Camera comparison: Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC One X vs Nokia Lumia 900
Seriously, the new backside illuminated sensor in the iPhone 5 is able to drastically separate itself from the competition, as it once again flexes its muscles by delivering the best looking night shots – albeit, it all depends on how well you utilize its touch focus/exposure feature. Likewise, the HTC One X is able to deliver similar results, but it’s not as finely attuned to the iPhone 5’s stellar details and handling of dynamic range. As for the Samsung Galaxy S III and Nokia Lumia 900, they both exhibit more over-exposure with bright things in its nighttime shots, but there’s more inaccuracy with the Lumia 900’s color reproduction.
Another area that we can wholeheartedly agree that all four devices excel tremendously in, it has to be snapping macro shots. If we look at the images of the close up of the flowers, it’s almost indistinguishable to concretely say which of the four is the clear winner – since there’s a lot of fine details surrounding their shots. However, as we zoom in closer, the only meticulous thing we’re able to see is the slight fuzziness seen with the Samsung Galaxy S III, but it’s barely noticeable.
Ease of use and speed:
If simplicity is your thing, then you only need to look at the iPhone 5, since it’s the most dummy proof device out there for taking photos. On one hand, it’s great that it offers a simple UI that’s able to snap photos in a heartbeat, but it lacks the comprehensive set of shooting modes and manual controls found with the Samsung Galaxy S III and HTC One X – like their useful burst shot mode to continuously snap photos consecutively. In addition, the two Android powered smartphones are fast snappers as well! Lastly, we like how there’s a physical shutter key on the Nokia Lumia 900, but it doesn’t offer the same capability of taking photos while simultaneously recording video. Still, its interface is simple enough to handle as well, while its modest settings make it a more favorable option than the iPhone 5.