GSM Cameraphone Comparison Q2 2007
Tested phones (in alphabetical order of the models):
- Samsung SGH-D900 (3 megapixels)
- Sony Ericsson K800 (3 megapixels)
- LG KG920 (5 megapixels)
- Nokia N93i (3 megapixels)
- Nokia N95 (5 megapixels)
- And, just to add some spice and achieve a more objective comparison, we have included a real pocket camera: Canon SD630 (6 megapixels)
The different models have different competitive advantages, but which one is going to perform the best, taking everything into account?!
* Are the new 5-megapixel phones going to defeat the well-known and widely-used 3-megapixel shooters?
* Or maybe the classic models will prove that the technologies are not yet enough advanced and it is the quality, rather than the quantity, that matters?
* Is the best cameraphone going to be competitive to a real camera?
We have taken almost 50 pictures (48 scenes, with 6 cameras = 288! pictures) altogether, targeting identical objects at one and the same time and from the same position, but using different cameras. The pictures have been taken under the following conditions / categories:
- in the open in broad daylight;
- at night;
- picture taken indoors with different degree of lighting and different distance from the objects;
- we have also tested some comparative charts.
- and close-up macro photos.
We have used the phones’ automatic settings; for the nighttime pictures and the macro photos we have selected the respective mode. We have re-taken a certain picture only in case we felt that the person behind the camera, rather than the camera, brought about a fault. If any of the pictures are not well exposed or focused, this means that this is what the respective phone’s camera is capable of doing. With nighttime pictures we attempted at taking the pictures with our hand, which explains why some of those are blurred.
In each category we have put a 100% crop image(s), which shows the cameras' performance difference. It helps you compare easily the performance, seeing the same object, reproduced by different devices. As 5-megapixel (and 6-megapixel) cameras take photo of the same object, but in bigger resolution, in our 100% crops you will see less of the object, but with more resolution. This is rather unfair, but that's the market - one offers 5-megapixel phone, the other doesn't. The stronger in the competition survives ...