The Samsung Galaxy S3 has finally arrived in the US and it comes with one of the best 8-megapixel cameras on any Android camera phone. IntoMobile thought they would test the camera against that of the iPhone 4S. They took time out with both phones to shoot an array of photo and video in different conditions. Here is a quick highlight of their findings. Hit the source link at the bottom to actually check out the test shots.
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs iPhone 4S camera review
There is not a lot of difference between the sensor on the iPhone 4S and that of the Samsung Galaxy S3. Both have the Sony back illuminated sensor. The iPhone 4S comes with an 8 megapixel camera with sensor of 4.29 mm focal length and f/2.4 aperture. The S3 has a focal length of 3.7 mm and f/2.6 aperture. These differences are very minor; however the focal length does have an effect on the image. In scenery shots, the shores of the S3 come with a wider view and they take more of the surroundings with the iPhone being centered on the subject more.
The screen size difference also plays a part as the screen of the S3 is 4.8 inches and the iPhone only 3.7 inches so the former is better for playback. Neither of the handsets has been given a dedicated camera button and both have on screen buttons which give quick access to the camera from the lock screen. The S3 comes with shooting options and these include smile, panorama and cartoon. It also has a burst mode and choices of several scene modes. Both phones have the same capabilities for zoom and both show previews of photos taken. Both of the handsets do equally well when it comes to editing photos and sharing them.
Choosing between the two phones is hard as both take excellent photos. The iPhone 4S lacks shooting options but there are plenty of apps in the App Store for manipulating photos. And while the screen of the S3 is better for previewing shots, it can be awkward to hold to take photos. The S3 also comes packed with more options for shooting, but those who prefer post processing may want to the no frills of the iPhone 4S.
If you are a casual photograph taker then the differences between the two are minimal and it comes down to nothing but personal preference and more about the OS of the phones. Another aspect is whether you like a smaller or larger phone. One thing is for sure and that is that you cannot go far wrong with either of these handsets when taking photos.