Camera comparison: Samsung Galaxy S III vs the fierce competition

The Samsung Galaxy S III got announced only a few weeks ago, and we've already gone into great depths regarding the device and its features. We've reviewed it, compared it against pretty much all of its rivals, made an in-depth screen comparison... so, what else? Well, how about a quick camera comparison, eh?!

The phones that we've chosen to include in this sweet little competition (besides the S III) are the Galaxy S II, iPhone 4S, Galaxy Note, Xperia S and Galaxy Nexus. Additionally, we're also throwing in samples made with the Canon PowerShot SD780 IS for reference.

Alright, let's get going!


Ever since the iPhone 4S launched, it's been dominating this particular field of smartphone photography. Now, with the Xperia S around, though, it has some serious competition to consider. Thanks to its 12MP sensor, the Xperia S manages to very slightly edge the iPhone 4S, but we're putting them both at first place, giving credit to the iPhone's spectacular 8MP camera. Unfortunately, the Galaxy S III couldn't really compete on the same level when it comes to details.

1. Sony Xperia S | Apple iPhone 4S
2. Samsung Galaxy S III | Galaxy S II | Galaxy Note
3. Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Color reproduction:

It's as if every device had its own opinion of how the shot would look great when it came to the colors. We found the Galaxies to be most accurate here, although not perfect. They often gravitate slightly towards the colder side of the spectrum, while the iPhone 4S's and Xperia S's shots look great most of the time, but are considerably warmer and oversaturated than in reality.

1. Samsung Galaxy S III | Galaxy Note | Galaxy S II | Galaxy Nexus
2. Apple iPhone 4S | Sony Xperia S



1. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

The Samsung Galaxy S III has a very nice & capable camera. So far the Samsung Galaxy S III is the best phone in the world. It makes me wonder what the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will be like. A-15 dual-core anyone, or maybe a 1.5 to 1.8GHz quad-core A-9 Exynos with 2GB of RAM? Think of the possibilities! lol

9. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"At the end of the day, your personal taste for photos will also play a role in determining which handset you like most." So, according to Ray S. photos can be a totally crap, but if you like handset which takes thous photos, then photos are ok... I thought that it should be a technical comparison, but seems I was wrong and it is spiritual comparison... And after that, like as usually in other sentence he starts to talk about iPhone...

14. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

lol Poor Ray S. The man can't ever get a break! lol +1 :-)

15. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

He is getting money for writing articles, so this is his job, there is no time for a break. :D

80. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

Don't u want a break on your job

34. shayan

Posts: 159; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

it IS a spritual comparison. you could say natural colors are better, but some might like pictures from xperia S. it is a matter of taste. like screen. though I know the colors on my G note is no where near what should relly be, I cant stop looking at my backgrounds!

61. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

This is why I leave photo comparisons to sites like GSM Arena who have people that know what they're talking about and go into more detail regarding the results of photos. They may choose the 4S as the better camera but you understand why at the end.

104. vasboz

Posts: 6; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

Not just that.... unless you're using a TRIPOD and actually positioning each device so that its photo is capturing the same frame there is no point. Timing is also crucial as time of day really affects outdoor shots so it is much preferred an indoor scene is shot where you can control certain elements of nature.

67. Crossblade

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 21, 2005

@PhoneArenaUser, maybe you should have read the whole article and not only the conclusion. Also, there are the ORIGINAL photos so you can judge on your own.

75. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"@PhoneArenaUser, maybe you should have read the whole article and not only the conclusion." Yes, I have. But what is the purpose of making technical comparison if conclusion is some kind of spiritual philosophy? Also remember that not all people read whole article and Ray S. knows that and that's why he makes biased conclusion (mine opinion). "Also, there are the ORIGINAL photos so you can judge on your own." In mine opinion (and I'm sure not only mine) Ray S. is biased writer so I don't trust those MAYBE 'ORIGINAL' photos...

81. ghost__uwi

Posts: 175; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

Gotta love these people who just want to hear everything great about android. Which sucks but every just loves to follow the us or them conclusion.

82. ghost__uwi

Posts: 175; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

Another crappy thing is that anytime you mention any support for iPhone. Fandroids who are obviously just as blind start venting about how much crap apple is. The minute phone arena says an android product is good Fandroids go into celebration mode. They say they are different from apple fan boys but they are sadly just as blinded to the android product.

84. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

About what are you talking, I'm not Android fan...

86. ghost__uwi

Posts: 175; Member since: Nov 28, 2011


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105. vasboz

Posts: 6; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

Ha ha ha... Ghost you need to educate yourself. I have had an iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4 (all work provided handsets) and had my own personal handsets alongside it namely Dell Streak, Samsung Galaxy S1, Motorola Atrix and now a Samsung Galaxy S3 which I use for both work and personal. Until the S3, Android still had some polish to be desired for overall experience as far as smoothness is concerned. With the SGS3 Samsung smashed what Apple held for so long. The extroardinary power and flexibility of ICS (Soon Jelly Bean) coupled with a device Apple could only dream of releasing makes the SGS3 the king of the hill. I am not an "Android brainwashed" person... It's just if you have what we call a "higher IQ" you will go for an Android SOONER or LATER. Plain and simple. If you like your overly draconian and limiting iOS then enjoy your simple life. Each to their own.

16. GuiltyBystander

Posts: 199; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

The galaxy note 2 will be awesome. I hope they go with the A15 processor.

27. Obviously

Posts: 29; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

Too bad it's also the Ugliest phone in the world...

55. Obviously

Posts: 29; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

HAHA everyone knows this phone is ugly. There is nothing slick about it. I don't care how much next generation hardware they put into it... Pebble Blue?! This is not the futuristic look everyone was hoping for. Motorola is going in the right direction.

62. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

all i can say is that when you talk about HW specifications, then go to samsung. They are the best when it comes to HW specifications. No wonder on that one. But that doesn't mean that if your phone have a lower specification, means your phone sucks. It all depends on how the phone's OS and the HW specification works together. You can't say how awesome or even how best a phone just because of it's clockspeed and RAM. You can't proclaim S3 as the best phone because it outmatches it's rivals as of now when it comes to specs. In this review, I was surprised on how Xperia S performed. It's good, no joke.

89. Krips

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 08, 2012

North or south,,,,East or West... Samsung Galaxy note is the best.

94. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Where is the HTC One X?

2. android_hitman unregistered

where is HTC One X?

7. QinEmpire

Posts: 145; Member since: May 16, 2012

Its so bad that ita not even on the list

35. ffaarrooqq

Posts: 65; Member since: May 26, 2011

yes you are right. Htc One X and Nokia 808 is missing.

45. Red-Pain

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

nokia 808 isnt even out yet 0.0 but what is really missing here is the nokia n8 where's it in this comparsion ? Ans: it's either that they consider the n8 camera the best amoung the competitors or it's that it's too bad to even be here, which i highly doubt, since the n8 was prove to be one of the best - if not the best - cameras out there

93. krapanss

Posts: 10; Member since: May 17, 2012

It is out.

3. JDCohen722

Posts: 39; Member since: May 18, 2011

Why no HTC One X???

4. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

I was surprised by the Xperia. My top 3 would have to be Xperia iPhone Sg3

5. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

iphone has better color reproduction with more vivid colors

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