Mobile Cameras - mobile photography
***updated:Cropped photos, verdict
I have to open this topic, because i am frustrated about camera quality
of new generation of android or other phones.
I have changed about 50 mobile phone models in the past two years, most of them were used and old as Arc, Arc S but there was also some new models as One X, SIII...
I often use mobile phone as camera and i took so many photos, around 10 Gb and.
IN THIS TOPIC I WILL WRITE ONE TABLE WITH MY RESULTS OF PHOTOS TAKEN BY MOBILE PHONES.
Some verdict will be like this "i need to say that one refurbished, second hand Blackbery torch 8900 with 5mpix which i paid around 40$ can produce better photos than Samsung Galaxy S III (around 300$) or HTC One X (250$).
Most approximately to human eye view you can get (after legendary Nokia n8) from Blackberry torch 8910 and 9860, than with HTC Sensation, Torch 8900, SE Neo v, Huawei P1, Galaxy SIII... any other newer phone to get this kind of quality must use HDR mode, which takes up to 4 seconds, BB photos have good contrast, dynamic range, fine details and good color reproduction without any additional settings, just shoot, go and sync!
IN THIS PREVIEW THERE ARE SO CALLED "CAMERA PHONES". ONLY PHOTO NO VIDEO AND ONLY IN DAYLIGHT CONDITIONS, NO FLASH. *** iPhone is not on the list.
Sony Ericsson Arc S:
photos are cold/blue, too overexposed, if you want nice photo you must avoid white surfaces and to take a picture opposite from the sun light. There are also mozaic effect. Mark: 6/10
LG Optimus 2x p990
photos are cold/blue, sometimes overexposed, with fine details and without noise. Mark: 7/10
Samsung Galaxy SIII
photos are detailed, with good color reproduction, but sometimes looks like washed out a little bit even on lower ISO, one or two of 10 photos are distorted at the edges. Photos are not soft as N8's and when you crop it, you will see difference. Some serious after-processing worked here. Mark: 8/10
HTC One X
, photos are too cold/blue, color reproduction is not adequate, photos little bit underexposed, details are very good, HDR mode makes photos better but it is not for moving objects. There are some amount of noise. There is also problem with focusing, macro mode, you need more time to make macro shoot well even with touch autofocusing. Mark: 6/10
, colors are excellent!, details are good enough but not brilliant and contrast and dynamic range is main problem here, you can use touch autofocus but some of photo's area then will be lighter or darker, there are no fair "what i see right now" shoot, macro is great. Mark: 8/10.
Sony Ericsson neo V
, small phone with good camera, colors are ok, little but just little cold, details are fine, macro is good, not great but good, there are no too much noise. Mark: 7/10
Blackberry Torch 8910
, everything is perfect only one thing: photos are too vivid, colors turn to be little bit yellow, green (too warm) and too saturated. There is apsolutly no necesary to use HDR to make all surfaces focused and with good color reproduction, even with direct sunlight photos are damn good! Plus you have shutter key and this is excellent camera-phone for me. Details are excellent, colors are good, has less noise than 9860 or 8900. Mark. 9/10
Blackberry Torch 8900
, same as younger brother 8910, but there are plenty of noise on the photos. Everything else is excellent. Mark: 8/10.
, this is reference phone a.k.a. WYSIWYG (WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET), that means this is the best camera phone ever. Everything with n8 is more than excellent. Colors are real, details are fine, contrast is excellent. Sometimes photos in darker conditions could be with some amount of noise and little bit washed out. Excellent thing is good lens protection. Mark: 10/10.
Sony Xperia S
. problem with big white surfaces when sun reflects on, minor problem with focusing, you need more time to focus, mozaic effect on photos because of processing algoritm and jpeg compression but only visible with big zoom because of big resolution of 12mpix, color reproduction good, great macro. Mark: 8/10
Nokia 808 Pureview
. I was really excited when i got this phone because of 1/1.2" camera lens and 38mpix resolution. Details are perfect, for sure, in full resolution mode you can use it as a long distance spy cam
Colors aren't natural as N8's, close to perfection but ... dynamic range is great, contrast too. Mark:10/10.
to be continued...
Nokia N8 - photo taken late afternoon autumn -sunny day 12MPIX 4:3
HTC One X - photo taken at sunny day afternoon 8MPIX WIDE
Blackberry Torch 9800 - summer sunny day afternoon 5MPIX
HTC Sensation - summer sunny day afternoon 8MPIX WIDE
Sony Xperia S - autumn sunny day afternoon 12MPIX 4:3
SOON I WILL UPLOAD MORE PHOTOS...
First step for every amateur or pro photographer is to crop digital photography or to zoom-in to see what brings zoomed part of some photo, to make conclusion about usability of photo. Most of these mobile phones above could produce photos for social networks (most of them resize it to small size photos) but if you are satisfied with cropped photo you could also use it for making big size photos for photo frames, posters or some kind of advertisement.
Attention is on photo details, colours etc.
If you are going to crop by yourself make sure to resize all the photos on same size IF YOU ARE USING CROP BY PIXELS, otherwise you need to fit screen every photo and crop the same visible part of it.
Take a look to xperia's photo, there are no necessary to rush for megapixels, Xperia S (also T, almost the same camera) has 12MPIX camera which is unnecessarily because it have not enough good lens to absorbs light, hereof, you can see mozaic effect, which still vanishes when you downsize image to 8mpix. You can get more details with Blackberry's 2592x1944 camera than 4000x3000 of Xperia S. Almost the same situation with One X.
funny but good Android camera phones released this year, years after Nokia and BB introduced their photo machines. S4, S4 zoom, HTC One, Asus Padphone2, Xperia Z, Lumia 920 are close enough to Nokia N8 and 808.