Both the Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC 8X feature high-tech cameras. The 920 sports an 8.7-megapixel shooter with Carl Zeiss optics and PureView technology that promises superior low-light shots. The 8-MP camera inside the 8X uses HTC’s ImageChip for fast image capture. It records video in 1080p, while simultaneously capturing stills and slow-motion video. So which camera takes better photos?
During the outdoor leg of our shootout, the Windows Phone 8X’s camera took the lead, delivering sharper images of a fall bouquet. The 8X also achieved better color accuracy, with the exception of some yellow daisies, which looked nuclear yellow. The Lumia 920’s shots were a bit oversaturated, and the white band surrounding the flowers had a bluish tint. The same band on the 8X was gleaming white.
The Lumia 920 redeemed itself when we came inside. A colleague’s skin tone looked warmer on the 8X, but more accurate on the 920. The Lumia supplied an overall sharper image, as evidenced by the crisper Samsung Galaxy Note II on the desk and the more-defined folds in our colleague’s shirt.
The Lumia 920 also won the low-light photography battle. Stills of our Marvel Comics toys were bright and colorful despite the dim conditions and low volume of light. However, the photos were noticeably grainy. That’s still better than the Windows Phone 8X, with which we could barely make out anything, let alone color.
WINNER: Nokia Lumia 920
Although the Windows Phone 8X took better outdoor images, the Lumia 920 delivered better indoor and low-light shots.
Most front-facing cameras are good for snapping quick, albeit grainy self-portraits. HTC bucks the trend with a 2.1 megapixel front camera that boasts a 88-degree angle. With the camera’s expanded viewing range, we could comfortably fit three people into a landscape shot. The Lumia 920, on the other hand, cut off some faces until we also squeezed closer together.
The Windows Phone 8X also won the picture-quality battle. Test shots of the Laptopmag.com staff taken on the 8X appeared sharper and had better color accuracy than the Lumia 920. The 8X’s front-facing camera can also capture video in 1080p, compared to 720p with the 920.
WINNER: Windows Phone 8X
The HTC Windows Phone 8X wins with a wider viewing angle, better color accuracy and sharper resolution.