First of all, this is not a very scientific comparison. However, I have my iPhone 5, and the Verizon Wireless Savvy Gourmet LG Intuition Droid, both with pretty decent cameras and lots of the same camera apps available, so I thought I’d see what I thought of the 2 side by side.
It may not suprrise anyone reading this that I did the comparison by taking food photos, but I made a few pastrami and/or corned beef sandwiches with slaw and Sweet Heat chipotle sauce. I tried to take similar shots with each phone, and the photos are straight out of the camera, no post processing at all. The same phone’s photos will be first each time.
I didn’t use a tripod or anything, and I’m not trying to compare minute details, just overall impressions. With that said, the LG camera has more out of the box settings like white balance, though this is easily found in free or cheap apps for either phone. The screen is a bit bigger, but I didn’t find it was a big advantage. It seemed a bit odd at first, but that would probably go away with more use.
With that said, I think the first camera was a bit sharper with a bit less noise and better saturation. While the second camera looks good, the color is a bit muted. No issues with either camera are beyond resolving with just a bit of post processing, even using apps like PhotoShop Express on the phones. The iPhone does offer built-in panoramic and HDR(ish) capabilities.
My personal (and this is more personal opinion than anything) is that the first camera above is a bit better, but either would work in a pinch when I don’t have my (new) Nikon dslr. it comes down more to which format and operating system you want to build your smartphone usage around. If you’re into the Google services available, Droid is the way to go. If you prefer iOS and Siri and all that comes with that, iPhone is the only way to go there.
So what are your thoughts on the comparison?
Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Wireless Midwest Savvy Gourmets program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.