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Camera comparison: HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 3, iPhone 5s, LG G2, Nexus 5, Nokia Lumia 1520, Sony Xperia Z1S

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Indoor (low-light)


Indoor settings are traditionally challenging environments to take photos in, especially when there's lack of sufficient lighting. The 2013 HTC One, in particular, almost always delivered poor results in the indoor stage of our previous camera comparisons. The new HTC One, however, seems to perform better than its predecessor. Its indoor shots aren't the most detailed (of course), but they are lively looking, with sufficient exposure. Sure, there's some noise in the darker shots, but that should be expected. The new dual LED flash provides a good amount of light even at a distance of 7 feet from the subject, and its use doesn't have a detrimental effect on the image's color balance.


As of the rest are well capable of taking great photos if the subject is well illuminated. In dim light, however, they start behaving differently. The LG G2, iPhone 5s, and the Galaxy 4 will manage to produce a decent photo even if you choose to manually switch the flash off, while the rest will leave the scene dark. With the flash on, best results should be expected from the Sony Xperia Z1S, Lumia 1520, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and the iPhone 5s, although the rest of the phones can also produce a decent image even at a distance of 7 feet away from the subject.  



Camera comparison: HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 3, iPhone 5s, LG G2, Nexus 5, Nokia Lumia 1520, Sony Xperia Z1S

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posted on 25 Mar 2014, 12:03 18

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Hold up.. S4 ranked higher than the Note 3?

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 12:13 7

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


It is an interesting battle. Most S4s are equipped with the Exmor R (SD600 versions), some with the Exmor RS (Exynos 5 versions), while the Note 3 packs a newer Exmor RS (both versions), that has higher level of detail than the Exmor R, but worse dynamic range. Of all the Exmors looked at here (S4, N3, Z1s, G2, N5, 5S) the iPhone does consistently the best photos, while I think the 1520 needs a SW update, cause it's far more capable than the results it's pulling.

Expect Samsung's ISOCELL to make all run for their money, bar the 1020.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 12:17 1

7. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Photo #27 and #35 is where the Note 3 shines.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 03:56

52. refillable (Posts: 1047; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


Seriously? I have no Idea how the heck can a 1/2.5" sensor beat a 2/3" that was just been released a year ago?

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 12:14 11

5. Johnnokia (Posts: 1104; Member since: 27 May 2012)


It is really so absurd to Lumia 1520 in the pre-last rank ..

So silly and suspicious indeed!

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 12:17 8

8. Contreramanjaro (Posts: 153; Member since: 04 Dec 2011)


I usually just look at these articles to compare pictures on my own. I don't think I've ever agreed with PA on the results.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 13:24 5

20. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


We should compare photos with professional photographer.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 16:20 1

58. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


It Hurts More Than Market Share Doesn't It ...?
http://thedigitalcamera.net/best-camera-phone-the-final-comparative/
and here you go, cold water thrown in your face.

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 18:59

73. utg001 (unregistered)


I think in some scenarios, the 1520, iPhone and Z1 out shine the others by a margin. Clearly!

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 12:56 4

16. sergiobr (Posts: 712; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


PapaSmurf as a Note owner (like you) I must say that, in low or high light my phone takes better photos than S4 (I checked with my friends), when I shot with CameraPro is much better. I don´t know what PA is doing.

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 18:01

69. geordie8t1 (unregistered)


i agree, i have galaxy s4 and note 3, and for me it was MUCH more noticable in night shots, my s4 just could not do very well at all, my note 3 however on similar settings, performs probably twice as good, my night shots are crisp and clear for what i got, i dont really notice so much in the day time shots.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 14:19 1

24. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


I accept, S4 and g2 are almost equal with a slight difference of saturation levels but note3????? well, my experience with note3 is way better, I experienced note 3 performing better then z1, better then s4 and g2 as well... dont know about lumias bcoz I dont bother myself to check nokia

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 16:13

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


hahaha htc one m8 where u aaaaaat :D

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 09:44

56. sergiobr (Posts: 712; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


My Note 3 can take similar photos with this ...http://cdn02.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/samsung-galaxy-s5-image-samples-6.jpg

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 20:04

85. KingaSpades (Posts: 45; Member since: 04 Nov 2013)


And that's how you know that the entire thing is bullshyt.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 12:06 13

2. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2283; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Nokia 1020!!!! Nothing comes close

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 12:29 10

11. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


And we know that.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 02:47

51. mayur007 (Posts: 569; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


everyphone knows that ;)

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 16:22 2

59. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


http://thedigitalcamera.net/best-camera-phone-the-final-comparative/
Here comes cold water for market share guy.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 13:04 5

17. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


yes it does the PV808

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 14:18

23. Nexus4lifes (Posts: 156; Member since: 13 Feb 2014)


Nokia lumia 1520 almost all flagships beat it..:)

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 23:44

45. rockers123 (Posts: 135; Member since: 08 Sep 2013)


You should have a look at MKBHD top 5 Camera phones

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 18:02

70. geordie8t1 (unregistered)


PV808

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 17:01

81. Hlorri (Posts: 40; Member since: 07 May 2008)


Uh... Except the Nokia 808 PureView! ;)
Still, 2 years after, the "king" of camera phones.

That said, the 808 (and even moreso the 1020) are not really the most suitable for casual/action shots. Both (especially the 1020) are slow to start, have long picture-to-picture durations, and have relatively slow exposure times (compared with, for instance, the HTC One).

The 1020 has Optical Image Stabilization, but that does nothing to prevent motion blur of the subject (and not the photographer).

Between my 808 PureView and my HTC One, I find that the One often captures the sharpest photos of my kids - especially if they're moving around. Of course the 808 takes the cleanest photos of still objects (nature and such) - though for that you'll probably want to use a DSLR anyway....

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 12:11 3

3. hmd74 (Posts: 481; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)


the question is when did PA get the phone to do the compare? :|
WTF? they reviewed it :|

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 23:33

42. KillerKeyboard (Posts: 344; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)


Embargo. Tech review companies get pre-sale units before the product launch with an agreement to only publish their articles in a given time set by the manufacturer.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 12:15

6. HTCOE (Posts: 632; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


umm?? they didn't look bad in camera comparisons for the HTC One but not the best either. i'll accept it... i hope they make a detachable lens like what sony tried to do with the QX

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 12:20 2

9. SlowPoison77 (Posts: 27; Member since: 30 Nov 2013)


htc one m8 photoes are stunningm better than expected from 4mp, i m ready 4 upgrade

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 12:27 5

10. FaisalWibowo11 (Posts: 163; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)


Phonearena.com's camera comparison is really inconsistent and unprofessional.

In the previous comparison, Z1 has a score of 8.5 in colour representation but now it only has 7.0.

In the previous comparison, Z1 was rated lower than note 3 and s4 in night shots. Now, the Z1 is rated higher.

Video scoring also changes now.

Jeez, I don't get it. Maybe someone can clear me up

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 12:30 6

12. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Because it's a different test under different scenes?

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