Smartphone Camera Face-Off: Seven Phones Put to the Test

Overall Still-Image Results

To our surprise, the T-Mobile myTouch Slide 4G continued to reign supreme in our subjective tests of still image quality. The myTouch received the highest overall image-quality score (82.5) and was the only phone to earn an overall word score of Very Good. The iPhone 4S finished second, with an overall image-quality score of 79.3 (and a word score of Good). At the other end of the rankings, the HTC One S picked up the lowest overall score (72.4) from our panel of judges and was the only phone to receive an overall word score of Fair. This result sharply contradicts our full rated review of the HTC One S, which praised its versatile camera modes and color accuracy. You can judge the HTC One S's images against the competition's on the last page of this story.

The myTouch Slide 4G did exceptionally well in our still life comparisons. It outscored its rivals for color accuracy, sharpness, and exposure. The iPhone 4S fairly consistently took the second-highest scores next to the myTouch 4G, though the LG Viper scored higher than the iPhone 4S for exposure, and the Nokia Lumia 900 scored higher than the iPhone 4S for sharpness. All of the smartphones scored relatively poorly in our distortion tests--a fairly common occurrence with the smartphone cameras we test. The sensors in smartphone cameras simply aren't big enough to earn strong marks on this measure.

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