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
s4 zoom Xenon
Note3 full darkness with/without flash
s4 zoom full darkness with/without flash
Note3 mixed light
s4 zoom mixed light
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
s4 crop of the same image
s4 zoom crop
crops with flash on in the full darkness pics
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.
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.