During this test we used each smartphone to snap photos of fruit at a local outdoor market. All photos were taken at the same time with the flash turned off.
1. Apple iPhone 5: There’s enough color tone in this image to make it the best photo of the bunch. It’s slightly oversaturated, but the detail is especially sharp for an image taken outside in the dark with no flash. The red apples look bold and vibrant alongside the two brightly colored fruits.
2. Google Nexus 4: The highlights are blown out in this photo, but the overall lighting is accurate and the detail is decent.
3. Motorola Droid RAZR HD: The color and lighting are spot on in this shot taken by the RAZR, but the shutter speed was too slow to properly focus on our subjects.
4. Samsung Galaxy S4: The highlights in this image are definitely too bright, but the overall color tone is accurate. There’s no haze or blue-ish tint, but the lighter sections of the green apples and grapefruits are too white. We also like the sharp detail here—you can clearly see the speckles on the red apples and blemishes on the grapefruits.
5. HTC One: The red apples look crisp and sharp here, and you can easily make out the stickers on the apples to the left, which got blown out in other photos.
6. Sony Xperia ZL: The colors are a bit dull in this shot, and you’ll notice that it also has a blue haze that’s just barely visible. However, the highlights aren’t blown out like the LG Optimus G Pro’s photos.
7. LG Optimus G Pro: The light areas in this image are also blown out, but the colors of the fruit are fairly accurate.
8. BlackBerry Z10: We found the color to be a little dull in this one, and there’s a slight haze that’s most noticeable near the top of the photo. The Z10’s shot also has a slight blue tint.
9. Nokia Lumia 920: The fruit looks sharp in this image, but the color is totally off. It looks as if there’s a blue filter over the photo that compromises the entire image’s color accuracy. This issue is particularly noticeable when looking at the green apples.