A French firm that specializes in camera optics and image sensor analysis has found the camera on Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone outperforms the iPhone 5 and Nokia’s Lumia 920. DxO Labs ranked the Galaxy S4’s camera as the second highest rating among smartphones it tested. The firm praised the 13-megapixel camera for its fast and accurate autofocus, good auto-exposure, rich colors in different lighting conditions and impressive detail preservation in bright light. The Galaxy S4 scored a total of 79 points out of a possible 100, ahead of both the iPhone 5 and Lumia 920, which scored 74 points and 64 points, respectively.
The iPhone 5 scored higher when it came to video, however. The Galaxy S4 was found to shoot 1080p video with good colors and texture reproduction, but the firm said image stabilization performance was poor in low light and autofocus failed as well. The Galaxy S4 scored a 68 out of a possible 100 for video quality, slightly lower than the iPhone 5’s score of 70 out of 100.
The Galaxy S4 ranked second with 75 points when image and video quality were averaged together, ahead of the iPhone 5 with 72 points. Nokia’s 808 PureView camera was found to be the top-ranking smartphone with a score of 81 for image quality and 68 for video, averaging out to a final score of 77 points.