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Camera comparison: Sony Xperia Z vs Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note II, iPhone 5, Nokia Lumia 920

Color reproduction

Capturing true-to-life colors is a challenge for every smartphone's camera, but the Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II appear to handle the task pretty well. The colors in their photos look quite like they do to the photographer's naked eye. The Sony Xperia Z produces images that are nearly as accurate, although colors occasionally lean towards the cooler or warmer side, depending on the lighting conditions. Also, the same strange purple tint we mentioned earlier is present in certain areas of the image. The iPhone 5 and Nokia Lumia 920 boost the colors' saturation, which might be eye-catching, but it isn't what we'd call natural.

1. Samsung Galaxy S3 and Note 2
2. iPhone 5
3. Sony Xperia Z
4. Nokia Lumia 920

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posted on 15 Feb 2013, 09:43 20

1. samsunggalaxylover (Posts: 37; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)

samsung phone cameras will stay the best.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 10:33 40

35. GG_SHAH (Posts: 19; Member since: 13 Feb 2013)

Samsung.. Its screen is too much dim even when brightness is full

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 10:33 20

36. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 704; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)

too many anti-samm ppl here

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 10:33 14

37. Muzhhur (Posts: 261; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)

just corean stuff, I dont think they are better than sony nor nokia

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 10:53 17

48. AamirSIII (banned) (Posts: 187; Member since: 04 Oct 2012)

Woah... something has gone really wrong with PA lately... 920 is night photography champ, S3 and Note 2 can not be beaten in day time photography, macro and details in video, and Z has best night time video...
2-Note 2

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 11:00 13

51. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 281; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)

IPhone or galaxy's best in day. Lumia 920 in low light. iPhone best overall I would say. This coming from someone who will never buy an iPhone.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 21:20 3

160. iushnt (Posts: 2055; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)

I think you should read the above news once again and see the ranking.. They are better in camera than 920 and Z.. Iphone 5 us ahead only by a hair. Read the news again and again until you get the point.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 11:47 18

64. amansingal14 (Posts: 309; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)

1- Lumia 920
2-Sony Z
3-Sammy s**t3
4-Sammy Big s**t2
5-Rotten Apple iCrap

And yeah try using a Nikon DSLR, Sony Alpha instead...

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 12:08 7

68. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)

hey! the Iphone camera isn't that bad. It certainly isn't the best, but it still is pretty decent(probably the only decent thing on that phone)

It still might be last, but it doesn't deserve to be called "ishi*t" camera-wise

just my 2 nickels

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 12:11 11

70. pkiran1996 (Posts: 166; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)

Another anti-samsung person. What is wrong with you? The Galaxy Note 2 is arguably in the top 3 smartphones right now and you call it sh*t?
As dedicated android user (Nexus 7 and 4), I would still never call the iPhone crap. You're just anti-samsung, and I have no idea why.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 12:19 4

71. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

hopefully in your dream dude not in real life.......!!! nokia lumia 920 all the way......!!! and wait for nokia 41mp camera wp phone

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 12:20 3

72. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

agree bro

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 12:36 2

78. asingha94 (Posts: 295; Member since: 08 Apr 2012)

almost right bro.but in my view iphone camera is better than note 2 & s3. So it would be at number 3.It gives a good daylight performence.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 12:41 6

79. asingha94 (Posts: 295; Member since: 08 Apr 2012)

Samdogs are may be in the top 3 smartphones,but we are talking here about camera.Koreans know only adding core & adding ram. They need to born one more time to make good camera phone. So go get a life.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 14:17 24

90. fahqman (Posts: 38; Member since: 06 Jan 2013)

I thought we're talking about cameras here. Did you feel threatened by Samsung and felt you needed to say something right away?

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 15:10 10

99. fahqman (Posts: 38; Member since: 06 Jan 2013)

That Corean stuff rules now. Numbers don't lie.

Enjoy your 2nd tier device and have a nice day :)

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 15:14 6

101. fahqman (Posts: 38; Member since: 06 Jan 2013)

Hate = Envy in PA

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 15:23 7

102. maccess (Posts: 742; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)

dude.. you can read tons of reviews on the internet.. no single reviewer ever said that the s3 or note 2 camera sucks.. they even always praise that those phones has one of the the best 8mp camera.. i knew that your ip5 camera is slightly better.. but doesn't mean the samsung's suck.. grow up boy..

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 15:45 6

105. fahqman (Posts: 38; Member since: 06 Jan 2013)

I own a note 2 and I feel like iphone 5's pic quality is just as good as Samsung's and Sony, too.

920 is pure joke. Pure'Gray'View's hype is just like what apple did & still doing with their retina BS which isn't even 720p in 2013.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 16:43 10

117. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1118; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

I feel threatened by the amount of bias in this "comparison", i wonder how much Samsung and Apple payed PhoneArena? Why is the Note 2 even here? I mean its results are almost the same as the S3, only with more noise, just use a diferent phone in the comparison no point in using 2 phones that have almost the same camera.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 16:46 2

121. terabyteRouser (Posts: 457; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


posted on 15 Feb 2013, 16:55 7

125. maccess (Posts: 742; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)

what bias?? let your eyes be the judge... if your eyes said the samsung or the apple has the worst quality.. then so be it.. everyone has their own opinion..

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 16:59 2

126. JulianGT (Posts: 89; Member since: 15 Oct 2012)

*Nokia 808 Pureview*

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 17:24 1

139. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)

Samsung just uses average cameras. The Z camera isn't perfect but its still better than Samsung.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 21:52 1

167. kobainez (Posts: 440; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)

In other sites xperia Z is superior to all of them. Pa is just a samdung and apple fans and this proves it. Many other sites showed amazing shots taken with xperia Z

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 01:17

181. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

u make us all laugh

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 23:55 3

174. darkkjedii (Posts: 23579; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

I can tell by how childishly your post is written that you only want attention. There's no way that Samsungs flagship devices are s**t, and the iPhone is crap. The top devices on all the charts are made by Samsung and apple, do some research dude, cuz your knowledge is sorely lacking.

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 01:49 1

184. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 765; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)

what average camera? hahaha
SAmsung uses sony's lens but samsung knows how to optimize it and make excellent pictures :D

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 02:32

192. timaustin2000 (Posts: 42; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)

Just hold your horses people: Once again PA seem to have overlooked that pesky focal length. Check out the amount that all the devices crop with the zoom tool. Notice a difference?

Because of the focal length of the Galaxy devices, as well as the lower MP count, the zoom crop is focusing in far shallower than it does on the XZ. Don't take my word for it, measure it yourself - it's right there.

I'm not saying that the XZ isn't a little softer BUT if you zoom all devices to the SAME crop, the Galaxy and iPhone images would PIXELATE, looking equally bad.

I'm not saying that this is intentional from PA but it certainly skews the results. The XZ images are looking softer because they're zoomed in further.

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 04:09 6

195. amansingal14 (Posts: 309; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)

Dude read any review, Nokia and Sony beats all others in the camera dept....
thats why I say that I shall no more view any camera comparisions on this site, iGalaxyArena

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