Nokia vs. Samsung, which takes the best cell phone pictures?
Posted March 11, 2014
Cell phones have become an integral part of daily life, especially when it comes to capturing spontaneous moments.
But sometimes, zooming and low lighting can leave those moments blurry, too far off or dark.
Consumer Reports recently tested the Nokia Lumia 1020 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, both of which promise superior images.
Testers said the Samsung is bulky and awkward to hold. It has a 10x zoom but is clunky to operate. And while it has a powerful flash, images taken in low light were not impressive.
The Nokia’s digital zoom lens gave astoundingly sharp photos with great detail – even when enlarged. In low light, its photos were much less grainy and shadowy than most cell phones.
"The Nokia Lumia 1020's camera is among the better smart-phone cameras we've seen,” said Mike Gikas, senior electronics editor for Consumer Reports.” In fact, it's better than some point-and-shoot cameras we've tested."
For those who record a lot of video in low light, the Galaxy Note 3 and iPhone 5 both work well, Consumer Reports said.
But no cell phone currently in the market can match the quality of a professional DSLR camera.