More photos are snapped every year on smartphones now than traditional cameras, a dramatic shift. The images have gotten surprisingly good, and they're so easy to share.
So when Apple introduced the new iPhone 5s with a greatly improved camera that it said was the best ever, we decided to take it out to see how it compares with two other hot models.
The recent Nokia Lumia 1020 Windows Phone has the most advanced camera features ever seen on a smartphone -- a 41-megapixel sensor and oodles of manual adjustments any pro would love. And the Samsung Galaxy S4 is the top rival to the iPhone, with a generous 13-megapixel camera.
iPhone 5s Specs
The new camera has the same 8 megapixels as before, but Apple says individual pixels are more mega than competitors'. Each pixel is larger -- up 15% from the iPhone 5. Additionally, the new iPhone 5s has a larger lens opening, at f 2.2, up from 2.4. That means better ability to shoot in low light (evenings, parties, indoors). New features include "burst mode" -- hold your finger on the shutter and shoot up to 100 images in fast succession (good for getting a perfect shot of a moving baby or dog) -- slow motion for video and a new dual flash system that gives 2 LED lights for what promises to be a more flattering image. Exposure control: all automatic. The phone comes with 16, 32 or 64 gigabytes of internal memory , and has a 4-inch screen with 1136 x 640 resolution.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Specs
The 13-megapixel camera has 12 shooting modes, including automatic, panorama, night shot, sports and others. Exposure is all automatic. The phone comes with 16 or 32 gigabytes of memory. You can add storage via a micro-SD card. The phone has a 5-inch screen, with 1920 x 1080 resolution.
Nokia Lumia 1020 Specs
The 41-megapixel sensor is supported by a sharp f 2.2 lens by renowned German lens manufacturer Carl Zeiss and both auto and full manual controls. Every other smartphone camera we've ever used has been fully automatic. On the Lumia, you can adjust the white balance, shutter speed and focus. The device comes with 32 GB of internal memory. But the full-resolution images can be 10 megabytes or higher, and memory will go fast. There's no slot to add memory. The phone has a 4.5-inch screen with 1280 x 768 resolution. (continued...)
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Posted: 2013-09-30 @ 2:03pm PT
Did you get roses to promote iphone?
Lumia is the top c'mon.