quote: It really is the good, the bad and the ugly, isn’t it? The iPhone 5 is the perfect take-anywhere camera and, in good light, it’s hard to tell the difference between its images and those from a compact camera.But the lack of an optical zoom (impractical, granted), no image stabilisation, no manual control, often bizarre exposure settings and the fact that quality jumps off a virtual cliff at high ISO settings - not that these can be controlled - all make an argument for investing in a dedicated high-end compact.Some new features such as panorama are fun, but more than a little rusty around the edges for the time being and streets behind the compact camera curve. But that’s easy to improve with software updates, and something that we expect will happen.In a smartphone-only camera context, there are only a handful of contenders to consider, none of which has the current range of features on offer here. It’s in Nokia’s hands now to see what the Lumia 920 can pull off, as, for our money, the iPhone 5 is only bettered - at the time of writing - by the 808 PureView's clever tech and large sensor.That makes the iPhone 5 a darn good second and, for most consumers, it’ll have the majority of what’s needed including all the back-up and sharing options right there and then. If a big zoom is essential then the iPhone 5 isn’t going to compare, but given the context of what it is - a phone before a camera - and it’s hard not to be impressed for the most part.
quote: I purposefully chose a composition that had a lot of harsh light and various colorful objects at varying distances. The metering and focusing on both cameras was spotted directly on the “no stopping” sign.The results are pretty amazing – the iPhone takes worse photos but it certainly stacks up against a $4,000 professional camera. And, although the photos from the iPhone are significantly noisier, it has fantastic automatic metering.
quote: I hesitate to pick an overall winner here -- my time shooting with all three was brief -- but when it came down to picture quality, the iPhone 5 regularly produced excellent photos regardless of lighting. The One X is a pretty close second, however, turning out photos with nice color and detail. The Galaxy S3 turns out very good pictures, too, but they're not as usable at larger sizes as the iPhone 5's