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

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Taking 1080p video at 30 frames per second is now something every high-end smartphone can do, including the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, the Galaxy S4, the HTC One, and the iPhone 5. And the quality of their video is very high in general, although some of these four devices can do a better job at it than the others.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, for example, has excellent image stabilization, above average dynamics range, and very accurate color representation in its videos. Its nighttime footage looks great as well despite the visible traces of digital noise in it. The sound, however, is mediocre at best, with no low frequencies whatsoever.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 captures lots of detail in its video. Surprisingly, it even looks a bit more detailed than the Zoom's footage. Its sound is also better, although not the best we've ever heard. Yet the S4 isn't our favorite handset for capturing video. The top spot goes to the iPhone 5, which captures detail-rich video that is very well stabilized. But while its video looks great, the sound in it is weak and muffled.

The HTC One can't impress us with its video quality. Its footage is passable and very well stabilized, but often underexposed and with occasional focusing issues. It gets even worse at night when the HTC One videos are choppy to an unacceptable level. We must admit, however, that the HTC One has the best sound in its videos since its advanced microphones can record low, mid, and high frequencies in detail.

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








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