Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q4 2009
We compared the six cameraphones indoors under a wide variety of artificial lighting conditions, which reveals how their Automatic White Balance performs. We also took images of different color charts to see how each camera reproduces them.
Once again, the Motorola DROID comes in at 1st place, due to it having accurate Auto White Balance, color matching, and sharp images, through quality on all phones go down when there is less light. Edging in slightly higher than the Rogue is the LG enV Touch at 2nd place, as its inside images were sharper and had slightly better color reproduction. At 3rd place is the Samsung Rogue, since images weren’t at sharp as the enV Touch, but colors were close. The HTC Imagio comes in at 4th place as the Auto White Balance can be a problem under certain lights, but images are still sharp and properly exposed. In 5th place is the Samsung Omnia II, as it also has White Balance and color reproduction issues, but images are still bright. The HTC DROID ERIS comes in at 6th place, as it had the most color matching issues and images generally looked dull and lifeless.
HTC DROID ERIS
Samsung Omnia II
LG enV Touch
The phones’ performance, sorted from 1st to 6th place:
1) Motorola DROID: The DROID produced the most accurate colors and had proper white balance and exposure while used under a variety of artificial indoor lighting.
2) LG enV Touch: Colors weren’t as accurate as with the DROID, but still looked acceptable, and images were in-focus.
3) Samsung Rogue: Images aren’t as sharp as the enV Touch.
4) HTC Imagio: Has issues with the Auto White Balance under artificial light.
5) Samsung Omnia II: Also has issues with color matching and the Auto White Balance.
6) HTC DROID ERIS: Images have the most color matching issues and look lifeless.
Out of the six phones, the only two that do not include a flash are the HTC DROID ERIS and Imagio. The remaining four phones come equipped with an LED flash, with the Motorola DROID actually containing two LEDs. Flash images taken indoors of the dark kitchen (at 12 feet distance) by the Motorola DROID and Samsung Omnia II are quite good considering the source, though the Omnia II does produce more of a warm hue. The flash image by the Samsung Rouge’s is more blurry, while the flash image produced by the enV Touch is the darkest out of the four.
1. rtimi26 (Posts: 41; Member since: 16 Mar 2009)
Are you kidding me. It is either you guys know nothing about taking pictures, but hey its your opinion
2. ace1122 (Posts: 237; Member since: 23 Mar 2009)
Their opinion seems pretty right on if you ask me.
3. jwl3429 (Posts: 36; Member since: 28 Sep 2009)
i am not to sure about the review either i am a avid photographer and i have the omnia 2, i think with a few tweaks to the camera setting the pictures are much better it seems crazy to me that it is rated below the eris as well as most of the others the droid is not that great of a phone.
4. T DAWGv12 (Posts: 13; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)
I agree with all three of you actually. rtimi26 is right on about it being their opinion and boy does it seem inconsistent at best. Ace1122 is right about their opinion being right on. They took crappy photos and had crappy opinions to go along with them. This is my opinion coming from someone that is NOT an avid photographer but a tech geek fluent in digital cameras. jwl3429 is right on, I too have an the Omnia 2 (a far better phone than many reviews make it out to be by the way) and have quickly learned a few simple tweaks with brightness and flash options that can even produce crisp well balanced images in a dimly lit room. At the very least this review needs to be more explicit that they did not adjust any of these phones cameras outside of auto or factory settings. Should they do a re-review with the phones cameras tweaked they would likely have very different images if not very different results and likely all the phones are capapble of much better images. Thats my opinion.
5. smokiedabong (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Jan 2010)
:)) , sounds like a Droid comercial . I had an Omnia 2 for some time now , and couple of weeks ago also got a Droid , good phone at anything else but the camera . Definitely the Omnia 2 camera performs way better in quality in any conditions and speed than the Droid , to bad it's slower at anything else .
6. mathais (unregistered)
omnia 2 images do look smoother and deeper in colour but you have to know that droid represents colour more accurately.even the droid has manual settings that can tweak its images further.