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Default Samsung Camera Battle : Note3 vs S4 Zoom

So having both in my hands now was curious testing performance for quick snaps.
challenged both under artificial 4300kelvin light bulbs ... both in low and high light to check

So its typically challanging the f/2.2 with 1/3" Note3 sensor (Sony Made) vs f/3.1 1/2.3" Zoom sensor (Samsung Made) .. Although the higher count of megapixels on the zoom yeilds to pixel per pixel equal size with the note3 (1.12 microns)

to be fair Both were set to Auto with highest settings possible .. Note3 Smart Stabilization was ON

S4 Zoom was in Auto Mode not Manual (Expert) cause this is a category beyound Smartphone capabilities, Am looking forward to get the S5 Zoom or Galaxy K Zoom Camera hybrid .. it was leaked to have Hexa Processor topped the Antutu Benchmark already in a Slim Profile phone same as the Lumia1020

i found that at 100% picture size the Note3 weirdly has lower noise level or maybe its the higher Contrast algorism the note3 follows.

you can check exif on flickr

now to the photos

Note3 low light



s4 zoom low light



Note 3 low light



s4 zoom l.light



Note3 flash





s4 zoom Xenon





Note3 full darkness with/without flash







s4 zoom full darkness with/without flash







Note3 mixed light



s4 zoom mixed light



Note3 Zoom



s4 zoom zoom (!)



Note3 close up and Bokeh effect



bokeh effect from a distance with 3x zoom



Note3 close up flash



s4 zoom bokeh effect and close ups



bokeh effect with zoom



s4 zoom with flash (washed out)



s4 zoom second trial close up (with zoom) with flash to stop washing out




Now from what i see the zoom got Muscles although the dimmer narrower aperature f/3.1 and despite the same pixel size it manage to get from my point of view a better over all low light pics which the brighter wider aperature f/2.2 of the note3 cant match.

switching to full lights now for further inspections

Note3 full lights



note3 full light flash forced on




s4 zoom full lights



s4 zoom full light flash forced on






Now whats is interesting is when viewing full size and cropping the note3 pics are better ... even with Xenon flash forced on the note3 doesnt fail by wide margin

note3 crop



s4 crop of the same image



note3 crop



s4 zoom crop



crops with flash on in the full darkness pics

note3



s4 zoom crop



note3 crop flash full darkness



s4 zoom flash crop





So what do you think .. ? in my opinion again the quality isn't with a bit wide margin which doesnt justify the thicker chunkier phone if samsung wanna success for the zoom series they must convince people more with a wider margin of pic. quality lets wait and see what S5 zoom brings to the table.

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i could have made it a much much better photos with the zoom playing with shutter time and aperature but that would be beyound my scope of comparison of point and shoot.
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To me, it looks like all the colors and clarity turned out much better with the note 3, other than a couple. It could just be me but that's my opinion. Then again, I am not a professional photographer either. Lol

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To me, it looks like all the colors and clarity turned out much better with the note 3, other than a couple. It could just be me but that's my opinion. Then again, I am not a professional photographer either. Lol

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Ive alwys wanted to compare s4 zoom shots with my note 3. This is what I have been looking for. Thanks for the review and things like these are what keeps my eye off of the newer phones today.
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For me look like note 3 it's better.Good colors.The only photo good with s4 zoom it's only that with the stereo zoomed.But the rest are better colors with note 3.
 
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I seem look like note 3
 
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Note 3 seems far better in overall.
BUT with zoomed pictures s4 zoom is in the lead here.
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Yes ... It also adds high contrast values to mask noise

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Hi, quick question here. Since S4 Zoom use Xenon Flash Light, does the video camera setting have "video light" function?
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Hi, quick question here. Since S4 Zoom use Xenon Flash Light, does the video camera setting have "video light" function?
No it doesnt but its much brighter at night than the note3 due to the much larger sensor 1/2.3" and yes its of much higher value in recording in dark environments as streets pubs cafes and so on ... Am looking forward to swap both with the new galaxy k zoom .. The OIS and Xenon takes magnificent pictures .

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