Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q2 2009

There have been a lot of cameraphones introduced for Verizon since our previous Q4 2007 comparison review.  Four of the newest models are the Samsung Omnia, Casio Exilim, LG enV Touch, and LG enV3.

The Omnia and Exilim both have 5MP autofocus cameras, while the enV Touch (which replaces the Voyager) and enV3 (replacement of the enV2) have 3MP cameras.  The enV Touch also comes with autofocus and an Schneider-Kreuznach lens, which the enV3 does not, and the Exilim is the only device to have a 3x optical zoom.

With each phone, 80 images were taken, totaling 320 images between all four models.  They have been captured under the following conditions and categories:

  1. Outside in broad daylight
  2. Outside at night
  3. Indoors with different types of lighting, including flash, and with various distances from the subject
  4. Macro

We used the camera’s Automatic settings whenever possible, but for night images we tried the Night/Darkness image modes on the Omnia and Exilim, and the Intelligent Shot mode on the enV Touch and enV3.  Also, indoor images taken with the Auto White Balance can vary greatly between phones, so keep that in mind.

In each category we have placed a 100% crop image at the top of the page, which shows the camera’s differences.  It helps you to easily compare the performance by seeing the same object reproduced by different devices side-by-side.

We then show all four cameraphone images at full resolution, followed by a ranking of 1st to 4th place.  



1. rafaelinux

Posts: 31; Member since: Jun 29, 2009

You keep forgetting THE MAIN USE of the cameras... Shooting people. (no weapon jokes)

2. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

last sentence correction, change "expect" to "except". But i really liked this article.

5. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

First of all this isnt a "revise" no one cares about spelling and grammer....God i hate people like you that spell check blogs its so annoying.

7. behold--me

Posts: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

now who looks like a jackass dude lay off n no one cares bout that n ppl like u that post crap like this? that is annoying

9. PhoneArena Team

Posts: 258; Member since: Jun 27, 2006

It has been corrected.

10. volvo

Posts: 38; Member since: May 26, 2009

Hmm..clearly the enVTouch has a much better camera than the enV3. Camera quality is important to me alot and actually most of my pictures are taken indoors.. But battery life is also very important and I'm deciding between the env3 and enVTouch so idk!! Help please! I'm a heavy texter but if the enVTouch's battery is THAT bad, maybe I should just get the env3 and deal with a lousy camera!? (I'm coming from a Motorla ZINE ZN5)

11. tripleh1996

Posts: 8; Member since: Jul 11, 2009

the env3 does definitely not have a lousy camera its great. i use it all the time it is really good. you should get the env3 because ts more durable and is really nice looking with great features

3. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

great comparisions...nice job phonearena.

6. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

Agreed it really puts it into perspective, It looked like the Env Touch shows up warm and pink (no vaj jokes) in most pictures. I have the omnia and I love it for pictures (not so much as a phone) and it takes great shots, Im glad to see I made the right choice with camera though...Im pretty dissapointed the Exilim didnt take the cake, it looks the most lagitamately like a camera from the back and its a 5.1 just a little better than the others...Its a good thing the egyptions didnt rush the pyramids.

4. enemyisyou

Posts: 44; Member since: Jul 04, 2009

I agree with the comment about shooting some pictures of people. I primarily use my phone camera for taking pictures of my active 2-year-old. It'd be nice to see how these phones handle portraits and action shots....

8. behold--me

Posts: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

it doesnt matter about the mp capability of a camera phone it depends on the quality of the pics it takes phonearena proves that good job :)

12. Phone Geek unregistered

It is my understanding that the Lg enV Touch has the best video recording quality as well with 640X480 @ 30 fps. Is this correct? What phone that Verizon offers has the best video recoriding quality?

13. DJKuulA

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 20, 2009

Many of those indoor shots with the Touch are really red. Did using the Fluorescent white balance setting help that? Was that not tested at all?

14. PhoneArena Team

Posts: 258; Member since: Jun 27, 2006

All the tested phones were used in Auto mode, since that is the default and will be what most consumers use. The red hue produced by the enV Touch when used indoors (under fluorescent lighting) can be reduced some by manually change the White Balance setting. You can also adjust it better using an image-editing program on your PC and lower the Red Gamma value slightly.

15. gfotheringa

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 01, 2009

Hard to believe that the Casio photos were the most blurry. Sure that you didn't mistakenly have the image stabilizer off?

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