Outdoor Shots:

While capturing the beauty of the great outdoors, we are once again greeted to a similar performance between these three high-end handset contenders. Glancing at the photos with the fountains spewing water all around with people sitting idle nearby, there are barely any major advantages that can be seen with any of the shots by looking at it with the naked eye. The exposure is pretty on par with one another as the colors of the trees in the background are naturally green in tone, while the buildings further in the background aren't drastically different in appearance. Surprisingly though, the HDR image doesn't seem to push any serious improvements over the iPhone 4's original shot – granted though, the buildings in the background offer more detail at the expense of making the overall shot look darker.


As we all know, these three smartphones are able to shoot 720p; which of course will provide plenty of detail. But that's where the similarity ends as the iPhone 4 and Samsung Epic 4G are able to shoot videos at a rate of 29 fps in conditions with good lighting. As we tried to capture videos in low lighting situations, we soon found out later that it drops drastically to 23 fps. That's actually the same rate that the Motorola DROID X is capable of recording in all scenarios. Without a doubt, you can visibly see how the DROID X has a minor jerky movement to it as video is played back – while the iPhone 4 and Epic 4G looks comparably the same with their smooth movements. However, we did find that Epic 4G retains the same white balance and exposure throughout the recording process. Conversely, the iPhone 4 completely jumps around with its exposure as you move from one area with a specific level of lighting to another. Moreover, the iPhone 4 has one key advantage over its Android rivals – it has the ability to allow you to change focus level during a recording. Sure it's definitely a nice thing over the fixed focus mode of the Epic 4G and DROID X. Overall, we have to say that it's a close finish between the iPhone 4 and Epic 4G when it comes to supremacy in video recording, however, the DROID X's results are astounding in their own regards, but doesn't quite meet the level of the other two.

Alternatively, we shot another video at dusk when natural light was beginning to become scarce, and we notice some dramatically different results between the three. Thanks to the iPhone 4's back-lit sensor, it shines once again as we're presented with a good looking visual, plenty of detail, and smoothness to make playback enjoyable. It easily takes the trophy in this category way ahead of the other two handsets. Now with the Epic 4G, its detail is on par with what the iPhone 4 is able to muster – like the buttery frame rate and good looking details. However, there is a moderate level of noise which is noticeable in playback. Sure it doesn't deter from the overall good quality, but it's blatantly discernible. Finally, there's the Motorola DROID X which unfortunately falls behind – way behind to tell you the truth. Of course it shoots in 720p, but that doesn't always dictate quality. Chugging along better than most phones at 23 fps, there is a considerate amount of noise to be found with its recorded videos – which clearly takes hold of its performance.

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