Blurry affairs: UFocus (One M8) vs Background defocus (Xperia Z2) vs Google Camera vs a DSLR
Bokeh: the fake kind, the real kind
HTC's Duo Camera proves a notch above the rest, but still disappoints
The Sony Xperia Z2's Background defocus mode is just nasty business all around!
Google's Camera app is no rose, either
Verdict: it matters not if you can talk the talk when you can't walk the walk
UFocus (One M8) vs Background defocus (Xperia Z2) vs Google Camera vs Canon EOS 6D
3. azers07 (Posts: 27; Member since: 17 Aug 2013)
M8 camera is so awesome for a modern user... it takes very normal photos both in the day light and evening... =) Absolutely love it
31. fzacek (Posts: 1837; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)
4MP is just not okay in today's flagship world...
4. BaffledTruffle (Posts: 109; Member since: 07 Dec 2013)
This just shows that smartphone cameras have still long ways to go. Unless maybe you're Nokia, then you're imaging is leaps beyond the competition.
5. bbblader (Posts: 580; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
I know it won't do more than the others,but I'd still like to see how the Galaxy S5 compares to the competition too.
6. Chris.P (Posts: 291; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)
The Galaxy S5 doesn't have that feature, though. :-'/
10. Chris.P (Posts: 291; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)
Indeed it does. But that's not the same thing. :)
12. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2912; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
What's the difference in them? Just wondering because you can add bokeh in the selective focus, right?
16. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
I think its because most of these offer post shooting focus
19. Chris.P (Posts: 291; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)
What Selective Focus does is simply allow you to re-focus an image after it has already been shot (and, by the way, it's quirky as hell and refuses to work 80% of the time -- no joke), or set it to infinity (i.e. everything in the frame is in focus). That's much alike to the LG G Pro 2's Magic Focus feature, and, originally, Nokia Lumia phones.
In short, it does not create a bokeh effect like the ones you see in the comparison above.
24. maherk (Posts: 1021; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
True that, I gave up on trying to take a picture of my daughter with the selective focus, at first I thought I had a problem with my S5 but it turned out to be that most people have a tough time to get it to work, but once you get the shot it is quite impressive tbh. Other than that, I have no complaints what so ever regarding the camera, since I got the S5 I barely use my Galaxy Camera.
9. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6567; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Seriously you can't compared mobile phone camera to DSRL ones
17. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
I think the idea is to see how much they have advanced
32. fzacek (Posts: 1837; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)
It's not like people actually expect the phones to compete with the DSLR, it's just there for a relative comparison...
11. jphillips63 (Posts: 180; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Hey PA anytime you wish to get froggy enough to think today's smart phone cameras will produce images as good as a DSLR I'll bring my equipment and we will do any shoot you like to compare against. As a photographer it's just plain asinine to even think today's smart phones will produce DSLR quality pics.
14. Sauce (unregistered)
Exactly. People who even think Nokias phones can come close to competing with a DSLR are mental.
21. Chris.P (Posts: 291; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)
TLDR, I suppose? I do that too sometimes. :b
27. elitewolverine (Posts: 1700; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)
On some entry level DSLR's they could come close.
Take a look at the pictures when a 1020 was compared to a dslr (youtube with flicker full photo sizes). This was before the amber update or any of the recent updates.
It was decent, sure with the lense ability of a dslr the camera is certainly more capable. But some people may never notice the difference. And since the 1020 has won every single blind camera test to the point its not even put into the race anymore...it shows why.
13. SIGPRO (Posts: 463; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)
Nokia 1020 comes closer to DSLR! No other phone comes closer!
25. sip1995 (Posts: 851; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)
Nokia lumia 1020, nothing else comes close.....
28. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
Take away the CarlZeiss optics and it's as normal as other's
35. SIGPRO (Posts: 463; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)
BS! it's not only the CarlZeiss optics but also software and sensortype!
36. preetmalhotra (Posts: 77; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)
Its good to have the latest, but facts remain facts!
Bigger sensor, Better depth!
1/1.5 is somewhat smaller than 1/1.2!
808 does it way better than 1020!!
No offence to you.. :D
15. R-vjn (Posts: 162; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)
I'm using a Nexus 4 and except for the Photosphere and HDR I completely hate it. Doesn't focus properly, and the new app doesn't have options to change white balance and some modes like action to stop fast moving subjects.
And the new blurring thing coming to these camera's are kinda Sh*t except for the M8, which seems okay.
20. karea12 (Posts: 5; Member since: 06 Nov 2013)
Hey PA team. I would like to know, if it is possible to extract the DoF information (on a image format) of Google Camera's Lens Blur images. I would like to manipulate the results in Photoshop to gather better results. Thanks in advance. Cheers from Brazil ;)
23. PBXtech (Posts: 980; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)
Image #4 only looks real on Google's shots, the rest are hideously blurred.
29. gigaraga (Posts: 1189; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)
What phone was used for the Google Camera app?
33. fzacek (Posts: 1837; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)
Good question. I didn't think about that...
30. NICEBOY_1373 (Posts: 7; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)
Add the iPhone 5s with an app named "Tadaa SLR" & then... iPhone is the winner definitely... .
37. refillable (Posts: 640; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)
No matter how hard they tried, It will not be as quick, as natural and as reliable as a full frame (or even more) sensor camera. Nothing comes close with Carl Zeiss 135mm f/2.