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.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.