Gizmodo recently published a large smartphone camera test to try to decifer which smartphone, out of the Samsung Galaxy S4, Sony Xperia Z, HTC One, Nokia Lumia 920 and iPhone 5 is the ‘best’.
They tested them in “four common situations, two in daylight and two in a blacked out corner of the office”. Had we carried out this test ourselves in our own lab with our resident camera reviewer, also BJP contributor and DxO optics reviewer, Kevin Carter, it would have been very different. But, it’s interesting to note the winner that Gizmodo selected was actually for a joint overall place between the HTC One and the Nokia Lumia 920. They found the HTC One’s images to be ‘grainy’ at times and the Lumia 920 to not be good with color balance. The Samsung S4 despite being very good in many of the test was ‘terrible’ in low light and the Sony Xperia Z ‘fell short more often than not’. They reported that despite the iPhone 5 being just six months old, it lagged behind the competition.