Samsung Galaxy S 4 vs HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5 vs Nokia 808 PureView; that’s the comparison we’ve been waiting to do ever since this year’s flagship Android models came out. That also happens to be the camera comparison most requested by you. So, here it is! We’ve reviewed all of these phones and, at that time, we compared them against other competitors; this time it’s them playing against each-other.
While we know that the Apple iPhone 5 is the oldest amongst the best-sellers — with a refresh due soon — and the Nokia 808 PureView is more than a year old now, but still regarded by many as the king of camera-phones, we couldn’t resist the urge to test their cameras in all sorts of conditions we could generate. While we were at it, we though to compare against the best Android phones money can buy at the moment and, as you’ll see, they put up a fierce fight.
First things first: we have used automatic settings on all phones (and special scene modes where it was the case). The Nokia 808 PureView was in either five-, or eight-megapixel PureView mode (to try and match the image size of the other contenders) and we have not used lossless zoom while recording video, to keep the fight as fair as possible. On the same note, the Nokia 808 PureView isn’t capable of capturing HDR pictures out of the box. You can watch or download all of the raw, full-size images in this post, here.
Note: The iPhone 5 is deliberately missing from the video comparison above as we’re planning a special Samsung Galaxy S 4 vs Apple iPhone 5 all-around shootout.