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Camera Comparison: Google Nexus 5 vs iPhone 5s, Sony Xperia Z1, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S4, LG G2, Nokia Lumia 1020, HTC One



Well, what do you know: the camera on the Google Nexus 5 is usable indoors as well. The good news is that even when the lights are dim, the Nexus 5 will capture a presentable shot. The optical stabilization allow it to shoot at slow speeds, while avoiding blur due to hand shake – this results in pics that are sharp, yet featuring good detail and low noise. However, the winner in this category is the Lumia 1020. Having a xenon flash does help when taking low-light photos, which is why we're not surprised to see that the Nokia's finest cameraphone takes the best indoor shots. But even if its flash isn't in use, its images still look outstanding – clear, detailed, and with only slight traces of digital noise, thanks to the huge sensor. Second place belongs to the Sony Xperia Z1. Sure, its low light images are noisy and have more pronounced artifacts, but its camera's high resolution makes up for that flaw. Also, the Xperia Z1 is good at retaining color accuracy when its flash has fired. After it come the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the Samsung Galaxy S4, which will manage to capture a good photo given a strong enough light source. But color accuracy might suffer in some scenes where their LED flash is used. The LG G2 is about as good of a performer as Samsung's finest and its LED light proves powerful enough to illuminate the scene from a fair distance. But results might be disappointing in case the lights are dim and the G2 chooses to increase its exposure time instead of firing its flash. As for the iPhone 5s, its indoor photos look great in general despite the presence of digital noise and its LED light does preserve color accuracy quite well. The HTC One produces usable photos, but not on par with the rest - we're underwhelmed by their dull, cold colors and very poor details.


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