Which phones have the best Camera Quality?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by Sounds Good, Dec 27, 2012.

  1. Sounds Good macrumors 68000

    Jul 8, 2007
    Hi guys,

    In my quest for a phone with a larger screen (like the Galaxy S3 or Note 2, for example) I've been reading lots of phone reviews. One thing that I totally forgot to consider, but is VERY important to me, is camera quality. I take a lot of pictures and a lot of videos with my iPhone, so any phone I buy will need a decent camera. At least as good as the iPhone.

    So... which phones have the best quality cameras for both pictures AND video?

    Are any of them better than the iPhone in this regard? If not better, what about just as good?

    Thanks! :)
  2. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009
    GS3 and Note 2 take good pics and videos with near or same quality as the iPhone 5 IMO. There is also the Lumia 920(which has been highly talked about as having one of the best cameras) if you want to go the Windows Phone route.
  3. Sounds Good thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jul 8, 2007
    Thanks. Is one better than the other? (GS3 vs N2) Or are they exactly the same?

    Hmmm... I hadn't considered it, but maybe it's time to do some research! ;)
  4. Zaft macrumors 68040


    Jun 16, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
  5. ACint24 macrumors member

    Mar 13, 2011
    Absolutely false
  6. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009
    Not that I've noticed.

    Yea, many reviews state it's much better than the iPhone, GS3 and the Note 2 in taking pics in low light. Plenty of review on the net also have pic comparisons.
  7. nickchallis92 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 4, 2012
    The GS3 has the same camera as the 4S, depending on which version you get. I have a feeling that some come with samsung sensors, and others with the sony ones (with the sony one's being better).

    There's a code you can punch in the keypad to let you know which module you have
  8. zbarvian macrumors 68010

    Jul 23, 2011
    It's hard to beat the 5's camera. Maybe the 920? The GS3 seems almost as good, as do others.
  9. Sounds Good thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jul 8, 2007
    Yeah, I'm gonna look into that 920. Although I know ZERO about the Windows 8 phones. Then again, I know almost zero about Android too! :)
  10. Dr McKay macrumors 68040

    Dr McKay

    Aug 11, 2010
    Ive heard it's only good in low light, in normal its apparently average.
  11. map1978 macrumors 68020


    Feb 9, 2006
    Jacksonville, FL
    I almost fell out of my seat reading this :eek:

    OP, Lumia 920 (WP8) and HTC One X+ (Android) have top notch cameras with fast shutter speeds.

    iPhone 5 has better camera in low light situations and the video quality in low light is also amazing. For example I shot a show at stage view and the video quality and sound quality was awesome with no muddy sound from being so close to the monitors on stage.
  12. laserfox macrumors 6502


    Jan 21, 2008
    new york
    Here is a sample of photos I have taken with my Lumia 920 in both day and light conditions. The photos are unretouched.

  13. b166er macrumors 68020


    Apr 17, 2010
    The 920 has the best camera on a phone I have ever personally used. Better than the iPhone 5.

    Wp8 has its good and bad- it's really going to depend on what you personally need your phone to do.
  14. Diiiiips macrumors regular

    Mar 2, 2011
    They have the same MP and that's about where the similarity ends.

    I found the camera on the S3 to be quite poor. Not even as good as the 4S IMO.
  15. walie macrumors 6502a

    Nov 15, 2010
    Nokia Pureview 808. Absolutely the best camera phone on the market. It's not even close.
  16. hyteckit Guest

    Jul 29, 2007
    I have both the iPhone 4S and Note 2.

    I'm happy with the quality on both cameras. I prefer the iPhone 4S because I find photos to be a little overexpose on the Note 2 especially in low light settings with bright elements like a candle or monitor that's on.

    However, the Note 2 has amazing shutter speed. Much much faster than iPhone 4S. You can take like 10 pictures a second on the Note 2. You can even do slow mo videos on the Note 2. Kinda cool.

    Also the Note 2 auto-focuses twice as fast as my iPhone 4S. The drawback is that it seems to lose focus pretty quick requiring me to retake the photo.
  17. MadeTheSwitch macrumors 6502a


    Apr 20, 2009
    My cousin has the Lumia 920 and the pics he took at both Thanksgiving and Christmas were just amazing. He didn't even need the flash in situations that you would most definitely need a flash on other cameras. If camera is a criteria, then the 920 should definitely be way high on your list.
  18. Sounds Good thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jul 8, 2007
    I looked at the 920 today. I'm not at all familiar with the Windows Phone so it was a bit difficult to use, so I'll need to go back and look at it again.
  19. Eddie Bombay macrumors 6502

    Aug 27, 2011
    Galaxy SIII, Note 2 & iPhone 4S/5

    Most and best features: Galaxy SIII & Note 2
  20. aneftp macrumors 601

    Jul 28, 2007
    Thought Galaxy Camera phone was best android camera device? Maybe too thick?
  21. Beeplance macrumors 68000


    Jul 29, 2012
    Saw concrete evidence that the Nokia Lumia 920's Pureview camera triumphs all the others. It's camera is almost legendary, no joke. Nokia did an excellent job in this area.:)
  22. PDFierro macrumors 68040

    Sep 8, 2009
    That isn't a phone.
  23. aneftp macrumors 601

    Jul 28, 2007
    Crap. U are right. No wonder no ones buying that thing.

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