Round 2 of our Samsung Galaxy S3 vs HTC One X feature is for the snap happy, photo taking, picture sharing crowd, who want to capture great shots using their smartphone camera. If you’ve just joined us don’t forget to read round 1 of our HTC vs Samsung blog, which compares the design and performance of the Samsung Galaxy S3 vs HTC One X.
When digital cameras first became a part of smartphone technology, few could ever predict how easily pixel power would overtake the 35mm camera with optical zoom and viewfinder. Thankfully for the camera smartphones of 2012, long gone are the days of 2 megapixel photographs which pixelate your face to the size of a Rubix cube. No longer is the capture time like waiting for a bus. The leading smartphone cameras of today are innovative, react to the surroundings and use an array of intelligent technology to capture your perfect moment in the quality it deserves. Both the HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S3 appear to be some of the leading camera phones for 2012 so far, but what features do they have to keep you capturing?
Both the HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S3 have 8 megapixel snappers capable of 1080p HD video. Owners of the Samsung Galaxy S2 may cry disappointment as the next Galaxy offers the same number of megapixels as its predecessor. It’s important to note that the latest Galaxy brings together a much more intuitive experience with smarter photography features. Both the HTC One X and S3 cameras also come equipped with LED flash and the array of industry standard features such as geo-tagging, autofocus, face detection and image stabilisation. A quick observation of the front facing camera’s shows both smartphones can record and video call in 720p HD video. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a marginally better front facing camera with 1.9 megapixels to HTC’s 1.3 megapixels.
Low light? No problem
Both smartphone cameras are equipped with Backside Illumination (BSI); a light sensor that helps boost the available light in darkened conditions. The HTC One X is able to let more light into its lens with its f/2.0 aperture and 28mm lens so may provide the better picture when you’re in a bit of a dark patch (The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a f/2.6 aperture).
The HTC camera also boasts HTC Smart Flash. By automatically measuring the distance between the subject and camera, the HTC One X can apply up to 5 different flash levels, letting you flash with confidence! This feature isn’t apparent on the Samsung Galaxy S3.
Both the HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S3 come equipped with HDR camera scenes. This feature ensures that your foreground and background of the photo are lit consistently allowing fine detail throughout the photograph.
As if the HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy S3 battle wasn’t tough enough already, there are several features seen across both cameras. With practically zero shutter lag, each smartphone will snap up the picture instantly without delay. And if you ever wanted to take a quick snap whilst filming, you can keep the camera rolling as both the One X and S3 have a dedicated button for taking a snap whilst filming in glorious HD.
For the serial snapper, the S3 and One X have burst modes that let you take up to 20 photos in rapid succession. This is particularly handy for quick action shots. If you ever want to guarantee a top photo, both cameras have a Best Photo mode that can take a series of snaps. Where the Samsung Galaxy S3 excels, is its ability to take 8 successive shots and then rank them in order of quality based on smiles and focus. The Samsung Galaxy S3 camera is also advanced enough to only shoot a photo when the subject is smiling. A feature that’s guaranteed to please!
Photographs on the Samsung Galaxy S3 say more than a thousand words; they communicate, become interactive links and deliver up to date content. How? With Buddy Photo Share, the S3 can recognise faces and automatically tag them on Facebook in seconds. Once the optional feature is set up, you’re just moments from sharing with everyone instantly.
Social Tag on the S3 also synchs your photographs with your social media streams. Simply view a photo of a friend and their contact information be it text, call, Facebook or email, pops up onto the display. You can check out the full range of Samsung Galaxy S3 features.
Whichever side you take in the HTC versus Samsung battle, both smartphones capture amazing photography with their intelligent features that go far beyond the basic point and click. It’s a close call, worthy of a photo finish but for the serious photographer we would recommend the HTC One X with its dedicated HTC ImageSense software and more efficient lens aperture. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is currently our top choice for those who want to share their pictures with ease or interact with photographs on their phone. Check out the latest Samsung Galaxy S3 deals available at e2save.com.
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