Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Apple iPhone 5
All iPhones and Galaxy S phones have had wonderful cameras, and that remains true for their latest editions, the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S4. However, there are some fundamental differences in terms of the camera experience. The Galaxy S4, being a Samsung device, features all kinds of settings, shooting modes, effects and so on for you to play with. The iPhone 5, on the other hand, has a super-simple approach to imaging. Beyond the option to press the camera shutter, it offers you just three other settings – HDR, Grid, and Flash.
Regardless of the complexity of their user interfaces, both devices take wonderful images. Thanks to their higher, 13MP resolution, the shots from the Galaxy S4 pack some additional detail that isn't visible in the images of the iPhone 5. Furthermore, the Galaxy S4's photos tend to be more realistic in terms of colors. Apple's device usually tends to saturate things a bit too much. Photos from its 8MP camera often look cool, but not very natural. Exposure is better with the iPhone 5, as the Galaxy S4 overexposes some areas from time to time.
Indoor shots come out pretty good with both phones, though the Galaxy S4 has an advantage thanks to its bigger resolution, and slightly better LED flash, which allows it to take better photos in dimly-lit environments.
It's very hard to pick a better camera-phone when it comes to 1080p video recording. While the Galaxy S4 camera captures slightly sharper footage, which we like, that comes at the expense of having more noise, which we don't like, but overall, the difference isn't too noticeable. Sound recorded through the GS4's microphone sounds better, as it's louder and clearer, whereas the one from the iPhone 5 sounds quieter and a bit muffled.
If you plan to use your smartphone for multimedia-centric tasks, such as video playback and games, the Galaxy S4 is undoubtedly the better choice due to its larger, 5” display. Not that you won't like watching video on the brilliant iPhone 5 screen, but the experience will be much more enjoyable and comfortable with the GS4.