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.

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?!!!

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.

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…

Alexan

Make low light comparison please!

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.

Guest

May I ask where is the places ?

@wlighter

what is the htc one firmware used in this comparison?

Zul

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

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

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?

Ash

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

Geofry

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

daus

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

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