We took some close up shots of flowers in Madison Square Park to see which phone captured the most color and detail. All images were taken at the exact same time in the same location in daylight.
1. Nokia Lumia 920: The Lumia completely dominated the competition in this round. The color in the flower petals is bold, bright and more accurate in this image than any of the others. The detail is sharp and defined–without even zooming in you can see the texture of the flower petals. This image makes you want to go outside and pick one of those flowers.
2. BlackBerry Z10: This image is about on par with the iPhone’s, but you can notice a lot more detail in the stem area. When blowing up the image to 100 percent, the fuzz on the stem is sharper and more clear than the iPhone’s.
3. Apple iPhone 5: Although the lighting isn’t perfect, the iPhone 5 nearly nails it in this image. The colors in the stem and leaves could use more pop, but the contrast and detail is better in this photo than most other phones.
4. LG Optimus G Pro: LG’s camera did a really good job capturing detail in this image. The green color in the stems and leaves is generally accurate, although there’s a slight blueish tone.
5. Sony Xperia ZL: There’s too much color saturation in this image, and the green color found in the leaves and stems is kind of dull. That being said, the contrast is significantly better and more accurate in this photo than in the HTC One’s and the Nexus 4’s.
6. Google Nexus 4: The Nexus 4’s image has the same problem as the HTC One’s, but not as severe. The yellow areas of the flower show too much white and the purple shades are too dark.
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7. HTC One: The lighter sections of the image, such as the yellow area of the petals where the light is hitting the flower, look way too bright and blown out. There’s a contrast issue here that makes the purple center of the petal look too dark and unnatural against the yellow outline.
8. Samsung Galaxy S4: Samsung’s flagship had some trouble rendering color in this image. The yellow shade in the flowers’ petals isn’t very accurate, and the color as a whole doesn’t look as bright as it should. When blowing up the photo to 100 percent and examining the details, we noticed that the edges of the petals look much sharper than they should–almost to the point that it’s unnatural.
9. Motorola Droid RAZR HD: There’s not much wrong with the detail in this image, but the color is significantly skewed. When looking closely at the stems in the photo, you can tell that they have a brownish tone rather than the rich green that they should have.