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Camera comparison: Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One, Sony Xperia Z, iPhone 5, Nokia Lumia 920 and Galaxy S III

0. phoneArena posted on 12 Apr 2013, 09:14

Since the Samsung Galaxy S4 finally landed at our office several weeks ago, we've been having quite a lot of fun with it. First we gave it a full-blown review treatment and then we compared it to some of the smartphones it will be going toe to toe against. Yet we haven't taken an in-depth look at its camera capabilities, so that's what we'll be doing right now...

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posted on 12 Apr 2013, 15:12 2

74. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)

Yes, the defaults set for 6500K doesn't always look pretty. Penny, you know too much for your own good about photography! It's just too bad the same can't be said for the reviewers ;o)

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 17:19 3

79. Penny (Posts: 1670; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)

Thanks, I appreciate the confirmation about the color temperature. I enjoy photography and am an amateur, but I do have a couple of great cameras that I've gotten some great shots with. Heck, I've even gotten great shots with my HTC Trophy.

With photography, as long as the equipment has the components that can allow you to take a great shot, it is all about how the photographer uses the equipment. The Lumia 920 empirically has some great components, and should be capable of taking much better pictures if you understand its tendencies.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 10:19 5

26. preet27in (banned) (Posts: 173; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


posted on 16 Apr 2013, 16:06

162. KazEmpire (Posts: 39; Member since: 07 Nov 2011)

i smell troll

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 10:24 5

29. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)

well there all looking alrite, id say on most theres hardly any drastically noticable difference between them

as mentioned before the HTC one seems to be defective or have some problem that isnt normal, the s4 is a clear improvement on the s3 which is welcome. not as saturated but does seem too light compared to the others on the house pic. no im not attacking its camera before the fanboys attack. just saying what i see

as for a clear winner, cant see one.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 12:31 1

58. magnanimus (Posts: 559; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)

i thumbed you up on this one

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 05:39

152. ph00ny (Posts: 1464; Member since: 26 May 2011)

That's what people said about HOX camera reviews... defective

It looks like HTC is having a lot of awful lot of defective cameras on their phones reviewed by tech writers

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 10:25 2

30. Feanor (Posts: 845; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)

Right, so the conclusion for the HTC One; they fitted a camera which is so difficult to produce that has led to massive and dangerous for the company delays, that is rather bad marketing argument (many people won't go for 4MPx irrespectively of the Ultrapixel thingy) and ultimately that it produces the worst results among other flagships.... Bugger, this is quite a bad R&D decision...

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 10:37 3

33. amats69 (Posts: 1509; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

PA those are the old HTC One shots..i think they have a new upgrade for camera and it really have a big improvment on picture quality.pls include it on your next comparison

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 10:41 5

34. amats69 (Posts: 1509; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

for me Im 100 percent sure that HTC is doing the right move on Ultrapixels. maybe they just not perfected it with HTC One but i know they are doing it right on putting big sensors on camera of their phones..lets just wait and see....goodluck HTC!

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 10:50 4

38. voxmarc (Posts: 335; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)

and just keeps getting better and better......

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 11:01 12

40. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 704; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)

oo plastic haterzzz where r u now.............. come c this

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 11:06 8

43. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

I would say that the Lumia 920 is the winner, what do they mean by "distorts reality in the opposite way as it has its saturation dial turned way too high. That might work well in particular scenes, but others simply look unnatural."

This is just WRONG! In conclusion, the Lumia 920 is the winner!

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 11:14 4

46. voxmarc (Posts: 335; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)

feel free...

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 11:09 2

44. andydroid (Posts: 14; Member since: 01 Jun 2012)

Its a shame that the HTC ONE has such a bad camera, everything looks grey, I'm gonna have to buy the S4 sadly.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 13:22 2

68. Gatorsrule52 (Posts: 94; Member since: 18 Mar 2013)

you should not buy a phone because of a camera comparison on single website, not even considering the opinions and camera shots of other sites. I think this comparison is a flawed...

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 08:22 1

110. bayusuputra (Posts: 963; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)

wouldn't really say it's flawed, but I do notice that the night shot, the One actually produces more details than the XZ. Just see the hotel logo above the neon "hotel" light. and the silver car, as well as the white car with decals on the doors.

I think HTC went the right way with "Ultrapixel" but as of now, it's still raw and needs more software refinement. I really think that the hardware is already good, just need better processing software.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 11:10

45. XperiaUser (unregistered)

so which one is better S3 or Z ????

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 22:37

163. X55526622233 (Posts: 17; Member since: 14 Apr 2013)

I have a xperia z, xperia ion, gs3, and Htc one X+.
honestly z is alot better that GS3

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 11:35 5

50. Whateverman (Posts: 3284; Member since: 17 May 2009)

The GS4 just dethroned the iPhone as best camera, but I have to wonder how long that will last. Once all the others start adding 13MP as well, will they see these kinds of improvements also? Huh...

Anywho, I would have to say...
1. GS4
2. iPhone 5
3. Lumia 920

I'm a little disappointed in the photos taken by the HTC One, but still had some great shots for a 4 UP camera.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 12:28 1

53. lubba (Posts: 1313; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)

PA, please don't add Nokia L920 to your tests anymore. Your just feeding your trolls that's all. Professionalism is more important than site fans.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 12:28 2

54. yero789 (unregistered)

Phonearena you are so unfair to Nokia,I mean their photos are good,really,I don't think that they're oversaturated,and at least I can say for sure that they're way better than HTC One!I know I will get many dislikes,but that's my opinion!

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 12:30 5

56. magnanimus (Posts: 559; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)

did you check the images? they were really oversaturated

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 12:29 5

55. magnanimus (Posts: 559; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)

As this is a perfectly bias-free test, some Samsung haters will still disagree.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 12:31 1

57. rsiders (Posts: 1073; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)

I just want to know if these pictures are all shot on auto. Because you can get far better picture quality on some of the underperforming cameras when you tweak the settings. If the settings were tweaked on each phone to get each camera's best photo quality, then this is an accurate test. If not, I'm sure the results would differ from what we're seeing here. Just saying.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 12:42 5

61. barondebxl (Posts: 132; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)

Damn the S4 is really good. Wow.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 12:50 6

63. GuitarPlayer (Posts: 36; Member since: 15 Nov 2012)

Ahhhhh another stupid camera comparison!!!!!!!!!! Lumia 920 get 3 in low light photo???!?!?! AHhahahahaha I have one S3 and one Lumia 920 and the diference in low light is HUGE! Lumia is much, much better! S3 is a monster smartphone , no need to lie that he takes good photos in low light. PA you need to make your homework!

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 12:53 1

65. Nephylim (Posts: 134; Member since: 04 Apr 2013)

Dont get mad, and wait for S4 release. U can buy it

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 12:52 6

64. Nephylim (Posts: 134; Member since: 04 Apr 2013)

The winner is: Samsung Galaxy S4

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 13:17 9

66. sbw44 (Posts: 433; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)

Once again PhoneArena managed to get the worst shots on the 920! while every other fair websites praised it! and wtf with the night shots???

Here's a couple of quotes from other sites!


"The 920’s camera certainly performs well in low light conditions, a feature heavily focused on at its unveiling. In that respect, it outdoes every other smartphone in the market."


"The Nokia Lumia 920 sports a very capable camera. Thanks to its optical image stabilization, it can capture clear images at low shutter speeds that would elude any other phone on the market. This makes it an ace at low-light photography of stationary objects, and partially addresses the Achilles heel of every phone camera on the market except Nokia’s own 808: poor low light performance. OIS also helps with borderline shutter speeds that non-stabilized phones routinely use anyway. While they simply hope for the best, the 920 stands an excellent chance of delivering a sharp image."


"With or without Night mode enabled, the Nokia Lumia 920 has a clear advantage. It produced bright, crisp (-ish) photos with relatively little noise. Enabling Night mode lowers the shutter speed, which results in more motion blur in the worst case scenario. This makes Night mode better suited for static scenes with little or no movement, while automatic mode will do better in more dynamic scenes."

What's funny is that most websites actually compare it against THE BEST CAMERAPHONE the 808 PureView! why not you PhoneArena? you ashamed it would trash your precious iPhone and Galaxies?

But just wait till Nokia World for Nokia's next cameraphone beast!

BTW well done sammie for beating one year old phones in the 920 and iPhone5!

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