Smartphone Photography Comparison: Apple iPhone 4S, HTC One S, One X, Droid Incredible 4G LTE & Samsung Galaxy S III

By - August 3rd, 2012

Smartphone Photography Comparison: Apple iPhone 4S, HTC One S, One X, Droid Incredible 4G LTE & Samsung Galaxy S III

It’s no surprise smartphones are slowly killing off the compact digital camera, simply because they’re always in our pockets. Combine pretty good hardware, wireless connectivity, and you’ve got the perfect storm to wipe out compact cameras. These two technologies birthed Instagram, a highly addictive App that can only exist because of the phone camera and an on-the-go cellular connection. The App, which is now available on Apple and Android devices, claims http://digitalbuzzblog.com/infographic-instagram-stats/”>5 million uploads a day. Facebook, on the other hand, claims 300 million photo uploads a day, though not all are mobile uploads. Facebook even bet one billion dollars on the importance of mobile photography by buying Instagram this past April.

We can admit that we’ve used our mobile phone to shoot a number of photos for recent stories–all of the photos from our recent http://freshnessmag.com/tag/project/”>PROJECT visit were shot with the iPhone 4S–and we http://freshnessmag.com/2012/03/30/freshness-excursion-miami-with-the-htc-one-x”>spent a weekend in Miami with the HTC One X shooting most of the photos with the device. With an arsenal of recent high-end smartphones, we thought it would be fun to do a camera comparison. We shot fifteen sets of photos with five of our favorite phones: Apple iPhone 4S, HTC One S, One X, Droid Incredible and Samsung Galaxy S III. If you are in the market for a new phone and photography is important, see if we can help you decide.

PHONE CAMERA SPECS

Apple iPhone 4S
8 Megapixel Sensor
f/2.4 equivalent aperture
6mm lens, 35mm equivalent
5 lens elements
1080p video
Video Image Stabilization
Temporal Noise Reduction
http://apple.com/iphone/”>Full details

HTC One S
8-megapixel camera
f/2.0 aperture
28mm lens
1080p video
Dedicated imaging chip
Capture a photo in the midst of recording HD video
Continuous shooting mode captures multiple snapshots
Auto flash smartly determined by distance from your subject
Video stabilization feature removes annoying, shaky motion
High quality slow motion video capture and playback
http://htc.com/www/smartphones/htc-one-s”>Full details

HTC One X
8 megapixels
f/2.0 aperture
28mm lens
1080p video
Dedicated imaging chip
Capture a photo in the midst of recording HD video
Continuous shooting mode captures multiple snapshots
Auto flash smartly determined by distance from your subject
Video stabilization feature removes annoying, shaky motion
High quality slow motion video capture and playback
http://htc.com/www/smartphones/htc-one-x/”>Full details

HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE
8-megapixel camera
with a backside-illuminated sensor
f/2.2 aperture
28mm lens
BSI (back-illuminated sensor/backside illumination)
1080p HD video capture
http://htc.com/us/smartphones/htc-droid-incredible-4g-lte-verizon/”>Full details

Samsung Galaxy S III
8-megapixel camera
f/2.6 aperture
Face, smile and blink detection
Image stabilization
1080p HD video capture
http://samsung.com/global/galaxys3/”>Full details


In day light, each will offer amazing results.

Smartphone Photography Comparison: Apple iPhone 4S, HTC One S, One X, Droid Incredible 4G LTE & Samsung Galaxy S III

Smartphone Photography Comparison: Apple iPhone 4S, HTC One S, One X, Droid Incredible 4G LTE & Samsung Galaxy S III

Smartphone Photography Comparison: Apple iPhone 4S, HTC One S, One X, Droid Incredible 4G LTE & Samsung Galaxy S III

Smartphone Photography Comparison: Apple iPhone 4S, HTC One S, One X, Droid Incredible 4G LTE & Samsung Galaxy S III

Smartphone Photography Comparison: Apple iPhone 4S, HTC One S, One X, Droid Incredible 4G LTE & Samsung Galaxy S III

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