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Samsung Galaxy S II vs LG Optimus 2X vs Nokia N8 vs Apple iPhone 4: Camera comparison

0. phoneArena posted on 20 May 2011, 08:03

The smartphone universe became ripe again for camera comparisons, especially with the introduction of handsets, capable of recording Full HD 1080p video. That is why we took a few of the most popular high-end smartphones that are on the shelves, and staged a shootout...

This is a discussion for a review. To read the whole review, click here

posted on 20 May 2011, 10:25 3

22. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

thanks for saving me on the math. i was about to do the same thing.

"if you want a simplistic over saturated blur shot.. use the iphone4"!!

im sorry, but the iphone4 should not be in this comparison. Yea, last year it was relevant but cameras have moved well beyond the iphone. Wheres the Arc? That would have been a much more reasonable comparison than the frikkin iphone.

personally after lookin at the pix, id give the slight edge in like 60% of the shots to the SGS2.. just ever so slightly. The N8 produces great shots for a phone though, no doubt.

My bet on the Optimus 2x is that its the base android software more than it is the lens. Base android has never been that great at photos. A simple software update from LG could fix it up quickly.

posted on 20 May 2011, 11:47 2

24. jill66 (unregistered)

NOKIA N8 has the best camera (his top reputation for cameras is not a coincidence).

posted on 20 May 2011, 09:46 4

20. sorr932 (Posts: 3; Member since: 20 May 2011)

iPhone 4 video capture is better than Nokia N8?
you've gotta be kidding!

posted on 20 May 2011, 10:14 1

21. Sinple (unregistered)

iphone clearly take lousier video than n8

posted on 20 May 2011, 10:27 1

23. paul2 (unregistered)

2 points for reviewer:

1) As the SGS2 been reviewed by many sites now, and some have criticised the initial few seconds of video as unfocused due to delay in autofocus - it would have been useful if you could have considered that
2) I also am wondering why you omitted the SE Arc as one of the hot recently released phones, to include a 1 year old previous generation model ?

posted on 20 May 2011, 12:04 1

25. weirdfisher (Posts: 51; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)

After installing a patch for N8, the image file size is about 5mb.
I also get continuous af and 30fps for the HD video
The patch is free

posted on 20 May 2011, 13:24 2

28. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


posted on 22 May 2011, 12:10

48. NeXoS (Posts: 292; Member since: 03 May 2011)

iPhone shouldn't even be in the comparison, the Arc should've!

posted on 20 May 2011, 13:36 1

29. kit (unregistered)

Where is the Xperia arc??? I want to see the result of this phone compared to others except Iphone4. I have seen Iphone4's pic on my computer...its pictures are the worse of all.

posted on 20 May 2011, 13:43 1

30. marc (unregistered)

to all of you idiots still saying the 25fps on the n8 is bad what do you say about current big screen movies being shot in 24fps? and why does the the icrap win for ease of use where it doesnt even have an dedicated camera button? where the n8 got both onscreen and the camera button and didnt phonearena say in the post they'd have to give it a draw but for some reason the icraps 1st and the n8 second?and whers the SE Arc? this website should be changed to iphonearena!

posted on 22 May 2011, 12:12 1

49. NeXoS (Posts: 292; Member since: 03 May 2011)

FYI, FPS on the iPhone is faked, it's not 30fps, it's 15 and they just double the frames. That's right, look it up iPhoneArena, do some real research before doing your "comparisons" instead of counting the viral ad dollars Apple is paying you.

That's why the video on the iPhone sucks and shouldn't even be in this group that does true 30FPS.

posted on 20 May 2011, 17:14 2

32. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)

Out of all the 30 comments so far not one of them have been iPhone fans. I hope you all realize who the predominant majority is here. Would've liked to have seen the Omnia 7 in this though.

posted on 23 May 2011, 21:47 1

56. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)

Ignored once again. Hmmm...I wonder why..

posted on 21 May 2011, 07:43 3

33. gwerg (unregistered)

When will You compare the quality of zoom in video? It's really important feature.

posted on 21 May 2011, 07:57 5

34. gwerg (unregistered)

Why iPhone got first place in shooting macro? I think that orange picture of white paper is not good.

posted on 21 May 2011, 08:43 3

35. StylinRed (unregistered)

Let's not forget you can download a patch that will give the N8 30fps along with many other features if you so wish

posted on 21 May 2011, 10:17 2

36. dara (unregistered)

this is ridiculous - to say that iphone4 has better detail than optimus and equal as sgs, and then use 100% crops of 5MP with 8MP to compare!
To compare, you MUST magnify the iphone's shot frame to match that of 8MP&12MP 100% crops and then talk. -.-

posted on 21 May 2011, 13:30 1

37. vivek.ray (Posts: 22; Member since: 08 Apr 2011)

I dont think PhoneArena have got any technos around nowadays , they handle their phones to their PR who in return catch images and view it on screen like this :
PR 1 - "Look iPhone pics look soo good (while they're admiring its display)"
PR 2 -Look at this , saturated and deep black on my GalaxyS 2 (again they viewed on screen).

Atlast they saw N8 and Optimus , they didnt liked the looks of arc in front of iPhone so omitted it . Followed regular method of posting crops and videos and at end instead of camera test it turn out as screen test
1.Retina 2.SA2 3.AMOLED 4.LCD

hats off to PhoneArena :D , u gave ur critics a good chance :D(aint a joke :( )

posted on 21 May 2011, 13:45 1

38. vishu9 (Posts: 252; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)

finally..happy to see iPhone receive some bashing on PhoneArena!!...never mind if its only in the cam department....Comparisons or not my N8 can beat any freakin phone-camera's ass out there! :)

PS they really ahud have included Arc in this comparison coz from wat i hear its a real winner camera in the android segment.

posted on 21 May 2011, 14:35 1

39. ImLagunero (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 May 2011)

iPhoneArena n_n

posted on 21 May 2011, 18:07

40. silvercat13 (unregistered)

In the video part you have lost the fact that N8 is able to zoom on 720p videos up to 3x in an optical-like fashion thanks to the big sensor and a smart algorithm.

The other phones I guess will just crop the image, making the artifact quite clear. This would be nice to have a look into.

posted on 22 May 2011, 11:10 3

43. and1one (unregistered)

Man, this is one of the lousiest review I have ever read in any sites on the internet. How can you compare a freaking Apple iPhone 4 to Nokia N8-00? Or even to LG Optimus 2X and Samsung Galaxy S II? Another is others were right, where was the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc? However, none of this phones should even compare to Nokia N8-00 with its wide-angle lens 12 MP camera phone with 3x Smart zoom 720p video recording. Well, maybe Galaxy S II and Optimus 2X have both wide-angle lens when it comes to video recording, but that's just not it. It doesn't have 3x Smart zoom like Nokia N8-00 or even the stereo sound recording. Even if talks of the fluidity of the videos (30fps), what you are seeing in your everyday life is more or less compose of only 24fps (televisions or cinemas). Color rendering is must consider too when looking at those images and videos. That so sad that an Apple iPhone 4 can compare to this 8 MPs and a monster 12 MP cameraphone? iPhone 4 is not Nokia N82 that can compare to INNOV8 or C905. Because N82 has a high-quality camera with better color rendering than iPhone 4. Even Nokia 6700 classic or Sony Ericsson C905 is better than iPhone 4. Lastly, if Samsung Pixon12 or Sony Ericsson Satio cannot withstand the power of Nokia N8-00, then definitely other cameraphones out there has no authority to compare there shitty smaller sensor to Nokia N8-00. You see, N8-00 has been compared to an 18 MP DSLR camera, but surprisingly, some on the scenes I saw, a 12 MP cameraphone can beat those shots by a DSLR!

posted on 22 May 2011, 12:15 1

50. NeXoS (Posts: 292; Member since: 03 May 2011)

Remember, this is iPhoneArena.

posted on 25 May 2011, 04:34

58. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)

And ur still here :)

posted on 23 May 2011, 03:13 2

51. yann@mail.bg (unregistered)

Dear writers in PhoneArena,

First of all, I'm wondering what the hell is doing iPhone 4 in such article?
Maybe bacuse you have a "i" infront of your real name? You miss a SE Arc, but put a iCrap in comparison?
Second: Can you explain how the video of iPhone 4 is better than Nokia N8? I've never seen such choppy videos with undeal colors like one on the iCrap.
Third: What is this section "Easy of use and speed"?!? iPhone 4 don't have dedicated camera key and it's rubbish and painful to make pictures, but it's easier? On N8 you've only one touch and the camera is on. What is more simple or easier of that? I don't need to "tap" anywhere.

Come on... Get lost with articles like this.

posted on 23 May 2011, 05:25 1

52. cyborg (unregistered)

This review is so rigged. So many flaws. I was really expecting something worth reading.

I want GSMArena to have a remake of their megapixel droid shootout to exclusive to 8MP droids: SGS2, LGO2X, SEArc

N8 is exempted. iP4 is disqualified.

posted on 23 May 2011, 08:02 1

53. whoa (unregistered)

I'm gonna have to disagree a little here. Yes the Samsung has full HD resolution but I don't think it's using it very well. It doesn't take a professional or a trained eye to see that the videos shot on the N8 are crisper and reveal more detail than that of the Samsung. Over all I'd say a very fair review, though the iphone should never have been here, or the LG. The only real comparison could be the Samsung vs the N8 because of the Samsung's 1080p resolution. Still, I take issue with the video challenge though as I see the N8 as the clear winner. Good article though.

posted on 23 May 2011, 08:46 2

54. SGean (unregistered)

Thumbs up if you think PhoneArena should redo the comparison with the xperia arc in it.

posted on 24 May 2011, 11:36 1

57. fhfdgfdgh (unregistered)

What about the quality of zoom in video mode?

posted on 25 May 2011, 04:40

59. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)

Phone Arena had to include the iphone because they might as well. Whether the iphone4 is included or not, you iphone haters would mention it anyways. So there. I say, put your money where your mouth is. The ip4 outsold all the other phones here. Meaning, the ip4 is the better phone overall. It has a very good camera. And consider that its hdr feature is not even turned on here, which I think is not fair because the other phones are used at their best settings, so why turn the iphone's hdr off?

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