Apple iPhone 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. HTC One X: The cameras

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Apple iPhone 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. HTC One X: The cameras

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Apple didn’t do much to the iPhone ‘s camera from the 4S to the 5. Then again, it didn’t really have to.

The iPhone 4S has one of the best cameras on a smartphone, and with some improved processing and other enhancements, the iPhone 5 does now, too. But it’s not the only mobile device with a good camera built in, with the HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S3 offering up some strong competition.

All three devices use an 8-megapixel backside-illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor. Basically, the benefit of BSI CMOS sensors over regular CMOS sensors is that their design allows more light to reach the photo diodes, which means less light is needed to get a properly exposed photo. The result is better low-light photo quality. (Keep in mind, though, that just because they all have the same sensor type, doesn’t mean the sensors are of the same quality or the image processing will be identical.)

To further help out in low-light conditions, all of the models have large apertures; the iPhone has an f2.4 33mm lens, the Galaxy S III has an f2.6 27mm lens, and there’s an f2 28mm lens on the One X. Brighter lenses let in more light, so there’s less o… [Read more]

Apple iPhone 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. HTC One X: The cameras

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