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Camera Comparison: Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom vs Galaxy S4, HTC One, iPhone 5

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True beauty hides in the details – whoever coined this quote was surely onto something. And yes, we must agree that it is nice when you zoom in on a photo in order to take a clearer, closer look, or when you have the freedom of cropping the image as you please. With its 16MP camera sensor, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom seems like a potential winner in this category, but in reality, the Samsung Galaxy S4 beats it by a hair despite having three megapixels less to work with. The S4's photos are slightly more detailed in nearly all scenes and have less digital noise, which is surprising given the fact that the S4 Zoom is equipped with a physically larger sensor.

The iPhone 5 is, as always, capable of snapping very detailed photos that look nice even when viewed at their full size. Judging by the photo samples below we can't say that the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom captures any more detail than the iPhone 5, which is why these two devices share second place. As for the HTC One, having just four megapixels of resolution holds its back from being as potent as the other three handsets. Its photos look okay, of course, but they just aren't as detailed and are sharper than they should be.

100% crops - Camera Comparison: Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom vs Galaxy S4, HTC One, iPhone 5
100% crops - Camera Comparison: Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom vs Galaxy S4, HTC One, iPhone 5
100% crops - Camera Comparison: Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom vs Galaxy S4, HTC One, iPhone 5

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Camera Comparison: Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom vs Galaxy S4, HTC One, iPhone 5



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posted on 11 Jul 2013, 09:38 15

1. kobainez (Posts: 429; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


NICK T is a SAMSUNG FANBOY. I'm not apple fan and i hate apple but isn't apple camera better than galaxy s4?

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 09:45 30

2. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1216; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


says who? why dont you use your eyes and judge for yourself from the pictures.

I personally think the Zoom has the best camera of all 4, 2nd comes the GS4.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 09:46 9

3. kobainez (Posts: 429; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


U're a samsung fanboy too. Lot's of reviewer said that iphone 5 has the best camera among smartphones and that doesn't include nokia

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 10:02 18

14. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1216; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


im now a samsung fanboy for having my own opinions? yep that makes sense...

I know alot of reviewers to who says GS4 and even the lumia 920 has the best cameras, and you do realise most camera battle on phonearena, GS4 wins overall?

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 17:01 5

30. doejon (Posts: 398; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


lol look on other pages there the same results
s4 & zoom have the best cams

sorry 4 my bad english

posted on 22 Jul 2013, 12:29

66. Tito73 (Posts: 15; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


Common, see the details of the building! Gs4 has the best one! I have HTC which is very bad! Imho

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 09:48 5

6. feres13 (Posts: 306; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


I remember that back when PA did the blind camera comparison everyone voted for the iPhone 5

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 10:09 2

16. hung2900 (Posts: 956; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


I don't bash the result, but PA is quite silly when making a blind test without a crop or ability to zoom in. My monitor is 21.5 inch, and it's still very small.

And you should read more about Customer behaviour - failure of blind test.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 10:49 1

21. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1533; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


And as far as I remember they did the test with the Galaxy S3 not the S4.
And many people complain about that.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 11:11

24. feres13 (Posts: 306; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


They did the test with both the S3 and the S4

posted on 13 Jul 2013, 04:27

53. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


i guess ZOOM pictures are slightly differnent from SGS4 , and with all that over sized body it have the pictues are worth nothing special if it hardly outperform other phones
its a FAIL camera with no advantage over other phones 10x zoom is no big revolution 1990s camera also have optical zooms

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 02:35

60. cam-whore (Posts: 164; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


im not sure about you guys but if the phone i'm using is gonna be compared to camphone pretenders, im as hell would be ashamed of it. but once the phone im using is included in camphone comparison with the Lumia 1020, pv 808, I would be more than proud. Even the n8's camera capabilities would make this lot sweat. Hell, Im not even an android fan, but even sony's camphones are better the this whole lot and it wasn't even included? what's with this PA?

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 09:48 2

7. tech2 (Posts: 3475; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Why do you brainlessly accuse something/someone when the evidence is right there ? Look and read the review first before showing us your stupidity !

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 09:50 1

9. Whateverman (Posts: 3271; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Doesn't look like it to me. The iP5 camera is good though.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 09:46 7

4. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


Are u that biased against the Xperia z? For not comparing it?

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 09:51 13

10. tech2 (Posts: 3475; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Why would anyone compare such a subpar camera with these phones ? Also, this is 2013 not 2012 !

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 10:08 7

15. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


Maybe you never heard this but Sony has improvedXperia Z camera quality

http://www.gsmarena.com/sony_xperia_z_gets_firmware_update_improves_camera_quality-news-6041.php

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 10:10 7

17. hung2900 (Posts: 956; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


Improved # considering in the comparison.
Still subpar.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 10:28 5

19. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


Subpar???
I don’t think so before the update burst mode have better quality than normal or superior mode.
But after the update even normal mode is better than burst mode

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 13:35 2

25. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


Xperia z came out 2013 not 2012.

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 02:41 3

46. tech2 (Posts: 3475; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


It came in 2013 with 2012 specs so ........... !

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 09:47 3

5. bawboh86 (Posts: 10; Member since: 05 Jun 2013)


So, why is there a camera comparison without the Lumia 920/925/928? Or are you holding off for the Lumia 1020 to release for that one?

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 09:50 5

8. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Reality check once more. Just cause they don't scream about it, Sony's Exmor R(S) chipset in the S4 is still the best all-around.

Excited for the Lumia 1020 inclusion when it's out!!!

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 09:55 6

11. HASHTAG (unregistered)


Didn't the iPhone 5 get an 8 in the last camera comparison?

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 01:55 1

45. iushnt (Posts: 1785; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


yes but this time, they got the s4 zoom here..score starts to decrease when better devices gets into the competition

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 09:55

12. ANANDALTER (Posts: 124; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)


WHATEVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!MEH

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 09:58

13. Odiin (Posts: 342; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


As usual same pathetic camera comparison. Nothin new.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 10:22 3

18. roldefol (Posts: 4327; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Why, PA? Why would you post an S4 Zoom camera comparison WHILE the Lumia 1020 is being announced? In a couple more days, you could have had a real comparison. God forbid we should let Nokia have its moment in the sun.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 18:57

34. darkkjedii (Posts: 22019; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Nokia coming on strong bro, can't keep denying it.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 10:46 1

20. amilcarmz86 (Posts: 95; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


i think the xperia Z should be on this one, when PA compared the Z with the one, s4, nokia 920 and iphone came out on 3rd or 2nd i believe....

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