Camera showdown: iPhone 5s vs. iPhone 5 vs. HTC One vs. Lumia 1020 vs. Galaxy S4

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Lexy spent her formative years taking a lot of photos and dreaming in technicolour. Nothing much has changed now she's covering all things photography related for CNET.

Want to compare the cameras from five leading smartphones? Here are the results from our tests with the iPhone 5s, HTC One, Nokia Lumia 1020, Samsung Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5.

We tested each handset on default camera settings using the automatic exposure mode. High dynamic range (HDR) mode was turned off, where applicable, to give the most accurate, real-world results.

To download the full-resolution files for yourself, click the links within each photo caption. For the Nokia Lumia 1020 photos, we have linked to the 5-megapixel version of the image, rather than the 34- or 38-megapixel file, to save your bandwidth.

Which smartphone comes out on top? That one is up to you to decide, as each camera excels in different areas.

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fhjkgk posted a comment   
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Your Htc One photos are cropped from their native 16:9 wide angle shots and your Galaxy S4 photos are cropped from their native 4:3 shots. This effectively reduces their resolutions to 3.1 megapixels and 9.6 megapixels from their 4.1 and 12.8 megapixels...


brisuser posted a comment   

I think you missed the point of my remark. Linking the full resolution shots is not enough. As I mentioned it would make more sense for you to pick a particular cropped image point taken at 100% and present this in a side to side comparison to the readers. If your not sure what I mean that take a look at
These guys have the best reviews of cameras on the web in the way they present image quality comparisons.


brisuser posted a comment   

CNET you need to provide a 100% enlargement of a focal area per pic comparison in order for the reader to see any differences between the photos. Its hard to say which camera is better when looking at the photos as presented in this article.


Lexy Savvides posted a reply   

That's what the original source files are for, linked at the bottom of each composite image.


RichH1 posted a reply   

If this were a true statement, that would be great. But it isn't. You've posted full-resolution images from the other four phones, but your article says that you posted the 5MP (compressed) image from the 1020. You've hobbled the phone with the best camera so that a fair comparison is not possible, misleading people to believe that this is all that comes out of it - tipping the scales toward whichever other platform is their preference (admittedly, people are always going to look for the best in their chosen - people don't like to think they've picked a phone that is not the best), when clearly, and without question, the 1020 puts out FAR greater detail than is possible with the lower-resolution, smaller image sensor cameras on the other phones.

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