Nokia Lumia 920 vs. HTC One Optical Image Stabilization and Low-Light Performance

By Vamien McKalin | Apr 08, 2013 09:09 AM EDT

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The well-respected Anandtech has run a comparison of the Nokia Lumia 920 and the HTC One in a video recording showdown. Both phones were tested to see which gives the best Optical Image Stabilization and best low-light performance.

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The first video showed the Lumia 920 to be superior to the HTC One, as it was able to stay steady more frequently, even with aggressive shakes.

"First of all, it goes without saying that the One blows away the devices which only can use EIS when it comes to video stabilization, which means essentially everything besides the Lumia 920. The One does an impressive job damping out the high frequency movement, but doesn't quite match the Lumia 920, which looks so good that you'd think it's on a tripod or steadicam or something. Only the most aggressive of shakes show up in the Lumia 920's output video, while I feel like the One could be a bit more generous with the low frequency shakes. Still, having OIS on an Android device is a huge boon."

The second video has the HTC One decimating the Lumia 920 in low-light performance, though the HTC One frame rate was well below 30 frames per second.

"At night however the One really shines. I put together another comparison video with the One, iPhone 5, and Lumia 920 in side by side to demonstrate the differences in low light behavior."


"Here the benefits in having those bigger pixels pay off. The One is substantially brighter than either of the other two phones. The Lumia 920 prioritizes framerate and keeps things exactly at 30, which results in the video looking much darker. The iPhone has distracting EIS which runs and results in lights and other point sources looking like they're blurring in all directions while I walk along the path. HTC lets the framerate slip into the 20s on the One, but looks a heck of a lot brighter. In the final parking garage scene there are a few parts where we can't see anything on the Lumia but can see the scene on the One."

Solid looking devices; however, the Lumia 920 camera has the edge due to having more megapixels, which makes for more detail in videos and pictures.

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