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Grid comparison: the best smartphone cameras of all time (a.k.a. 'SteveMark'!)

The scores for each criteria are my own personal evaluations, based on my hands-on tests (see the footnotes for URLs) and picked according to image quality produced. You can apply your own weightings, though, and the page will multiply everything up and work out rankings according to your stated criteria. Models and scores: (10=excellent, 1=terrible). Weightings: 'Not'/'Quite'/'Very' multiplies scores by 0, 1 or 2 respectively.

To use the Grid:

  1. Work your way down the left hand side criteria, rating each according to how important it is to you
  2. Read off your personalised smartphone camera scores from the bottom row - which is best for you?
Criteria (models picked June 2017
according to this retrospective)
Importance to you Lumia 950/XL
950 cam
iPhone 7 Plus
7 Plus cam
Google Pixel/XL
Pixel cam
Nokia 808
808 cam
Lumia 1020
1020 cam
Galaxy K Zoom
K Zoom cam
LG G5
g5 camera
Galaxy S8
S8 camera
iPhone 7
iPhone 7 camera
Nokia N8
N8 cam
Image Capture
Daylight
(dynamic range in bright light)



10 9
10 8
9
8
9
10 9
9
Low light
(lack of noise in artificial or dim lighting,
helped by larger sensor, OIS, longer exposures,
and multi-frame or multi-pixel combination)



10 8 9 7
8
6
8
8
7 6
Low light w/ flash
(lack of motion blur for people
when using flash)



6
4
5
9
8
10
5
5
4
8
Dark/night landscape shots
(lens stabilisation for longer exposures
or multi-frame alignment techniques,
ability to focus)



8
7
9
2
7
6
7 8 7
1
Colour
(colour accuracy, white balance)



8 9 10
10 7 7
9
7 9
9
Detail
(amount of natural,
not artificially sharpened, detail,
helped by sensor resolution and
high quality optics)



10
8 9
8
8
6 7
7
7 9
Purity
(irrespective of resolution,
lack of pixel-level artefacts and noise)



8
6
9
10 10
6
5 7
6
6
Zoom
(amount of usable lossless zoom,
factoring in resolution too)



3
8
2
7
7
10 1
2
1
1
Macro
(minimum focus distance, bokeh quality)



10 8 7 7 8 5 6 7 6 4
Landscape
(wide-angle scenes)



5 5 5 5 5 5 9
5 5 5
HDR
(aesthetic quality, usefulness,
and factoring in auto-algirithms)



8
8
9 0 0 7
8
9
8 0
Panorama
(usability, resolution,
lack of stitching errors)



7
9 9 0 3
7
8
9 9
0
Video Capture
Video
(overall image quality to 1080p)



9
9
9
10
10 8
8
9
9
7
Audio
(audio quality and dynamic range,
low hiss and artefacts,
mono or stereo?)



8
6
7
10 8
6 7
8 6
8
Stabilisation
(optical or electronic image stabilisation)



10 10 9 4 8 6 8
9 10
2
High resolution video
(4K)



10 10 10 0 0 0 10 10 10 0
High framerate video
(60fps, 120+fps, etc.)



8 10
10
0 0 0 7
10
10
0


Lumia 950/XL
950 cam
iPhone 7 Plus
7 Plus cam
Google Pixel/XL
Pixel cam
Nokia 808
808 cam
Lumia 1020
1020 cam
Galaxy K Zoom
K Zoom cam
LG G5
g5 camera
Galaxy S8
S8 camera
iPhone 7
iPhone 7 camera
Nokia N8
N8 cam
Performance
Autofocus
(speed and reliability)



7
9 9 8
5
6 9 10 9 7
Pocket-to-picture
(speed of launching the camera,
through to getting the shot)



8
10
10
9 3
6
9 9 10
7
Shot-to-shot
(delay between consecutive
manually-actionned shots)



7
10
10
9 2
5
9 10
10
6
Features
Flash
(overall light output,
plus points for brevity and freezing
low light subjects)



7 6 7
10 9 10
5 7
6
9
Shutter
(presence of physical shutter button)



10 0 0 10 10 10 0 0 0 10
Manual controls
(manual controls for focus, shutter speed, ISO etc.)



10 4 5 9
10 8 8 8 4
5
Advanced modes
(e.g. bracketing, timer, interval)



8 6 6 10 10 8 8 8 6 5
Pre-capture adjustments
(e.g. contrast, saturation, sharpness)



0 0 0 10
0 0 0 0 0 0
Post-capture adjustments
(e.g. HDR, flash
adjustment of mix of frames)



10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
RAW capture


10 10 10 0 10 0 10 10 10 0
Depth mapping
(dual lens for depth mapping
and faux bokeh)



0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Criteria (models picked June 2017
according to this retrospective)
Importance to you Lumia 950/XL
950 cam
iPhone 7 Plus
7 Plus cam
Google Pixel/XL
Pixel cam
Nokia 808
808 cam
Lumia 1020
1020 cam
Galaxy K Zoom
K Zoom cam
LG G5
g5 camera
Galaxy S8
S8 camera
iPhone 7
iPhone 7 camera
Nokia N8
N8 cam
Overall   213
Winner
201
Runner-up
182 183 177 170 181 191 172 132

Footnotes and refs:

Lumia 950 vs iPhone 7 shootoutLumia 950 versus Samsung Galaxy S8+ vs LG G6 shootout -

Lumia 950 vx LG G5 shootout - Lumia 950 vs Google Pixel shootout - iPhone 7 Plus versus Lumia 1020/808 zoom testing


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