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Camera shootout: Note 3 vs Galaxy S4 vs G2 vs iPhone 5 vs One

Camera shootout: Note 3 vs Galaxy S4 vs G2 vs iPhone 5 vs One
UPDATE: There was a technical issue which caused the images to not correspond to their respective device names. This has been fixed now. We're sorry for the inconvenience.

So, Samsung has just announced the latest addition to its Note phablet series, and guess what, the Galaxy Note 3 is actually packing a remarkable camera with the rare capability of shooting super-hi-res 4K video footage. We had the chance to play with the device at IFA 2013, and of course, one of the things we did was to take a bunch of camera samples for a quick comparison against some of the hottest smartphones out there like the Galaxy S4, LG G2 (which is technically not "out there" yet), iPhone 5 and the HTC One.

Want to see results? Go ahead and browse through the galleries below, but do note that the Note 3 that we've used to capture the samples wasn't a completely final unit, so once the device hits retail, it might produce slightly different results. Still, these samples will give you a rough idea of how its camera is going to behave.

Camera shootout: Note 3 vs Galaxy S4 vs G2 vs iPhone 5 vs One

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posted on 09 Sep 2013, 04:53

8. Trex95 (Posts: 1118; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)

HTC one last pics looks great.

posted on 15 Sep 2013, 00:09 3

31. scottyb112 (Posts: 8; Member since: 10 May 2012)

Really? I thought that was the worst out of all of them

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 04:56 1

9. ebubekir26 (Posts: 334; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

we have to wait till the official comparison, because the pictures are not the same, so yeah neither of them won

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 05:13 7

10. sergiobr (Posts: 713; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)

Looks like the same ! S4 a little bit better than others. Useless to compare.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 05:24 4

11. davenycept (Posts: 200; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)

I agree

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 05:42 6

12. anymany (Posts: 8; Member since: 30 Aug 2013)

my eyes.....


1.note3 (4k)

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 05:58 2

13. gazmatic (Posts: 795; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)

nokia fanboys left out in the cold...


this is androidarena.... but seeing that (somehow) the iphone is still relevant it must be mentioned in EVERY SINGLE android article

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 07:48 3

16. bucky (Posts: 3134; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

ofcourse its still relevant. more people have an iphone 5 than any single of those phones

Also for me, the iphone 5 still seems to be one of the top for camera quality

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 11:45

33. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14522; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

False. In 2012, Apple sold less than 30M of these while the GS4 is already 35M+ sold in 5 months which means Samsung could sell above 60M of them. Oh and remember the GS4 sold 50M+.

The iPhone has to be mentioned because it is very popular. If Nokia was equally as popular as the poster wished, then it too would be mentioned.

However videos and snapshots from a Lumia would be unfair considering 20/41MP cameras are being used instead of 8/13MP

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 06:59

14. Kurai (unregistered)

I really hate samsung's design since they introduced the gs3 . . .but note 3 has gs2's charm . . i love that . . .

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 07:20

15. nothingmuch (Posts: 199; Member since: 03 May 2013)

Shananagins! Videos looked fixed, I noticed the same jerkyness and same pixilations on all samples just used different lighting modes on whatever was used here! Ois on lgg2 doesnt jitter that much like hand shake and same with GN3 with DIS, looks like videos shot with a GS3

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 08:56

17. felisberto (Posts: 34; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)

why pink?

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 12:34

27. laheelahee (Posts: 213; Member since: 09 Apr 2012)

why not pink?

posted on 15 Sep 2013, 00:14

32. scottyb112 (Posts: 8; Member since: 10 May 2012)


posted on 09 Sep 2013, 09:00

18. nbringer (Posts: 180; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)

they are all good... except LG

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 09:00 2

19. T00muchF00D (Posts: 98; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)

so.....Phone Arena....where is the Nokia Lumia 1020? was this article seriously written with the intention of leaving it out? I think so, I mean you would have to go way out of your way to write an article titled camera shootout and not include 41 megapixel Lumia 1020.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 10:01

24. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

What\'s the point of including the 1020 and Z1 if we all know it\'s going to blow everything else out of the water?

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 12:41

30. timepilot84 (Posts: 113; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)

We don't know that. That's the point.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 10:31

25. RomeoJDR (Posts: 244; Member since: 09 Dec 2011)

The fact that the S4 and the Note 3 cameras are the same, yet the S4 pic above is clearly sharper shows how worthless this comparison is

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 10:33

26. JoePhoto (Posts: 26; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

It is worthless to test with a pre-final (production) unit and then deliberately ignore other competitors. And premature since several new phone-cams will soon be available. Nokia (Microsoft) pureview technology deserves credit where due.

But I am very UNDERWHELMED with Note 3 and may skip it or jump to something else.

The tradition of the Note 3 was the "biggest", and were first expecting 6.3", then 5.9", now got an imperceptible .13” increase to LESS than 5.7”, (5.68” and the note 2 was 5.55” so it is NOT even a .2" increase).

The screen does not appear any (outdoor-sunshine) brighter than Note 2 and HAS BEEN SURPASSED by brighter screens.

We were sorta hoping for "unbreakable" (flexible) glass, but we may not have gotten anything stronger.

HTC has set the bar with FRONT FACING - BEATS QUALITY speakers. I am not convinced that "bottom" speakers are a significant improvement.

It does not appear we got a dedicated camera shutter-release button, instant-activation of camera, or IMAGE STABILIZATION.

And Nokia (Microsoft) proves that Xenon flash is possible, (and of course higher-megapixels).
We had been primed for an IR-transmitter and possibly fingerprint security.

OK, so we got some new S-pen apps, and more RAM, but I was truly expecting more to match (beat) the competition and am disappointed.

I personally am intrigued by the new ASUS announcements of 6" and 7" w/ FRONT FACING SPEAKERS. (wonder how bright the screen is and if Verizon will carry it ???)

And I want an FM RADIO …. (some specs say it has it, and some don't)

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 12:51

28. Trex95 (Posts: 1118; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)

I watched the note 3 4k video in original YouTube codec on my Mac, honestly note 3 kills all phones with 1080p video by 4k video insane quality =-O .

PS. 4k video laggy just check the Super quality

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 11:28

29. hadi.b (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)

The galaxy s4 has the best camera
Gs4 just ruined apple!

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 11:49

34. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14522; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

I am curious as to whether the Note III and GS4 camera were set to the same settings. They both have the same 13MP camera, yet the G4's shot came out better.

How to really tell a 4K video on any display that is less than 4K, but it was surely quite clear on the Note III. Thought the LG didn't do to bad.

Waiting for the Note III to be avail.

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