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Camera comparison: Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC One X vs Nokia Lumia 900

0. phoneArena 08 Oct 2012, 08:07 posted on

After pitting four of the biggest stars in the smartphone world right now against one another in our web browsing and display comparisons, we’re once again taking the quartet on yet another worthwhile comparison to proclaim the best of the best in the camera-taking department. At the center of all the commotion, is none other than newest member of the crew, the Apple iPhone 5, which so happens to be armed with an 8-megapixel iSight ...

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posted on 08 Oct 2012, 08:15 46

1. StreetNerd (Posts: 821; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


Again..... why not wait for the 920, thn do the comparison -_-"

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 08:41 20

22. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


It's the only thing the 5 can win before the 920's camera comes out to trounce everything in its path.

That said, what version of the 900 was being used? And did it have the camera software up to date (that is, with the "Camera Extras" Nokia update installed)? I noticed quite a significant difference after updating to Tango and having the software up to date. While it may not have changed the rankings, the 900 could have held its own better, presuming the test phone wasn't up to date.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 09:18 3

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


Excuses excuses excuses lol

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 09:37 5

52. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


No, just wanting a level playing field. As I said, the Lumia would still likely wind up in 4th, but not as easily.

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 00:37 9

129. amir1975 (Posts: 22; Member since: 18 Aug 2012)


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Another Biased Article about iPhone 5, there is no mention and either tests about situations which makes "Purple Halo" defect in iPhone 5's photos and make them really incomparable with rivals. sad to say that new iPhone is a faulty product.

But they have to sell their flawed phone to Naive customers, no way just exaggeration.

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 07:41 2

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


Shhhhhhhhhhhhh! Thank u

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 19:22 2

155. meowcenary (Posts: 187; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


So lens flare(s) are bad and a flaw of my devices? Shooting with a dslr, point and shoot, and HTC Radar 4g I get it from time to time, though not a Jimmy Hendrix type purple haze. If that is the case, maybe I should file a class action against Nikon, Canon, and HTC with what you are saying?

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 10:52

178. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)


There seems to be no discussion of why this Purple Haze may be more prominent on the iPhone 5. Some have argued the refractive properties of the Saffire protective glass may be the culprit. Others have mentioned a particular lens coating may be the issue. What about the distance between the optics and the protective lens? This is a very thin phone. Any shrowding from direct sunlight would be minimal with such a thin device because the lens group is not set as far back in the camera body. Note that some companies are selling little rubber rings to shrowd the lens unit (for over 20 dollars a pop!). I don't know if any or all of these elements are contributers, but the effect is well noted at this time.

Maybe this is just one downside to having an ultra thin phone?

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 20:19

160. KFear (Posts: 143; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)


Man. That is a good camera on the iphone. Still happy with the S3's lens however

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 20:21

161. KFear (Posts: 143; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)


I'm an Android fan all the way...but your comment is terrible. At our sales location we haven't been able to duplicate the purple halo defect. We've been some customer's photos that might have it, but it's not so easy to tell as the light condition has to be just right. It REALLY hasn't been so much of an issue for the iphone. I think the pictures from the iphone in this article did look best, for the most part. you just have to look at the photos.
you are borderline trolling

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 10:53

179. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)


Probably difficult to duplicate the effect inside a mall.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 10:09 12

69. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4002; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Let's get real here...920 is not out yet, so let's leave that out of the question.
I'm really not sure if John is comparing the cameras or the phones!
He got the top-notch from Apple, HTC,
Samsung but a mid-notch from Nokia. Why not
820? Everyone below has asked and i am
asking it too. Everyone knows Lumia 900 won't stand a chance among the other 3. I'm not
saying it's a bad camera-phone, but it's not the
best from Nokia, camera wise.
Again, an unfair comparison.
I guess he don't want to see iPhone fall...sorry
John, you made me say this.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 11:54 9

88. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4002; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Sorry, i meant 808...
John, try that for the love of mango, banana, cherry and coconut.

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 15:15 1

158. deathyyy (Posts: 101; Member since: 20 Dec 2011)


How many people are going to go buy a new 808 right now though? The 900 is definitely Nokia's "flagship" device.

posted on 14 Oct 2012, 17:44 1

169. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4002; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Do you see any comparison for flagship devices here?? Or who's going to buy what?
PA is comparing the cameras here jackazz...read the article, or atleast read the headline before you place a comment on a comment.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 09:25

182. deathyyy (Posts: 101; Member since: 20 Dec 2011)


Uh, yes I do, as each of these phones is each manufacturer's flagship device. Maybe you should work on your reading comprehension skills.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 12:29 5

93. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


"this article also shows a lack of journalistic integrity to deliberately avoid investigating a known issue and ignoring it completely."
iphonearena.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 16:06 3

113. maier9900 (Posts: 272; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)


oh man... !

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 04:28

187. maier9900 (Posts: 272; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)


Every since the iphone 4s came out with a wonderful camera on its back, no other phone beats it to date (i don't care what u say). And now the iphone 5 came out with the same 8mp camera as the iphone 4s (if u didn't know) with the only change being on the outside on the back of the phone. They changed the outside glass on the back with some sapphire crystal kind of thing. But other than that is the same camera as in the iphone 4s and still nobody can compete with it. It's been over a year...

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 08:44 29

25. MeoCao (unregistered)


Do GS3, One X and 920 have "Purple Glare feature" like iPhone 5? I guess not so iPhone 5 wins as it has at least 1 more feature than the rest LOL.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 09:20 1

39. BillyG (Posts: 305; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


try to pic against the sun with your GS3, One X and 920 (later), i bet they get that glare too, tried with my canon camera, i got those glare too even though its not that purple.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 09:21 7

41. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


It is admited by Apple that there is such problem like a "Purple Haze".

"iPhone: Camera image effects"
http://support.apple.com/kb/TS4436?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 09:26 2

46. BillyG (Posts: 305; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


yup, it clearly stated : Most small cameras, including those in EVERY generation of iPhone, may exhibit some form of flare at the edge of the frame when capturing an image with out-of-scene light sources. and people just notice it in iPhone 5.., imagine that..

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 09:28 6

49. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


"tried with my canon camera, i got those glare too even though its not that purple."

And thats part of the point. Someone posted a site that compared the iPhone 4S to the 5, and anyone could clearly see the same thing....it was purple on the 4S, but it wasnt that purple on the 4S.

But....Night Shots in this article clearly show the purple issue on the iPhone 5 vs the other phones in the 2nd n 3rd row of shots. Didnt even need the sun. The other phones had the same result as my RAZR.....white or yellow halo, not purple.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 09:38 7

54. No_Nonsense (Posts: 826; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)


Glares are normal but a purplish one isn't.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 09:48 2

59. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Two different devices in the same conditions!

"Apple iPhone 5 vs Galaxy S3 (Camera Test)"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5i1Dnk2voU

Download link for original pictures and video examples you can find in the description.

As I have stated in my comment #19, I think that iPhone 5 shots relatively good pictures just "Purple Halo" effect ruin everything.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 10:07 4

67. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Looking at that YouTube clip, starting at the 2: 56 mark, shows the iPhone 5 with purple halo issue while the GS3 doesnt have it..

Same lighting and shooting conditions.

At some point....ppl will just have to accept that...it is what it is. I dont think the purple halo ruins everything....lol, but it can be seen in certain instances.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 10:13 1

71. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Check download link in the description, you will find original photos and videos, check photo with roof window, light through roof window is also "purpled" while Samsung Galaxy III photo doesn't have it.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 12:12 2

90. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


exactly. its pure apple fanboyism by PA.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 08:45 10

26. dr_fajardo12 (Posts: 118; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)


when 920 comes out in november phonearena will make a camera comparision. the 900 is the nokia flagship right now, so need to be against it.

but still a little biased this comparision, where's the 808?, we need to see how well the iphone 5 is against the best cameraphone on the market
wheres sony's phones?, the note 2? etc..

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