iPhone 4 Offers The Best Camera in Smartphones

Submitted by lalit on June 28, 2010 - 7:50am.

While the race to put higher megapixel camera in smartphones is going on at full speed, Apple selected to put a 5-megapixel camera on the new iPhone 4. However, the company selected a backside-illuminated sensor with same pixel size as their older three-megapixel sensor. The bigger pixels on the sensor allow better image capture, whereas the backside illuminated sensor offers amazing pictures even in low light and dark environments. Apple claims megapixel count alone doesn’t mean anything and the tests done by various websites prove that Apple is right.

Macworld compared image quality produced by two point-and-shoot cameras Sony DCS-WX1 and Samsung HZ35W along with four recently released smartphones including iPhone 4 (5-megapixel), EVO 4G (8-megapixel), Droid X (8-megapixel) and Samsung Galaxy (5-megapixel). The two point-and-shoot cameras came on top followed by iPhone 4 that lead the smartphone pack. Heather Kelly of Macworld wrote “The iPhone 4 had, by a healthy margin, the best exposure and color scores of the entire bunch.” He further added “These scores show that megapixel count isn’t the most important factor when it comes to quality, as camera manufactures sometimes claim it is.”

Gizmodo also did a similar test in which they compared image quality of iPhone 4, Droid X, iPhone 3GS and Canon S90. Here also iPhone 4 camera performed better the Droid X in both normal and low-light photography.

Lastly, PC World also compared iPhone 4 and Droid X camera. The magazine wrote “On paper, The Droid X’s camera seems a bit stronger. It has an 8-megapixel sensor with a dual-LED flash.” But after testing both the cameras they concluded “Here's evidence that megapixel counts rarely matter: Apple's 5-megapixel iPhone 4 beat out the Droid X for overall image quality in our tests, serving up well-exposed, brightly colored images in our lab tests.” The Droid X’s 8-megapixel camera was better in sharpness tests but in all other tests iPhone 4 came on top.

All three websites also posted results of video recording tests for above-mentioned smartphones and again there also iPhone came on top. It looks like Apple made the right decision by sticking with 5-megapixel backside illuminated sensor and , a faster and wider f2.4 lens.