When my wallet gets lighter with a new smartphone buy, I do weigh the camera story the buy comes with. However, this time I had to weigh HTC One, Google Nexus, Nokia Lumia 920, Samsung Galaxy S III, Apple iPhone 5 and the Sony Xperia Z—yes, heave a sigh-the list is over! Weigh them? Actually, I needed to weigh the camera story for each.
- For starters, in an age that promises 13-MP cameras on smartphone users, HTC One has bucked the trend to house a mere 4.3-MP shutter. The quality is just fair but the high point is that smaller pictures could be wonderful with the One. Pegged against the giants that come with awesome shutter pixels, this might not go far.
- Check out the rest for clicks with each of these smarties. The settings were automatic on all phones and night mode for shoots for non-light conditions.HTC loses out even before we begin the tests because of its hazy picture.
- Nokia is noisy and the pictures hardly flesh out sharply enough.
- I barely found the Samsung and Apple cameras doing anything different. The noise was not too much yet the picture came out well detailed.
- I hoped for Xperia Z’s Exmor R tag to work miracles but it did a good job without a capital G. Though it gave distinct images, yet the smudgy factor remained.
- The Nexus 4 seemed a tad disappointing even in broad day light; the noise was as irritating as loud bangs would. However, it surprised me with the fine details!
For dessert, here is the rank:
Apple iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S III, Nexus 4
Nokia Lumia 920, Sony Xperia Z