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

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All of the smartphones that we're comparing come with built-in HDR (high dynamics range) mode, available at the tap of a button. When used under the right circumstances, this feature allows for better photos to be captured, with more life-like blue skies and detail-rich shady areas. In order for this trick to work, a smartphone's camera takes several images of varying exposure in rapid succession. These are then blended together by the camera's software.

Judging by the HDR photo samples that we took, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is a step ahead of the rest in this category. That isn't very surprising, actually, since its non-HDR shots taken under the same lighting conditions also look very eye-pleasing. The Samsung Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 5 share the second spot with their HDR photos. Sadly, the HTC One trails far behind. Its HDR photos look weird, to say the least, with bright areas appearing silvery and halos around objects visible in some areas within the frame.

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



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