Nokia Lumia 920 goes up against Samsung Galaxy S4 in video stabilisation test

WP7Forum.ru member Eugen Diskin has published a video comparing the recording capabilities of the Nokia Lumia 920 and Samsung Galaxy S4. Sound familiar? It should as we've seen this done before with the Lumia 920 and a Galaxy S3. This time the two smartphones were mounted on to a toy vehicle and dragged along the floor.

The end footage yet again confirms how Nokia has ensured that video recording is stabilised with the OIS (optical image stabilisation). It's nothing new and we would expect the Lumia 920 to record better quality footage with shaky hands, but it's good to see a test performed against Samsung's latest Android hit.

Source: YouTube, via: Nokiapoweruser; thanks, riffraffy, for the tip!

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197 Comments
  • T-mobile USA is the best.
  • No network near downtown LA.
  • Depends, some parts of DTLA are sketchy others is full 4G.
  • Do you WP users see this commercial where Samsung will lease you a full-size Samsung point-and-shot camera for $5 a month. Seen in SE Florida ,USA.
  • So, if you have a Samsung phone you need to have another camera because the one in the phone is horrible?
     
    :)
  • LMAO
  • The camera in my Ativ S is pretty fracking good, but it's no 920. Still the world's most advanced smartphone camera!
  • You do know these device are suppose to take the place of a feature phone and a pda?,  so if all you have to be happy about is your phone camera,  this is a  sad day for window user; why don't you guys buy a  camera ( which had a  better picture)  so you can really be happy... raise your expectation a  little bit for a  smart phone,  even iphone user have a higher expectation then one single  feature.. lol
  • you already started wrong, these devices aren't just supposed to replace a feature phone and a pda... they really are replacing the point and shoot camera, just look at Apple trying to brain wash their fans because the iphone 5 has a magical/revolutionary crystal clear lens... lmao c'mon dude.
  • I don't know about you but I go out with my co-workers after work often.  Many times we want to take some pix inside bars or clubs, and Nokia 920 does the job wonderful.  I have a camera, but you tell me I have to carry that all the time?
    The phone has many great things; however, the camera is the highest expectation of the phone.  Even the latest Galaxy phone still can't even touch it.
  • +1
  • WP8 has everything, except specialty apps where individual companies need to get onboard and a connection for AT&T Lumia LTE supported phones.
    Thanks TMO for not updating L810 with LTE.
  • LOL
  • I know, I know, megapixels isn't everything, but we need to have higher megapixels soon, even though the 920 is amazing with OIS. Like not 41, but 12-16 would be nice.
  • 41 sounds about right! ;-)
  • Lol yea
  • hopefully in next lumia
  • you do a lot of zooming or cropping with your pictures? If not, the extra magapixels won't help. The sony xperia has a 12 mp camera. Does any review put that camera on top.
  • I would love to be able to zoom for both still photography and video.
  • For that since it would be useful I need 1billion gigapixels on the camera. Plus OIS etc, and huge sensors (like 1km sensor). Boom, phone camera sorted.
  • 1.21 giggawatts! 88 miles per hour!!!
  • Haha...we are talkin about the powerful Lumia 920 here, not the De Lorean. But maybe both share the same capability to wow people...
  • Great Scott!
  • Why don't you make like a tree and get lost!
  • I'ts over 9000!!
  • I actually do crop many of my snapshots before I use them. Sometimes a lot. Of course they're not for print so with OIS I can usually get strikingly clear images from my Lumia 920. :)
  • My friend has that xperia z and he was like "my camera is awesome because it has 12 mp!" and then we battled it out ( at night outside btw) and I beat the crap out of him with my L920 xD
  • Bet u can't beat my n8
  • megapixels don't matter.
  • Not completely true. You wouldn't want a 1MP camera, would you? At some point megapixels are overkill for the size of sensors on the phone and for what data the tiny lenses can deliver. The end result can be noisy pictures with lots of abnormalities in the image processing. However, the engineering is there for more than 8MP and we can certainly take advantage of lossless zooming. So megapixels might be overrated, but they DO matter.
  • Do what the preview did. Capture super high res and downscale it.
  • It does matter
  • ATT Titan user here...patiently waiting for the EOS so I can upgrade. The thought of Pureview phase 3 has been making me antsy these days.
  • XCONOMICRON?!?!! Brilliant!!! Titan owner, too. Waiting for contract expiration. I'll miss the large display but I won't miss 7.5.
  • +1 on this. Gen1 Titan owner awaiting EOC to upgrade as well...ugh...now how much patience will I need though? Do I wait til EOC (Nov 2013) or give it a little longer for the newer phones to be released (April 2014 timeframe perhaps?). Waiting game is the key (and a killer too since I'd like to upgrade sooner). Haven't seen a lot of rumors (unsubstantiated or otherwise) regarding next gen phones and Windows Blue <grrrrr!>. Anybody have any good WP gossip to keep me entertained? Hoping Nokia has large screen (4.7"-4.8") with Pureview Phase 3 and SD card expansion in the plans...sigh...
     
    Techiedude
  • Megapixel myth is true. My 12mp SLR will blow any camera phone or compact camera away. I have £800 worth of lens on it. A phone lens would need to be bigger and cost a similar amount to be close, not that it ever would as my SLR has a 35mm sensor. You are lucky if your phone has a sensor the size of a fingernail. HTC have gone to 4MP to improve image quality.
  • Nonononono... more Pixels just make the Pixels smaller, resulting in degraded quality because of a worse SNR.
    What we need is optical Zoom and bigger Sensors (as in bigger chip size to capture more light). The 808 Pureview has a pretty large Sensor, but the amount of Pixels makes it a little grainy, even with oversampling.
  • If u are printing photos megapixels matter. Photoplay, Facebook posts dont
  • And above comments have nothing to do with OIS. Neither does this one.
  • Haha...true! I think the OIS benefit is clear.
  • And neither is the one below this.
  • Um, my post mentions OIS.
  • Well played.
  • I lived in Tennessee , now in SE Florida since 1998 and never had a drop call with TMO USA and Nokia. Go figure.
  • Good for you. Now remind me again how this is related to optical image stabilization used in the Lumia 920? Oh yeah, that's right. It's not. Now GO AWAY!
  • He is just a spammer. I see alot of them on here lately. NOW **** OFF SPAMMER
  • He reminds me of Hit the Lights, but mentions Nokia.
  • Samsung good luck next year!!! Or maybe year after with galaxy s6 lol
  • But sadly, Sammy and Apple freakin wipe WP's sales.
  • But not in technology as we see
  • +100
  • No no, you're doing it wrong. It should be:
    +920
    +820
    +720
    +620
    +520
  • Not in technology? Exynos.
    Screen to front ratio.
    Air gestures.
    Far slimmer and lighter.
    Replacable Battery.
    Memory card slot. And more of course. Yeah, "try again", clearly the s4 has technology the 920 bests. Its like an 8track, rite?
  • HAHHAH!
  • Wow, relax dude, pmsing too much, article about camera and stabilization, but if you want to go further with this, do your research and you'll see how much Nokia achieved and innovate, they lost their moment but they still keep impressing people, you know any other company as dedicated to costumers as they are? Plus till s4 comes out lumia920 will be 6 month old and they still can't beat Nokia's camera
  • I wasnt replying to the article, but to your comment, which didnt say anything to suggest you meant "nokia 920 har ois, sgs4 doesnt", which would be true, but rather "better luck next year" and that Samsung doesnt beat Nokia in technology.
    And no, it says nothing about camera being better on the 920, just that ois beats not having ois.
    Camera comparison is more than that :) .
    Innovation is great, I agree. Implementing it would be amazing too, though. And keeping it up.
    And yes, tons of companies seem as dedicated to their consumers as Nokia. In fact, a lot of people are annoyed at how Nokia handles customers when it comes to the slew of errors on the 920 handset.
  • Unfortunately, it doesn't change the fact that in the everyday real world, the 920 takes better videos than the S4.
     
    Also, 1080p screen of the S4 notwithstanding, a screen comparison was made between it and the 920 (together with the iPhone 5, the HTC One, etc.) but the 920 still beats the S4 in brightness, color accuracy, and legibility outdoors.
  • No, noone is debating that the 920 takes better video with its ois.
  • Why do you keep separating OIS from the camera? 920 has a better CAMERA. Period. It's like saying "This phone takes better pictures with its BSI sensor" like it's cheating to have a BSI sensor in comarison to FSI. "If my phone had BSI it would take good pictures too" well your phone doesn't have it.
  • Because this is about ois and video. I haven't seen a releaseversion s4 camera shootout vs the 920.
    Do you have a link?
  • Even if I had a link, it would show that "Lumia 920 captures better video and has a better camera in that respect."
    Just like if there were a comparison about low-light photography, you shouldn't have said "well, the Lumia has OIS so it takes better pictures" as if having OIS is cheating. THe only thing you could say was "the Lumia takes better low-light photos."
  • I never said it was cheating. What discussion are you taking part in?
    The original statement was that the s4 couldn't touch the 920 in the tech department.
    Not purely on the video sense, but in general. Which was what I responded to.
    As for singleing out ois afterwards its clear that a camera with ois clearly gives a far better "taped to an RC veichle" video than a camera without it, that is a maaaajor part of this entire test.
    If the 920 camera is overall worse, it can still excel in this particular area, wouldn't you agree?
    And as I said, I cannot comment on the overall camera as I do not have any s4 to compare it with, nor have I seen any comparisons between the two cameras.
    Personally I don't think Ive had a better phonecamera than my 920. Maybe the n8 is close or maybe even better.
    But yes, Im quite sure video capture with the 920 beats the s4, so I see your point. However, I don't know that it is, even with the advantage of ois, because I haven't seen any really compelling comparisons yet.
    Makes sense?
  • You can actually replace the battery in the Lumia 920 pretty easily. Plus, I wouldn't say that is a plus in technology... Would you consider having a removable backplate as an innovation? 
  • I didn't say it was innovation, just "ability to do X if desired" beats "inability to do X if desired".
    Generally for a long trip with intensive use, an extra battery can come in handy. Also the ability to get a bigger battery to beef up the batterylife on demand.
  • Yeah I get that, but I think a better alternative would be to get a car charger, which is much cheaper than a replacement battery. 
  • Sure, if you drive. Personally i often fly or go by train, and though it isn't like indo this every day, whenever i travel with my 920 i must conserve battery. I cant play games for two hours and watch five hours of video, and have standbybattery left for the rest of the day.
    Gaming in particular demolishes my 920s battery, but that's not necessarily the case for all users.
  • 2 of my friends that owned S3 less than 10 months have battery life span of 3-4 hours, they formatted their phone and battery life went back to a day.
    May be you can invest on a power bank instead of a battery, mine one allow me to charge my phone 7-8 times over.
  • Mine was fine. Did a 6hour boatride while constantly watching video, and had over half the battery left after it. No battery issues with it :/
  • Its not that big a deal, just buy yourself a Nokia DC-16 external charger and you now have a battery that lasts for 3 months that can safely sit in your pocket, mine sits in my coat pocket just in case.  Although most of the time when I have forgotten to charge the phone up I find I'm nearby to somewhere useful.
    A removeable battery is a plus, but carrying it around without a protective case is just asking for trouble.
  • Yeah were not used to having to replace batteries like Samsung and Motorola and iphones so no need for removable backplate
  • Well that's bull. Ive had tons of Nokias that had weak/weird batteries, so don't try to make it about a weakness when it clearly is a plus, even if a small one.
  • Change the battery in a 920 easily ? So do you take a spare battery and quickly swap them out on a long trip ?
     
    Popping off a back cover to replace a battery is one thing but, removing screws, poping a phone apart to change the battery is a different story...
  • Screen to front ratio? What?
    Air gestures? What the heck am I going to do with that?
    Slimmer and lighter? Why do I care when its cheap plastic?
    Replaceable battery? That's a negative in my books. That's just more cheap plastic.
    Memory card slot? Negative again. Let's put more cheap slots on your cheap plastic phone body.
  • Screen to front ratio means skimmer bezels. Basically more of the front is used for the screen. Giving a larger screen in a comparatively small frame.
    Air gestures? No idea, personally i think hovering for mousehover is fairly nice, albeit not often used. Hard to say before using it over time to see wether or not its useless or somewhat nice.
    If you care about plastic then yeah, the polycarbonate back is probably difficult for you.
    But for me, id take slimmer, lighter, memcard and replacable battery over "none of those" and day of the week.
    The fact that you don't want those for some personal reason is of course another matter.
  • Air gestures - retarded gimmick, see people waving at their phones?
  • Iunno, hover function seems nice.
    The wave to scroll stuff i agree makes little sense unless youre covered in food/oil etc, which isn't that often.
  • After all has been said and done, it doesn't change the fact that in the everyday real world, the 920 takes better videos than the S4. Also, 1080p screen of the S4 notwithstanding, a screen comparison was made between it and the 920 (together with the iPhone 5, the HTC One, etc.) but the 920 still beats the S4 in brightness, color accuracy, and legibility outdoors.
  • If they can bring it up to real time level responsiveness it's Kinect on a phone. Samsung and Nokia are both bringing true innovation to the smartphone market, and in both cases, as usual, the fanboys of the competition cry "gimmick"! I want to see WP Blue in an S4. It's good for the platform. Especially if MS lets Samsung bring some of their newest tricks...
  • Totally agree. Samsung even has televisions cost well over $2k with these gesture features and they don't even work half the time. They even made a nice All-in-One PC with a gesture control and same deal. Its buggy and doesn't always work. If this is any indication of what they will stuff in the S4 than no thanks.
  • Exynos. Gesundheit. Seriously though, an 8 core processor where only 4 work at a time isn't something I'm excited about, if they got rid of those useless 4 low speed cores and replaced them with cache it might be better. But running WP would speed things up even more ;) Screen to front ratio- who cares. Air gestures - is touching it with gloves that hard? Far slimmer and lighter - but taller and wider, but good for people who struggle to hold a small cup of expresso. Replaceable battery - nice, but everyone else has figured out external chargers, also where is the wireless? Memory card slot - at last one feature that is useful.
  • A friend of mine "upgraded" to an S3, a "slimmer, lighter, S3". After owning it for a week, he bent over to pick something up and out came his phone. About an 18" inch fall. "Dude, what happened to your screen?". Have to admit though, it made a very cool looking spider web. If only he'd used an Otterbox defender. Oh yeah, no more "slimmer, lighter". But, it still works!
  • ^ This. Both of my parents have S3 phones and both had the screen crack within a few weeks of owning them. Words can't describe how cheaply made they are. Yes, they have bells and whistles but, physically, they are truly designed to be disposable. Sad thing is they might have gone with a windows phone but alas they are on Sprint.
  • ^This, everyone i know with the s3, save those with otterbox defenders, have a spiderweb, Slai is arguing that everything on the s4 is technilogically better, and in some regards i do not dispute this. but at what point did phones become something you pay 700+ dollars for to play games or to wave your hands in front of it. i get that people have their personal preferences when it comes to this specific point in my argument, all im saying is that at one point phones were meant to be used to maintain consistent contact with family and friends and to do work. not its like "OH IT DOESNT HAVE TEMPLE RUN 2 THEN I DONT WANT IT NYAH NYAH" like spoiled children people cry for games and features that they will eventually get tired of and will hardly ever use. You can sit here an argue which is more advance all you want but all that does is add to the unneeded flame wars that plague the internet with bias and self entitlement. i love my 920 and camera and phone calls texts and emails are what i use my phone for and occasionally a game here and there but since im an xbox and ps gamer not much of that either. so whatever to the s4 and all the spec heads fighting about it.
  • Well my 920 has a deep scratch now, whereas my sgs3 never had a scratch. Its merely about luck and being careful, really. Eddie: not sure how the exynos will perform batterywise, but as far as i know its about increasing batterylife in standby mode, and from what i gather its quite good at the general stuff too. Still waiting for a comparison test between the snapdragon and the exynos, though.
    Its wider than the 920, btw? I didn't know that, haven't looked into it.
    But the s3 held up fine for me in terms of being sturdy etc, just like the 920 has (cept for the screencrack on the 920, but that's mishandling and not a phone weakness).
    My point is really just that the s4 clearly isn't technically dominated by the 920 in any way, besides the ois (almost wrote ios) :P .
    Clearly it has advantages over it in terms of cpy, ram, memorycard, battery, etcetera.
    Not saying its BETTER for everyone, but saying its inferior technically is just false.
    Makes sense?
    Don't get me wrong, i love my 920.
  • As for screen to front ratio, its merely the fact that a bigger screen gives a better viewing experience, and with a smaller screen to front ratio you get more screen for less phonesize, which is great. At least for me.
  • I'm with you on this too WinFan. If I really want to play a game I use one of my consoles and for portable gaming I have a 3ds. My phone has nice tools but its main function is to keep in contact with family and take pictures on the fly.
  • +100
  • Yeah, that's cool for some users. Yet it doesn't mean that the 920 outperforms or outdoes the s4 technically, which was the point.
  • Until the Lumia 920 variant comes to T-Mobile or we are given official unlock codes from AT&T, I'm tired of caring.lol Seriously though I'm just waiting to hear some news for us...
  • totally agree holding on to a red 920 until may, have it since the beginning of feb.  tried everything, and nothng has worked.  i am thinking about flashing it from one of those sites but i am nervous that i will brick it.
  • Yeah and they are usually cheaper than the 8X which I might buy if nothing better comes along. But I asked around about unlocking it before I purchased one and found out it was not possible.
  • Still using the HD7, it still works, but man does it have some bugs, plus the support blows when it comes to HTC updating your phone or given you apps.  Thought about the 8x but I can't bring myself to go with HTC again.  They have left a bad taste in my mouth.
  • On the plus side, you have the very device in your possession that could run WP8 and Windows 8 (if DFT ever releases a working method, of course.)
  • I wonder why he didn't simply use the RC.