Sony Xperia C was announced a long time back, but Sony has launched the product only very recently. Sony Xperia C is at the higher end of the mid-range segment with a quad-core processor from MediaTek and a 5inch display resembling the many soldiers of the droid army in the Indian Android phablet category. It comes with dual-SIM connectivity and a 8MP Sony Exmor R sensor with LED flash.
Panasonic recently launched the Panasonic P11 and you might have seen the phone in TV commercials. Panasonic has taken a unique approach in promoting the phone as being desired even by the predator like Alien(you should have seen the TV commercial to get the reference). With the sheer number of Ads, Panasonic has managed to create the hype for its Panasonic P11.
Sony Xperia Z1 is the latest flagship from Sony and it is the company’s first step towards a camera centric flagship as it houses the biggest sensor on an Android smartphone. The Xperia Z1 comes with a 20.7MP Sony G Lens sensor and brings along Sony’s own Bionz Image processor for superior image quality. Though the Sony Xperia Z1 runs on Snapdragon 800 SoC, there is no 4K video recording and you do not even get 1080p Full HD recording at 60fps which you find on LG G2 and Note 3. The front camera on the Xperia Z1 is nothing special as it is just a 2MP one which can record 1080p videos as well.
Intex launched the Intex Aqua HD a month ago for Rs. 15,900. Intex Aqua HD comes with mid-range specifications that include a 4.7inch HD display, 1.2GHz MediaTek MT6589 Quad-Core processor, 1GB RAM, 4GB internal storage and a microSD card slot. In terms of camera, it houses a 13MP auto focus camera with LED flash on the rear side and a 5MP front-facing camera.
Gionee recently launched their flagship – Gionee Elife E6 in India for Rs. 22,999. Among the various features of Gionee Elife E6, some of the most notable ones include its 5inch Full HD display(pixel density of 441ppi), 1.5GHz MediaTek Quadcore MT6589T processor, 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. In terms of camera, it houses a 13MP auto focus camera with BSI sensor, LED flash on the rear side and a 5MP front-facing camera with 28mm wide angle lens.
The Apple iPhone 5s that we unboxed earlier is very much an “s” upgrade of the 5. The first upgrade for the 3g to the 3gs involved a better 3.2 megapixel camera, the second one from 4 to the 4s brought a 8 megapixel camera and the difference in quality was massive, and now we are at the third “s” upgrade which has brought upon significant improvements for the camera, but this time, it’s not about the megapixels. Apple has subverted the megapixel movement and, much like what HTC did, has improved the pixel size. The pixel size might be a marginal increase but Apple claims that it really shows in the photos. Well, does it?
That’s exactly what we are going to see below, with several camera samples from our iPhone 5s for an objective look at the quality. We’ll be comparing it with the iPhone 5 and several other devices at a later stage, but for now, dive in!
Nokia Lumia 1020 is currently being hailed as the king of smartphone photography and not many people can deny that fact. With the upcoming transition over to Microsoft, Nokia won’t exist as an independent company anymore, but they signed off in style with Lumia 1020 and its amazing 41MP PureView camera. All this PureView craze started off when they announced the Nokia 808 PureView Symbian smartphone with a 41MP camera and this was PureView Phase 1 according to Nokia. Then later that year, Nokia announced a Windows Phone PureView device ie The Nokia Lumia 920. Although this one did not have a huge 41MP sensor, it came with impressive low light photography and OIS(Optical Image Stabilization). This was dubbed as PureView Phase 2 by Nokia.
With the Nokia Lumia 1020, Nokia nailed it by combining the PureView Phase 1 and Phase 2 into a single camera module. The camera sensor on the Lumia 1020 is a 41MP sensor that comes with OIS and captures impressive low-light photos. While we work on a more in-depth piece on the photography capabilities of the Nokia Lumia 1020, here are some camera samples for your perusal. You can click through to see the full resolution version of each image. Do let us know your thoughts in the comments section! Continue reading “Nokia Lumia 1020 Camera Samples”
The HTC Butterfly S, as you might have known by now, has landed in our office and we had promptly unboxed it for a quick look. One of the highlights of the Butterfly S is that it has the same 4 MP UltraPixel camera from the HTC One that the company famously proclaimed as one of the best. We had some tests done that proved otherwise, but it was still an impressive direction that HTC had taken. They went against the Megapixel race by introducing larger pixels for the 1/3″ sensor, but cut down the pixel count by half. You get a 2 micron pixel size after the size cut down and effectively, coupled with a f2.0 lens, it directly means great low light performance. There’s one small caveat though, the Butterfly S is not equipped with an OIS unit, so that makes things less interesting for low light, making us think how it can actually handle those conditions.
And that’s exactly what we are going to see right now. How does the camera perform in various lighting conditions? Check out our camera samples after the break.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has a leather-like texture on the back which is interesting, but what sits on top of it is even more interesting. Continuing the tradition of using the same camera units as the Galaxy S series for the Notes, Samsung has included the similar 13 megapixel camera for the Note 3, the exact same one that you find on the Galaxy S4. The 13 Megapixel sensor is Sony-made and is the 1/3.06″ Stacked EXMOR RS CMOS sensor that you find on various other devices like the very recent Oppo N1 and the Lenovo K900, but what differentiates Samsung devices from them is the Fujitsu-developed ISPs that are custom made for Samsung. With a bundle of great algorithms + ISP hardware and a highly sensitive camera sensor, the Note 3 strives to be as good as the Galaxy S4, or may be even better? Take a look at the camera samples below and find out for yourself!
Gionee Elife E5 was announced in early July and falls in the mid-range Android smartphone range. On paper, it has a specification similar to Samsung’s yesteryear flagship, Galaxy S3. It comes with a 4.8inch HD SuperAMOLED display, a quad-core processor, Android 4.2.1 Jellybean, 8MP rear camera and 5MP front camera. The Gionee Elife E5 is powered by MediaTek MT6589 processor, has 1GB of RAM and comes in a pretty well designed package. Elife E5 is currently available for Rs. 18,999 in the market.
The rear camera on the Gionee Elife E5 is an 8MP auto-focus camera that comes with Back Side Illumination(BSI) sensor. There is an LED flash to help you take photographs in low-light conditions. The rear camera can record 1080p videos at 30fps. The front camera is a 5MP fixed focus camera with wide-angle lens that fits more into the frame. The front camera records 720p videos at 30fps.
You can check out the camera samples right below. We have shot various photos in various conditions and you can see how the camera on the Elife E5 performs.
We reserve the judgement of the camera quality till the full review. What do you think of the camera quality of Gionee Elife E4? Let us know in the comments below.
LG announced their latest flagship, LG G2 during early August. G2 is one of the first smartphones to come with a Snapdragon 800 SoC. Among the many features, that LG introduced in their new flagship, one of the key aspects was that the 13-megapixel camera on the G2 comes with Optical Image Stabilization(OIS).
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The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom was officially unveiled and launched recently at an event in London. We had went hands on with the device earlier and even unboxed it to show you the first glimpse of what this hybrid device is all about. And yes, as you guessed right, the device is all about the camera. We took it for a spin and shot a lot of camera samples. How did it fare in every situation possible? Read on to find out.
The HTC One that we recently unboxed was really hyped up by HTC for one special feature, the camera. Bucking the trend, HTC went for a different approach by not counting on the megapixels. With just a 4 MP sensor, touting the pixels as an “Ultrapixel”, HTC sought out better image quality coupled with Optical Image Stabilization for better low light performance instead of the never ending megapixel race. Not only that, they also have a new video and still image experience in terms of software with HTC Zoe, capturing all the important memories in a sequential manner, without having to worry about missing a moment. All said, how is the real world performance like? Head on past the break for some camera samples in really testing conditions and a video sample from the HTC One.
Here are some Camera samples from the Samsung Galaxy S i9000 which has a 5MP Camera without Flash. The phone lacks a dedicated camera button and you have to use the onscreen controls for clicking the pictures.