Camera comparison : Galaxy S4 vs HTC One , Sony Xperia , iPhone 5 , Nokia Lumia 920

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Since the Samsung Galaxy S4 eventually set down at our office some weeks before, we've been having rather a allotment of joy with it. First we provided it a full-blown review treatment and then we compared it to some of the smartphones it will be going toe to toe against. Yet we haven't taken an in-depth look at its camera capabilities, so that's what we'll be doing right now. In particular, we'll be matching it against five other high-end smartphones, namely the HTC One, Sony Xperia Z, iPhone 5, Nokia Lumia 920, and the Samsung Galaxy S III. For quotation purposes, there's also a correct digital camera engaged in the comparison – a Panasonic Lumix GH2 equipped with its out-of-the-box lens kit.

general production:

We'll start by taking a look at all photos from the viewpoint of an mean buyer. In other words, we're holding things easy for this category, without focusing on the minute details (as we're keeping that for the next sheet of the comparison). For fairness' sake, all of the photographs underneath have been levelled down to a tenacity of about 2.8 megapixels as that's sufficient for most people's needs, such as sharing the images online or publishing out small-sized hard exact replicates.

Although the lighting situation weren't flawless – our outdoor trials were taken on an overcast afternoon, all telephones managed to consign satisfactory outcomes. A couple of of them stood out, although. The Samsung Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 5, in particular, take photographs that are very pleasing to the eye. When contrasted to our quotation camera, it becomes apparent that both telephones tend to increase the exposure and color saturation a bit, but they seldom overdo it. As a result, images are livelier and better looking, without being too detached from truth. furthermore, both telephones' photos look pleasant and sharp, although we'd say that the Galaxy S4 is a step ahead of the iPhone 5 when matching overall image detail and occurrence of noticeable digital disturbance.

The Samsung Galaxy S III has habitually been powerful in the camera department and it one time afresh presents us with great results. In fact, it is nearly as good of a entertainer as its successor, whereas its photos aren't rather as vivid. About as good of a camera as the S III, at smallest in this case, is the Sony Xperia Z, whose imperfections (smeared minutia, purplish tint around edges) aren't obvious at lower resolutions.

The HTC One deserves borrowing for keeping colors as true-to-life as likely, but we observed that its camera has a tendency to underexpose objects when shot against a somewhat brighter background. Also, there's a need of compare in its daytime shots. The Nokia Lumia 920, on the other hand, distorts reality in the converse way as it has its saturation dial turned way too high. That might work well in particular scenes, but other ones easily gaze unnatural.