And the best phone camera is... pro photogs rank Note 4, iPhone 6, Z3, Lumia 1020 and more
posted by Daniel P. / Mar 03, 2015, 2:40 AM
The experiment has been a blind one, meaning that the shutterbugs didn't know which picture came from which phone, just like we often do in our comparisons. The list of experts includes prominent lecturers and even editors of photography magazines, so it is as representative as it could be when it comes to accurately judging the true quality of the snaps.
Unsurprisingly, their findings mostly coincide with what we found out during our own camera comparisons - that the Note 4 and Apple's iPhone are at the top of the mobile camera game at the moment. Check out the winners which took the highest preference percentage from the experts in the different categories, and visit the source link for the full-res photos if you are interested in those.
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Note 4 for the win.
posted on Mar 03, 2015, 2:43 AM 38
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The S6 should be a decent improvement Better f1.9 lens, better software and auto focus/tracking And there's rumored Camera2 API support E.g. RAW DNGs and manual controls
posted on Mar 03, 2015, 3:19 AM 11
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posted on Mar 03, 2015, 5:58 AM 0
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This is not even a fair comparison since no one buys the 1020 for an automatic experience in the same way that no one buys a DSLR to shoot in automatic. In manual mode, which 95% people that buy the 1020 are going to use, the old faithful still blows these other phones away. Do a test using the full power of the phones' abilities and the we can really see which would win. Why do you think they never bother with the settings? They should put an asterisk next to these tests cause automatic is what the average person uses but we can't continue to ignore that there are other modes. The fact that the 1020 can shoot at 4 second exposure at night alone would be enough to dramatically change the outcome of some of these shots. But the Note 4 is an absolute beast either way but let's not get carried away here.
posted on Mar 03, 2015, 6:03 AM 4
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In most situations, we dont have time to keep adjusting the settings. So automatic mode is very important. Do you have time to adjust settings during birthday party, some other party or company' meetings or a conference? Do you want a bird or an animal to wait for you, so you can adjust your 1020's or xperia's settings? Can you ask CEO's, directors to wait for you until you are adjusting the settings? Well you and some folks may have such an audacity but majority of people just want to quickly capture a good shot
posted on Mar 03, 2015, 12:08 PM 0
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You do not have to keep adjusting the settings. In most situations, the same settings will be used for multiple shots. I used my Lumia 1020 in manual mode 95% of the time and can not recall missing more than a handful of shots because of it. And this is not to say that you will never get fantastic shots using auto on the 1020 either. You get good to great shots right out of the box. You get amazing shots in manual. But you have valid points.
posted on Mar 03, 2015, 1:26 PM 1
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Well, then apparently professionals photographing wildlife, weddings and important events with CEOs and other executives must be using their $10,000 DSLR gear on full auto. The point is, the 1020 was never aimed at the 'majority of people' - it was aimed at a very niche market of smartphone users who actually know how to take good photos in manual. An experienced user won't waste 5-6 seconds messing around with the ISO till he gets it right; he'll already know which settings to use for the lighting conditions.
posted on Apr 03, 2015, 3:18 AM 0
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No S5? I heard it was better than Z3?
posted on Mar 03, 2015, 2:47 AM 5
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They probably wanted to represent one phone for each brand and since Note 4 is newer of two they decided to omit GS5.
posted on Mar 03, 2015, 2:58 AM 15
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The 1020 was meant to be used in manual.
posted on Mar 03, 2015, 2:47 AM 7
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Also,it's a 2 year old phone... What do they expect?
posted on Mar 03, 2015, 3:05 AM 7
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Where did you read me saying it is "worse" than the Note 4? The Note 4 crushed the 1020 in these lightning conditions and on Auto mode, and that matters the most for the majority of us who wants to take quick shots. Could the 1020 get a win over the Note 4 if they used the manual mode? Definitely. But again, please explain to me where is said the 1020 is worse than the Note 4.
posted on Mar 03, 2015, 5:52 AM 6
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+1 for you. Maybe in this comparision 1020 lost but I have one, and in manual mode no phone comes close to what represents Nokia. Watching photos in full resolution on TV is real pleasure. I can't wait for 1040 now.
posted on Mar 03, 2015, 6:39 AM 3
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