Low light photos: Nokia Lumia 925 vs iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S4
If you’ve seen an advert for the Nokia Lumia 925, you’ll know its low light camera performance has been highlighted as a key main selling point. You’ll see some great results in promotional shots like the one above, but we wanted to see how the phone performed in our own testing.
To find out how the Lumia 925 really performs in low light we put it head to head with the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S4. We took some close up photos, only a metre from the shot’s focal point, and longer range snaps, from 15m away. We also adapted the light conditions between 5-10 lux and 1 lux or less; more lux means more light.
See how the three phones performed in the head to head galleries below.
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Scene 1: 1m, 5-10 lux
In our first round of testing both the Lumia 925 and Galaxy S4 performed well, picking out a good level of colour and vibrancy from the plant pot. Photos for the Nokia and Samsung were taken using their night modes, while the iPhone 5 was used in auto mode with flash turned off as it doesn’t have a night mode. Perhaps because of this, Apple’s handset was already struggling in respectable conditions.
Scene 2: 15m, 5-10 lux
The Lumia’s low light expertise really began to show in our second garden scene with the green lawn appearing a lot more luscious compared to the grass shown in Samsung’s Galaxy S4. Although the iPhone 5′s performance was passable, its photo is visibly darker when compared to the competition. Not a great omen for the hardened conditions around the corner.
Scene 3: 1m, 1 lux or less
In comparable terms, 1 lux is equivalent to the amount of light you’d get from a full moon on a clear night; not a lot then. Unsurprisingly, the iPhone 5 turned in a shoddy result with the two red and green watering cans proving barely visible.
More shockingly, the Galaxy S4 suffered a sudden drop off in performance taking a shot that’s nigh on unusable. As for the Lumia 925, it proved the clear victor by a considerable margin offering a performance that’s better than the iPhone in Scene 1.
Scene 4: 15m, 1 lux or less
If you thought the Lumia 925 might falter at its final hurdle, you’d be mistaken. Its 1 lux photo from a 15m distance isn’t perfect, but it’s significantly better than both the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S4 shots.
There’s noticeably more noise in the iPhone’s photo but since you’d be pressing delete on the S4 snap too, this difference doesn’t really matter.
So Nokia’s Lumia 925 really did live up to its low light claims and if you plan to use your phone as your main camera the 925 looks to be a far better all rounder than the premium iPhone 5 or Samsung S4. Would the iPhone’s poor performance put you off buying it or are other phone features more important? Let us know in the comments below.
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