“Camera quality is a competitive area for the current crop of smartphones,” Heather Kelly reports for Macworld.com. “With each new device, the gap between phones that happen to have cameras, and actual point-and-shoot cameras, shrinks.”
“To accurately see how good the iPhone 4’s 5-megapixel new camera really performs, we put it through the same battery of tests we use for point-and-shoot digital cameras, and rated it against other cutting-edge smartphones, including the new Droid X,” Kelly reports. “The iPhone camera is 5MP, but as Steve Jobs pointed out in his WWDC keynote, megapixel count alone doesn’t equal good images. Two of the smartphones we tested against the iPhone had higher megapixel counts, but they still scored lower on image quality tests.”
Kelly reports, “We compared the iPhone 4’s camera [5MP] with an iPhone 3GS [3MP], three other smartphone cameras, and two pocket point-and-shoot cameras. For the video portion of the test, we threw in a Flip Video M2120 for good measure. The other smartphones we tested were the EVO 4G [8MP], the Droid X [8MP], and the Samsung Galaxy [8MP]. The point-and-shoot cameras tested were the Sony DSC-WX1 [10.2MP] and Samsung HZ35W [15MP].”
“Unsurprisingly, the two point-and-shoot cameras came in first in our image quality tests,” Kelly reports. “The next best camera, and the highest scoring of all the smartphone cameras that we tested, was none other than the iPhone 4.”
Read the full report here.
MacDailyNews Take: What we wrote yesterday: “More megapixels do not mean better images… It’s not just the resolution of the sensor that determines the final image quality. It’s the device’s color management, optics, image-processing tech, the lens, etc.; it all contributes to the image quality. iPhone 4’s images will be measured against these devices with their ‘bigger numbers for ignoramuses’ and iPhone’s images will be found to have higher quality. As usual. Watch and see.”
And, for those of you reading this on a fake Mac or fake iPhone: If you want to ascribe bias because this report is from Macworld, you’re simply not being honest with yourself. Independent tests will soon confirm these results. As usual. Watch and see.