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Check out our super awesome smartphone camera comparison tool!

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Check out our super awesome smartphone camera comparison tool!
As loyal readers surely know, here at PhoneArena we deliver much more than just the latest smartphone news. Our database of phone and tablet specs is one of the most extensive out there, and our reviews section contains in-depth information about any popular handset announced over the recent years. Then come the handy extras we offer on our page, including our Phone Finder and Visual Phone Size Comparison tool. And today, PhoneArena got even better.

We're happy to announce our Camera Comparison tool, which, as the name implies, is used to compare the cameras of two or more smartphones and/or tablets. But no, we aren't talking about simply listing the specs of two devices' cameras side by side. Instead, we present you with several images taken under the exact same conditions (with all camera settings set to automatic).

Preview of PhoneArena's camera comparison tool

Preview of PhoneArena's camera comparison tool

The first photo is a collage that is ideal for comparing the color representation of a set of cameras. The second one, known as the ISO chart, serves well for comparing detail representation. At any given time, you may pan left or right, up or down, to get a close-up of another area of the image. Since the crops presented are zoomed at their full size, you can easily inspect the levels of digital noise introduced by each camera.

So go ahead, give our new Camera Comparison tool a try and let us know what you think about it. Note that the database of smartphones and tablets available isn't as extensive as we wish it was, but we'll be adding more devices over time. 

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posted on 18 Sep 2013, 11:47

1. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2999; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


That is a very subtle headline.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 11:48 3

2. rawbow (Posts: 409; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


nice!!

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 11:51 5

3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5617; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Props to PA for this new tool. It gives an objective sense of context to camera features of different phones.

Next tool should be the ability to compare sound (received and sent) of earpieces and microphones. Maybe audio playback of recordings, too?

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 00:08

20. vincelongman (Posts: 1056; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Also a low light photo comparison would good too

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 11:55

4. amats69 (Posts: 1020; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Kudos PA!

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 11:57 3

5. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7743; Member since: 14 May 2012)


PA v2.0

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 12:01 7

6. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 847; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


It's alright. You just copied what GSM Arena has done.

I would add a new standardized test for all phones utilizing flash at a standard range of 5' from the subject (ideally 2 people, but teddy bears are fine too, with their faces being the center of the shot) in a dimly lit room similar to that of a bar scene. This would be something extremely useful.

Where's the Lumia 1020?

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 14:21

10. sergiobr (Posts: 402; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


If they want to copy gsm arena they should do a low light chart and put as many phone as they can. Where´s 808 ?

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 12:45

7. DLanor1107 (Posts: 31; Member since: 01 Apr 2013)


super awesome!

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 13:36 1

8. sergiobr (Posts: 402; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


Great job PA ! You were getting boring !

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 13:44 3

9. Legnaldo (Posts: 31; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Now how did you manage to get the EXACT same photos taken by all those phones at the same time and in the same position?

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 18:51

18. GrmanR (Posts: 41; Member since: 09 Apr 2013)


by taking photos of photos in a controlled environment (like a photo studio)

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 14:23

11. sergiobr (Posts: 402; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


LG G2 and S4 looks EXACTLY the same ! S3 and S4 in 8Mpx too. Is there something wrong ???

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 14:36 2

12. ricco (Posts: 18; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)


Actually they are not the same!

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 14:37 1

13. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 945; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


it seems like xperia z1 is not present in the comparison section,it might blow out the competition so,..lets just keep z1 aside and let these try harder..one sony

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 15:11

14. arslanalikhan (Posts: 9; Member since: 18 Feb 2013)


bugs bunny xperia z need a lot of time to surpass 808 and 1020 .... just keep in mind led flash is no where comes close to xenon flash especially in low light !!

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 16:44 2

15. picassimo (Posts: 14; Member since: 31 Oct 2012)


Please add a regular reference P&S camera like the Sony RX100 or Canon S110 so that we know just how good or bad these phone camera's are.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 18:00

16. darkskoliro (Posts: 955; Member since: 07 May 2012)


Damn awesome!! finally PA is worth checking out in terms of raw specs, not just words :)

Hey, I was wondering if you guys could include old phones like the titan with 16mpx? It would be interesting to see how those stack up against the 13mpx flagships right now. Seeing if the extra mpxs actually churn into performance even for older phones. Thanks!

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 18:48

17. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


Great tool for seeing how the Z1 and 1020's camera smashes the competition.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 10:46

26. buccob (Posts: 1372; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Actually Z1 is already up, but the pictures are a bit whiter than they should... though they are pretty sharp...

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 23:40

19. saffant (Posts: 212; Member since: 04 Jul 2011)


lol your specs are always off. GSMarena is the place to go for proper specs. Rest PhoneArena is good at tho.

eg. Note 2 is 9mm on here but 9.4 mm on Samsung's official site and gsmarena.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 01:53

21. Trex95 (Posts: 543; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)


Great PA. But since when LG optimus g has an 14 MP camera!

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 01:56

22. Trex95 (Posts: 543; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)


I think the best camera goes to Galaxy S4 zoom most accurate colors.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 02:10

23. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2530; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Yes it's awesome but where are other phones...

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 02:58 2

24. emadshiny (Posts: 1127; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Now everybody except fanboys can see that Xperia Z has a great camera.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 10:28

25. Sondae (Posts: 185; Member since: 02 Jan 2013)


I like this..

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