Camera Comparison: iPhone 5s vs LG G2, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S4, HTC One, Motorola Moto X, DROID Ultra
- 1 Introduction and Details
- 2 Color Representation
- 3 Macro and Close-ups
- 4 Indoor
- 5 Night
- 6 Video
- 7 Interface and ease of use
- 8 Conclusion and overall score
- Apple iPhone 5s specifications
- LG G2 specifications
- Samsung Galaxy Note 3 specifications
- Samsung Galaxy S4 specifications
- HTC One specifications
- Motorola Moto X specifications
- Motorola DROID Ultra specifications
Interface and ease of use
This comparison would be incomplete if we omit mentioning what taking photos with them actually feels like. That's because each phone's camera UI and features affect its ease of use.
Thankfully, the iPhone 5s excels in that respect. The handset itself is compact, easy to use and hold, while its volume button can be used as a shutter key. Furthermore, its camera interface is simple to use and quick to access via the dedicated lock screen shortcut. While there isn't much in terms of manual camera settings, the iPhone's camera app comes with a handful of neat features, including HDR, filters, burst mode, and a 120fps slow-motion video recording.
The LG G2 is also pretty comfortable to hold while taking landscape photos, although not as much as the iPhone 5s. Its camera app is packed with whole bunch of scenes and shooting modes to experiment with, including HDR, Burst Mode, Night Mode, and the outstanding 1080p/60fps video setting. All the menu settings are easy to get to, which is essential for switching modes on the fly. The only thing bothering us is that you have to manually switch between photo and video modes instead of having both shutters on the same screen, as the case is with the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One.
To no surprise, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 share the same UI. Again, you get a whole ton of shooting scenes and modes, most of which can actually be quite useful given the appropriate conditions. We find it convenient that two separate shutters have been added – one for taking photos and another for recording videos – so there is no need to switch manually between modes as the case is with the G2. While the Galaxy S4 and Note 3 lack OIS, there is a software image stabilizer that works well, but its effect isn't as profound when compared to the G2 and its optical stabilization. With the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, you have the option to shoot video in slow-motion or in 4K resolution, which is definitely a neat stand-out feature.
There is no shortage of shooting scenes, modes, and options on the HTC One. It can take HDR photos and videos at 1080p resolution, 60 frame-per-second videos at 720p, all the while capturing stereo sound of fantastic quality. However, the UI hasn't been organized the best way possible. Most settings and adjustments are placed in a single list with lots of sub-menus, so getting to the one you need may take more steps than it should. Thankfully, the frequently used ones are placed on the very top of the list.
On the Motorola DROID Ultra and the Motorola MOTO X we see an interface that is very minimalist in nature, with none of those fancy filters or advanced camera effects. Swiping over to the right will pull over a dial on the left listing the modes and settings one is allowed to set: HDR, flash, tap to focus, slow motion video, panorama, geo-tag, and shutter tone. Quick Capture is also among them – it allows you to quickly launch the camera just by flipping the handset in your hand twice, although we did notice that this gesture didn't work all that well in some rare instances. There is also continuous burst shooting – all you have to do is to hold your finger on the screen.
Camera Comparison: iPhone 5s vs LG G2, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S4, HTC One, Motorola Moto X, DROID Ultra - Interface and ease of use