You know Apple takes the camera inside the iPhone 5 seriously when it airs a commercial boasting that “more photos are taken with the iPhone than any other camera.” But are you using the best camera? The iPhone’s biggest nemesis by far is the new Samsung Galaxy S4, whose camera offers a higher resolution of 13 megapixels. Meanwhile, the iPhone 5 uses an 8-MP sensor. But resolution isn’t everything.
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To gauge which flagship smartphone takes better pictures, we want you to judge the photo quality of the Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 5 side by side. There’s just one catch. We’re not going to tell you which device took which photo, and the order of the phones might very well switch from one image comparison to the next.
Editors' Note: The polls are now closed. See why readers chose the iPhone 5 over the Galaxy S4.
As you’ll see, we took multiple photos of different subjects in all sorts of lighting conditions. We snapped a group shot of colleagues on the roof of our New York City building, a fountain in Bryant Park, a motorcycle, a painting (in near darkness) and more. To keep things as fair as possible we used Auto mode in all cases.
Once we’ve heard from enough of you we’ll reveal which phone is which, leading up to our big overall face-off between the Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5. Now cast your vote!
Photo Set 1: Fountain
Photo Set 2: Rooftop Group Shot
Photo Set 3: Flowers
Photo Set 4: Grover and Friends
Photo Set 5: Bryant Park
Photo Set 6: Mailbox
Photos Set 7: Indoors Low Light
Photos Set 8: Indoors Flash
Photo Set 9: Motorcycle
Photo Set 10: Potted Plant
Photo Set 11: Flags
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