Anandtech, well respected for their thorough testing methodology, have pitted the Nokia Lumia 920 vs the HTC One in an optical image stabilization test, with both phones held in the now familiar bracket while recording.
The daylight test shows the Nokia Lumia 920’s 3 axis stabilization is clearly superior to the HTC One’s two axis version, compensating for more of the twists and turns of the phones.
First of all, it goes without saying that the One blows away the devices which only can use EIS when it comes to video stabilization, which means essentially everything besides the Lumia 920. The One does an impressive job damping out the high frequency movement, but doesn’t quite match the Lumia 920, which looks so good that you’d think it’s on a tripod or steadicam or something. Only the most aggressive of shakes show up in the Lumia 920’s output video, while I feel like the One could be a bit more generous with the low frequency shakes. Still, having OIS on an Android device is a huge boon.
Anandtech also did a low light version of the test after dark, which can be seen after the break.
Anandtech’s noted Nokia prioritized frame rate over brightness, saying:
At night however the One really shines. I put together another comparison video with the One, iPhone 5, and Lumia 920 in side by side to demonstrate the differences in low light behavior.
Here the benefits in having those bigger pixels pay off. The One is substantially brighter than either of the other two phones. The Lumia 920 prioritizes framerate and keeps things exactly at 30, which results in the video looking much darker. The iPhone has distracting EIS which runs and results in lights and other point sources looking like they’re blurring in all directions while I walk along the path. HTC lets the framerate slip into the 20s on the One, but looks a heck of a lot brighter. In the final parking garage scene there are a few parts where we can’t see anything on the Lumia but can see the scene on the One.