Close-ups and HDR


Most users don't take close-ups and HDR photos very often, but having a camera that excels in these two departments is definitely an advantage. After all, the details in macros are a pleasure to admire, while HDR can come in handy when the lighting conditions are tricky.

When it comes to taking macro and close-up shots, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is the camera to have. Its camera can capture a bit more detail than the rest, which is why we have picked it as our favorite. The photos from the iPhone 5 and the LG G2 are a bit less detailed in this case, but good nonetheless. The HTC One, on the other hand, captures macros and close-ups of average quality. They are okay, but nothing special.






The iPhone 5 surprised us with its nice HDR shots, capturing all the areas of the frame in great clarity. The LG G2's HDR photos look fine, but the sky is still overexposed. The same scene captured with the Galaxy S4 in Rich Tone mode ended up looking hazy while the HTC One sacrificed quite a bit of detail to capture the same frame in HDR.




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54 Comments

1. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Phonearena isn't humping Samsungs leg right now. Thats new.

28. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

But there is no Xperia Z as always.

34. RiseAgainst94

Posts: 281; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

I knew from the first sample shots that LG's G2 would dominate. Well done!

2. ABDULGHAFOOR

Posts: 106; Member since: May 04, 2012

WHERE IS NOKIA LUMIA 1020 ? o.O

3. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

This is not the best time to include the Nokia Lumia 1020 in this camera comparison. As we all know, the Lumia 1020 is a beast of a cameraphone which will blow these phones away, that's why they didn't include it in this comparison.

7. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Nokia 1020 loses everywhere besides the camera, both are good cameras though. Lumia 1020: 130.4 mm x 71.4 mm x 10.4 mm, 158.0 g G2: 138.5 mm x 70.9 mm x 8.9 mm, 143 g So the G2 is only 8mm taller, the G2 is lighter and the G2 is a little skinny width wise yet the screen is huge compared to the 1020. The G2 also doesn't run a cancer fueled OS and has hardware to justify the price.

13. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I agree that the G2 is better than the Lumia 1020 in almost every aspects. But comparing the size between the G2 and the Lumia 1020 doesn't make any sense. The Lumia 1020 is bulkier and heavier is because of the large 41 MP camera sensor on the back of the Lumia 1020. Cancer fueled OS? Come on Shatter, Windows Phone is growing. In the next few years, you will see Windows Phone become a Turbo Diesel OS. Just give it some time to grow.

23. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

people dont realize that we as consumers need more than a duopoly, so more than 2 OS is better to have, android and IOS shouldnt dominate, need more manufacturers to get a third OS, and yes WP8 while doesnt have much apps, does have some apps that are great and its fluid, we will have to keep watch as it grows, just hoping more gets developed on it.

26. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Lumia 920 is an even bigger brick compared to the G2. Your argument is invalid. Height: 130.3 mm Width: 70.8 mm Thickness2: 10.7 mm Weight: 185.0 g Also the 41MP sensor has nothing to do with the weight, look at the 920 that thing weighs 30 more grams than the 1020. No bulky camera senesors to be seen here yet it weighs double the difference between the g2 and 1020. http://i2.wp.com/boygeniusreport.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/bgr-nokia-lumia-920-1.jpg?w=870

40. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Nobody looks at the reasons why one phone is a huge fricking brick and one isn't. They just look at which phone is bigger and which phone is slim and sexy and ignore the fatty with a big ugly camera hump.

15. papss unregistered

Oh sadder you sissy... This is about cameras, I know reading comprehension isn't your thing but how about we use some smarts here

19. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

you forgot to mention. the malware & lag! LOLOLOL! opps! & the royalty LG et al is/are paying to microsoft..

53. polarzombies

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 09, 2013

I would rather take the G2 over the 1020 because even though the 1020 has the best camera on the market the app ecosystem is not currently at a point where I feel it is justified switching platforms. This is coming from a person who has recently purchased a 1520 and will most likely be exchanging it for a G2. Even though the camera on Nokia's phone is amazing and the in-house apps are pleasure to use, I am constantly aggravated by the current 3rd party app support that either has a list of apps that aren't currently available or mainstream apps that have not received an update in a long time and which makes them inferior to their ios and android counterparts. Even if the G2 doesn't have a better camera than Nokia's offerings it's still the best camera that android currently has to offer as well as it being coupled with various ways to share and backup your photos.

4. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

C'mon man its the daddy of camera phones. It wont play with childrens cuz its not fair... jst kidng

16. feres13

Posts: 307; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

The Lumia 1020 isn't out yet in europe, that might be the reason why it's not in this comparison

20. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

no need to include the NL1020. because if that is included, no need to even go through the entire article. we already know the winner!

25. rms.max

Posts: 95; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

L1020-----10 G2----------9 S4----------8 IP5----------7

37. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

1020 goes to 11 ;)

27. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

You pretty much know what your getting with the 1020; a powerful camera with a average smartphone. The contestants here are powerful smartphones with average cameras. The S4 Zoom is more comparable to the 1020 and the 1020 kills it. End of story. Maybe when the Sony Z1 comes out you will have a 1020 comparison.

42. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Probably because it is a camera comparison between top shelf phones that people actually want. No point including phones with deal breaking humps and deal breaking low screen resolution and deal breaking lack of apps. When deciding a phone i'll weigh everything but i would just ignore the Lumia 1020 section because I know for a fact that the added camera hump and lower screen resolution is not worth the better camera for me. This comparison is basically to see which well rounded phone has the best camera. Not for people looking for the best camera. If you add the 1020 then you might as well add some compact point and shoots and the GS4 zoom. That isn't what the readers want though. They want to know which no compromise phone has the best camera. Anyone can make a great camera with an ugly hump. The trick is doing it without affecting the phone in any way, which is what the phones in this comparison does, except for the HTC One which has a horrible camera.

46. ArtZGraphic

Posts: 16; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

Lumia 1020 is the best cameraphone, it's compared to DSLR Canon Rebel XS and Lumia 1020 won the comparison for detail and color representation. but the LG G2 is much better than LG's flagships before and have a great camera.

5. fouadqr

Posts: 326; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

camera comparison without NOKIA ..Great!! the best company when it come to phone camera and it's not here .. #people will say it's not fair coz lumia 1020 is pure camera beast..but u can put lumia 920/925 !!

9. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

11. SonyXperiaNexus

Posts: 374; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

agreed. if u r gonna put htc one then also put 925

18. Ninetysix

Posts: 2944; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

21. SonyXperiaNexus

Posts: 374; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

Oviously not, coz: 1. uve missed the point, which was to include it in THIS comparison. 2. Dude that comparison is probably the WORST comparison i have ever seen

31. yasir-921

Posts: 81; Member since: Oct 02, 2012

You're right. Apparantly, it seems to be not a fair review. How can a Note II with 8MP equals with the S4 with 13MP?

6. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Well done LG, G2 is truly a monster phone. and i hope HTC ditch ultra pixel thing because it's kinda under performing compared to its opponents in almost every comparison. HTC One looks great but camera kinda disappointing. impressed by iPhone 5. Last year phone still standing up to most of this years flagship phones. This is what i love about Apple, they may not be top in all department but still hold their ground. Decent premium looking phone

8. SonyPS4

Posts: 347; Member since: May 21, 2013

Why not using Lumia 1020 for reference

10. wicpromd

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

LG now just say THANX to SONY for making such nice SENSORS

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