Recombu has been testing the Nokia Lumia 720, and as part of their review have tested its low-light performance against the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (which has the same camera as the SGS 3), the Sony Xperia Z and the Nokia Lumia 920.
Given the lack of OIS the performance is unexpectedly much better than expected and Recombu writes:
Worst of the bunch is the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, with its off white balance and massive amounts of grain. Despite getting better colour accuracy, detail on the Sony Xperia Z is sorely lacking and focus is pretty off-point. Then you have the Lumia 720. In-spite of a lack of optical image stabilisation, it’s still delivered an in-focus shot complete with accurate white balance and impressive exposure. It isn’t perfect, don’t get us wrong, but it’s significantly better than the two competitor brand flagships, both costing a whole lot more.
Finally, unsurpassed, unsurprisingly, the Nokia Lumia 920 sits at the top of the low-light leader board. Focus is bang-on as is white balance and detail; it’s all there.
Having seen the room through our own eyes – the Lumia 920 brightens up the scene a touch too much. It definitely looks the best, but the 720, with its slightly lower exposure even beats the crowned king on the ambience stakes.
The Nokia Lumia 720’s results are achieved by using an f/1.9 aperture lens and it shows that you get surprisingly a lot for your money when you buy the slimmest Lumia yet.
See the full resolution pictures at Recombu here.