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Camera comparison: Huawei Ascend P7 and Oppo Find 7a vs Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G2, iPhone 5s, HTC One (M8), Sony Xperia Z1



Taking photos in broad daylight isn't a challenge for a smartphone's camera. Indoor, low-light shots, however, are quite a bit more difficult to take because of the trickier lighting conditions. Nevertheless, both the Huawei Ascend P7 and the Oppo Find 7a can capture a very good image even when light is scarce. Just don't expect to get perfect results every time.

The Huawei Ascend P7 tends to take sharp, detailed indoor photos. Digital noise is noticeable, yet within tolerable limits and isn't an issue. With the Oppo Find 7a we got images that contained less digital noise as it had been reduced by the camera's software post processing, details turned out softer. As for the photos' color accuracy, results were a mixed bag – both phones demonstrated a tendency of producing slightly warmer photos in artificial lighting, although only in about one of two frames. When using a flash, the Oppo Find 7a manages to produce a more natural-looking image.

As for the rest of the handsets, the Sony Xperia Z1 and the iPhone 5s take the most likable photos. Apple's handset strikes a very good balance between color accuracy and detail level, while the Z1's images are a tad grainier, but sharper and a tad more detailed. Even in darkness, Sony's device manages to illuminate the scene with its LED light really well.

Indoor samples from the Galaxy S5 turned out very detailed, but a bit cold-looking. Especially in low light and darkness, when the phone's LED light goes off – it tends to mess up the image's color accuracy quite a bit. Similarly, the LG G2's indoor photos are perfectly usable when there's good illumination. Details are sufficient and noise is low. But colors could be quite off in low-light scenes.

Lastly, the HTC's indoor and low-light photos are a hit or miss. Colors are sometimes inaccurate and often lifeless. Detail level is average at best due to the sensor's low resolution.

Camera comparison: Huawei Ascend P7 and Oppo Find 7a vs Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G2, iPhone 5s, HTC One (M8), Sony Xperia Z1

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