Camera Comparison: Google Nexus 5 vs iPhone 5s, Sony Xperia Z1, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S4, LG G2, Nokia Lumia 1020, HTC One
- 1 Introduction and Details
- 2 Color reproduction
- 3 Indoor
- 4 Night
- 5 Panorama
- 6 Video
- 7 Camera interface and ease of use
- 8 Conclusion
- Google Nexus 5 specifications
- Apple iPhone 5s specifications
- Sony Xperia Z1 specifications
- Samsung Galaxy Note 3 specifications
- Samsung Galaxy S4 specifications
- LG G2 specifications
- Nokia Lumia 1020 specifications
- HTC One specifications
Panorama is a fancy mode made possible by the intelligent software pre-loaded on these smartphones. Simply put, the user swipes the phone horizontally while its camera snaps photo after photo. These images are then stitched together, producing a single panoramic photograph. Don't expect Panorama mode to work equally well on all phones. In fact, some handsets are pretty bad at it, while others can deliver impressive results.
It may be rather surprising, but out of the 8 phones we compare, only 4 produce really good panoramas: the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and S4, the iPhone 5s and the Lumia 1020. Their output files are really high-resolution ones (about 10,000 px wide), which allows them to reproduce a really good amount of detail. They also don't have any significant problems with exposure, colors or stitching the images in a nice, artifact-free manner. We have to note that the Lumia 1020 software is easiest to use, but as the phone is in landscape orientation, the panorama is rather narrow. The other three require you to hold the phone in portrait orientation and slowly pan it, which requires some user attention, but allows them to capture a bigger portion of the scene's height.
The HTC One also delivers usable panorama, but its resolution is lower (about 6500 pixels) and it has some artifacts. The Sony Xperia Z1 and LG G2 panoramas are about 4500 pixels, which is still a good resolution, but the real life result is a blurry, unusable image. The Nexus 5 panorama isn't any better; at just 2800px width it is too low-res, making us wonder how Google could include such a low quality feature. It doesn't help that its colors are awful, too!
Camera Comparison: Google Nexus 5 vs iPhone 5s, Sony Xperia Z1, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S4, LG G2, Nokia Lumia 1020, HTC One - Panorama