnership with Carl Zeiss has led to our most advanced camera on the Nokia Lumia 925 – especially when it comes to low light conditions. But how does that come together in practice?

We’ve taken comparison shots using the Nokia Lumia 925 and a number of its closest competitors, the same low-lit scenes using the automatic settings for all the pictures. We’ve avoided the temptation to make comments, but we think that the differences are pretty striking.

Given that this is a Nokia-sponsored test, take the comparison images with a grain of salt. However, if you’re eager to get your hands on the Lumia 925 when it drops exclusively on T-Mobile, rest assured the camera is one piece of the Lumia puzzle Nokia is putting their best foot forward.


Xperia Z

Xperia Z

iPhone 5

iPhone 5

Samsung Galaxy S 4

Samsung Galaxy S 4



Lumia 925

Lumia 925



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  • coolio93

    Didn’t Nokia photoshop one of their previous camera advertisements?

  • Vic

    That’s pretty damn good!

  • superg05

    im sorry but i have a very hard time believing on automatic in low light conditions that the flash would not have activated on all these phones now if your saying photos where taken with flash off it would be very impressive but what else can it do what will make me run out and get this phone if i don’t take pictures that often and its not a real selling point for me and how do i know if nokia didn’t just take these pictures while dimming the lights

    • My thoughts exactly.

    • 21stNow

      And here I thought that I was the only one that didn’t use my phone’s camera that often. Thanks for letting me know that I’m not alone!

    • NuShrike

      I rather spend the money getting something like prosumer such as Lumix LX5. Money better spent.

      Only a tiny, select, ass-backwards crowd will buy a specific smartphone for the camera. They should make a camera with ‘smartphone abilities’ for that group.

      • PiCASSiMO

        I used to think like you. Wanted the RX-100 for it’s large sensor and F1.8 glass. But then I realized that my cell phone is always in my pocket and I really want to be able to capture the moment without finding my compact digital camera (currently P310) or even my DSLR (old D80). I’ve got a Nexus 4 for now, it gets by, but I would love to have an improvement in the IQ both inside and out.

      • Quan Bui

        ya know something? You’re actually quite correct. I don’t know anybody that bought their smartphone specifically for the camera quality. I mean, it obviously helps sway your wallet to the product. For example, I opted to buy my HTC One because the camera is really good, but it wasn’t the main reason I bought the phone. Now that my friends have all seen what the camera can do, most of em want the phone now… not the main reason they want to buy the HTC One, but it sure helps.

    • Singleweird

      i dont think its a conspiracy. its easy to take auto photos with the flash off. i believe that the low-light condition lens is that good. and if someone loves windows phone but has been frustrated with a lack of good camera, they’re now in luck. nokia’s trying!

    • eanfoso

      Because nokia didn’t take the pictures?? and what they can do that no other os does is lag, very fluid on a dual core, whereas my old note 2 and the new gs4 lag on quad core, nonetheless windows devices are very power efficient, compared to an android device

      • Quan Bui

        ummm…. my brother’s Note 2 and my best friend’s GS4 has never lagged one bit… they’re actually very very fast and smooth… soooo I have no idea what you’re talking about lol.

    • Dobber

      I don’t see that this necessarily has to do with flash, or default settings, or anything else that would have to be manually adjusted. It has to do with light. With low light and a fast shutter speed you will get a dark image. In low light with a slower shutter speed you will get a brighter image. Or, a lens that allows more light to flow through compared to a different lens that doesn’t let as much light to flow in. Or, increasing the ISO, which will keep the shutter speed fast (so as not cause blurring) but at the expense of sharpness of the image.

      A good camera will be able to do a lot of these automatically. An even better camera will let you dive in and manually change those things.

  • Deadeye37

    My guess is that Nokia probably manually tweaked their settings for the camera to match the scene & lighting perfectly, whereas the other cameras were left on default. That camera still looks really good, though.

    The HTC One’s camera looks pretty good, too. I think the white balance would need to be adjusted and then it would look as good at the Nokia sample.

    • Quan Bui

      I wanna see the 928 beat my HTC One’s camera in person.

      • Ordeith

        The 920 beats the HTC one. so that should be a simple matter for the 928.

        • Quan Bui

          for some reason, Windows Vista comes to mind

  • impasse

    these always bother me because i’m guessing they shot in full auto, which for whatever reason doesn’t generally use a low-light longer exposure, and just higher iso..even though i’m sure all of these phones have a night mode that produces much more competitive results..

  • ceegii63

    16gb is pushing me to go 928!

  • Paul

    Photoshop is an amazing program.

    • ceegii63

      YES IT IS!

      sadly no PS Touch on WP8

    • Singleweird


  • James Harding, Jr.

    It’s understandable that a lot of you don’t believe the image quality comparisons (especially after that whole “fake video” thing) but here is a camera comparison done by a 3rd party. It references the Nokia Lumia 920 whose camera is inferior to the 925.
    I also rarely take picture with my cell phone, so it isn’t a major issue to me, but I wanted to give something to appease the skeptics.

  • Jon Blaze

    nokia makes great phones and they probably lead the market as best camera but i know for a fact that low light on an s4 is clearer and brighter than an htc one. how I know, I have both phones. the drama and best face feature is better with the zoe on the htc one. people sholuldnt rely on these reviews. most of them are biased. Just like htc one claiming to have the loudest and best speakers due to front facing. but the fact is htc one has more bass but isnt louder. we tested a lot of the features claimed by manufacturers and some are on point but some are just marketing tools to outsell the competition. Hope we can get our hands on a lumia 925 to compare it against the rest of the competition. We also hope one day Nokia picks up android. Then competition will really pick up.

  • Frank

    Ok I’m sold I’ll stop by a t-mobile store to pick one up.