The guys over at Recombu.com have done a shootout between some of the best available cameraphones in the market. They have pitted the Apple iPhone4,

Camera Comparison: iPhone4 vs Nokia N8 vs Sony Ericsson Arc vs Samsung Galaxy S II vs Samsung Omnia 7

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The guys over at Recombu.com have done a shootout between some of the best available cameraphones in the market. They have pitted the Apple iPhone4, Nokia N8, Samsung Galaxy S II, Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, and Samsung Omnia 7 all against one another.

Guess who wins, AGAIN?

I won’t bore you with the details, but here is the verdict:

Picking a winner for this test is tricky, no one handset excels at everything and even the less impressive phones will be fine for the odd snapshot.

The Samsung Omnia 7 offers a good range of features, but the shutter seems more sensitive than rivals, leading to more issues with camera shake. Stills just aren’t sharp enough and HD movies are soft with drab colours and more artefacts than rivals.

Sony Ericsson’s equipped the Xperia Arc with a good selection of features, a great screen and a sensor that produces best on test low-light performance. Overall we found stills aren’t as sharp as we’d like and HD movie performance is the worst here, it’s very soft.

The Samsung Galaxy S2 is a solid performer, full HD footage is very sharp, although audio quality isn’t as clear as we’d like. Stills are good, but outclassed by other camera phones here.

We really like the iPhone’s camera. HD movie footage is sharp and smooth, although colour rendition isn’t as natural as the N8, stills are sharp and low light performance is solid. Our main issue is the lack of features, which the iOS 5 update will resolve.

So that leaves the Nokia N8. Stills are consistently sharp with natural colours, it’s even passable in low light. We’re really impressed with HD video performance, footage is sharp, with excellent audio and it handles changes to lighting conditions better than some others. The Nokia N8 might not have won every category, but consistently solid performance with stills and movies makes it our winner.

Overall Winner: Nokia N8

Recombu is not a Symbian/Nokia fan site, so hopefully the Nokia N8 haters will finally spare the rest of us, especially seeing that some of the tests really put the N8 at a disadvantage (the night shot, especially: if you want to test flash, close-ups are the way to go).

For the really, really juicy details, do headover to Recombu’s camera phone shootout.

20 comments

  1. true large megapixels is not everything it takes to be the best camera phone ,nokia was lucky to have properly designed n8 hardware

  2. @shayman

    “Veritas..camera quality is not all about the megapixels..”

    If megapixel doen’t count much, why not comparing the rest with E7 8 megapixel? rest ma case.

  3. @yomi

    “The Samsung Galaxy S2 is a solid performer, full HD footage is very sharp, although audio quality isn’t as clear as we’d like”

    Is it camera or audio qualities you are comparing? Be precise.

  4. @jikong

    ”If megapixel doen’t count much, why not comparing the rest with E7 8megapixel? rest ma case.”

    Nokia E7 has an EdOF 8Mp camera..it will never stand a chance beside the autofocus cameras of the devices listed above. The devices listed are d best at the moment in photography.

  5. “Picking a winner for this test is tricky, no one handset excels at everything and even the less impressive phones will be fine for the odd snapshot.”

    “The Nokia N8 might not have won every category, but consistently solid performance with stills and movies makes it our winner.”

    I beg to differ a little to most of the Posts here. Though the Nokia N8 was the overall winner, it didn’t win in ALL the categories tested. I wouldn’t bore you with all the categories tested. However the iPhone 4 won in some. And with iOS 5 coming next month it is going to be better. It is a really remarkable feat for Apple, seeing that the iPhone 4 came out much earlier than the N8 and SII did!

    Yes, the N8 was release much later than the iphone4!

  6. Afewgoodmen, can you please spare us with you fanboyism? You are a typical Apple fanboy. It is true that the n8 did not win all categories, and the article CLEARLY states that. What are you begging to differ when what you are saying and what the article is saying are the same?

  7. @glenda it is a shame that you CANNOT make out your own contributions but only come out to label people. That’s not civil. For the Records I’m NO Fanboy of any mobile platform! I use them as I go. And I discard them when they are a better release that usher in better features than the one I’ve used. That said, individuals are different, and what works for me may not necessarily work for you.

    Considering the article under review and also under the scrutiny of our discourse; I for one will prefer video recording functions in a camera phone. The Nokia N8 runs it’s video recording at 720P but the frame rate is just 25/s. The Samsung Galaxy S II and iPhone 4 has higher frame rates at 30/s.

    If you’ve taken time to read the reviewed article then perhaps you wouldn’t insult me by Calling me a FAN boy. I just wanted to point out that people shouldn’t just get carried away with the N8 but also consider the specific tests carried out. Still pictures alone does not make a phone!

    A final point to note; The review done earlier by Eldar Murtazin comparing the iPhone 4 with the Nokia N8 did not yield comparable results as this article. I’d search for the link if you care!

  8. Talk of smart phone wit d best camera, nokia n8 rules,no argument,no doubt abt it. Thumb up for nokia

  9. @Afewgoodmen:

    A final point to note; The review done earlier by Eldar Murtazin comparing the iPhone 4 with the Nokia N8 did not yield comparable results as this article. I’d search for the link if you care!

    That’s saying then that there’s a touch of fanboyism in Eldar Murtazin’s review. Well there’s always a bit of it from reviewers that are biased to some platform. I did mention that sometime in the past. Eldar Murtazin is obviously a Symbian fanboy.

  10. Glenda, I still repeat what I said before. You should comment on the issue and not on individuals! And don’t insult me!

    Henry Echemcho, if anything I think Eldar Murtazin is doesn’t Always speak favourably for Nokia and Symbian. However, Anti-Symbian would be too extreme an adjective. Though he was initially a Symbian fan.

    For anyone who wishes to have at a different look at the N8; this is The Mobile-Review websites link;

    http://www.mobile-review.com/review/nokia-n8-camera-en.shtml

    As I said before results are not congruent with this article!

  11. Thanks for the link Afewgoodmen. Again, this is some funny stuff from you. You admit that the author of the article “does not speak favorably for Nokia and Symbian.” By that admission you admit that the article is biased.

    There will always be Nokia haters out there. There are some that praise the camera of the n8. Unfortunately for you, the article that Yomi posted here clearly made the n8 the winner. Let us accept that FACT so we could sleep soundly. Peace!

  12. whoever make this comparison is not reasonanle enough,…. Wen it comes to camera, nokia is a no-go-area, and besides, why dont u pick iphone 4s, next time u better think well before givin us a foolish result. Sony ericsson shld be ontop of this chart, am not a sony ericsson fan but we have to honest here

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