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BlackBerry Z10 Camera Holds Its Own Against the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3

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(From top to bottom: BlackBerry Z10, iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S3) credit:CNET

I have really been enjoying the zippy camera in the BlackBerry Z10. The pictures snap in a second and the camera fires up quickly. The only real complaint I have is that dark pictures come out grainy unless I am using flash but in my tests its slightly worse than the Samsung Galaxy S3 though both take horrible dark shots. Gizmodo confirmed that in their test showing the Z10 takes much worse shots than slightly less horrible low light shots of the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S3. Only the Nokia Lumia 920 is able to really pull those off.

That is why I was very interested to read my buddy Jessica Dolcourt @CNET do a full on comparison between the cameras on the Z10, iPhone 5, and Samsung Galaxy S3 in 36 shots. She is in no way a pro photographer but she did some interesting real life comparison shots. This is a great bare bones comparison and I really think you guys will enjoy it. I am just surprised how it consistently takes better shots than the Galaxy S3 and sometimes even the iPhone 5’s much lauded camera. Now BlackBerry just needs to work on the low light performance!

Check out the full BlackBerry Z10 vs iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 camera test at CNET. I am still impressed that this is BlackBerry’s first iteration of a camera on BlackBerry 10 and it is already holding its own.

7 total comments on this postSubmit your comment!
  1. I was really hoping they would have a camera that would knock the socks off the competition. Nothing a future software upgrade wont fix im sure.

  2. No software will fix this problem, it’s like if you can’t see, you can’t fight back.
    ISO is what your looking for and….”drum roll” Aperature. Most cameras come with the standard 3.5F and maybe 2.8F, it’s only when you hit 1.8For less is when you see those pitch dark rooms light up.
    Some people may ask, what about IS (image stabilization)? Well if your subject is a tree and you have a tripod, maybe that would work but it’s not practical. If you are willing to do that the a real SLR should do the job instead.
    Bottom line: get an SLR for a camera.
    P.S.: I’m a photographer.

    • Hey Amir,
      If I am not mistake the aperture on the Z10 is 2.2F. That is better than my T3i SLR with its 700$ lens

      • There is so much to it…
        One MAJOR factor is the size of the sensor. There is a good reason why people pay so much for a full size sensor camera as the Mark III vs the down sized as my Canon 60D and yours as well.
        As a matter of fact most phones are at 2.8F as I mentioned and then again, a canon sensor is not on par with Pentax or Nikon. It’s like saying a Cadillac rides like a BMW just because they have the same HP and torque, it all comes down to the rubber when it hits the road 😉

  3. I find that the pictures in this test, taken with the Z10 bleed a lot and have a lot of background noise.
    I’m sure I would be more than happy with a Q10 for what I need it for, but people coming from an iPhone 5 might be disappointed.

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