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
All of the phones we're comparing can take 1080p high-definition videos with their main cameras. The results, however, may vary in quality as some of these handsets are more fitting for the job than others. The Google Nexus 5, in particular, performs well during the day. Its camera shoots smooth, optically stabilized 1080p video with sound of good quality. When light is low, detail presence in the frame is reduced dramatically, but the smoothness of the footage is retained at a decent level. Even better video that is richer in details can be expected from the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. We like having the option to take 1080p videos at 60 frames per second as that makes them extra fluid and even more enjoyable. Even at night, the Note 3 can easily capture footage that is smooth and detailed. Nothing short of great videos can be expected from the iPhone 5s as well, and you might be surprised by its superb software image stabilization techniques that do wonders even at night. The Sony Xperia Z1 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 perform equally well and their cameras can record videos of very high quality both during the day and at night. We’re impressed by the quality of the daytime videos shot with the Nokia Lumia 1020, but its video camera’s night performance is quite poor, resulting in videos plagued by tons of digital noise. Similarly, the LG G2 excels during the day with its smooth, 60fps video and optical image stabilization, but when light is low, there’s way too much motion blurriness present in the frame. Oh, and it videos sound overly digitized and artificial. As for the HTC One, it is an average performer. Its night videos lack smoothness and the camera software has a hard time keeping the focus in place.
1. Google Nexus 5
2. Apple iPhone 5s
3. Sony Xperia Z1
4. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
5. Samsung Galaxy S4
6. LG G2
7. Nokia Lumia 1020
8. HTC One
9. Panasonic GH2
10. Google Nexus 5
11. Apple iPhone 5s
12. Sony Xperia Z1
13. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
14. Samsung Galaxy S4
15. LG G2
16. Nokia Lumia 1020
17. HTC One
18. Google Nexus 5
19. Apple iPhone 5s
20. Sony Xperia Z1
21. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
22. Samsung Galaxy S4
23. LG G2
24. Nokia Lumia 1020
25. HTC One
26. Panasonic GH2
1. MrKoles (Posts: 368; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)
This Ultrapixel "thing" is just huge disappointment...HTC shall stop putting it in flagships and come up with a better idea!
7. Finalflash (Posts: 3131; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
It isn't but the post processing and the fact that they went only 4MP really cost them. If they fix those two items, they will likely be the top. So now we see what they do with their next flagship.
10. LiyanaBG (Posts: 381; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)
HTC always every Camera Comparison they always get worst score. because of stupid Ultrapixel
51. JEEPOFFROADV8 (Posts: 36; Member since: 01 Apr 2009)
That is a false!! not on other tech sites which i would value there opinion more then phone arena. i had 2 samsung gs4. allthou the gs4 had more megapixels the htc one took better pics overall. sorry. i am not biased towards either phone. just stating facts.
64. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 408; Member since: 24 May 2011)
Are you kidding. Even i have seen both their photos and S4 takes better pics no doubt. By any chance you saw them on your cell? Cause i had seen them on my TV. That could make a difference.
66. pharttart (Posts: 7; Member since: 05 Dec 2013)
I visit this site on occassion but You are the reason I made an account.....educate yourself on what Megapixels are and edit your comment.
70. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 408; Member since: 24 May 2011)
4 megapixels are still more pixels than a standard tv. Yet their is difference when viewing them. So i asked him If he did . Its a valid question. Dont get over smart.
18. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)
I'm honestly not surprised by the results. Lumia 1020 on top followed by the Z1 (beat camera on the Android front) with the HTC One in dead last. UP was the biggest disappointment from HTC in 2013.
74. oldhamletman (Posts: 72; Member since: 03 Sep 2011)
I bought a 1020 a few weeks back and the 41MP sensor is awesome, on the fly zoom in video and stills is really smooth... using it with pro shot gives an excellent camera solution that is in line with full blown cameras.
I wish the 1520 had the same camera.... I'd like the bigger screen, but there is no way I'm giving up the cam on the 1020
27. mqmorasch (Posts: 12; Member since: 18 Nov 2013)
all the shots are obviously done in Zoe mode by the lack of zoom
31. Muayyad (Posts: 236; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)
No it is not, I'm very happy with the results it gives me for a pocket shooter.
34. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
Im sure if they have put Xperia Z instead of One it would achieve a far better score.
I don't understand whats the problem with PA. They have put Z aside from the beginning of its appearance.
42. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
except that the Z has consistently been in the top ranks of this contest, it went lumia, Z, G2 (Although I argue the G2s pictures were better overall, it was close enough that I can see where people would prefer the Z's) as the top 3 more or less. There were some like the panorama test which doesnt matter at all (like less than 1% of people will actualyl even bother with that, it is such a little used feature it should not have warranted it's own category) that they both had poor scores on, but otherwise did very well.
50. JEEPOFFROADV8 (Posts: 36; Member since: 01 Apr 2009)
why cuz phone areana says so? lol. there camera is just fine and look around the web its got some good ratings. sure htc should have put in at least a 5 or 8 megapixel. but i personally love this phone. hands down still the best overall phone on the market. might not be the best camera phone. but best overall phone and thats what i care about
2. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2134; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
I've been expecting the similar results.
3. cezarepc (Posts: 716; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)
Well the fact that the N5's output is comparable to these high-end phones is very telling (OIS definitely makes a lot of difference in indoor/low light situations). Definitely worth your money (combined with the rest of what it has to offer), would love to get one for wifey.
4. noler (Posts: 323; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)
No Lumia 1520?
HTC One score is "4" because it has 4MP camera?
16. Finalflash (Posts: 3131; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
Yea, the scores literally follow the MP count.
43. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
so much for megapixels meaning nothing, eh HTC?
5. _Bone_ (Posts: 2154; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
In daylight details the Nexus 5 comes out on top almost everywhere, where the Lumia loses quite a bit per pixel (more pixels, less sharpening), interesting scores PA. Color reproduction is spectacular on the 1020 though, and overall it often beats out the DSLR.
6. _Bone_ (Posts: 2154; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Did you leave HDR+ on for the Nexus 5 shots, Nick?
8. _Bone_ (Posts: 2154; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
BTW, Photosphere does much better panorama than panorama on the Nexus photo SW. In fact I'd call it best in class providing you can keep the lens in the absolute middle.