Galaxy S4 Camera vs the Others: Daytime Comparison

Posted:  May 20, 2013   By:    59 comments   


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Couple of weeks back, we did a camera comparison of the latest flagship devices such as the HTC One, BlackBerry Z10, Nokia Lumia 920, iPhone 5 and Sony Xperia Z. With the Samsung Galaxy S4 being launched recently, it’s time for another round of camera shootout. This time we’ve thrown the Galaxy Note II in the mix as well.

Topping the megapixel count in this comparison are the 13MP shooters – Galaxy S4 and Xperia Z while the Lumia 920 8.7MP shooter shoots at 7.9MP. The iPhone 5, Galaxy Note II and the BlackBerry Z10 comes with the usual 8MP count. Of course not forgetting is the HTC One’s Ultrapixel camera which shoots an effective 4MP.

Without further ado, head after the break for the comparison. Let us know which you think is better?

Chili & Ketchup

Galaxy S4

Xperia Z

Lumia 920

iPhone 5

HTC One

Note II

BlackBerry Z10

Nut & Bolt

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Galaxy S4

Xperia Z

Lumia 920

iPhone 5

HTC One

Note II

BlackBerry Z10

Mall Indoor

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Galaxy S4

Xperia Z

Lumia 920

iPhone 5

HTC One

Note II

BlackBerry Z10

Books

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Galaxy S4

Xperia Z

Lumia 920

iPhone 5

HTC One

Note II

BlackBerry Z10

Coloured Cubes

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Galaxy S4

Xperia Z

Lumia 920

iPhone 5

HTC One

Note II

BlackBerry Z10

Typewriter

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Galaxy S4

Xperia Z

Lumia 920

iPhone 5

HTC One

Note II

BlackBerry Z10

Previous Comparisons

(HTC One, Nokia Lumia 920, iPhone 5, Xperia Z, BlackBerry Z10)

Daytime – Photo Comparison
Daytime – Video Comparison
Night – Photo Comparison
Night – Video Comparison

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59 Comments for Galaxy S4 Camera vs the Others: Daytime Comparison

Romura

I dont own all those phones. But S4 camera is the winner. Surprisingly though, ip5 with its less megapixel is second in term of quality i.m.o. And HTCOne is quite good in my book, too.

My suggestion, next time you want to compare, better to fix the position and heights of the camera using a tripod. That way you are minimising all the variables.

    soyacincau

    Thanks for the feedback. We will try to do so with the night shots.

Ajax

From all the photos, S4 produce nicer colour (not too bright or too dull), nicer white balance and crisp photos.. Htc one in some situation especially when there is sun light shine from any corner, the photos come out will be too bright.. hope to see the comparison of night shoot photos soon!

amokio

What happen to the Xperia Z?!!!

    cm_lover

    amokio sony just make sensor..overall not only from sensor
    picture quality is main by phone maker..
    so n very clear here..
    winner goes to…. :)

      amokio

      i knew this, bcox i worked in Sony before..haha

        cm_lover

        sony not perfect n nice for camera
        just for fun

reenz

The comparisons are not legit i.m.h.o. The camera positions vary greatly which could affect the camera exposures. In addition, some of the 100% crop comparisons (e.g. in the mall) are not good enough, as far subjects like that could be out of focus.

    cm_lover

    thats reality..

Aries

quite disappointed with the xperia Z. impressed with the iphone 5. cannot get enough with the htc one and s4.

Ben

Xperia X10 made foggy photo.

@atsutanedotnet

Xperia Z testing is done on new 253 firmware or the old 434..? Because it is said the new one have better image quality compare to the old one…

Just checking here…

    soyacincau

    The Xperia Z which we have was on Build number 10.1.A.1.350

      shiro

      Please update and retake the picture for better comparison. The new update has improved the camera.

      And did One and S4 get their new update yet?

        soyacincau

        For the Xperia Z, that's the latest update we get in Malaysia. For HTC One, there's an update after the comparison was conducted but we don't see any noticeable difference with the camera performance.

          Vincent

          The latest for Xperia Z shall be 10.1.1.A.1.253
          Also do note that the superior + mode is sucks. Try to go scene and use landscape mode to snap. You will find the result very impressing.

Alexan

Make low light comparison please!

    soyacincau

    That would be coming next. :)

joe

S4 vs the 'other'. Obviously soya cincau biased toward samsung.

Gonkia

Nokia look so pixelated. Must compare real pureview 808. Lumia is fake pureview.

Roy Rogers

Yes, it appears this comparison is biased towards samsung. All the photos are not taken at the exact distance and angle, so its not a fair apple to apple comparison. I own a samsung s3 and honestly the photo quality is way below iphone 5 especially in low light condition. I have seen pictures taken by htc1 and it blows away all competition. In this test, the htc1 picture looks bad and overexposed. I am surprised by the results.

    Life's like that

    If the team you support doesn't win, very human natural to shout biased. If you do enough home work you know htc one only performed marginally well in low light. In day light, the ultrapixel is nothing.

      Roy rogers

      I am a current samsung user. By saying this test is biased is my human nature? I'm not even a HTC user. Some people just comment without thinking

    HTC Fan

    Agree. Unfair to compare megapixel with ultrapixel.

      ABC123

      Saying unfair to compare megapixel to ultrapixel is like saying it is unfair to compare LED lamps to Xenon lamps..

      Megapixels = The maximum output resolution of a photo of a camera
      UltraPixels = A term by HTC to mention that the pixels are bigger, thus, enabling better light input for low light shots.

      A good thing about the 4MP UltraPixels is that the HTC One takes amazing night shots, but during day time shots means over exposed photos..

    soyacincau

    While the photos are not taken at pin point precision, it is still taken from the same position and distance without the use of tripod. The HTC One loses out in detail especially during the day but we must say that it is one of the snappiest in the comparison.

    The HTC One will lose out if compared at 100% crop but it is more than adequate for the typical smart phone users that upload photos online. You can check our previous HTC One comparison (without S4) here: http://www.soyacincau.com/2013/04/22/camera-shoot… and http://www.soyacincau.com/2013/05/13/camera-shoot…

      cm_lover

      correct soya.agree with u.. HTC Fan
      its reality..sorry to say

    ABC123

    Plenty of reliable American reviewers have stated that the S4 has overall better camera quality over the HTC One, except in low light shots.

    Bigger pixels = 300% more light = Better shots in low light = Overexposed photos in good lighting

    Also, a slight zooming in on the HTC One's photos will result in a major lack of detail, mainly because of the small 4MP resolution.

    Although plenty have said they'd take the HTC One over the S4, they will still choose the S4 if they will be taking a lot of pictures.

    The S4 also has this rather narrow lens, which enhances photo detail, but you'd have to take a step backwards to take a shot with more subjects, thus explaining why the photo on the S4 looked like it was taken at a different distance..

Guest

May I ask where is the places ?

@wlighter

what is the htc one firmware used in this comparison?

    soyacincau

    Can't remember the exact firmware but it is before 1.29.707.16

    cm_lover

    latest htc firmware still can't beat
    already test..

Zul

why isn't the nokia 808 pureview in this shootout ?

    L920 User

    cos this is Samsung Galaxy S4 vs the "OTHERS"~
    We cannot use the one that gonna p'wned S4 to crap in the review right? That's not fair to Samsung

    soyacincau

    We don't have one to test with. Sorry.

Kevin

Those who are defending HTC One, please stop. Galaxy has 13MP Camera and it is really worth it. I bet in 10 years time, u will be grateful to have this camera 13MP compared to the 4MP (with Ultrapixel blablabla) because the 13MP can absorb more details than the HTC's. Stop denying. I am currently using the HTC Desire HD and really love it but dissapointed everytime i have to zoom in or take picture from far because of its noise and blurry effects.

    L920 User

    yes, MegaPixels does matter despite what HTC said.. having larger MP will definitely help a lot when it comes to zooming and cropping photos as it will have much more details…
    However, it really depends on people usage, nowadays most smartphones users are not camera pro, so they only focus is point & shoot then later upload to facebook etc to share with people, so in a case like this, MP doesn't play much role as seldom will they crop the photo…
    But still, I still hope the HTC comes with larger MP in their camera in their HTC "TWO" as practically 4MP really can't do much in some circumstances…

      ABC123

      Zooming is necessary, especially to mainstream consumers.

      The S4 still has the upper edge in daylight condition against the One..

L920 User

Really salute Apple for tweaking the camera software so well…
While Nokia Lumia 920 SUCKS in details and sharpness, it actually has the best control over the brightness / whiteness, as it is the only camera that clearly shows the blue sky colors in the last third set of photos; while all the others are just showing blank white…

As for S4 (which is the main focus here), gotta say "hmm… yeah… it is quite okay to serve as point and shoot purpose… but the strong point of S4 lies with the Brand Name!"

CRAZY JOEY

Pls compare all this phones camera with night scene as well…..tq

joe

So soya cincau, have you set all the phone with same setting?

    soyacincau

    Yes. All auto.

Ash

Outdoor definitely goes to S4.
Low light – HTC One & Lumia 920

    Ken

    How about Lumia 928 & Lumia 925?
    Or maybe a Lumia 930?

    cm_lover

    low light htc lose with s4.
    sorry ash

Geofry

Do you have issues like overheat, battery with Samsung S4?

    soyacincau

    Overheating doesn't seem to be an issue. The biggest issue we face is the battery life of 11-12 hours and frequent reboot when loading the camera app. Hopefully Samsung will fix this through software update. We are using the Non-LTE Octa-core version.

      cm_lover

      not all soya device like u say.
      i just compare

daus

Actually i have a plan to buy Note II…but it will be a good value when i buy this smartphone?

    Lol

    Note III is coming!

John Ong

Although I have to agree with some of the readers here that Soyacincau could do better to control all variables in the test here, I still have to say thank you for providing us with this good read. Thank you!

Now some quick comment. I have done my fair share of pixel peeping from other sites (bad for my data plan, even worse for my eyes) and Samsung is usually quite good with processing details and sharpness. HDR in the right situation is good too, sometimes better than most P&S. That is why I still love my S3.

Nokia kinda disappoint me but I can't wait to see its performance in low light. After all, don't we all took most pictures in the restaurant, of our foods and our friends (usually in that order). And I think the upcoming 925's a beauty.

Hoping for a result similar to the oversampling technique employed in Nokia 808 in the HTC One's Ultrapixel camera is simply hoping for too much.

Is it just me or does the Xperia Z has one of the softest focus here? For a company which supply camera sensors to so many big brands, including Nokia, Sony has a long way to go as far as processing is concerned. Maybe they can hire Damien Dining.

We didn't really expect much from the Z10 did we? But truly, it's not that bad.

Kudos to the iPhone. We may be short of setting and options here but it's so easy to use and results are quite good no matter what scene you throws at it. It just works.

In the end, unless I want to print a giant size poster, all these are good enough for me. I would happily use any of these 7 phones as my regular carry around, always with me camera. Thanks again CS. I shall wait patiently for the low light test.

John Ong

Btw, I don't think you guys are biased toward Samsung as I suspect Soyasincau's current favorite is the Xperia Z. You guys have always been a fan of Sony and I remember your test on Sony's noise cancellation ability.

mode893

Frankly, from my observation Xperia Z camera software was not designed for full resolution view which is a shame as it doesn't fully exploit the 13mp sensor on board. It has been designed to look good on social media uploads and low light evening shots. While this sounds like a good commercial strategy, it does not fare well among mobile imaging enthusiasts and mobile phone reviewers as the most popular criteria of a 'good' mobile snapper is still its full crop quality and detail. Problem is, if these 'top end' users and reviewers that represent the industry's 'voice' say it's no good then Xperia Z will not be as marketable as its true potential. Sony needs to understand this if they are to be a serious player in the mobile imaging segment.

shazwan

s4 definitely wins overall… sharp and good contrast.. meanwhile, xperia z is terrible shooter despite of exmor sensor