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Top Ting smartphone cameras compared

The smartphone market is quickly becoming more and more saturated, and with it, comes the confusion of finding the perfect device for your needs. For many people, the quality of a smartphone’s camera is the most important aspect when deciding on a new device.

cameracomparisonsimage11_border_usemeTerms like “HDR”, “Ultra Pixel”, and “Image Stabilization” are being thrown around on the regular and it’s often difficult to figure out which smartphone camera actually performs the best.

So, we decided to compare the cameras of the top six devices on the Ting lineup in indoor and outdoor light settings! While we wouldn’t consider ourselves camera experts, we’ve taken our fair share of smartphone snaps and hope this article provides some valuable insight for you.

The frontrunners we compared are:

  1. Nexus 5 (8 MP )
  2. iPhone 5 (8 MP )
  3. HTC One M8 (5 MP )
  4. LG G2 (13 MP )
  5. Galaxy Note 3 (13 MP )
  6. Galaxy S5 (16 MP )

While we’ve listed the megapixel count of each smartphone, it’s important to remember that more doesn’t always mean better. According to Cnet, “a 5-megapixel camera (can) produce photos you prefer over a shoddy 12-megapixel camera”, and that “the formula for fantastic photos comes down to the entire camera module, which includes the size and material of the main camera lens, the light sensor, the image processing hardware, and the software that ties it all together.”

Consequently, even if camera quality is important to you when choosing a smartphone, if you’re not a photo expert, you’re probably going to get confused. We hope this camera comparison gives you a better understanding of the difference in image quality among these devices, and helps you choose the smartphone that works best for you.

Note: For each device, we selected the best possible resolution but left all other settings on default.

Indoor Stills

  • Google Nexus 5

  • Apple iPhone 5

  • HTC One M8

  • LG G2

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

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Conclusions

High-end Android devices offer clear, crisp shots indoor, but often overexpose lighter colors. The Android guy’s left eye, for example, is too bright in the HTC One M8, LG G2, Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S5.

While indoor shots may look a little dim, the iPhone 5 does an excellent job of displaying both light and dark colors. For example, compare the black markings on the whiteboard in the iPhone 5 shot versus all others.

Outdoor Stills

  • Google Nexus 5

  • Apple iPhone 5

  • HTC One M8

  • LG G2

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

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Conclusions

The iPhone 5, Galaxy Note 3 and HTC One M8 provide the most realistic colors in their outdoor shots. For example, the building on the right is a dark brown, which is only correctly displayed by these three smartphones.

There are three distinct tiers of image quality when zoomed in (from best to worst): Tier 1 (Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 3), Tier 2 (LG G2 and iPhone 5), and Tier 3 (Nexus 5 and HTC One M8).

The LG G2 and Galaxy S5’s outdoor shots seem cold (giving the image a blueish tint), while the Nexus 5 seems like it has a slightly yellowish tint.

 

While there are some clear winners in certain categories, all of these top smartphones have the ability to take great shots. Spending some time to learn the ins and outs of your camera settings can make a world of difference when it comes to your photo output. If we did have to suggest one device that takes the cake when it comes to photography, it would have to be the iPhone 5.


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