Camera showdown: Samsung Galaxy S II versus Xperia arc

by XB on 27/04/2011

in Imaging, Xperia arc


Samsung Galaxy S II versus Xperia arcMobile-Review published the first part of its review of the Samsung Galaxy S II. Yesterday, we brought you some pictures of the handset against the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc. However, we overlooked a number of camera samples comparing both handsets. The Galaxy S II comes with an 8MP camera sensor much like the Xperia arc and judging by these pictures it appears to come on top.

However, we already know that author Eldar Murtazin is no Sony Ericsson fan and we have no idea what settings were used to shoot the photos. Murtazin goes on to say that SE’s Exmor R camera sensor is pure “marketing nonsense” and that the Samsung produces better pictures “under all conditions”. Until we get hands-on with a Galaxy S II we wouldn’t like to declare on overall winner just yet. Until then, you can see Eldar’s sample shots below.

Camera showdown: Samsung Galaxy S II versus Xperia arc

Note: For all the picture samples below, the Xperia arc is on top and the Galaxy S II is on the bottom.

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Via Mobile-Review.

  • http://disqus.com/blackrocky/ Robbie M

    Seems like the pictures on the bottom look better than the top ones.

  • http://twitter.com/neveum Nick

    what the problem with Samsung having better camera? Galaxy costs 100gbp more

  • WitchMX

    i dont think the Arc takes such bad pictures. Even my x10 takes better than that. I have a sony camera y exmor sensor, and it does make a difference in low light conditions. I’ve also seen better Arc pictures in other reviews.

  • http://twitter.com/Nilsepils94 Nils Westhoff

    the well lit pictures look much better on the SGS II but the dark pictures are SO MUCH BETTER on the Arc! :D
    SGS is just much sharper! colors are like different…

  • Jaganp Dr

    onyl few pics are better on sgs the rest are better on arc.. i prefer arc to samsung..

  • Leolo_hk

    I have to admit that photo from Arc is not all round better than SGSII.
    Just found that when the picture taken with flash light, SGSII have brighter and a bit over.
    Depends on end user favorite.
    Draw~~~!

  • http://profiles.google.com/asahi77 Oskar Orság

    SGS2 has more sharp photos than Arc, Arc wins on better colors. For me, the SGS2 ha better camera (you can adjust colors later). Anyway I am picking Arc, who cares about camera in mobile… :)

  • http://twitter.com/_D4NiLO_ _D4NiLO_

    win SGsII…

  • H0ruza

    In some cases there is less noise on the Arc’s photos but on the whole I’d give it to the SGSII. Eldar Murtazin is no Sony Ericsson fan because he used to be a fan and sadly watched SE resell the same phones over and over again with different logos or shapes which in the end showed in there plummeting profits.

    I’ve been an SE fan since the T610 http://www.clubsonyericsson.com/products/t610/t610_offgroup.jpg and I’ve seen the same of SE and I’m sure they’ll do the same again just look at the new android walkman phone (re-skinned xperia x8) if you need proof.

    As a true fan rather than blind fan Eldar Murtazin wants to be proved wrong and so do I, that’s all.

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  • Martian!

    im pretty sure this ‘Eldar’ guy just put on the camera application on the ARC and took the pictures like that without any setting or adjustments, and on the SGII he did all the possible adjustments and settings. i’ll always pick the ARC over this phone or any phone from samsung.

  • ibzter

    Do remember “Eldar” is the same guy who made the apple iphone 4 camera samples look better than some n8 camera samples comparing them,and as we know that the oversaturated pics from the iphone4 are nowhere near as good as the high detailed and fine quality pics the n8 manages to grab, so i would’t even consider this comparison anywhere near fair tbh =D….

  • Whofeih

    lol! Eldar simply doesn’t know how to take pictures. lol!

  • Jeah197642

    WTF. Check out the ISO values from Exif, all the Arc photos are much bigger ISO, why?

    Here’s better photo quality comparisation:
    http://www.gsmarena.com/piccmp.php3?idType=1&idPhone1=3621&idPhone2=3598&idPhone3=3619

  • SGean

    N8 FTW~! =D

  • Eobahawalnagar

    i totally do,nt belive that these r arc pic.its only mony back to auther to permote the samsung

  • pavel

    what is this????)))))))
    You post on xperia blog fotos from mobile-review by e.murtazin,who is so paid by samsung!)
    It is crazy thing for xperia blog!!
    SHAME ON YOU!!!!!!!!!

  • john

    all of them is lie
    by

  • Your_grandmam

    You know what this is a lie my k850 was doing better picture than arc at that time for sure someone put a finger in this picture at least in arc

    How old are those man in Mobile review ? my 75 year old grandma have less shake hand when she is doing a pictures than you at least when you did picture with arc

  • tomo100brt

    Hi I am from Croatia and here we have our people testing mobile phones. If you think this is real photos of Galaxy S II look at this photos.
    http://www.usporedi.hr/testovi/dual-core-na-testu-samsung-galaxy-s-ii/3 (daylihgt photos)
    http://www.usporedi.hr/testovi/dual-core-na-testu-samsung-galaxy-s-ii/4 (night photos)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Escamilla/527868517 Daniel Escamilla

    No the GS2 is not better. Both pack lots of settings in the camera application but just take a look at both pictures of the KFC store front. The arc is able to reproduce much better colors than the SG2. Plus the SG2 is a dual core phone which should be twice the phone as the Arc but there is very little difference.

    Check out pics of both here. http://www.flickr.com/photos/kitsva/sets/72157626531399433/

  • Devon McFarlane

     A great video comparison link: http://www.gsmarena.com/vidcmp.php3?idType=2&idPhone1=3619&idPhone2=3621&idPhone3=3495http://www.gsmarena.com/vidcmp.php3?idType=2&idPhone1=3619&idPhone2=3621&idPhone3=3495

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=564595331 Jeff Ries

    A couple of pics with my Arc
    These are completely unaltered pics, and the one with the artwork was taking in complete darkness only using the flash on the camera from about 10 feet away.

    http://tinypic.com/r/j0k2oj/7
    http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=e88wld&s=7
    http://tinypic.com/r/opsrxj/7

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  • Gsmguru23

     Galaxy S II is way better. Awaiting the arrival of this  mobile phone in India. Love its features and slim looks.

  • Dan100show

    It looks like the galaxy is far better when used with artificial light sources. For example, look at the images with illuminated signs. On the Arc they appear as blocks of light, where all information is lost lamp postin the bleed, on the galaxy you can see the writing. Another example, there’s a building with a lantern at the front, a crane and lamp post to the right. On the Arc all the lights on the post appear as one, on the galaxy you can see the individual lights. Moreover, it appears that in order to get vivid images the Arc adds colour and saturation, therefore, if you want good natural looking images this would not be the choice for you (consider images of skin tones and you’ll see what I mean).

  • Dannydmx911

    OVERAL EPERIA ARC IS BETTER!!!!

  • Mikenificent

    A pretty rubbish comparison. It’s like you can tell he didn’t even wait for the focus on some of the Arc pictures. I also agree my X10 takes better in similar conditions. Still, if those really are the SGS2′s images they’re not bad.

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  • Rockit_forever

    your lazy f***en hands is making samsung better i can take pics better than u in arc samsung can do anything but dont make it real in camera issue because arc is just amazing you r fooling people sucker

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  • guest_2011

    The SE Arc has a better camera. I’m a Samsung user and plans to get an Arc this time after trying its amazing camera.

  • waycross48

    I’m reading that the Xperia has 13 mega pix. while the G2 has 8 – this has to have superior photos when settings are used. Am I wrongl

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