Smartphone OIS video test; HTC One competes well with Nokia Lumia 920

Smartphone OIS video test; HTC One competes well with Nokia Lumia 920

Summary: One of the cool camera features of the Nokia Lumia 920 is optical image stabilization, and we now see the HTC One includes this technology. My weekend basketball test shows the HTC One does well with OIS too.


As I showed in a video test, the optical image stabilization (OIS) in the Nokia Lumia 920 was a major reason I purchased one of those for myself. The new HTC One has OIS, so last weekend I tested both devices recording the same basketball game that my daughter was playing in.

I'll let you judge the results yourself in the video below, but in my opinion the HTC One did a fine job, and since that device is the best smartphone design I have ever held I think it will be bumping the Lumia 920 out of my pocket soon.

It's fun to look at the HTC Droid DNA test results, shown in my earlier video test, and compare that video to the HTC One as well since you will see how much further advanced the camera is on the HTC One.

The HTC One isn't perfect, but it seemed to do a better job at providing more realistic color and clarity than the Lumia 920. My oldest daughter and I were each holding a device, so there are some differences in the person holding it. I actually may have been more shaky than her, given my age, and I had the HTC One in hand.

On top of just recording the video, it was very easy to capture still images while recording on the HTC One, and I was able to make some cool highlight videos after the game as well.

The Nokia Lumia 920 is a fine device with a great camera, but the HTC One does a fair job as well and can compete with the Lumia 920 for video. It's the best Android device for this type of usage so if you don't want a Windows Phone then it is a solid choice.

UPDATE: Brian Klug at AnandTech posted the best HTC One review on the Internet and as you can see in this part, he included some detailed OIS video comparisons with the Nokia Lumia 920. The Lumia 920 clearly beat the HTC One in daylight, but as I said the HTC One does a decent job and is clearly the best Android device for video recording. The HTC One shows more during the night test, but does drop frame rates a bit to capture more light.

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  • white balance

    The white balance and exposure on the One seemed to lock on to a good setting. The Nokia isn't bad but in this comparison the One's video is better.
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    Lukian Poleschtschuk
  • No real OIS test

    With all respect, but this can't be called a OIS test. Both shoots are from a stable point of view, where both persons are sitting on a chair/ bench.
    If you really want to test Nokia's hardware OIS with the One's software OIS, simply attach both devices to each other and start walking around with it. Or better, attach it to a helmet and start playing basketball or snowboarding with it.

    Or start making pictures in low light situations.
    In both cases you most probably will find Lumia 920 hardware OIS outperforms One's software OIS.
    • Understood, was trying to compare to previous video

      I understand what you are saying and I'll do something like walking around with both in the hand at the same time. However, since I previously captured basketball and it was obvious that moving a camera back and forth was either unwatchable (Droid DNA) or enjoyable (Lumia 920), I thought it would be good to model the same type of captured video to see if the HTC One improved on the Droid DNA experience. You can view my previous video via the link above and see what I am talking about.
      palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
    • Exactly!!!

      How can you test "image stabilization" if you were not moving the camera!!???
      • Camera was moving

        That's the point, the camera was moving back and forth. I wasn't jumping up and down or actively walking, but the camera was in my unsupported hand moving back and forth to catch the action. If you look at the previously linked video test I did you can see quite a difference in how shaky the video was with those other cameras. OIS does help.
        palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
    • The HTC One does have hardware OIS
  • @ "best smartphone design I have ever held" (sic)

    The HTC One is a good smartphone, what ruins it is the operating system, had it run WP8 then it would be an excellent phone!!
  • Kudos to HTC

    Nice to see them bringing their A game.
  • I'd like to see a better test

    Sitting at rest isn't really straining the stabilization very much. This is essentially a human tripod test- you're at rest and trying to keep steady. You shouldn't really need OIS for that.

    I like the tests I've seen other sites do where people are walking, even running, but at least not stationary. I saw one with RC cars that was pretty creative, too. Maybe next time do it pacing up and down the side lines in a fairly natural method- ie not trying to be professional about it. If I'm a parent pacing at my kids game, I care more about the game than how locked/steady I can keep my hands or else I'm using a tripod (and probably a proper digital camcorder).

    Reality is that they both are pretty lousy if you're going to view the video on a larger screen. I did them both in full screen on my 22" monitor (1920x1080) and they get equally blurry. If I'm watching this with the grandparents or something on the family TV, this would be embarrassing to me. I will say that around the 3:30 mark, the HTC One has some weird tunnel sound effect, too.

    On a side note- your daughter's team looked like they were smoking the blue team. Best of luck to them!