We took our nine smartphones out on a sunny day in New York City to see which handset captured the best daytime scenic image. We took each photo in the same exact location at around the same time with the settings on Auto.
1. Samsung Galaxy S4: We found that the Galaxy S4’s photo showcased the best overall image quality. The color isn’t perfect, but we found it be the most accurate.
2. Apple iPhone 5: The detail isn’t as sharp as some of the others, such as the HTC One, but the iPhone 5’s image has more detail in light areas than any other we captured.
3. Sony Xperia ZL: The detail is a little soft in this photo, but overall the ZL nails it when it comes to color and lighting.
4. HTC One: This image is sharp overall, but could use some more contrast. It’s also slightly dark, but its not as noticeable in this image as it is in other One photos we took.
5. Nokia Lumia 920: Colors came through loud and vibrantly in the Lumia 820’s image, but these colors aren’t quite accurate. You can particularly tell when looking at the red in the street sign, which looks a little too magenta. The leaves on the trees also aren’t as detailed as some of the other images.
6. LG Optimus G Pro: LG’s newest flagship also snapped a photo that was a little too dark, but colors were mostly accurate.
7. BlackBerry Z10: While the exposure in the BlackBerry Z10’s photo is better than that of the Nokia and LG, the detail appeared soft when we expanded the image to full capacity on our calibrated monitors.
8. Motorola Droid RAZR: Similar to the Nexus 4, the Motorola Droid RAZR’s exposure was too dark and the color seemed inaccurate. This is particularly noticeable when looking at the sky, which looks much deeper and darker than it should.
9. Google Nexus 4: Google’s Nexus 4 performed the worst during this test. In this image of several buildings in New York City’s Flatiron District, we found the color to be inaccurate and the exposure too dark.