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Consumer Reports: T-Mobile G2X tops iPhone 4 in camera tests

updated 10:20 am EDT, Tue June 28, 2011

T-Mobile G2x best shooter, no match for cameras

In its August issue, Consumer Reports has orchestrated a rare test of 45 smartphones with a focus on their integrated cameras. It finds that the eight-megapixel camera in the T-Mobile G2X was the very best, with very good still images and the best in terms of video quality. The story also includes ratings for stand-alone cameras and camcorders as well as advice on taking good photos.

A close second place is taken by the HTC Thunderbolt and its eight-megapixel camera. It doesn't have an image stabilizer but its large display and tap-to-focus feature win acclaim.

Apple's iPhone 4, despite being the most popular camera on Flickr, places fourth in the list, just below the third-place Motorola Atrix. It has high-quality video but is now considered strictly average for still photos and slightly below average for its flash performance.

Samsung fills out most of the list with three Galaxy S phones, while the Motorola Droid X comes in eighth place.

The report still concludes that no smartphone camera can match the quality and versatility of a basic point-and-shoot digital camera. Most dedicated cameras have larger sensors and higher quality lenses as well as optical zoom. The gap is still poised to keep closing, the magazine says, as both 1080p video, larger still resolutions and better quality bring them closer.

By Electronista Staff


  1. viktorob

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    Joined: May 2011


    Like the nautilus..

    When US was starting it's nuclear submarine program, they pick a general that was not the first in any list, but was the only one to be in all list.
    iPhone is the same, it is not the first in many lists, but it is in all lists. Just ask Flicker which is the #1 camera (or most use camera) in flicker and it is the iPhone 4.
    You can pick a phone just because it is good or very good in one category. If you need a very good camera you buy a very good camera, not a very good phone.

    When you buy an iphone you buy the complete experience, not just the phone, same for Androids.

  1. Sue Nommi

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    Joined: Mar 2011


    So what.

    Among whom does CR have credibility and respect as a product rater? Not among serious product evaluators.

  1. ferdchet

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    Really? Consumer Reports? Ooh, so technical! Guess they are trying to stay relevant in the world of real people giving their own opinions.

    OK, now that I've beat on CR, I use my iPhone (or my Android tab) for photos when it's the only device I have with me. Otherwise I have real cameras. Even my crappiest camera is better than the iPhone. Is it a deal breaker for me? No.

  1. Wingsy

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    Really wish I knew how they tested this. Was it a blind test (no pun intended)? Or did the testers know which camera took the photos they were evaluating? Anyone know?

  1. wrenchy

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    Joined: Nov 2009


    re: Yawn!

    >>>Even my crappiest camera is better than the iPhone.

    Well said. If you want to take good pictures, get a dedicated camera.

  1. JuanGuapo

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    Joined: Jan 2008


    You're listening to Consumer Reports....

    ...that's the first mistake.

  1. Mr. Strat

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    Joined: Jan 2002


    A clue is a terrible thing to waste

    I've always said that Consumer Reports is clueless, and this is an excellent example.

    As a G2X owner, my problems with the device have been few. But go to the TMO forums, and you'll see tons of complaints about the phone. It's like LG never did any testing of the phone before handing it over to TMO to sell.

    Both LG and TMO have promised fixes as well as an update to Gingerbread, but their communication with those of us who spend hundreds of dollars for these things has been pitiful.

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