Smartphone Camera Smackdown!

Greetings to all!

As I’m sure you all know, we’ve mentioned before on our Snaps blog all of the amazing perks that come with having a smartphone that doubles as a camera. We’ve even shared the QuickPrints feature on the Walgreens mobile app that lets you print right from your phone to the nearest store. Well, with the iPhone 5 officially out in the world, we wanted to give you an update on smartphone cameras.

So, today, we’re going to do a little side by side comparison between the iPhone 5’s camera and what many people feel is its closest competitor, the Samsung Galaxy S3. Here we go!


iPhone 5

8MP rear-facing camera

1.2MP front-facing camera

f/2.4 aperture

Five-element lens

Hybrid IR filter

4 inch display

Panorama mode

Record video at 1080p @ 30fps


Samsung Galaxy S3

8MP rear-facing camera

1.9MP front-facing camera

Zero shutter lag

Burst mode

4.8 inch display

Panorama mode

Record video at 1080p @ 30fps


Here’s some side by side comparisons using the native camera apps on both phones and regular settings with no flash.

Could you tell which photos came from which phone? The images on the left are from the iPhone 5 and the right is the Galaxy S3.

Which camera do you think produced the best photos? Why? Let us know in the comments section below.

-Marina, designer at Walgreens

3 Responses to Smartphone Camera Smackdown!

  1. I think the best pics were taken with the Samsung Galaxy! The pics are crisp and clear and have better lighting characteristics.

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