Blind cameraphone comparison 2 (Indoor test)

Blind cameraphone comparison 2 (Indoor test)
Comparing cameras in smartphones might seem like an easy task – but often just mentioning a brand name blinds the most reasonable amongst us. We're only humans with our affections after all. That's why in our blind tests we have stripped down all data about each device and its camera. 

On Monday we brought you outdoor pictures shot on four smartphones, each of them available on a different major US carrier.

Those poll have already expired, but now, for our final verdict, we need your vote once again – this time we'll be judging indoor picture quality. This allows us to see the wider context as behind four walls you usually have much less sunlight and noise might get in your way when shooting. And after all, that's where we spend most of our office and home lives, isn't it?

The first set of pictures is sized down to a common web format. The same four smartphones from the first test now appear in shuffled order, but there's always the additional set of images shot using a point and shoot camera for reference. Feel free to judge how the cameraphone sensors performed indoors as they definitely face a bigger challenge with less light for the sensor. Have they managed to strike the right exposure or is the image too dark? Which one has the most natural colors? Without further ado we give you the first set of photographs.

Which shoots the best pictures indoors?

Device A
Device B
Device C
Device D

Secondly, we've taken 100% crops out of the original pictures, so you can conveniently look at the finest detail. This would be a perfect opportunity to see whether noise or any other artifacts have spoiled the picture, but it also makes it easy to tell the sharpness of an image. Finally, we should mention that if there has been any difference in image resolutions between phones, we've equalized that by scaling them all to match the largest resolution involved.

Which has the best detail?

Device A
Device B
Device C
Device D
The polls expire on Monday, August 15th. That's when we'll reveal the participating smartphones, but don't wait for the last minute and vote now as more votes would give a more balanced and conclusive decision as to the best smartphone camera out there.



1. chunk1x

Posts: 248; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

A is good and the cat is pissed. Please bring in N8.

2. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

The cats eye on device C looks really, umm scary...

31. lba1616

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 13, 2011


3. district11

Posts: 126; Member since: Apr 17, 2011

Device D is nokia 3210.

26. sand unregistered

3210? more of 5110 or 5110i

4. santaclaus

Posts: 52; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

PA, u can't ignore N8 just because it is a poor performance phone. it is still a SMARTPHONE !!

18. twenti7

Posts: 152; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

From part 1 of this test; "This time, the blind test includes four high-end smartphones, each from one of the four major US carriers... While this method leaves some of the best cameraphones out of the equation (think, Nokia N8)..." I swear, some people just can't read.

5. tlfner unregistered

What a useless comparizon. You will have to use a tripod to hold the phones steady. In the first set of images of the girl image A is blurry because of camera shake. The chair images are ALL blurry because of camera shake (look at the light in the eye of the puppy). The last set of images excludes camera B and C because of camera shake. Look at the eyes of the girl. If you want any credibility in such type of test, use enough light to avoid slow shutter speeds and camera shake, or use a tripod.

20. Igor unregistered

I think it's a good decision do not use tripods etc. If the phone cannot take a good shot in your hands and requires this "you must stand perfectly still and don't breath" stuff, that means it's gonna be almost useless in real life.

6. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

Please include ranked polls in future tests. A is clearly the best but I'd like to vote from best to worst. A, C, B, D for me.

7. bayhuy

Posts: 320; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

Device A - MyTouch 4G slide?

8. hurrdurr unregistered

And you still suck at taking photos. Other than using different phones, nothing's changed

30. lba1616

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 13, 2011

I think he takes the VERY BEST photos, look at all the compliments the cat is getting;-) Don't be jealous!

9. daniel_bargs

Posts: 325; Member since: Nov 27, 2010

hahaha WTF i cant stop laughing after seeing the cat in 100% crops... is that cyclops in android-themed laser beam? wahahhaha the hell

10. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

In the first set, I voted for D because of the awesomeness of the cat's evil eye glow.

15. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

C turns cat into evilcat. D turns cat into robocat.

11. rex0422

Posts: 30; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

Device A is awesome! Is it T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide?

12. FwD unregistered

at A, it is arc, bet!!!!!!!!!!!!

13. don unregistered

What are the Phones????? who really cares - unless you tell us the phones...

14. Name A1 unregistered

A. HTC Sensation B. Sony Arc Xperia C. Samsung Galaxy S II D. Apple iPhone 4

16. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Id like to think A is an SGS2. It reminds me of my SGS1 with a slight oversaturation and a good ability in lowlight. Of course, they said its a phone for every carrier, so unless they have a US SGS2, its not in the competition..

19. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

Device A is the best here. Wonder what phone it is... maybe a Galaxy S2 ?

21. bola unregistered

In the 1st indor crop selection device B had the best crop.

22. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

Device A is the iPhone 4....I've seen that indoor photo of the critters in the funky chair before in another camera comparison article.

23. Nwright94 unregistered

I swear the cat transformed into some demon thing from device a-d

24. unreg unregistered

A. myTouch 4G Slide B. Sony Xperia Arc C. Galaxy S2 D. iPhone 4

25. sand unregistered

The flash from the eyes of the it xenon or power led? I wanna buy that cat lol

27. max3423423 unregistered

Device A is the Sony Experia Arc with the backlit Exmor-R sensor.

29. belon1986

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 15, 2010

i am sure Nokia N8 is not in this comparison....

32. Veggiebug unregistered

You got the movie "Click" on DVD? Seriously?

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