CAMERA BATTLE! Sony Xperia Z vs Nokia Lumia 920 vs HTC Butterfly vs Galaxy Note 2

Hey guys. In this post, we are going to look at the performance of the camera by 4 of the top devices in the market currently; the SONY Xperia Z, Nokia Lumia 920, HTC Butterfly and Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Before we move on, lets take a look at how these 4 companies market the camera for these devices.

SONY Xperia Z: 13 megapixel Exmor RS camera with Auto focus and flash. In Superior Auto mode, the camera combines Scene Recognition with high quality and high performance image processing technology (HDR and noise reduction) to automatically shoot with the optimal settings.

Nokia Lumia 920: 8.7 megapixel PureView technology with Carl Zeiss lens captures blur-free videos even if the camera’s shaking or in low light. Thanks to its Optical Image Stabilisation.

HTC Butterfly: 8 megapixel camera with auto focus, LED flash, and BSI sensor (for better low-light captures). Capture high-quality photos that are true to life, regardless of lighting conditions. With this device, it’s easy to look like a pro.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2: 8 Megapixel Auto Focus Camera with LED Flash, BSI

OK. So in the comparisons below, we have taken the phones to capture photos under multiple scenarios:
– Normal photo taking
– Strong backlight building
– Flower capturing
– Macro mode
– Low light
– Total darkness with minimal lighting

These photos were all taken using AUTO mode as this is the mode that majority of the people will use when taking a photo in their day to day life. Click on thumbnail to enlarge.

SONY Xperia Z
Nokia Lumia 920
HTC Butterfly
Galaxy Note 2

What do we think?

SONY Xperia Z

Colour production: Very natural. Images produced look very similar to the real thing. Would be better if the saturation is increased by 10%.
Sharpness: We love how the sharpness is not too strong and not too soft either. We were impressed that even under low light, the images are still sharp.
Exposure: A little over exposed under bright daylight. Still acceptable. We prefer brighter photos than darker ones.
Low light: We were impressed that the Exmore-R sensor managed to capture images even under extreme low lightness. However, noise level is too high.
Overall: Superb image processing. Better than many other phones in the market. Recommended.

Nokia Lumia 920

Colour production: Most natural among all 4 phones. Depending on the subject, photos tend to either look warmer or cooler.
Sharpness: Bad. Not sharp at all under any situations. We were kinda dissapointed as this is the only drawback for the 920 camera.
Exposure: Exposure is perfect. No photos were too bright nor too dark in all the photos we took so far.
Low light: SUPERB. The lower the lighting, the more amazing the 920 gets. Sounds ridiculous but just look at the samples above!
Overall: Suitable for people who takes most photos under low light. Otherwise, the other 3 phones are better.

HTC Butterfly

Colour production: As good as the Lumia 920. Though this would be more stable as the white balance does not change drastically when subject is different.
Sharpness: Too sharp for our liking. Hope HTC can reduce it in future firmware/phones.
Exposure: All is good, just a little under exposed when taking objects with strong backlight.
Low light: Light sensitivity is above average under low light but image would most likely appear washed out.
Overall: Good camera, we’d put it between the Lumia 920 and the Xperia Z.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Colour production: Average. A little on the ‘cool’ side when it comes to white balance.
Sharpness: Perfect sharpness under bright lighting and also low light. We feel very comfortable looking at the sharpness of the photos taken. Any photos at all.
Exposure: A little on the ‘bright’ side. Still acceptable. Very stable under low light, but we still prefer those taken by Xperia Z.
Low light: Below average. Nothing much else we can talk about it
Overall: Average camera. Suitable for people who don’t take photos under low light.

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