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Camera comparison: One X vs Galaxy S II vs Nexus vs N8 vs iPhone 4S

0. phoneArena 10 Apr 2012, 04:14 posted on

Since we now have the One X in our hands and have been using it for a while, we decided to put his new camera to the test. Winning this comparison, though, won't be easy, as we've chosen some of the best camera phones out there to be its competition: the Samsung Galaxy S II, Galaxy Nexus, Nokia N8 and Apple iPhone 4S. Let the games begin!...

This is a discussion for a review. To read the whole review, click here

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 06:03 7

21. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Well well well...N8 won.
It' a proof that when it comes to experience, technic and optimalization Nokia is the number 1.
They were managed to squize so great camera module in N8, coupled it great with software and (not to strong) cpu.
That's the spirit and a way it should be!
Can't wait what Nokia will show us in the nearest future. Now 808, what's next?
Another monstrosity?))

HTC has showed again that they just don't know how to make good camera modules.
They focued on unibody and sense and forgot about the rest. Ergonomics, camera, battery, etc.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 09:43 4

49. phitch (Posts: 214; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


It is proof that inserting a high quality carl zeiss lens with premium camera hardware into a phone will produce decent shots. Of course the phone itself is terrible.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 16:39

96. -box- (Posts: 3706; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


@phitch: I'd take an N8 in a heartbeat and use it as my daily device. My sole complaint with it is the fact it only has one hard button, in comparison to the 3 on a C7 or the 808 PureView. I require that my phones have a physical call and disconnect button

posted on 11 Apr 2012, 03:10

111. -RVM- (Posts: 329; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Actually N8 is amazing smartphone.

posted on 11 Apr 2012, 06:16

118. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


you are one of those who have never ever had N8 so don't comment on something you know a jack squat.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 07:08 5

27. wendygarett (unregistered)


Dear Ray, today is not an April Fools day. Please do not compare your icrap among with the beast phones. Are you telling me that 5mp icrap is better than 8mp imagesense and 8mp carl jes? I think PA should fire you at the 1st place for misleading the user, and work as an apple worker at Foxconn. Im so disappointing at you. Your best regard...

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 10:01 1

50. Habib (Posts: 114; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


as much as i agree with you, the Iphone 4S has 8MP camera :D

posted on 11 Apr 2012, 09:30 1

131. shandesilva (Posts: 73; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


he was a tortured soul at foxconn...until PA decided to recruit dumber writers to their already dumb lot :)

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 07:24 1

28. mercorp (Posts: 967; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


what about the pureview?

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 07:31 2

31. protozeloz (Posts: 5367; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


If im not mistaken is not home yet

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 07:27 5

29. marvinunso (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


conclusion is bias :/ still on favor of iphone 4s.. They didn't even mentioned that n8 mostly outclassed the rest in terms of image quality; it's always on the basis of iphone. The site must have been titled iphonearena! BOOMER!

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 07:30 2

30. chapizzo (Posts: 116; Member since: 13 Sep 2011)


somebody please tell me, in which world does the iphone camera produce more details than the larger sensor on the n8?

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 07:36 1

32. marvinunso (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


@chapizzo because that is what they think. They always think iphone is the greatest in all aspect of a smartphone. Dumb idea :/

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 07:38

33. protozeloz (Posts: 5367; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I cant Believe the Nexus Did rather well I though it was going to be last

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 07:53

34. babyk (Posts: 221; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


If youre looking for an android phone that beats all those stated here not sure about the n8 go look for the HTC Amaze it beats Iphone 4s clean.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 07:56 4

36. ZetanAlaz (Posts: 14; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


again from Ray..
but obviously, N8 won the competition..
hats off to Nokia who made such an incredible phone..
but still, he made iPhone on the second place..
smh..

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 08:29 2

39. hunted (Posts: 305; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)


Not only for me, but for everyone n8 camera is the best & beast among everything else. They concluded iphone camera is the best which is not good & not acceptable

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 08:51

41. vishalvenky (Posts: 40; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


guys.. n8/xperia s??which tops?? that would be an interesting comparison

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 09:14 4

46. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


it was proven long time ago that N8 is a clear winner.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 10:22 1

56. Dejan (Posts: 17; Member since: 24 Mar 2012)


Are you crazy!?First of all the details on the xperia S is much beyter than the nokia if you haven't seen anybreview about these 2 phones check it out!

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 12:50

72. bbblader (Posts: 575; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


even if it did beat the n8
why is it that it was done 2 years later?
because the n8 is a 2010 model
and I have 2 friends(they know each other)
I've seen some of the pics they have made with the n8 and the xperia
I personally think that the n8 is the clear winner

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 14:04 1

84. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


I've been having N8 pal for over a year and I know what I'm saying. SE cannot be better with it's tiny little sensor. And in opposite to you, I use N8 daily and because I'm wacko about photography I tried SE too.
Guess which phone has stayed with me> Don't know? Check the first sentence.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 14:17

87. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


..and don't you even dare to jump with this silly eisa award.
It was about promoting android that's why SE was chosen. The best camera in android realm for that time. If N8 had had android they would choose N8, not SE.
And because N8 is not popular in US and in today's world all is about android and ios, and hardly anyone likes symbian, rarely is N8 shown in such comparisons. It's more an example of great camera. But just camera, not an entire phone (I love it and have it anyway).

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 07:00

143. Dejan (Posts: 17; Member since: 24 Mar 2012)


Ok let me tell you something pall to be honest yes Nokia have a great camera and it is a phone from 2010 respect to that.But just type on you tube:Sony Xperia S and Nokia N8 camera comparison and look for a few minutes who is the clear winner between these 2 phones.I have xperia S and my friend have Nokia N8,and guess what everybody said that better camera is on xperia S.And if you have the Nokia N8 that doesn't means he have the best camera in the world and one more thing,if you still think that Nokia have the best camera you should see a doctor something is wrong with your eyes....

posted on 24 Apr 2012, 12:31

165. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


wow..now everybody has friends and one of them magically has phone nr 1 and the other has got phone nr 2.
How fortunate!:D
dream on, dude

posted on 24 Apr 2012, 12:33

166. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


My eyes are perfectly fine. Thanks for your concern. You're right... having something doesn't mean it is the best. But N8 in terms of photography is the best. As simple as that. Do some research. And learn something about photography and the technic behind N8. Then compare it to SE.
EOT.

posted on 24 Apr 2012, 12:45

168. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


oh...you've got Xperia S. Does it mean you're a fanboy defending his phone? I guess so.
Compare this.
N8 was made in 2010. Now we've got 2012. Where was SE in 2010?
It means they've barely caught up N8. But wait. In a few months 808 will be released. How do you think? Who will win in direct comparison? Xperia S or 808?

posted on 11 Apr 2012, 03:12

112. -RVM- (Posts: 329; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


http://tinyurl.com/7sphy6m

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 08:57 1

42. saeedfarzi (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Apr 2012)


khodaeesh htc one x is beter than other

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 08:57

43. REYNER (Posts: 187; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


wow thank you PA finally a head to head battle of highend phones i wonder why there is xperia s here.. but nice review though

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 11:24

62. REYNER (Posts: 187; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


i mean there is no xperia s in the review anyway still its a good review

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 08:58

44. vishalvenky (Posts: 40; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


guys c'mon N8 has xenon flash not a LED.. how did it lose the low light round??

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 09:07 4

45. REYNER (Posts: 187; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


XENON CAN ILLUMINATE THE DARK AREAS but they consider in review the color reproduction and detail but of course the xenon can illuminate dark and larger areas compare to LED its just that one x and 4s gives a better color reproduction :)

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 09:18 1

47. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Ray should not be let to review any other phone but iphone. He loves it too much

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 10:03

51. Habib (Posts: 114; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


WTH where is the Xperia S?

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 10:10

52. phitch (Posts: 214; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


The question has to be asked... did Ray change the One X's settings or stick with standard? Did he use fine or superfine? Change the exposure? No, probably not, stock settings don't really indicate the best settings for a lens.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 10:16 1

53. nedooo (Posts: 15; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


About Samsung Galaxy 2 video. Try SGS2 with SC camera module, it sucks big time.
You maybe got review unit which is not what a lot of customers got, so don't make false adwertisement. This is what I'm talking about:

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZlv_XVK2Pw&feature=related

and on xda:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1443658

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 10:19

54. Dejan (Posts: 17; Member since: 24 Mar 2012)


I can't believe this,no sony xperia S even here?I mean Sony have the most powerful camera and the best screen,what the heck happened to you guys!!!????

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 12:53 1

73. bbblader (Posts: 575; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


yeah the camera part is on #3 in the world
#1 - 808 PW
#2 - N8
#3 - Xperia S

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 14:07

85. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


I Could quote a sentence from SEINFELD. To SE "HAVE YOU LOST IT SE??????"
Yep, they lost the right direction.
They were great once, in cybershot and K-series era but after that they simply lost with Nokia and even with Samsung.
Check how many distortion and softy artifacts SE does. It's a very good camera, but not great.

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 07:06

144. Dejan (Posts: 17; Member since: 24 Mar 2012)


First of all it's not SE (Sony Erricsson) it's just Sony you noob and second just because you are the Sony hater that doesn't mean the Nokia is the best ahahha that just reminded.....go see a doctor!

posted on 24 Apr 2012, 12:38 1

167. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


wow. SE or Sony..does it matter?
When I was playing with SE and Nokia in the ancient era of k-series and n-series you were sucking your mothers nipples to get milk. I;m not Sony hater. I made a statement they are lost and trying to regain lost fame.
I didn't say Sony has got crappy cameras, but not the best. Nokia is not the best as a phone manufacturer. But as a cameraphone manufacturer surely is. Your irritating shows you're a simple troll and hater. And, I believe, you're very young and willing to get into argument in discussion you have no idea about.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 10:22

55. nedooo (Posts: 15; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


About Samsung Galaxy 2 video. Try SGS2 with SC camera module, it sucks big time.
You maybe got review unit which is not what a lot of customers got, so don't make false adwertisement. This is what I'm talking about:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v​=xfjsFzsQHgYr />
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v​=hZlv_XVK2Pw&feature​=rel​ated
and on xda:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?​t=1�

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 10:30 6

57. baldilocks (Posts: 494; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


I am ignoring One X reviews by Ray. He seems to have a stick up his ass for HTC or something. I give him a vote of no confidence.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 10:46 2

58. the_s2 (Posts: 204; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Pity they didnt mention the king N8 in the conclusion!

posted on 11 Apr 2012, 11:02 1

135. megabok (banned) (Posts: 58; Member since: 03 Apr 2012)


yeah, will you cum if they did?

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 11:20 1

60. gallitoking (Posts: 4680; Member since: 17 May 2011)


like expected the Samsung crew bashing the writer... when is not in their favor this is what they do..

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 11:52

64. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 413; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


Hmmm.. WHERE IS THE SONY XPERIA S! It has the same resolution with N8 so it can also join with them even others have 8MP

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 12:54

74. bbblader (Posts: 575; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


noob MP dont matter
in some cases a 5MP can beat a 24MP

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 07:38

145. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 413; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


i know! but can you give a reason why the S is not included?

posted on 11 Apr 2012, 07:17

122. rav405 (Posts: 42; Member since: 14 Dec 2010)


But N8 sensor size is bigger than that of the xperia s.........

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 12:02

65. cas_shekhar (Posts: 22; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


don't why u r giving negative review to one x on every parameter, when it is getting gr8 review on almost everywhere.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 12:06

66. nedooo (Posts: 15; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


About Samsung Galaxy 2 video. Try SGS2 with SC camera module, it sucks big time.
You maybe got review unit which is not what a lot of customers got, so don't make false adwertisement. This is what I'm talking about:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v​​=xfjsFzsQHgYrbr />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v​​=hZlv_XVK2Pw&feat​ure​=r​el​atedn xda:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?​​​t=1�

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 12:10

67. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


Ok so first, you exclude the Xperia S, which happens to have the highest PPI screen on all smartphones from the display challenge, and now, you also exclude the Xperia S which is the only Android phone with a 12 MP camera and a respectable Exmor R sensor.

Tsk Tsk, hating is bad.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 14:03

83. jenniferwong (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


Xperia Arc S camera is crap. Even this Nokia Lumia 800 photos are better
http://goo.gl/dXpux

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 16:15

94. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


XPERIA S. L2Read please. And Arc's camera is the camera phone of the year so...hate as much as you want.

posted on 11 Apr 2012, 10:38

133. megabok (banned) (Posts: 58; Member since: 03 Apr 2012)


Now where did that came from.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 12:12 2

68. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


good article ray, i got nothing to pick at. :)

its surprising that the onex does so poorly with all the hype HTC put behind the camera module. Maybe it just needs a software update.

Also great to see the G-Nex holding its own, showing that MPX doesnt really mean anything, its all about the hardware/software.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 13:49 2

80. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


lol I got thumbed down for not yelling at ray .. that's comedy. guys look at the pictures without fanboy glasses. from the pictures presented I can mostly agree with it all. I doubt he messed with the x's settings or anything like that.

posted on 11 Apr 2012, 01:56 2

107. Ray.S (Posts: 250; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


I hate to be the reason for you getting a thumbs down... Still, I'm glad that you agree with my observations. :)

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