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Galaxy S4 camera beats the iPhone 5's in DxOMark benchmark

The camera on the Samsung Galaxy S4 has topped the iPhone 5's in recent tests by the prestigious camera experts at DxO Labs.
May 27, 2013
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The camera on the Samsung Galaxy S4 has topped the iPhone 5’s in recent tests by the prestigious camera experts at DxO Labs.

Considered an industry standard, DxO’s benchmark suite DxOMark provides independent camera and lens image quality measurement and ratings.

DxO Labs has recently put the Samsung Galaxy S4 camera to the test, and, to its praise, the Korean flagship managed to surpass the iPhone 5 to grab the second position in the charts. The first position is still held by the Nokia 808 Pureview, which is basically a camera with smartphone features (as the rumored Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom will probably be).

Coming back to the Galaxy S4 camera test, the device won the battle against the iPhone 5 on quite a few fronts. For example, in the Autofocus test, it managed a score of 80, compared to 72 for the iPhone 5, with the reviewers noting the good photo detail preservation, auto-exposure even with problematic light settings, as well as rich colors. As for flaws, the Galaxy S4 camera was criticized for the loss of detail in low light and the ringing artifacts shown in some images.

DxOMark - Samsung Galaxy S4 overview

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What’s even more impressive is that, when it comes to still image capture, the Samsung Galaxy S4 camera did even better than the Nokia 808 Pureview’s shooter in terms of Exposure and Contrast and Autofocus (85 and 80, compared to the the 808 Pureview’s 78 and 73).

As for video, the Galaxy S4 camera also did quite well, with colors and texture reproduction praised by DxO Labs (a score of 88 in Exposure and Contrast , compared to just 81 for the iPhone 5 camera). However, there was some criticism related to the aliasing and staircase effects, noise levels and focus conditions in low light, as well as video stabilization.

DxO Labs’ top 10 includes three more Android devices – the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (third), Samsung Galaxy S3 (fifth), and Sony Xperia Z (tenth).

It will be interesting to see how the Ultrapixel camera of the HTC One will do in the test. Just to get an idea about the way it compares to the Samsung Galaxy S4, check out our extensive comparison of the two.

What is the best smartphone camera at the moment? Do you agree with the test results?