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Blind cameraphone comparison 2 (Indoor test)

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Blind cameraphone comparison 2 (Indoor test)
Comparing cameras in smartphones might seem like an easy task – but often just mentioning a brand name blinds the most reasonable amongst us. We're only humans with our affections after all. That's why in our blind tests we have stripped down all data about each device and its camera. 

On Monday we brought you outdoor pictures shot on four smartphones, each of them available on a different major US carrier.

Those poll have already expired, but now, for our final verdict, we need your vote once again – this time we'll be judging indoor picture quality. This allows us to see the wider context as behind four walls you usually have much less sunlight and noise might get in your way when shooting. And after all, that's where we spend most of our office and home lives, isn't it?

The first set of pictures is sized down to a common web format. The same four smartphones from the first test now appear in shuffled order, but there's always the additional set of images shot using a point and shoot camera for reference. Feel free to judge how the cameraphone sensors performed indoors as they definitely face a bigger challenge with less light for the sensor. Have they managed to strike the right exposure or is the image too dark? Which one has the most natural colors? Without further ado we give you the first set of photographs.

Canon PowerShot A590

Canon PowerShot A590





Canon PowerShot A590

Canon PowerShot A590





Canon PowerShot A590

Canon PowerShot A590





Phonearena polls
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Which shoots the best pictures indoors?
978 votes
(978 votes) Device A
252 votes
(252 votes) Device B
98 votes
(98 votes) Device C
90 votes
(90 votes) Device D

1418 votes

Secondly, we've taken 100% crops out of the original pictures, so you can conveniently look at the finest detail. This would be a perfect opportunity to see whether noise or any other artifacts have spoiled the picture, but it also makes it easy to tell the sharpness of an image. Finally, we should mention that if there has been any difference in image resolutions between phones, we've equalized that by scaling them all to match the largest resolution involved.

100% Crops
100% Crops
100% Crops

100% Crops

Phonearena polls
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Which has the best detail?
962 votes
(962 votes) Device A
191 votes
(191 votes) Device B
39 votes
(39 votes) Device C
42 votes
(42 votes) Device D

1234 votes

The polls expire on Monday, August 15th. That's when we'll reveal the participating smartphones, but don't wait for the last minute and vote now as more votes would give a more balanced and conclusive decision as to the best smartphone camera out there.

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posted on 12 Aug 2011, 05:40 5

1. chunk1x (Posts: 248; Member since: 25 Jun 2011)

A is good and the cat is pissed. Please bring in N8.

posted on 12 Aug 2011, 05:41

2. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)

The cats eye on device C looks really, umm scary...

posted on 13 Aug 2011, 03:02

31. lba1616 (Posts: 5; Member since: 13 Aug 2011)


posted on 12 Aug 2011, 05:46 2

3. district11 (Posts: 125; Member since: 17 Apr 2011)

Device D is nokia 3210.

posted on 12 Aug 2011, 16:57

26. sand (unregistered)

3210? more of 5110 or 5110i

posted on 12 Aug 2011, 06:02 4

4. santaclaus (Posts: 52; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)

PA, u can't ignore N8 just because it is a poor performance phone. it is still a SMARTPHONE !!

posted on 12 Aug 2011, 12:41

18. twenti7 (Posts: 152; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)

From part 1 of this test; "This time, the blind test includes four high-end smartphones, each from one of the four major US carriers... While this method leaves some of the best cameraphones out of the equation (think, Nokia N8)..."
I swear, some people just can't read.

posted on 12 Aug 2011, 06:15

5. tlfner (unregistered)

What a useless comparizon. You will have to use a tripod to hold the phones steady.
In the first set of images of the girl image A is blurry because of camera shake. The chair images are ALL blurry because of camera shake (look at the light in the eye of the puppy). The last set of images excludes camera B and C because of camera shake. Look at the eyes of the girl.

If you want any credibility in such type of test, use enough light to avoid slow shutter speeds and camera shake, or use a tripod.

posted on 12 Aug 2011, 13:30 4

20. Igor (unregistered)

I think it's a good decision do not use tripods etc.
If the phone cannot take a good shot in your hands and requires this "you must stand perfectly still and don't breath" stuff, that means it's gonna be almost useless in real life.

posted on 12 Aug 2011, 06:16 1

6. p0rkguy (Posts: 685; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)

Please include ranked polls in future tests. A is clearly the best but I'd like to vote from best to worst.
A, C, B, D for me.

posted on 12 Aug 2011, 06:17

7. bayhuy (Posts: 320; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)

Device A - MyTouch 4G slide?

posted on 12 Aug 2011, 06:45

8. hurrdurr (unregistered)

And you still suck at taking photos. Other than using different phones, nothing's changed

posted on 13 Aug 2011, 03:01

30. lba1616 (Posts: 5; Member since: 13 Aug 2011)

I think he takes the VERY BEST photos, look at all the compliments the cat is getting;-) Don't be jealous!

posted on 12 Aug 2011, 08:06 2

9. daniel_bargs (Posts: 325; Member since: 27 Nov 2010)

hahaha WTF i cant stop laughing after seeing the cat in 100% crops... is that cyclops in android-themed laser beam? wahahhaha the hell

posted on 12 Aug 2011, 08:17 3

10. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

In the first set, I voted for D because of the awesomeness of the cat's evil eye glow.

posted on 12 Aug 2011, 09:49 1

15. corps1089 (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Jan 2010)

C turns cat into evilcat.
D turns cat into robocat.

posted on 12 Aug 2011, 08:30

11. rex0422 (Posts: 30; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)

Device A is awesome! Is it T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide?

posted on 12 Aug 2011, 08:38 1

12. FwD (unregistered)

at A, it is arc, bet!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 12 Aug 2011, 08:50

13. don (unregistered)

What are the Phones?????
who really cares - unless you tell us the phones...

posted on 12 Aug 2011, 09:07

14. Name A1 (unregistered)

A. HTC Sensation
B. Sony Arc Xperia
C. Samsung Galaxy S II
D. Apple iPhone 4

posted on 12 Aug 2011, 10:15

16. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

Id like to think A is an SGS2. It reminds me of my SGS1 with a slight oversaturation and a good ability in lowlight. Of course, they said its a phone for every carrier, so unless they have a US SGS2, its not in the competition..

posted on 12 Aug 2011, 13:06

19. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)

Device A is the best here. Wonder what phone it is... maybe a Galaxy S2 ?

posted on 12 Aug 2011, 13:42

21. bola (unregistered)

In the 1st indor crop selection device B had the best crop.

posted on 12 Aug 2011, 14:10

22. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)

Device A is the iPhone 4....I've seen that indoor photo of the critters in the funky chair before in another camera comparison article.

posted on 12 Aug 2011, 14:24 1

23. Nwright94 (unregistered)

I swear the cat transformed into some demon thing from device a-d

posted on 12 Aug 2011, 14:58

24. unreg (unregistered)

A. myTouch 4G Slide
B. Sony Xperia Arc
C. Galaxy S2
D. iPhone 4

posted on 12 Aug 2011, 16:56

25. sand (unregistered)

The flash from the eyes of the cat...is it xenon or power led? I wanna buy that cat lol

posted on 12 Aug 2011, 17:44 1

27. max3423423 (unregistered)

Device A is the Sony Experia Arc with the backlit Exmor-R sensor.

posted on 13 Aug 2011, 02:47 1

29. belon1986 (Posts: 3; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)

i am sure Nokia N8 is not in this comparison....

posted on 13 Aug 2011, 04:19

32. Veggiebug (unregistered)

You got the movie "Click" on DVD? Seriously?

posted on 13 Aug 2011, 08:14

33. saffant (Posts: 274; Member since: 04 Jul 2011)

A takes better pictures, but B has more natural colors ie most similar to the Digital Camera.

posted on 13 Aug 2011, 08:30 1

34. Gutt Feeling (unregistered)

My gut feeling's telling me Device A is most likely the Xperia Arc~ Gotta have a backlit sensor to produce that kinda pictures indoors

posted on 14 Aug 2011, 08:32

36. that one guy (unregistered)

couldnt they have found a better looking girl?

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 10:24

37. rwrife (Posts: 32; Member since: 25 Sep 2009)

I'll LMAO when they release the results and the winner ends up being a $50 pre-paid feature phone.

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 12:00

38. Schwinn (unregistered)

A is the worst of them all. Sure, it takes "pleasing" photos, but at the expense of smoothing everything to oblivion. All the detail of the photo is gone from camera A, in addition to the oversaturated (and over-yellowed) pictures.

C is the most neutral for colors + detail... but the last set of shots might be unfair since some are blurry and others are not... the blurring there is masking any potential for detail. Granted, this usually is a sign of a slow-camera shutter, making it a poor-er camera... but we don't know that for sure. Tripod-usage would have eliminated that question.

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