Camera showdown: Xperia arc versus Nokia N8, iPhone 4 and Galaxy S

by XB on 16th March 2011

in Imaging, Xperia arc


Camera showdown[56k Warning] Sony Ericsson has a strong heritage when it comes to the imaging capabilities of its mobile handsets. I still look back to my K800i with fondness and the company has carried this through to their Android handsets. The Xperia arc will be one of the best specced handsets when it comes to imaging, at least in the Android ecosystem.

However, if you’re wondering how it will fare against some other heavyweights out there including the Nokia N8, iPhone 4 and Galaxy S (not in the same class as the others but it’s included nonetheless) then we’ve included some comparison sample images below. Calling an overall winner on this one is extremely tricky, although there’s no denying the arc’s superiority in low light.

Dark

Xperia arc

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Galaxy S

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iPhone 4

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Nokia N8

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Flash

Xperia arc

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iPhone 4

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Nokia N8

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Building at night

Xperia arc

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Galaxy S

Camera showdown

iPhone 4

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Nokia N8

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Flower

Xperia arc

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Galaxy S

Camera showdown

iPhone 4

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Nokia N8

Camera showdown

Pink Tree

Xperia arc

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Galaxy S

Camera showdown

iPhone 4

Camera showdown

Teddy

Xperia arc

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Galaxy S

Camera showdown

iPhone 4

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Nokia N8

Camera showdown

Via Flickr.

  • Peligo

    Well, very difficult to choose the best! In fact, arc does quite well in all of these scenes!

  • arc wins hands down

  • ARC IS THE BEST<3

  • well, the iphone which came out last year looks very competitive to the arc especially in the night shots! mh……

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  • Jorn

    Old firmware @gsmarena..better check the new! ;-)

  • Kay

    people can dog on SE all they want.. but they really do have AMAZING cameras on their devices, which is really important to me. I hope SE has learned their lesson after all the flack they got with the Xperia X10 (which I currently have) and keeps on top of things with the Arc.

  • Gabriel

    Arc wins big! We are talking about quality here!

  • Rasto

    Yes, iPhone does better at dark in these pictures, but Arc beats him uncompromissingly in the others, mainly the building and Arcs pink flower photo is like times better…

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  • Guest

    Throwing the Galaxy S II in this mix is like bringing a knife to a gun fight

  • henry

    the iphone does surprisingly well. looks like the arc has a tendency to overexpose…

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  • Amazing how every other blog in the world that has a comparrison puts the n8 well ahead of the arc, yet the xperiablog manages the reverse. Not sure what that says, i’ve never seen the n8 take pictures like some of those above, did someone deliberately crapify the settings? take the flash image, did they even bother to put it into close up mode? as its out of focus on the characters so its in the wrong mode, I suggest people learn to use the camera before using the pics as a comparrison, same for the flower, again, a pic that close needs to be shot in macro mode (closeup) as again its out of focus. Well done for making the best camera look the worst lol if it was set in the right mode youd have amazing dof. Then the pink tree pic didn’t even feature the n8 shot

    http://www.nokian8forum.com/nokia-n8-how-to/close-up-pics-blurryout-of-focus/

  • Anonymous

    Erm, just to be clear these pictures weren’t taken by us. They were taken by a site in Asia. Also, if you read the text we didn’t say that the Xperia arc ‘won’ over the other handsets. So not sure where you are getting our perceived bias from. Yes, we are the Xperia Blog, but we are independent and tell it as it is. If we were here to praise SE regardless, the site would be nowhere near as interesting!

    PS: We have a Nokia N8 in our labs and it is a superb handset. The picture quality is very close, but on the video side, the N8 does have an edge given the stuttering issues we’ve experienced on the arc…

  • Regardless of who took the pictures, the n8 pictures are unfairly demonstrated, thats the bias, they are the only ones that aren’t focused properly, I knew with a second the camera is in the wrong scene mode, and one shot is even missing in the comparisons… I know this is an se blog but this post is a comparison of the cameras, and the nokia has been cobbled in this test, whether its the users fault or not. As I said the arc is the best camera on android, but for someone serious about photography its pointless running a comparison about the cameras unless the photos are even,

    I an clearly see one of the cameras shots aren’t even close to what the camera actually can produce. That is a bias whether it was this blogs fault or not, and someone here had to say it. At least its on record so people can take it into account. Taking picture on just one of the phones in the wrong setting gives people a false impression of which one is actually the better investment when the camera is the top priority. The reply below this one stated the overexposure issues. I actually have no problem with se blogs praising se phones, and the arc is a great phone, I spent a long time weighing up the arc to the n8, and know both well.

  • Anonymous

     http://www.nokiaphones.net/nokia-n8-vs-sony-ericsson-xperia-arc-camera-comparison/http://www.nokiaphones.net/nokia-n8-vs-sony-ericsson-xperia-arc-camera-comparison/

  • Anonymous

    The first lesson when doing a comparison of camera is to do it at 100% crop – how can the author(s) be so stupid?

    Did you take a shot of a moving object? What are the settings? Are they at same ISO? 

    Why are the shooting angles different? Don’t tell me you don’t see it, coz if someone don’t see the deviation in angles, god help us. 

    Why was no photos taken from a high quality DSLR to show us the exact natural colors for basis of comparison? 

    Yes, I know it’s a xperia blog, you had to glorify someone you love. 

    Here are the counter argument:
    http://www.nokiaphones.net/nokia-n8-vs-sony-ericsson-xperia-arc-camera-comparison/
    http://www.mobile-review.com/review/samsung-galaxy-s2-en.shtml

    People should know that all that Exmor marketing campaign by SE is just pure hype. 

  • Lucky_don08

    tell me plz i should buy xperia or n8? 

  • Ishan

    i dont believe dis shit………..n8 is waaaaay better in picture quality n clarity………..ive checkd all of ’em myself…….!!!!

  • Sam

    First of All, SE rules.. I like nokia 1100 because its handy and strong.  But the best mobile i have ever used is W800i, hats off, and respect for the designer(s).  

  • Malay Ranjan Das

    I agree that camera colour quality of Sony Ericsson mobile is better than nokia, some time nokia gives us faded colour in image. but if you set your camera well and your are a good photo shooter then you can get much better quality.. but i heard samsung have good camera qulity.. but it is horrible..i add an image ples tell me what camera i have used

  • Malay Ranjan Das

    pls tell me which camera i have used??????
    Malay Ranjan Das

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  • shutter hungry

    i doubt if this clown has ever used a nokia n8

  • Juliussandiego

    good!!!

    i love sony ericsson xperia arc!!!

  • Musangodan

    Cant be. you all know N8 is the best but you are shy to say it…

  • Musangodan

    Hey guys, this is all fake…look closely at the pictures…the pictures are even wrongly labeled. we all know about the yellowing of Iphone pics and the very bright and vivid and overexposed pics of the Galaxy,. look at the dolls…the 2 are interchanged!! its all a cooked story to boost the Arc..

  • Aldreisiguenza

    Si Smith, i really like the way you defend the N8 camera.. Still, everyone knows that the N8 is one of the best Camera for mobile as of today. Regardless of iphone 4s.. N8 is pretty cool, but android OS is one of the best OS as of now. If you can put the N8 camera into an android phone, i think that will shock the mobile camera world.

  • Je_ramil

    I agree Smith.I got the n8 and i dont think the said n8 shot was really a nokia n8.

  • Ali Majaz

    Its just amazing how BIAS people are  , every other MOBILE REVIEW websites , the Honest ones have rated NOKIA N8 as the best camera , GSMARENA rated Xperia arc shots “Average” but since this is a XPERIA BLOG so the shots from the Xperia cam has to be the best , some iphone freaks have been trying 2 do the same ,but GSMARENA , MOBITECH REVIEW and many other leading sites have rated N8 as the best CAMERA PHONE to date ,

  • Hahahi20

    no it is not, the color of the n8 is natural, the color of the arc is overprocessed, especially the color yellow, that building and the flower aren’t really that yellow

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