updated 04:25 pm EDT, Fri June 25, 2010
iPhone photos tested more accurate than rivals
The iPhone 4's camera is not only better than those of its Android rivals but even some newer still cameras, testing today has discovered. It has just a five-megapixel sensor versus eight or more from the Droid X and Evo 4G, but its color accuracy and exposure were determined as better than all but those in dedicated cameras. Apple's edge was in choosing a large, back-illuminated CMOS sensor like that of the Sony WX1 included in the test, Macworld noted, as it not only gave better sensitivity in low light but avoided the tendency towards overcrowded sensors like on HTC's phones.
Sharpness and distortion were the iPhone 4's only weaknesses compared to cameras with similarly-sized lenses and sensors, as the Droid X was better in crispness even as it was worse in other areas.
Video was even more tilted in the iPhone's favor as it produced better video than all other cameras in the test except for the Flip Mino HD. Performance in dim conditions was again one of the most important factors, and the Flip's primary advantage is its audio recording, not video.
Apple's win isn't absolute, as it has yet to go up against the Nokia N8. The 12-megapixel handset has a much larger sensor than usual for a phone along with the matching lens and flash. As it may not ship until late August, though, Apple may have a relatively secure claim for the next few months.