A few weeks ago, our list of the 10 best smartphones available at this time was posted. We took five from that list and a couple other new devices to capture five common scenes to compare camera performance.
The scenes include our cute dog Wendy, R2-D2 Mickey Mouse ears, a living room shot with varying light, a candy dish in near complete lights-out conditions, and a front yard shot with sun and shade in the picture.
The phones used for this shootout include:
All phones were used in auto mode for this shootout since that is typical of what most people actually do on a daily basis. You can get better shots by setting up your phone and your shot. I also had 16:9 for all but the iPhone 6 Plus — which doesn't have that option. A few at the end of the outside yard show both HDR on and off, if available.
Judging image quality is rather subjective since we all have different aspects that we prefer over others. My opinion may not match yours and that is expected when looking at images. All images in this gallery are unedited, except for resizing to 600 pixels wide to fit into our gallery format.
To see all of the full size images I captured as a part of this shootout, feel free to visit my Flickr album.
The Apple iPhone 6 Plus and Nokia Lumia 1520 look to be the two best across all shots. I can definitely see why my wife loves her Samsung Galaxy S5 though, as it performed very well too.
The BlackBerry Passport and Moto X both surprised me with some good shots while the Mate 7 was not as good as I expected.
I thought the HTC One M8 was a decent camera, but after comparing it in this shootout to the others it is clearly being outclassed by current smartphones. The UltraPixel adds in too much light in most situations.
Which shots were your favorites? Do you have a smartphone preference for capturing images?