Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs Apple iPhone 4S: camera comparison

Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs Apple iPhone 4S: camera comparison
Guess what – you'll soon be able to read our Samsung Galaxy Nexus Review on the site, but until we're fully ready with it, we thought we could make the waiting a bit easier for you by presenting you with a nice camera comparison featuring the Galaxy Nexus and its arch-rival, the iPhone 4S. Who is better equipped to out-shoot the other? Let's take a look at the samples we took and see!

In terms of detail levels, we find the 8MP snapper of the iPhone 4S to perform a bit better than the 5MP one that's installed on the Galaxy Nexus. Rest assured that we aren't basing our opinion on the count of megapixels alone, we examined the shots very carefully. This doesn't mean that the Nexus is bad, actually both handsets perform admirably, but the iPhone 4S manages to edge it slightly.

The situation with color reproduction looks somewhat familiar, as we've now gotten used to the different approaches that both manufacturers have in this respect. On one hand, we have the oversaturated, yet well-balanced colors of the iPhone 4S. It's photos do look very appealing, however, those taken with the Galaxy Nexus turned out a tad more natural-looking. All in all, the two phones perform similarly, with the iPhone 4S opting for some warmer and vivider tones.

Exposure is better handled by the iPhone 4S. Unfortunately, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus produces images that are a bit overexposed at times, which eliminates some details in the scene. When it comes to macro shots, we're perfectly happy with how both handsets managed to accurately focus on the near object, and nicely blur the background. With a little creativity, you'll be able to produce some amazingly-looking photos with the Galaxy Nexus and iPhone 4S.

When we moved indoors to check how our smartphone cameras perform in lower-light conditions, we noticed that both managed to come up with some pretty tolerable pictures when shooting in situations with a strong light-source. However, once we started dimming the lights, the Nexus quickly started to lose quality. Naturally, the images from the iPhone 4S started to lose quality as well, remained more tolerable, especially in the color department. Obviously, the LED flash of the 4S did a better job as well.

To tell you the truth, we're a bit underwhelmed by the video we shot with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Yeah, it's 1080p and all, but it's a bit choppy at 24 fps, which isn't something that we normally expect to see in a contemporary smartphone of this class. In contrast, the iPhone 4S's video is buttery smooth, and manages to present us with significantly more details. The sound capture is also clearer with the iPhone 4S.

Samsung GALAXY Nexus Sample Video:

Apple iPhone 4S Sample Video:

Samsung GALAXY Nexus Indoor Sample Video:

Apple iPhone 4S Indoor Sample Video:

That's all for now, folks, but be sure to stay tuned for our full Samsung Galaxy Nexus Review, which will be up soon!

Related phones

  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor TI OMAP4460, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 1750 mAh(8.33h 3G talk time)
iPhone 4s
  • Display 3.5" 640 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A5, Dual-core, 800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB



1. rendHELL

Posts: 304; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

come on dont compare 5mp to a 8mp...

3. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Image Quality not= pixel density The Galaxy Nexus can still compete with its great optics. Megapixels don't fully determine the image quality. Whats the use of a 20MP camera if ur hands are shaking and lens suck?

4. rendHELL

Posts: 304; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

yeah.. i guess your right...

15. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

great optics? In nexus? Come on. And you're wrong. More mpx means better quality. Not always, but stop repeating that more mpx=s**t.

27. Eingild

Posts: 203; Member since: Apr 19, 2011


11. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

If they don\'t review the GNex in the next 10 minutes, I\'m committing suicide.

20. Dmw034

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 15, 2011


22. sadaivadai

Posts: 156; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

RIP ...

24. TheEclectic

Posts: 77; Member since: Sep 23, 2009

Why not? The iPhone 3GS' 3MP camera was better than the Motorola Droid's 5MP camera - quality of images has more to do with the quality of the sensor than megapixels alone.

29. winsaki234

Posts: 63; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

apple fanboy?

2. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Galaxy Nexus more natural. 4s more vibrant. Both are the best I've seen, so I guess it's up to personal preference left. Time lapse and other feature is a plus though. Nexus for me.

7. rendHELL

Posts: 304; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

oh btw who has the best phone camera today???

18. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Nokia dude

31. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

You need to see a Nokia N8.

5. shifu

Posts: 44; Member since: Nov 23, 2011

I\'m sorry this wasn\'t enough to hold me..........Nexus now please!

6. rendHELL

Posts: 304; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

hahaha.... XD it isnt available yet...

9. rendHELL

Posts: 304; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

congrats.... its gonna be released nov 29

8. bucky

Posts: 3776; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I\'ll say it, nexus got trumped in the camera department. Has other strengths thoufg

10. shifu

Posts: 44; Member since: Nov 23, 2011

If you wanna take photos get an SLR! 5-8MP is enough for good quick pop n snap and upload to post. Its about Ram, cpu, gpu, screen, batt, and 1 Software(ring) to run(rule) them all. Extra features are the few French Fries you find at the bottom of the Mc donald bag........Yum!

16. bucky

Posts: 3776; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Good points but a great looking camera you can depend on is a must for me! I find I take more pics with my sgs2 than my slr nowadays!

12. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Still think zero shutter should be optional setting and have a normal mode

13. Evil_SaNz

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

For the price they had to pump more the camera hardware department (zeiss lens for example) , however I'd like to see the front camera comparison - probably there the nexus wins the match as it's said it's capable of 720p recording^^

26. Evil_SaNz

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

Geez, if you try to be objective they nuke you down with thumbs...and I also praised the 0 shutter lag. Not being objective it's a step forward to the sheep ecosystem and right previously there was an article regarding the loyalty...too many ppl judge an item by its hype. The best aim for the bestselling companies is to subjugate the users with hype so they don't need to improve their devices at all, just some "magic" words and it's done. I'm an android user, but still think that the nexus may be overpriced if compared to other android handsets rocking similar features if not better. Now you can get a sgs2 for 350€...

14. rawdeal

Posts: 21; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

i dont have to read the article to come to what is iphonearenas conclusion...its an apple product n noway would phonearena go against this...

17. bucky

Posts: 3776; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

The pics are there for you to cm stop being such a fanboy...

19. robinrisk unregistered

What images are they looking at? I just took 3 people from work, without telling them the phones in question and they ALL took the Samsung Galaxy Nexus photos as the best ones! Plus, it takes photos instantly! The nexus camera's way better.

21. robinrisk unregistered

Never mind, in our work computer you see the pictures zoomed in and the details look better on the nexus, but if you see the whole picture, then the iPhone comes up ahead in most shots. Pretty balanced out, anyways.

25. bucky

Posts: 3776; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

The sgs2 takes better pics than the galaxy nexus. The iphone takes better pics than the sgs2. Its not even that close between these two. Sorry. I know your obviously getting this phone and obviously bias but this is a camera comparison and it loses.

23. Evil_SaNz

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

Still the best camera is the one that can capture the moment: 0 shutter lag is a big achievement, no more people that must hold the smile for endless seconds :-P Or capture a bird that flies away, a girl passing by, a car that goes 200 km/h. A great step forward in mobile photography and it's being undervalued. Apple would merchandise a lot better this feature: as revolutionary and magic, I must say it hehe :) Apple commercial for 0 shutter lag: Capture the best moment of your life Don't miss the smile of your love Don't miss any moment anymore... Be iphone with zero shutter lag.

28. cfprelude

Posts: 140; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

@evil sanz.... I'm confused, are u pitching the nexus (with zero lag) commercial or iPhone (with near zero lag)? I agree this is one of the biggest points for cell phones and why I honestly think ics 4.0 is such a difference maker for android.

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