Originally Posted by bupolo
Yah, I was skimming through it, but with over 300 posts, I thought this may be entitled to its own thread? So many of the things between the phones will not be noticeable to most in regular day use, but the camera is something many use on a daily basis. That the LTEvo is using a year old sensor is very disheartening, unless the new S3 sensor is worse is some way? You'd have thought with all the bonuses they were putting into the new camera, they'd have used a top of the line sensor.
The camera+single shot or 20 shot bursts are cool, but I just want my phone to be able to stand in place of standalone cameras. I still have the OG Evo, so I'm sure any of these cameras will be a substantial upgrade (right?)...
Well the fact that it's a year-old sensor could mean a lot of things. For one, it's a time-tested sensor, well known sensor that can produce great results. The HTC MyTouch 4G Slide (for which the One X shares the sensor) has a reputation for being one of the best Android camera phones you can buy in the US (so not counting the Sony Android phones or Nokia non-Android phones). It could be that HTC saw the praise for the HTC MyTouch 4G Slide and knew that at a minimum, the sensor would be a safe bet.
The second consideration is that, it could very well be that HTC simply does not even have access to the newer sensors. You can't buy what's not being sold and it's clear Samsung is saving the newest technology for itself. Newer isn't always better though, and how "new" a sensor is could mean a lot of things -- maybe improvement in cost at equal performance, maybe improvement in performance, maybe improvement in size/packaging, it's hard to know with this sensor as it is so new.
Finally, the sensor plays a big, but not exclusive, role in image quality. The lens plays the other big half.
I have some notes here: http://androidforums.com/htc-evo-4g-lte/542768-compare-contrast-opinions-gsiii-vs-evo-4g-lte-7.html#post4383860
based on the images here: http://androidforums.com/htc-evo-4g-lte/542768-compare-contrast-opinions-gsiii-vs-evo-4g-lte-7.html#post4383670
There is a lot going on in these images, but one early interpretation is that the GSIII's newer sensor is paying dividends in noise reduction, but that the lens of the HOX is resolving more detail. However, this assessment could be a function of aggressive software noise reduction and not native sensor noise. It's hard to say.