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Camera Comparison: Samsung Galaxy Camera vs Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note II, iPhone 5, Nokia 808 PureView

0. phoneArena posted on 28 Jan 2013, 08:19

Over the years we've done our fair share of cameraphone comparisons, but the one we have for you today is unlike any other. That's because among the contestants we have a real, dedicated point-and-shoot camera – the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy Camera, which will be competing against some of the most capable handsets currently on the market...

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posted on 28 Jan 2013, 09:15 19

12. No_Nonsense (unregistered)

"The 808 loses to the GC" (indoors and low light situations) according to PA. To my eyes the 808 beats the GC hands-down. Sorry, but I think the conclusion is a joke.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 10:15 15

25. tashreef (Posts: 476; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)

Can't you see 808 Pureview is a "Phone"

Where as GC is "Camera" only job is to take good pictures..... but still it lacks. behind 808 pureview.....

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 08:51 5

9. freebee269 (Posts: 539; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)

in the conclusion it says "We must admit, however, that the Samsung Galaxy Camera trumps the competition when it comes to indoor and night photos. No other smartphone is capable of capturing a night scenery that would look even nearly as good, while the dedicated xenon flash does an excellent job at illuminating the scene even in near darkness."

i think the lumia 920 would beat it the galaxy camera in nighttime photo's, this review thinks the same thing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=R_3E9carE8w (skip to 3:40 in the video) so the "no other smartphone is capable" comment isnt accurate.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 01:00 1

102. apocalypsebc (Posts: 148; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)

The Lumia 920 would beat it in night time photos and in stable video recording. I dont know why the Lumia 920 wasn't in this comparison!

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 08:52 5

10. santaclaus (Posts: 52; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)

why would the author include SGS3 and Galaxy Note 2 in the same comparison? They have the same sensor and same image processing algorithm. should pick only either one of them and replace with Lumia 920

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 09:22 2

13. Diego! (Posts: 677; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)

From this examples, I take that the best cameras come as following:
1. Galaxy Note II
2. Iphone 5 / Samsung Galaxy S III
4. Nokia Pureview 808
5. Galaxy Camera

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 09:26 21

14. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)

please say your joking

note 2 as number one really? no one can say this seriously.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 09:30 23

15. freebee269 (Posts: 539; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)

iphone 5 better than the 808? lol clearly "you're holding it wrong".

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 10:18 9

26. tashreef (Posts: 476; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)

Looks like you own Note 2.....

BTW nice joke han........ i can't stop laughing .....

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 11:33

31. srgonu (Posts: 278; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)

I have note 2, it has much natural colors and photos are better than iphone5 (friends) in good light situations. But in low light iphone5 did a great job wrt photos and videos.
In the photos above we can see over saturation with iphone5 wrt to galaxy phones.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 12:19

32. cripton805 (Posts: 1485; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)

I can agree with this because you can choose what colors you want.You can choose if you want natural or enhanced. Idk wether its better or not. They all take great pictures. I dont really care because Im not taking pictures to frame on an entire wall. Its not like were comparing Apples to Grapes.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 09:46 16

17. Vikranth (Posts: 6; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)

a dedicated camera (samsung galaxy) couldnt stand near the quality of 808 pictures.. samsung always go on cheap products and so the quality...808 is the king here... tomorrow its Nokia EOS... waiting for it...

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 09:51 14

19. raphz (Posts: 37; Member since: 22 Oct 2012)

this review is a joke of the year, the end

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 09:55 12

20. N-fanboy (Posts: 543; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)

Why am i not suprised? But angry coz there ain't no Lumia920 on the list it would have excelled in 3 categories at least - lowlight, vibration and videos.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 12:20

33. cripton805 (Posts: 1485; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)

What about settings?

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 10:03 11

21. nooraldeen (Posts: 49; Member since: 21 Oct 2012)

good review but i wish the lumia 920 was there to see how it does against the GCamera in the night

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 10:13

24. tundrismail (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Just for comparison sake, what would a standard DSC camera or a DSLR camera would look like for the same picture?

Thanks :)

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 11:04 2

27. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

Could it be the fact that the resolution on the Galaxy Can, is responsible for the poor shots? Also what's the point of reducing the resolution and trying to dumb Down the camera capabilities? It has no practical use as I don't buy a smartphone/camera to reduce its resolution i think this test has no actual use in real life as I would use the device at its full potential, if the difference at full potential is too big then just shows us that Galaxy cam is quite expensive....

Second once some one of you guys did something I really loved, it was a camera comparison you didn't told us the order the devices where until the voting was done and then cranked the results witch amazed many of the readers.... I want that back, it was awesome and reduced the amount of bias people would show

Also a test against a regular cam would be amazing too

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 11:15

28. freebee269 (Posts: 539; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)

i'm with you. a comparison poll with a bunch of similar shots for diff camera's allowing us to choose which we think is best without knowing which shot was with which camera would be the best way to do it to rule out being bias.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 11:20 10

29. -RVM- (Posts: 331; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

Is it only me, or Nokia 808 was much better in both indoor and night shots than Galaxy Camera ? Despite PA claims ? Actually Galaxy Camera appears to be the worst in night shots...

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 12:54 4

35. cripton805 (Posts: 1485; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)

I think you need to go back and look at the shots again. Pureview was clearly the worst by far. Look at all of the glare. Its even extremely visible in the sky like Rays of light.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 13:46 5

37. TheCynicalTechie (Posts: 78; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

Yes, but it had the most detail with the least amount of noise. If the glare is too much, lower the exposure a bit.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 15:46

45. cripton805 (Posts: 1485; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)

Then that would also affect the quality of the rest of the picture... By a lot. Which is the whole point of taking a clear picture.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 12:34 2

34. cripton805 (Posts: 1485; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)

The Pureview pictures are clear, but the color is really bad compared to the others. I went and looked through all of the pictures. All of them look so grey, dull, and like if it was a rainy day while its sunny!

You can clearly see it on picture 6 vs. 10
Its a no brainer.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 17:40 3

49. deadhead (Posts: 17; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)

Nokia's jpeg algorithm has been on the neutral side since the N8 came out.. the processing used in the 808 is from the same family, so naturally, the color reproduction is very neutral.. it geared toward an easier post process.

Now.. you can always bump up the saturation and set it to vivid colors, and then it becomes a different animal..if you like that sort of thing. All the other need vivid colors to hide the poor quality of the jpeg, the 808 can afford not to do that..

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 20:35

68. cripton805 (Posts: 1485; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)

Id really have to see samples. I cant say it would help if I havent seen it done. The change in settings also changes the rest of the picture, so I cant make a judgement on something I havent seen.

With the pictures provided, this is my opinion.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 14:35

40. fahqman (Posts: 38; Member since: 06 Jan 2013)

Pureview is sooooo overrated.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 14:54 3

42. -RVM- (Posts: 331; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

So here's my own ranking of 100% crops:

Details - church:

1. 808, iP5, SGS3, SGN2
5. SGC

Details - grass:

1. 808, iP5, SGS3, SGN2
5. SGC

Details - building:

1. 808
2. iP5
3. SGS3, SGN2
5. SGC


1. 808
2. SGS3, SGN2
3. iP5
5. SGC


1. 808, iP5
2. SGS3, SGN2, SGC


1. Nokia 808 PureView
2. Apple iPhone 5
3. Samsung Galaxy S III & Samsung Galaxy Note II
5. Samsung Galaxy Camera

Of course, this doesn not include videos, nor other unique functions of devices, like optical zoom or variable aperture in Galaxy Camera case, or lossless digital zoom in 808 case.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 21:54 4

79. MC1123 (Posts: 1256; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

android fanboys cant accept the fact that their precious s3/note2 and even galaxy camera came on last place!!!

they are so pathetic!

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 22:41 1

89. Anamela233 (Posts: 24; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

I guess that is why 99. 9% of people buy Samsung phones over the 808 lol

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