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Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q2 2009

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Test 4: Macro

This test demonstrates how well the phones can take pictures of close-up objects only a few inches away.  Even though this is one area where most people don’t often use their cameraphones, it is still interesting to see which devices can capture the best macro image.  We should also point out in front that the enV3 is not capable of macro images, due to it not having Autofocus, but we decided to test it regardless. 

100% Crops - Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q2 2009
100% Crops - Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q2 2009

100% Crops


The Omnia comes in at 1st place, since the macro images have the best detail.  The enV Touch is a close 2nd, but it doesn’t have as much fine detail as the Omnia.  The Exilim gets 3rd place, but only the center of the images are sharp due to lens causing blurriness around the edges.  4th place goes to the enV3 since it does not have an autofocus system and macro images look blurry.

Cameraphone comparison samples. Scroll below for our category rating.

Casio Exilim - Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q2 2009
Samsung Omnia - Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q2 2009
LG enV Touch - Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q2 2009
LG enV3 - Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q2 2009

Casio Exilim

Samsung Omnia

LG enV Touch

LG enV3

Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q2 2009
Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q2 2009
Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q2 2009
Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q2 2009
Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q2 2009
Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q2 2009
Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q2 2009
Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q2 2009
Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q2 2009
Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q2 2009
Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q2 2009
Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q2 2009
Casio Exilim - Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q2 2009
Samsung Omnia - Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q2 2009
LG enV Touch - Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q2 2009
LG enV3 - Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q2 2009

Casio Exilim

Samsung Omnia

LG enV Touch

LG enV3



The phone’s performance, sorted from 1st to 4th place:

  1. Omnia:  The Omnia’s macro images had the best detail out of the tested phones. 
  2. enV Touch:  Not as much detail as the Omnia, but still looks better than the Exilim or enV3. 
  3. Exilim:  Only the center is clear, with the edges being blurry due to the lens defect. 
  4. enV3:  The enV3 does not have an autofocus system or macro mode, which causes all close-up images to look blurry. 

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. rafaelinux (Posts: 31; Member since: 29 Jun 2009)


You keep forgetting THE MAIN USE of the cameras... Shooting people. (no weapon jokes)

posted on 03 Jul 2009, 18:25

2. Kiltlifter (Posts: 742; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


last sentence correction, change "expect" to "except". But i really liked this article.

posted on 04 Jul 2009, 14:31

5. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)


First of all this isnt a "revise" no one cares about spelling and grammer....God i hate people like you that spell check blogs its so annoying.

posted on 05 Jul 2009, 00:46

7. behold--me (Posts: 650; Member since: 22 Jun 2009)


now who looks like a jackass dude lay off n no one cares bout that n ppl like u that post crap like this? that is annoying

posted on 05 Jul 2009, 02:34

9. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 238; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)


It has been corrected.

posted on 05 Jul 2009, 11:04

10. volvo (Posts: 38; Member since: 26 May 2009)


Hmm..clearly the enVTouch has a much better camera than the enV3. Camera quality is important to me alot and actually most of my pictures are taken indoors.. But battery life is also very important and I'm deciding between the env3 and enVTouch so idk!! Help please! I'm a heavy texter but if the enVTouch's battery is THAT bad, maybe I should just get the env3 and deal with a lousy camera!? (I'm coming from a Motorla ZINE ZN5)

posted on 11 Jul 2009, 01:54

11. tripleh1996 (Posts: 8; Member since: 11 Jul 2009)


the env3 does definitely not have a lousy camera its great. i use it all the time it is really good. you should get the env3 because ts more durable and is really nice looking with great features

posted on 04 Jul 2009, 00:15

3. vzw fanman (Posts: 1972; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


great comparisions...nice job phonearena.

posted on 04 Jul 2009, 14:33

6. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)


Agreed it really puts it into perspective, It looked like the Env Touch shows up warm and pink (no vaj jokes) in most pictures. I have the omnia and I love it for pictures (not so much as a phone) and it takes great shots, Im glad to see I made the right choice with camera though...Im pretty dissapointed the Exilim didnt take the cake, it looks the most lagitamately like a camera from the back and its a 5.1 just a little better than the others...Its a good thing the egyptions didnt rush the pyramids.

posted on 04 Jul 2009, 07:29

4. enemyisyou (Posts: 44; Member since: 04 Jul 2009)


I agree with the comment about shooting some pictures of people. I primarily use my phone camera for taking pictures of my active 2-year-old. It'd be nice to see how these phones handle portraits and action shots....

posted on 05 Jul 2009, 00:47

8. behold--me (Posts: 650; Member since: 22 Jun 2009)


it doesnt matter about the mp capability of a camera phone it depends on the quality of the pics it takes phonearena proves that good job :)

posted on 11 Jul 2009, 16:41

12. Phone Geek (unregistered)


It is my understanding that the Lg enV Touch has the best video recording quality as well with 640X480 @ 30 fps. Is this correct? What phone that Verizon offers has the best video recoriding quality?

posted on 27 Jul 2009, 14:14

13. DJKuulA (Posts: 2; Member since: 20 Jul 2009)


Many of those indoor shots with the Touch are really red. Did using the Fluorescent white balance setting help that? Was that not tested at all?

posted on 30 Jul 2009, 09:12

14. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 238; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)


All the tested phones were used in Auto mode, since that is the default and will be what most consumers use. The red hue produced by the enV Touch when used indoors (under fluorescent lighting) can be reduced some by manually change the White Balance setting. You can also adjust it better using an image-editing program on your PC and lower the Red Gamma value slightly.

posted on 01 Aug 2009, 13:03

15. gfotheringa (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Aug 2009)


Hard to believe that the Casio photos were the most blurry. Sure that you didn't mistakenly have the image stabilizer off?

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