HTC One's camera takes on iPhone 5, Lumia 920, Galaxy S3

Four heavy-hitting smartphones get their chance to impress in color, close-up, and low-light situations. The results are telling.

HTC One, iPhone 5, Nokia Lumia 920, Samsung Galaxy S3
CNET takes these four smartphone cameras for a spin. CNET Asia

Samsung, Apple, Nokia, and HTC may all crow about the quality of their flagship phones' onboard cameras, but nothing reveals real strength and weakness like a thorough camera shootout.

Hence CNET Asia's thrilling battle for image dominance among the HTC One, Nokia Lumia 920, iPhone 5, and Samsung Galaxy S3. (Yes, we'd love to do this with the newly announced Samsung Galaxy S4 and we will, as soon as we get the phone in our hands for longer than 10 minutes.)

CNET editor Jacqueline Seng took the four phones around Singapore, shooting close-ups for crisp edges and rich detail, checking color accuracy, and taking photos in low-light mode. The side-by-side results tell it all.

Check out the full punch-out here.

HTC One, iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S3, and Nokia Lumia 920 comparison
Comparing image quality on the HTC One, iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S3, and Nokia Lumia 920. CNET Asia
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Nokia Lumia 920

The Bottom Line: Nokia's Lumia 920 is heavy and thick, but if you want the most powerful, feature-rich Windows phone available, this is it. / Read full review

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Samsung Galaxy S III - 16GB - pebble blue (T-Mobile)

The Bottom Line: Pumped with high-performing hardware and creative software features, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is an excellent, top-end phone that's neck and neck with the HTC One X. / Read full review

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Apple iPhone 5

The Bottom Line: The iPhone 5 completely rebuilds the iPhone on a framework of new features and design, addressing its major previous shortcomings. It's absolutely the best iPhone to date, and it easily secures its place in the top tier of the smartphone universe. / Read full review

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HTC One

The Bottom Line: A few quibbles notwithstanding, the powerhouse HTC One is a beautifully crafted, near-ideal smartphone. / Read full review

About the author

Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.

 

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