What is the Best Smartphone Camera?

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Smartphone cameras are replacing point and shoots, no question. So which is the best at taking pics? DigitalCameraReview tested out four popular smartphones in four settings to see how they performed. DCR snapped photos with each camera outdoors with soft filtered sunlight, outdoors with direct sunlight, indoors with a flash, and indoors without a flash.

Samsung Galaxy S4Samsung Galaxy S4

With a 13-megapixel camera and a decent selection of editing and shooting modes, the Samsung Galaxy S4 offers a pretty good camera performance. Out of the tests, the Samsung Galaxy S4 performed best on the indoor with a flash test. However, DCR found that, for the most part, photos came out over saturated with some blur.

iPhone 5Apple iPhone 5

The iPhone 5 features an 8-megapixel camera with iSight technology and HDR. It has a slight reputation for its photo prowess, which is why DCR was surprised to find it didn’t shine on any of the tests. It performed best indoor with dim lighting and no flash, but the Nokia Lumia 928 blew it out of the water nonetheless.

Nokia Lumia 928

Nokia Lumia 928

The outlier in the competition, delivering some of the best photos for each scenario, was the Nokia Lumia 928 Windows Phone 8 smartphone, which features an 8.7-megapixel camera. The camera is equipped with PureView image technology, image stabilization, a Carl Zeiss lens, and a Xenon flash for more natural lighting. The Nokia Lumia 928 took first place outdoors in direct sunlight and indoors with no flash. It tied with the Blackberry Z10 for best photo outdoors with soft filtered sunlight. Overall, anyone looking for a Windows Phone 8 smartphone with a great camera will not go wrong with the Lumia 928.

BlackBerry Z10

BlackBerry Z10

The Blackberry Z10 features an 8-megapixel camera that doesn’t boot as quickly as its competitors, but it does bring decent color saturation and contrast to the table. To focus photos, users drag across the screen, rather than the more common tap-to-focus. It did best outdoors with soft filtered sunlight, tying with the impressive Nokia Lumia 928. The Blackberry Z10 did not fare as well on the other tests, with poor performance in the indoor flash and no flash settings.

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  1. patricia44

    My daughter has taken so excellent photo’s with her iphone. It is nice to see the comparison, but I have seen what the iphone can do as far as photos. Check out this photos on apples, site taken with an iphone 5.