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


We knew that the Huawei Ascend P7 and the Oppo Find 7a, along with their 13MP cameras, had plenty of potential, but we didn't expect them to be this good. We were surprised by all the detail that the Find 7a captured in its photos, while the images from Ascend P7 pleased us with their accurate color balance. Of note is that the latter captured the best panorama shots.

What's even more surprising, we're now convinced that the Ascend P7 and the Find 7a rank among the best cameraphones we've ever tested, right along with the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Sony Xperia Z1. Sure, we can't deny that these cameras differ in image presentation – the S5 and Z1, for example, rely on sharpened details to impress viewers while Huawei and Oppo's handsets produce softer, more natural details. But at the end of the day, all these four handsets fall within the same level of camera quality even though some users may like one camera's approach and others will surely have a different favorite.

That aside, things in our camera comparison turned out, more or less, as we expected them to. The Samsung Galaxy S5 and the iPhone 5s once again showed us that they can capture quality videos and photos, both at night and in broad daylight. The Sony Xperia Z1 also demonstrated that it is a great camera all-around. As for the LG G2, its camera could have done even better in our testing, but nevertheless, it deserves to be listed among our favorite cameraphones.

Lastly, the HTC One (M8) couldn't do much to impress us with its Ultrapixel camera. When it comes to image quality, HTC's finest is leagues behind other phones of this class, and even though its photos are usable, they don't meet the expectations one would have for a contemporary flagship device.



The final score for each phone represents its average rating, but note that we're only taking into account the Details, Color representation and Indoor categories in the final score. We're factoring all the others (such as Night and Panorama) out, since those represent situations where users are less likely to take images in. Video recording isn't included either, since we consider it a separate thing from photo-taking. We've done this in order to end up with a final rating that is representative of a camera's performance in those areas, which we think are most important to users.

Software versions of the smartphone units used in this comparison:

Huawei Ascend P7: Android 4.4.2, P7-L10V100R001C00B116SP03
Oppo Find 7a: Android 4.3, 1.2.0i
Samsung Galaxy S5: Android 4.4.2, KOT49H.G900FXXU1ANCE
LG G2: Android 4.2.2, JDQ39B
iPhone 5s: iOS 7.1, 11D167
HTC One (M8): Android 4.4.2, 1.54.401.5
Sony Xperia Z1: Android 4.4.2, 14.3.A.0.757


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66 Comments

1. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Again Z1, where is Z2.

4. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Z2 and Z1 basically have the same camera with minor differences nothing really earth shattering. http://blog.gsmarena.com/sony-xperia-z2-vs-z1-camera-comparison/

9. sipha

Posts: 439; Member since: May 12, 2012

So why didnt they use the HTC One M7 instead instead of the M8?? Or the iPhone 5 instead of the 5s??

11. Jason2k13

Posts: 1445; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

please do your research about the camera on the m8 and 5S compared to there predecessors. Z1 to Z2 did nothing but minor software tweaks,

13. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

He's trying to be funny o.O

64. crazzyd77

Posts: 36; Member since: May 07, 2014

lol..

18. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

No, the point is to compare the latest phones & their cameras. The so called "minor tweaks" ALREADY make your post invalid. BECAUSE of those "minor tweaks" is WHY the Z1 should NOT be included in this obviously bogus review. What is going on here?

33. buccob

Posts: 2949; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Well taking in consideration that the Z2 brings minor improvements to the already good Z1 camera... and given that the Final Scored received in first place was a tie between S5, P7 and Z1... then those minor improvements would place the Z2 slightly above all competition... So: Z2 > S5,P7,Z1 > 7A,5s > G2 > M8

39. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Wouldn't that be awesome. lol +1

16. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

What a GREAT post. Thank you for using some proper logic. +1

15. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

No, your logic is very ridiculous. Why on Earth would you even post such bogusness? How that makes sense to you is beyond me. Where is the red thumb down when you need it? PhoneArena.com we need the red thumb down added again...

22. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Those minor tweaks make a huge difference in today's cut-throat competition.

26. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Very true, to omit the Z2 & add the Z1 is flabbergasting to me. I really am shocked more than anything. To take the time to do such a detailed review & omit the Z2 BUT to add the Z1 is so regrettable. +1

65. crazzyd77

Posts: 36; Member since: May 07, 2014

Right.

27. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

I know. I am not saying its acceptable that PA didn't include Z2. But I am just trying to point out that the difference wouldn't have been over the top. In my opinion, they should've even included a Lumia 1020

29. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Sorry then, I misunderstood you. Based on your post I thought you meant since the differences are so "minor" that it shouldn't have been added. Also you are definitely right the latest Nokia Lumia should have been included also. +1

61. ogee4life

Posts: 105; Member since: Apr 12, 2014

I don't know what you on bout, the Z2 is clearly better than the z1. It's obvious your just looking at hard ware features in making your assertions. The z2 takes far better low light shots than the z1, its software it better optimised and produces better detail and colour rendition. Go read detailed analysis from the guys at dvox and other top rated tech sites. Then I thought the oppo phone uses the same camera found on the Sony xperia z, same exact sensor and I believe exact software but yet it gets so much praise but the z last year criticised by pa. Just food for thought.

66. crazzyd77

Posts: 36; Member since: May 07, 2014

+2...

60. ivanprskalo

Posts: 124; Member since: Dec 09, 2010

Also, LG G2 with 4.2.2 software.. Really?

5. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Look at s5 and m8 in color comparison. It looks exactly same and still m8 is last.

6. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

What are u talking about ?! M8 clearly has a strong bluish tint to its pic.

8. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

I agree.....I seen in thumbnail that's why I said that.

40. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I see the same colors except in the first photo, and most likely due to a white balance not being set, and the fact that it is taking in more area of photo and trying to compensate. But the rest of the pics it is nearly exactly the same and would be pulling the color from the photo in a photoshop would produce similar results.

14. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

That's EXACTLY what I was going to say... What a POINTLESS review.

21. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

To take the time & do all that research, just to soil it by adding the Z1 instead of the Z2 is truly an embarrassment. PhoneArena.com is a lovely website to get up to date information on the LATEST & GREATEST in the mobile world. Does PhoneArena.com proof read their stuff before posting it online? This is truly a rookie mistake. The Z2 is out & the Z2 should have been used NOT the Z1. I don't care if it had minor software tweaks or not, to use the Z1 instead of the Z2 is just plain old unacceptable. I have been reading this site for many, many years & I come to expect the best. This is CLEARLY not the best.

24. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Maybe be the review unit of Z2 is in europe with Ray S. and Nick T. has done this comparison in U.S.

28. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I don't buy that at all. This site is viewed world wide. The Sony Xperia Z2 reviewed was not the US version yet they showed us here in the US the review so, why not add the Z2 to this camera review then?

25. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Even if they didn't had Z2 it would've been acceptable. But since they've already done its review there is no reason them to not include Z2.

31. buccob

Posts: 2949; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

This whole review feels like an affirmation need after the blind camera comparisson... like: "yes readers, we agree with the rating"-PA And a way to put the iPhone at least on the same level as the Oppo

36. sar44

Posts: 278; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

BSI is dead. Sony, Omnivision and others, turn to isocell. Ascend P7 (Sony IMX 214, last sony sensor with "improved colors") it proved

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