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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 11 Apr 2012, 08:54

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


its funny. if i defend apple, they call me i-names. if i defend android, im a fandroid with " blind android rage". lolol. i noticed no one calls me names for defending WP7 though. hmm.. maybe we just dont have proper fanboy words in the lexicon for WP7 fans?

it was good work. you know ill find something to pick at if there was, and there wasnt. People get too butt hurt if their favorite device doesnt win. lol.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 12:15

69. bayhuy (Posts: 285; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


Ray, we're not "balamurnitzi'!

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 13:24

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


Go get the phone for yourself get the one x take a few pictures get the galaxy nexus take a few pictures go to your computer look at the images see the huge difference..

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 13:32

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


Cant see how this guy is choosing Galaxy nexus over one x

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 14:30 2

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


you remember this silly guy...eldar murtazin? this usurpatory expert who got into argument with Nokia after he had stolen one of their prototypes?
He made a contest between iphone 4 and N8. He asked his friends to choose which phone made better pictures. Of course, iphone 4 won.
Few days after gsmarena made a similar contest but this time, users had to vote. It was between Sony HX5v, pixon and N8 and there was iphone 4 as well. if my memory serves me well. Guess what. N8 won with a huge margin. They compared N8 with iphone too. N8 won. I red comparison between canon and N8. N8 won.
Professional photographs were impressed because of N8 capabilities.
But it didn't matter because it wasn't android nor ios.
All I want to say that If someone hates something or someone nothing convinces him that he is wrong. Period. The same thing here. Ray loves iphone, and because this iphone makes really good pictures he can easily bend results in favor of his beloved iphone.
And review is always subjective, not objective.

posted on 11 Apr 2012, 03:22 1

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


Eldar even compared some early N8 prototype to Samsung Wave and claimed that it has similar image quality. Too bad the camera module was entirely different to final one... After almost a year, i had a chance to compare my N8 shots to my brother's Samsung Wave shots made during a same hiking trip. N8's shots were head and shoulders above Wave's.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 14:02

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


have you seen this? I was amazed
icrap is crap no match for carl zeiss
http://goo.gl/dXpux

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 14:10

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


Yet, there will be guys who bash Nokia anyway and keep repeating that se or iphone or whatever is better in terms in photography.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 14:19 1

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


but...to be honest. I don't like apple nor iphone but 4S makes really great pictures. It's just better than nexus and one x.
Back to the studio:]
I prefer smooth and full in details 720p than retarded, half-baked and unpolished, choppy 1080p.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 14:22

89. jellytime (Posts: 135; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


They should do a Xperia S vs Nokia n8 Camera

posted on 11 Apr 2012, 10:44

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


N8 is already two years old, why not nokia 808 vs xperia s? that would be more interesting, and i have a pretty good guess who will win

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 14:36

91. 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. Phone Arena should stay objective and promote what end user is getting, and what should one expect.
Phone Arena you should take this in consideration.
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, 15:55

93. TMach (Posts: 348; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


http://www.t3.com/reviews/htc-one-x-review

Can anyone tell me why the Xperia S was excluded???

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 06:41

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


cause its s**tty. common n8 is 2010 and you will compare it with a 2012 phone? including it and it will end up losing like the others.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 17:22

99. Rockimaru (Posts: 29; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


N8 may not have best picture quality, but sure does beat every phone in the market in video quality.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nodmuLtK3s&list=WL159103A6E88CA38A&feature=mh_lolz

posted on 11 Apr 2012, 03:28

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


Actually N8 have the best picture quality. Level of details, dynamic range, color reproduction. U can see it's advantage in level of details clearly in GSMarena's photo comparision tool. In video iPhone 4S is most likely the best. However, N8 has this special lossless zoom mode for videos, so u can have much better quality when zoomed in, comparing to other smartphones.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 18:08 2

101. cristianer (Posts: 40; Member since: 20 Aug 2010)


Amazing comparison, N8 still the best in photos.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 19:02 1

103. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Why isn't the N8 camera used on WP? WP spec is well above that of the N8. Should be capable of handling. I'm hearing Lumia 900cam not doing so well. And why lumia cam not in this face-off?

posted on 11 Apr 2012, 03:30

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


Because N8's camera would probably need some deeper changes in WP camera API. Also, original N8's camera wouldn't fit into Lumia 800/900 case (maybe there are some smaller camera modules with same quality nowadays, dunno).

posted on 11 Apr 2012, 06:21

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


because N8 supposed to be a swan song of Symbian.
But luckilly they decided to show the world their true monster, 808.
Nokia has already said that they will utilize technology from 808 into wp phones.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 20:10 1

104. cityeighteen (Posts: 40; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


Of course the Nokia 808 will come around and put all of these to shame.

posted on 11 Apr 2012, 01:57 1

108. Ismellarat (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


Have been watching the PA You Tube coverage of the One X and its clear they have a complete negative attitude to this phone. Having owned all of the phones tested her except the N8, my personal experience is that the One X produces shots equally as good if not better than the others (again except N8). The fact that the camera is so quick enables shots to be taken that might not be possible on the other phones too. Its clear PA have something against the One X or HTC so wouldn't put it past them to falsely present the One X shots. PA should be renamed News of the World :-(

posted on 11 Apr 2012, 06:35

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


The truth is that N82 was miles ahead and N8 did the same.
After 2 years king is only one. N8.
SE or Iphone or samsung...pictures are oversharpened...to much processing. N8 doesn't have to do it thanks to its huge sensor. That's why pictures are more natural.
Nokia proves that raw cpu power or gpu or whatever can't give you a stellar result if you just DON'T KNOW HOW TO DO IT PROPERLY (pointing at se, samsung and apple...and of course HTC!).
It's like fast cars. More horsepower doesn't mean you're a better driver.

posted on 11 Apr 2012, 07:25

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


I Agree :)

posted on 11 Apr 2012, 08:55 1

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


one thing nokia has had for quite a while is the best camera tech/software. That much is true.

posted on 11 Apr 2012, 11:38

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


objective as always.

posted on 11 Apr 2012, 08:01

124. reggie81 (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


Agree about the N8 still being the best camera phone around, but just to add my 2 cents; all that purple tint on the HTC One X pictures? It's extremely strange that pictures taken on the One X by other reviewers on other websites don't demonstrate the same tint. Maybe the unit Ray got was faulty?

posted on 11 Apr 2012, 08:19

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


HTC sucks when it comes to camera. They still cant beat a 2 year old phone. They should start manufacturing walkie talkie instead

posted on 11 Apr 2012, 15:28 1

139. 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. Phone Arena should stay objective and promote what end user is getting, and what should one expect.
Phone Arena you should take this in consideration.
This is what I'm talking about:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v​=xfjsFzsQHgYr>
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v​=hZlv_XVK2Pw&feat​ure​=rel​atednd on xda:

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

posted on 11 Apr 2012, 17:24

140. Snoobab (Posts: 172; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


For video recording, don't forget the N8's _true_ stereo audio capabilities. None of the others have this. An 18 month old device throwing it down!! Nokia, you are bauwse :)

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 11:59

146. SherlockHolmes (Posts: 125; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


One X has a great camera !!
I used my friend's ONE X and its Awesome !!
Will beat all of them for sure rather than N8 !!
Iphone 4s , SGS2 and Nexus are beaten for sure !!
It's truly Amaziing Trust me !!
The guys over here are RETARD and do not like HTC at all !!
FUKIN RETARDS !!

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 12:21 1

147. SherlockHolmes (Posts: 125; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


PLEASE STOP Reviewing the Phones now after reading the comments that people have given you !!
FUKIN BIASED RETARD !!!!!
NO PLACE FOR YOU EVEN IN HELL !!!

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 12:39 1

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


holey crap dude.. breathe.. its just a phone.
breathe in... breathe out.. breathe in.. breathe out..

now show me wax tha floo!

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 13:01 1

149. rnk.khch (Posts: 86; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)


Are you kidding?!!! iphone has more "detail" than N8? That's pure BS!!!

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 14:16 3

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


Well Ray S. is following eldar m. For eldar m. even iphone 4 was better.
He hates Nokia so much that he creates his own world and facts. Sad.

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 13:02 1

150. Shubham412302 (Posts: 298; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


nokia n8 is unbeatable

what about pureview????

it will kill all others

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 14:27 2

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


You can call me Nokia fan, I don't mind.
I love photography so I gravitate automatically to Nokia because I know Nokia delivers the best when it comes to photography in cellphones.
I still have got N82 which makes wonderful pictures. I skipped N86 because it wasn't as good as it could be. I have bought N8 and I'm still using it day-to-day.
After belle update the phone is fast, snappy, steady and has never let me down. And of course it has got the best camera.
Btw. Like someone said above, why nobody sees sound capabilities of Nokia? It records great stereo sound and full 30 fps in 720p in mp4 container (in opposite to some of high end phones-3gp and mono, or mp4 and mono).

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 15:48 1

153. chris_t610 (Posts: 14; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


this is not even a definitive review!

Tell me, what are your parameters in judging a photo?

For a website that's been around for quite some time, phonearena should start looking for real reviewers that ARE NOT bias in any way.

while I agree with the shortcomings of the HTC, the reviewer's thoughts on the other phones' shots were simply amateurish.

Geez -- get a life!

posted on 13 Apr 2012, 06:31 2

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


same thing im saying, i have the one x my bro has the galaxy nexus we both agree that the one x takes better photos. colors are better on one x looks more realistic than galaxy nexus.

posted on 13 Apr 2012, 20:43 1

157. deadhead (Posts: 17; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


The N8 they tested was on Symbian Belle ? That explains the loss of detail .. PR 1.x or Anna would do much better. And overall, yes.. the N8 is the best smartphone for the money at the moment.

The 808 would create a whole different category. I don't think any other smartphone would even come close.. there is just too much going on in the 808 in terms of imaging, which doesn't even exist on any other phone. The N8 has some bits.. but still. I mean, what other manufacturer spends 5 years of R&D on a camera improvement project ? Respect.

posted on 16 Apr 2012, 05:25 2

159. ProdrivRHTC787 (Posts: 4; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


this guy has a problem with HTC One Xs. Seriously, they should fire this guy, its clear that he is biased or has something against this phone.

posted on 16 Apr 2012, 08:35 1

160. Shubham412302 (Posts: 298; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


they could have wait for nokia 808...

the competition would be one sided if pureview was released

posted on 16 Apr 2012, 11:24

161. hamids9898 (unregistered)


All photos Look same, but i know about nokia N8 and Samsung Galaxy S2..
Nokia is bluddy Dull and S2 is the greatest phone for ever for me http://hamidshaikh.com

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 12:22

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


you are dull dude.
N8 produces realistic colors and great natural images. Zero oversaturation and artificial bumping up
Go get iphone 4 if you want "pretty, nice oversaturated frikking colors"

posted on 22 Apr 2012, 06:40

164. robcar (Posts: 69; Member since: 18 Jan 2011)


Fanboy-review by Phonearena.

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 03:02

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


quote : "Now let's talk about image quality. We pitted the One X against the current cream of the crop -- the N8, Amaze 4G, iPhone 4S and Galaxy Note (which uses the same module as the Galaxy S II) plus Canon's S95 compact point-and-shoot. The camera landed somewhere in the middle of this star-studded pack, marginally beating the Galaxy Note and iPhone 4S while almost matching the Amaze 4G. Sure, it's not in the same league as the N8 (which rivals the S95 in some cases), but this is one stellar camera, especially when you consider that HTC is not positioning this phone as an imaging-centric device like the Amaze 4G."
engadget which is worshipped by some users here

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 11:07

171. 1Fawwaz (Posts: 3; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


No Xperia S!!!

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