Readers Choose iPhone 5 Over Galaxy S4 in Camera Shootout


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The power to choose a winner was in your hands, and thousands of readers cast their votes in our iPhone 5 vs. Galaxy S4 Camera Shootout. Based on your feedback on the photos we took with both smartphones under the same conditions, the majority prefers the iPhone 5. Apple’s device garnered 61 percent of the vote, versus 39 percent for the Galaxy S4.

Interestingly, the Galaxy S4 features a higher resolution 13-megapixel camera while the iPhone 5 uses an 8-MP sensor. As it turns out, megapixels aren’t everything. In many cases readers decided that the iPhone 5′s images were superior, which tended to offer warmer colors and finer details. Some of the Galaxy S4′s shots looked slightly washed out.

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The Galaxy S4 did come out ahead in some photos, such as an indoor shot we took of some objects and an image of a flower pot in which the sun was slightly off to the left.

Overall, though, the iPhone 5 came out on top. And this was a contest where we did not reveal which phone took which photo until the votes had been counted. Do you believe the better smartphone camera won? For a recap, check out the voting results and our images below.

Photo Set 1: Fountain

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Photo Set 2: Rooftop Group Shot 

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Photo Set 3: Flowers

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Photo Set 4: Grover and Friends

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Photo Set 5: Bryant Park 

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Photo Set 6: Mailbox 

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Photos Set 7: Indoors Low Light

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Photos Set 8: Indoors Flash 

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Photo Set 9: Motorcycle

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Photo Set 10: Potted Plant

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Photo Set 11: Flags

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Mark Spoonauer
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Responsible for the editorial vision for Laptop Mag and Tom's Guide, Mark Spoonauer has been Editor in Chief of LAPTOP since 2003 and has covered technology for nearly 15 years. Mark speaks at key tech industry events and makes regular media appearances on CNBC, Fox and CNN. Mark was previously reviews editor at Mobile Computing, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc.
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