Toy car tests Nokia Lumia 920’s image stabilization against Samsung Galaxy S3 [video]

by: Kristofer WoukSeptember 21, 2012

A remote-controlled car took the Nokia Lumia 920 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 on a ride to determine which phone has the better image stabilization. While this probably isn’t something you’ll be doing with your phone very often, it’s not a bad way to test them.

The goal here was to test the suspension system holding the Nokia 920’s camera, which can compensate for up to 500 movements per second, against the Samsung Galaxy S3’s Anti-Shake. Luckily, the camera used to take the video of the car’s journey isn’t the one being tested here, as watching the autofocus try to keep up can be slightly dizzying. Both phones were mounted and recording at the same time, so no difference in the ride would skew the results.

Neither phone captured video that is particularly fun to watch, though it is clear that the video on the Nokia Lumia 920 is less shaky and bumpy than the Samsung Galaxy S3. That said, both phones did an far better job than any camera without image stabilization would have done.

Check out the video below to see the test and the results for yourself.

How long do you think it will be until we see image stabilization like that on the 920 on an Android phone?

  • Nic Gillespie

    It’s just software, I am sure we will see an app on the market place in a bit if people really want it. or even better till be baked into the next major Android OS release. Unlike iOS we tend to get popular features. lol

    • It’s not just software. The Nokia 920 uses a “floating lens” optical image stabilization system that uses a set of tiny springs to stabilize the lens.


    • HEY YOU

      Jst software…? its a combination of both the right software (oversampling and advanced software algorithm) and hardware…You have absolutely no idea on how it works do you…look up a few reviews on how the lumia 920 works…or better watch nokia’s presentation of the lumia…not something an app alone can make work…

  • JK

    I wonder if it’ll make a difference if the S3 was behind the lumia 920 instead? hmmm…

  • Jason

    Impressive nokia camera! Too bad I just got my htc one x last month.

  • kalval

    The nokia is certainly impressive. Also the image quality on the nokia looks way better, I don’t know if it’s just that the camera shooting this video was better positioned to see the nokia’s screen or whether it’s the new nokia screen/ camera just being super awesome.

  • it would be interesting to see the comparison with an iPhone 4s or 5… both are supposed to have some sort of image stabilization.

    • magicrabbit

      All phones have software stabilization, and it does virtually nothing. This is optical stabilization, which is physically moving the lens to stabilize the image.
      Optical stabilization is well known on professional cameras, this is a first for a phone camera.

      • I know that optical stabilization is way better… But the iphone 4s does an excellent job in the software. It would be interesting to see a side by side comparison with other phones like the Lumia 920.

  • Julio Cesar

    where can i get that toy?