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.