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Camera comparison: Huawei Ascend P7 and Oppo Find 7a vs Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G2, iPhone 5s, HTC One (M8), Sony Xperia Z1

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Since both the Huawei Ascend P7 and the Oppo Find 7a pack 13-megapixel cameras at their backs, their full-resolution images should look equally well detailed when viewed from up close, right? The Ascend P7 produces photos with great, but soft details.Don't think of this as a bad thing, though - detail represented this way looks very natural, although they are not as pronounced as when they photos have been over sharpened. Furthermore, unwanted artifacts are absent from the P7's images, save for the noise that can be seen in solid colors, such as the blue sky in our pictures. The Oppo Find 7a is an even better performer when it comes to taking detailed shots. In fact, it takes the gold in this category even though it is running against several higher-res rivals. Tree branches, cracks on walls, the texture of tree bark, and other minute details are preserved in great, natural clarity. What's more, the camera software does not add any excessive sharpening to the image (but just the right amount) and does a good job at filtering out digital noise without killing fine details. Frankly, we're impressed with Oppo's flagship and its performance in this particular aspect.

Of course, the Samsung Galaxy S5 isn't lagging behind by much. Its 16MP photos are almost as pleasing as the Find 7a's in terms of details, but the slight noise-reduction and post-processing sharpness that is added makes those details look a bit unnatural. That's why we've given the S5 and the Ascend P7 the same detail score – details in images by the S5 are clearer, but slightly unnatural, while the P7 takes softer, but truer-to-life details. .

As for the Sony Xperia Z1, the phone's default camera mode captures a 20.7MP image which is then scaled down to an 8MP one. The result is a file that lacks the artifacts the full size image has, but still contains rich, sharp detailsThe 20MP mode is available in manual mode, so can switch to that if you prefer taking full-resolution images with the Xperia Z1. These, however, don't look very nice at 100% zoom due to artifacts visible across the entire frame.

The LG G2 produces results that you'll either like or not. On one hand, you'll be getting photos that are very low on noise. Details, on the other hand, are pretty soft and may look unpleasantly artificial to some at full size. But overall, the G2's photos are detailed enough to be considered very good.

Then there's the iPhone 5s. It may have “only” 8 megapixels to work with, but it puts them to very good use and its photos turn out very detailed for their resolution. Noise is kept well under control and is hard to notice in well-lit scenes.

Last in line is, unsurprisingly, the HTC One (M8). The Ultrapixel camera has a resolution of just 4 megapixels, which puts HTC's flagship in a tricky situation. Its photos are acceptable, we have to admit, but not on par with those from its rivals. There is very little to zoom in on and crops don't look pretty due to their low pixel size.


Camera comparison: Huawei Ascend P7 and Oppo Find 7a vs Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G2, iPhone 5s, HTC One (M8), Sony Xperia Z1


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posted on 14 May 2014, 08:14 10

1. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Again Z1, where is Z2.

posted on 14 May 2014, 08:19 7

4. tech2 (Posts: 3477; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Z2 and Z1 basically have the same camera with minor differences nothing really earth shattering.

http://blog.gsmarena.com/sony-xperia-z2-vs-z1-camera-comparison/

posted on 14 May 2014, 08:38 13

9. sipha (Posts: 435; Member since: 12 May 2012)


So why didnt they use the HTC One M7 instead instead of the M8?? Or the iPhone 5 instead of the 5s??

posted on 14 May 2014, 08:43 4

11. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1217; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


please do your research about the camera on the m8 and 5S compared to there predecessors. Z1 to Z2 did nothing but minor software tweaks,

posted on 14 May 2014, 09:00 2

13. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


He's trying to be funny o.O

posted on 28 May 2014, 20:41

64. crazzyd77 (Posts: 36; Member since: 07 May 2014)


lol..

posted on 14 May 2014, 09:10 7

18. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4857; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


No, the point is to compare the latest phones & their cameras. The so called "minor tweaks" ALREADY make your post invalid.

BECAUSE of those "minor tweaks" is WHY the Z1 should NOT be included in this obviously bogus review.

What is going on here?

posted on 14 May 2014, 09:44 5

33. buccob (Posts: 2578; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Well taking in consideration that the Z2 brings minor improvements to the already good Z1 camera... and given that the Final Scored received in first place was a tie between S5, P7 and Z1... then those minor improvements would place the Z2 slightly above all competition...

So: Z2 > S5,P7,Z1 > 7A,5s > G2 > M8

posted on 14 May 2014, 11:07

39. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4857; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Wouldn't that be awesome. lol

+1

posted on 14 May 2014, 09:07 1

16. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4857; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


What a GREAT post. Thank you for using some proper logic.

+1

posted on 14 May 2014, 09:06 1

15. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4857; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


No, your logic is very ridiculous. Why on Earth would you even post such bogusness?

How that makes sense to you is beyond me. Where is the red thumb down when you need it?

PhoneArena.com we need the red thumb down added again...

posted on 14 May 2014, 09:20 6

22. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Those minor tweaks make a huge difference in today's cut-throat competition.

posted on 14 May 2014, 09:26 2

26. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4857; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Very true, to omit the Z2 & add the Z1 is flabbergasting to me. I really am shocked more than anything.

To take the time to do such a detailed review & omit the Z2 BUT to add the Z1 is so regrettable.

+1

posted on 28 May 2014, 20:42

65. crazzyd77 (Posts: 36; Member since: 07 May 2014)


Right.

posted on 14 May 2014, 09:27 2

27. tech2 (Posts: 3477; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


I know. I am not saying its acceptable that PA didn't include Z2. But I am just trying to point out that the difference wouldn't have been over the top. In my opinion, they should've even included a Lumia 1020

posted on 14 May 2014, 09:36 2

29. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4857; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Sorry then, I misunderstood you.

Based on your post I thought you meant since the differences are so "minor" that it shouldn't have been added.

Also you are definitely right the latest Nokia Lumia should have been included also.

+1

posted on 23 May 2014, 03:04

61. ogee4life (Posts: 105; Member since: 12 Apr 2014)


I don't know what you on bout, the Z2 is clearly better than the z1. It's obvious your just looking at hard ware features in making your assertions. The z2 takes far better low light shots than the z1, its software it better optimised and produces better detail and colour rendition. Go read detailed analysis from the guys at dvox and other top rated tech sites. Then I thought the oppo phone uses the same camera found on the Sony xperia z, same exact sensor and I believe exact software but yet it gets so much praise but the z last year criticised by pa. Just food for thought.

posted on 28 May 2014, 20:42

66. crazzyd77 (Posts: 36; Member since: 07 May 2014)


+2...

posted on 17 May 2014, 05:43

60. ivanprskalo (Posts: 123; Member since: 09 Dec 2010)


Also, LG G2 with 4.2.2 software.. Really?

posted on 14 May 2014, 08:20 4

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


Look at s5 and m8 in color comparison. It looks exactly same and still m8 is last.

posted on 14 May 2014, 08:25 3

6. tech2 (Posts: 3477; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


What are u talking about ?! M8 clearly has a strong bluish tint to its pic.

posted on 14 May 2014, 08:29 2

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


I agree.....I seen in thumbnail that's why I said that.

posted on 14 May 2014, 11:18 2

40. elitewolverine (Posts: 5188; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


I see the same colors except in the first photo, and most likely due to a white balance not being set, and the fact that it is taking in more area of photo and trying to compensate.

But the rest of the pics it is nearly exactly the same and would be pulling the color from the photo in a photoshop would produce similar results.

posted on 14 May 2014, 09:04

14. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4857; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


That's EXACTLY what I was going to say... What a POINTLESS review.

posted on 14 May 2014, 09:17

21. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4857; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


To take the time & do all that research, just to soil it by adding the Z1 instead of the Z2 is truly an embarrassment.

PhoneArena.com is a lovely website to get up to date information on the LATEST & GREATEST in the mobile world. Does PhoneArena.com proof read their stuff before posting it online?

This is truly a rookie mistake. The Z2 is out & the Z2 should have been used NOT the Z1. I don't care if it had minor software tweaks or not, to use the Z1 instead of the Z2 is just plain old unacceptable.

I have been reading this site for many, many years & I come to expect the best. This is CLEARLY not the best.

posted on 14 May 2014, 09:23 1

24. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Maybe be the review unit of Z2 is in europe with Ray S. and Nick T. has done this comparison in U.S.

posted on 14 May 2014, 09:32 1

28. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4857; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I don't buy that at all. This site is viewed world wide. The Sony Xperia Z2 reviewed was not the US version yet they showed us here in the US the review so, why not add the Z2 to this camera review then?

posted on 14 May 2014, 09:24

25. tech2 (Posts: 3477; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Even if they didn't had Z2 it would've been acceptable. But since they've already done its review there is no reason them to not include Z2.

posted on 14 May 2014, 09:43 3

31. buccob (Posts: 2578; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


This whole review feels like an affirmation need after the blind camera comparisson... like: "yes readers, we agree with the rating"-PA

And a way to put the iPhone at least on the same level as the Oppo

posted on 14 May 2014, 10:20

36. sar44 (Posts: 278; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


BSI is dead. Sony, Omnivision and others, turn to isocell.
Ascend P7 (Sony IMX 214, last sony sensor with "improved colors") it proved

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