- 02-18-2013, 03:01 PM #3
The Best Smartphone Camera
- Winner - Nokia Lumia 920: Using only the automatic setting, it gets an accurate exposure and decent image in all shooting conditions. You can't beat it.
- Second Place - iPhone 5 It's not the best at any one thing, but the iPhone 5 performs reasonably well in most settings, but the flash makes photos a total mess.
- Third Place - BlackBerry Z10: The Z10's details are beautifully sharp, which is a refreshing reminder that smartphones don't always have to shoot the fuzzy, soft photos we're used to. Still, the camera underperforms in terms of overall image quality—especially in low-light—compared to the field.
- Fourth Place - Galaxy SIII: Pretty impressive that the Galaxy S III's camera holds its own, despite being nearly a year old. '
- Fifth Place - Nexus 4:. For being Google's flagship Android device, the Nexus 4 is incredibly disappointing. Its camera is terrible even under optimal conditions. You have to cut corners somewhere to hit a low price point, and Google obviously skimped on the camera.
But we already knew that! :)
- 02-18-2013, 03:06 PM #4
Says the Z10 underperforms, but still beats the other two,and I'd agree with that. Flash picture only one that was impressive. But it wasn't as terrible as some articles made it out to be.
Found it interesting that the HTC was so bad last time they didn't even bother with them. 8x users around here seem to think the camera is just fine.
02-18-2013, 04:22 PM #7
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My 920 is the only phone that takes amazing photos of paper and from computer monitors every time.
I copy a ton of serial numbers and its much easier to take a quick pic and type it up when back at office. no other phone comes out perfect everytime, usually blurry or its flash blinds some letters.
Also the 920 gets almost dslr quality photos. You get that pop like a dslr.
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- 02-18-2013, 04:30 PM #8
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- 02-19-2013, 06:08 AM #15
Okay. Knowing Gizmodo, I thought this would happen.
But, where oh where is the 808? The same camera was praised for its detail by Gizmodo (and Gizmodo even complained that Flickr ruined the quality of the 808's photos).
(That applies to this thread too.)
- 02-19-2013, 03:05 PM #17
I won't dispute #1, or even #2, but including the Z10 and Nexus 4 and zero mention of the HTC One X or the Note 2 pretty much kills the credibility of this article. I loved my Nexus 4 and photosphere was pretty dang cool but the camera, just like the galaxy nexus was mediocre at best. Lumia 920 is by far my favorite camera, followed closely by the One X and Note 2/GS3.
- 02-21-2013, 09:51 AM #19
I really wish people would stop singling out the camera as the defining feature on cell phones. Sure it's nice to have, but they will never match a stand alone camera.
Don't get me wrong, I'm glad to see the 920 named "best" in something, but it seems like almost every smart phone review comes down to the camera and let's face it...picture quality is very subjective based on who's viewing.
- 02-21-2013, 11:47 AM #20
Here is the result, these are all shot with my phone/s .. no post processing of any kind.
also, I took this yesterday.. look at the detail, and tell me that your point and shoot can do better :)
edit. only this one is post processed.. I made an HDR with exposure values of -1, 0, +1 and put them together on my PC later
Last edited by vlad0; 02-21-2013 at 11:57 AM.
- 02-21-2013, 03:34 PM #22
The best camera is the one you have with you. Sure I have a DSLR, but I'm not lugging that thing around everywhere. I have a Galaxy Camera which I love, but even it is too big to carry around all the time. The 920 works great in a pinch if you have no other camera with you and while not as nice as a dedicated camera it performs admirably. As far as camera being a defining feature, I don't think that is entirely true. If it was this thing would sell as well as the iPhone or GS3. Hardware pretty much has taken a backseat to software in the smartphone wars.
- 02-21-2013, 10:11 PM #24
And yes, once you get used to having that kind of tech in your pocket anywhere you go, its really hard to switch...especially if you like photography.. everything else feels like a downgrade. Its even worse with the 808 because of the flash performance and zooming.
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