Droid Camera vs iPhone 3GS Camera Comparison Pics


We’ve heard a lot lately about Verizon’s Motorola Android handset, Droid in the news. This latest device is on an all out assault on the iPhone and what it can’t do.

Well what we have here is a comparison of pictures taken by the Droid camera and that of an iPhone 3GS. The Droid sports a 5 megapixel, dual LED flash-based camera. Sounds nice right? Well, according to the Chicago Sun-Times columnist, Andy Ihnatko, here is his take on the whole Droid vs iPhone 3GS camera debate (part of his anti Verizon iDon’t advertising rant):

The iPhone has a 3 megapixel camera and doesn’t have any kind of onboard scene illuminator. But does the Droid actually take better pictures than the iPhone?

Overall, no. Over the past few days I’ve shot lots of scenes with both phones and the iPhone consistently produced prettier images. Where software inside the Droid is easily bamboozled by uncooperative lighting, the iPhone’s camera app almost always finds a workable and attractive solution.

Plus, the iPhone camera’s “touch” controls grant you fine control over exposure and focus. Do you want the potted plant in the window to be properly exposed, or are you more interested in the view of the street? Tap your choice and the iPhone takes it from there.

The Droid’s lens is surrounded by a super-duper-bright LED that works as advertised. In dim lighting or even in darkness, the Droid produces a usable photo instead of a black-brown smudge. But again, the hardware is often failed by the software. If your subject is standing in the illuminator’s sweet spot, you’ll get acceptable skintones. Otherwise, she’ll be either a washed-out ghost or a vampire that dissolves into the shadows.

Here are some photos taken by Andy and posted on his Flickr set:

iPhone 3GS pics on the left; Droid pics on the right:

streetiphone streetdroid

scarecrowiphone scarecrowdroid

flowersiphone flowersdroid

lightsaberiphone lightsabernoise

dessertiphone dessertdroid

Which Is The Better Camera? Droid or iPhone?

Obviously when it comes to pictures, everyone has their own tastes of what they like and don’t like. From what I can see in the pictures above, the pictures from the iPhone 3GS seem more colorful versus the Droid photos that look washed out. Also, there is noticeably more noise in the Droid pictures. The iPhone 3GS lacks a flash unlike the Droid, which is unfortunate–so point to the Droid. However, the ability to choose focus points on the iPhone results in well-focused images with better bokeh.

The iPhone 3GS camera doesn’t get enough credit than it deserves. Although it lacks a flash and is only 3 megapixels, it is the most popular camera on Flickr. It is a simple camera that does the job, and it does it well. Although when it comes to shooting at night or in low light situations, you’re better off sticking to a real camera instead.

What do you think? What phone takes the better picture? Droid or iPhone?


  • reyt

    I use my iiPhone's camera taking photos when going on site visits. I can point my iPhone on a spot and if I want more detalls, voila!, the on-screen focus does the job and does it pretty well. From the looks of it, the 5 megapixel Droid won't give me the same results.

  • Dusty

    My Digital camera with flash. I mean 3GS does….

  • I don't take my digital camera with me
    anymore, as the 3GS is pretty good for snapping quick pics and videos. Only downside is when I'm faced with low light situations–I'm SOL!

  • scott987

    Yea let's compare cameras in cell phones.

    Why don't you buy a digital camera


  • Shrek

    Don't be a douchebag Scott. People are obviously buying these devices and, for some, the quality of the camera may be a deciding factor of which device they end up buying. We all have digital cameras (we use the night vision feature to get pics of your mom) but this is good information to have. If you don't like gadgets then get off the site.

  • sdmack

    I can't believe the camera is going to decide which way to go in regards to a cell phone. Let's get real.

  • Well, the camera is important to a lot of people. People nit pick down
    to the finest detail, it's the way we've become as consumers. Gizmodo
    says “the camera is garbage” which I have to agree with.

  • scott987

    As stated below how could the camera be a deciding factor in buying a cell phone.

    You call me a douchebag and then make a mom joke? I think everyone here knows who the real douchebag is buddy.

    You seem to get quite defensive about the Motorola, maybe YOU should go buy it and get off this site so the rest of us need not listen to your 12 year old pathetic excuse for arguments.

    Ciao sweetheart.

  • Let's try to keep things civil around here guys…it's great to have a discussion but there's no need to get personal with troll-like comments.

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