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Camera Comparison: Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom vs Galaxy S4, HTC One, iPhone 5


Camera Comparison: Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom vs Galaxy S4, HTC One, iPhone 5
To say that the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom has a good camera would be an understatement. To crown it as the ultimate cameraphone, however, doesn't seem right either, although this remarkable handset is not far from grabbing the title. On one hand, we can't deny the fact that the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom takes great photos and videos in all kinds of lighting conditions. That is especially true at night when having optical image stabilization truly makes a difference. Besides, its 10x optical zoom lens often comes in handy, bringing the user closer to the action with minimum effort. But as our comparison demonstrates, the Galaxy S4 Zoom images are close in terms of quality to what one would expect out of a modern high-end smartphone. That places it in an odd position – a niche group of devices for photography enthusiasts and folks who are willing to carry around a bulky, 200-gram slab of plastic in their pocket just to make sure they'll take great shots no matter the circumstances.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 showed us once again that its among the best cameraphones money can buy. It may lack the zooming and image stabilization capabilities of the S4 Zoom, but it is lighter and takes photos and videos that often look just as great, if not better given the right conditions. That makes it more suitable for casual photographers who just want to point, shoot, and maybe share or apply a fancy effect every once in a while to their images.

Same can be said about the iPhone 5, which definitely does not lag behind in terms of image and video quality. Apple's smartphone stands out with being as simple to use as it gets, yet capable of producing beautiful photos under a wide range of lighting conditions.

The HTC One takes good photos and videos overall, but leaves plenty of room for improvement. It is supposed to excel in low-light conditions thanks to its “UltraPixel” camera, but it couldn't really do much to impress us during our testing. Don't get us wrong as images taken with the HTC One are still more than usable, but more effort would be required on its maker's side to outpace the current leaders in the camera department.

Camera Comparison: Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom vs Galaxy S4, HTC One, iPhone 5

Software versions of the units used in the comparison:

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom – Android 4.2.2, Build Number: JDQ39.C101XXUAMFB
Samsung Galaxy S4 – Android 4.2.2, Build Number: JDQ39.I9505XXUBMEA
HTC One – Android 4.1.2, Software Number: 1.29.401.12
iPhone 5 – iOS 7 Beta 1


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