Now, about the Eiffel Tower: Which phone takes the best pictures?
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Now, about the Eiffel Tower: Which phone takes the best pictures?

Dominik Bärlocher
Zurich, on 27.03.2019
Stephanie Tresch and Dominik Bärlocher are in Paris. To help them on their way they have a wide variety of smartphones. Particularly ones that heavily promote the power of their cameras. This calls for a massive contest of quality.

Huawei’s P30 should be the clear winner here. Their new flagship device is supposedly so impressive that Huawei’s Swiss marketing department quickly organised a little trip for members of the press. According to their marketing blurb, we would become «convinced by its camera quality» or whatever.

This idea sounded so good to video producer Stephanie Tresch and I that we thought to ourselves: «Why just test one camera?»

By sheer coincidence we also have some other interesting phones in our office on top of these camera-promoting devices. Devices like the Cat S61, pretty much the opposite of everything these flagship models want to represent. Followed by the Wiko View 2, a device by a brand that usually likes to punch high above its weight class. A reference picture will be taken with Stephanie’s Sony a7iii, which has a 24-70mm lens.

One thing to note before we start: This isn’t a test under lab conditions. We’re working with natural light that can change from minute to minute. And what about the weather? That too. This doesn’t leave a lot of time for staging or perfectionism. We shot using a tripod. One shot and that was it. Just like in real life. All pictures are displayed as they were taken, but reduced them all to one uniform width as our Content Management System would hate us otherwise. You’ll find a download-link to all included pictures at the end of this article.

The reference: Sony a7iii

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Test: Was taugt die *Sony A7 III**?
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Alpha 7 III Body + gratis Zusatzakku (24.20Mpx, Full frame)
Sony Alpha 7 III Body + gratis Zusatzakku (24.20Mpx, Full frame)
FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM, Full Frame E-Mount
–25%
Showroom
2366.–was 3165.30
Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM, Full Frame E-Mount

Huawei P30 Pro

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P30 Pro (128GB, Amber Sunrise, 6.47", Hybrid Dual SIM, 40Mpx)
649.–
Huawei P30 Pro (128GB, Amber Sunrise, 6.47", Hybrid Dual SIM, 40Mpx)
P30 Pro (128GB, Black, 6.47", Hybrid Dual SIM, 40Mpx)
–8%
Showroom
599.–was 649.–
Huawei P30 Pro (128GB, Black, 6.47", Hybrid Dual SIM, 40Mpx)
P30 Pro (128GB, Breathing Crystal, 6.47", Hybrid Dual SIM, 40Mpx)
–8%
Showroom
599.–was 649.–
Huawei P30 Pro (128GB, Breathing Crystal, 6.47", Hybrid Dual SIM, 40Mpx)
P30 Pro (128GB, Aurora Blue, 6.47", Hybrid Dual SIM, 40Mpx)
–8%
599.–was 649.–
Huawei P30 Pro (128GB, Aurora Blue, 6.47", Hybrid Dual SIM, 40Mpx)

Apple iPhone XS

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*iPhone XS Review**: Schön, schnell und mit ein paar Schwierigkeitenvideo
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iPhone XS (256GB, Space grey, 5.80", SIM + eSIM, 12Mpx)
829.–
Apple iPhone XS (256GB, Space grey, 5.80", SIM + eSIM, 12Mpx)
iPhone XS (64GB, Space grey, 5.80", SIM + eSIM, 12Mpx)
639.–
Apple iPhone XS (64GB, Space grey, 5.80", SIM + eSIM, 12Mpx)
iPhone XS (256GB, Gold, 5.80", SIM + eSIM, 12Mpx)
829.–
Apple iPhone XS (256GB, Gold, 5.80", SIM + eSIM, 12Mpx)
iPhone XS (64GB, Silver, 5.80", SIM + eSIM, 12Mpx)
639.–
Apple iPhone XS (64GB, Silver, 5.80", SIM + eSIM, 12Mpx)
iPhone XS (256GB, Silver, 5.80", SIM + eSIM, 12Mpx)
–5%
829.–was 875.–
Apple iPhone XS (256GB, Silver, 5.80", SIM + eSIM, 12Mpx)
iPhone XS (64GB, Gold, 5.80", SIM + eSIM, 12Mpx)
–5%
663.–was 699.–
Apple iPhone XS (64GB, Gold, 5.80", SIM + eSIM, 12Mpx)
iPhone XS (512GB, Space grey, 5.80", SIM + eSIM, 12Mpx)
Apple iPhone XS (512GB, Space grey, 5.80", SIM + eSIM, 12Mpx)

Samsung Galaxy S10+ ceramic edition

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*Samsung Galaxy S10 und S10+**: Der letzte Aufschrei einer Generation?video
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Galaxy S10 (128GB, Prism Black, 6.10", Hybrid Dual SIM, 16Mpx)
Showroom
585.–
Samsung Galaxy S10 (128GB, Prism Black, 6.10", Hybrid Dual SIM, 16Mpx)
Galaxy S10 (128GB, Prism White, 6.10", Hybrid Dual SIM, 16Mpx)
599.–
Samsung Galaxy S10 (128GB, Prism White, 6.10", Hybrid Dual SIM, 16Mpx)
Galaxy S10 (128GB, Prism Green, 6.10", Hybrid Dual SIM, 16Mpx)
659.–
Samsung Galaxy S10 (128GB, Prism Green, 6.10", Hybrid Dual SIM, 16Mpx)
Galaxy S10 (512GB, Prism Black, 6.10", Hybrid Dual SIM, 16Mpx)
1017.–
Samsung Galaxy S10 (512GB, Prism Black, 6.10", Hybrid Dual SIM, 16Mpx)
Galaxy S10 (512GB, Prism White, 6.10", Hybrid Dual SIM, 16Mpx)
1017.–
Samsung Galaxy S10 (512GB, Prism White, 6.10", Hybrid Dual SIM, 16Mpx)
Galaxy S10+ (128GB, Prism Black, 6.40", Hybrid Dual SIM, 16Mpx)
–5%
637.–was 672.–
Samsung Galaxy S10+ (128GB, Prism Black, 6.40", Hybrid Dual SIM, 16Mpx)
Galaxy S10+ (512GB, Ceramic Black, 6.40", Hybrid Dual SIM, 16Mpx)
As good as new + tested
948.60
Samsung Galaxy S10+ (512GB, Ceramic Black, 6.40", Hybrid Dual SIM, 16Mpx)
Galaxy S10+ (128GB, Prism White, 6.40", Hybrid Dual SIM, 16Mpx)
Showroom
725.–
Samsung Galaxy S10+ (128GB, Prism White, 6.40", Hybrid Dual SIM, 16Mpx)
Galaxy S10+ (128GB, Prism Green, 6.40", Hybrid Dual SIM, 16Mpx)
793.–
Samsung Galaxy S10+ (128GB, Prism Green, 6.40", Hybrid Dual SIM, 16Mpx)

Google Pixel 3 XL

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*Google Pixel 3**: Im Preis längst Spitzenklasse, beim Rest nicht ganz
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Pixel 3 XL (64GB, Just Black, 6.30", Single SIM, 12.20Mpx)
1029.–
Google Pixel 3 XL (64GB, Just Black, 6.30", Single SIM, 12.20Mpx)
Pixel 3 XL (128GB, Cleary White, 6.30", Single SIM, 12.20Mpx)
Google Pixel 3 XL (128GB, Cleary White, 6.30", Single SIM, 12.20Mpx)
Pixel 3 XL (64GB, Clearly White, 6.30", Single SIM, 12.20Mpx)
Google Pixel 3 XL (64GB, Clearly White, 6.30", Single SIM, 12.20Mpx)
Pixel 3 XL (128GB, Just Black, 6.30", Single SIM, 12.20Mpx)
Google Pixel 3 XL (128GB, Just Black, 6.30", Single SIM, 12.20Mpx)
Pixel 3 XL (128GB, Not Pink, 6.30", Single SIM, 12.20Mpx)
Google Pixel 3 XL (128GB, Not Pink, 6.30", Single SIM, 12.20Mpx)
Pixel 3 XL (64GB, Not Pink, 6.30", Single SIM, 12.20Mpx)
Google Pixel 3 XL (64GB, Not Pink, 6.30", Single SIM, 12.20Mpx)

Nokia 9 PureView

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9 Pure View (128GB, Midnight Blue, 5.99", Dual SIM, 12Mpx)
Nokia 9 Pure View (128GB, Midnight Blue, 5.99", Dual SIM, 12Mpx)

Cat S61

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*Cat S61**: Alles ist besser mit Laservideo
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S61 (64GB, Black / Silver, 5.20", Hybrid Dual SIM, 16Mpx)
749.–
Cat S61 (64GB, Black / Silver, 5.20", Hybrid Dual SIM, 16Mpx)

Wiko View 2

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View 2 go (32GB, supernova, 5.93", Dual SIM, 12Mpx)
Wiko View 2 go (32GB, supernova, 5.93", Dual SIM, 12Mpx)
View 2 go (32GB, Charcoal, 5.93", Dual SIM, 12Mpx)
Wiko View 2 go (32GB, Charcoal, 5.93", Dual SIM, 12Mpx)
View 2 plus (64GB, Charcoal, 5.93", Dual SIM + SD, 12Mpx)
Wiko View 2 plus (64GB, Charcoal, 5.93", Dual SIM + SD, 12Mpx)
View 2 plus (64GB, supernova, 5.93", Dual SIM, 12Mpx)
Wiko View 2 plus (64GB, supernova, 5.93", Dual SIM, 12Mpx)
View 2 (32GB, Charcoal, 6", Hybrid Dual SIM, 13Mpx)
173.–
Wiko View 2 (32GB, Charcoal, 6", Hybrid Dual SIM, 13Mpx)
View 2 Pro (64GB, Charcoal, 6", Hybrid Dual SIM, 16Mpx)
Wiko View 2 Pro (64GB, Charcoal, 6", Hybrid Dual SIM, 16Mpx)
View 2 Pro (64GB, Gold, 6", Hybrid Dual SIM, 16Mpx)
Wiko View 2 Pro (64GB, Gold, 6", Hybrid Dual SIM, 16Mpx)
View 2 (32GB, Grey, 6", Hybrid Dual SIM, 13Mpx)
Wiko View 2 (32GB, Grey, 6", Hybrid Dual SIM, 13Mpx)
View 2 plus (64GB, Gold, 5.93", Dual SIM + SD, 12Mpx)
Wiko View 2 plus (64GB, Gold, 5.93", Dual SIM + SD, 12Mpx)
View 2 (32GB, Gold, 6", Hybrid Dual SIM, 13Mpx)
Wiko View 2 (32GB, Gold, 6", Hybrid Dual SIM, 13Mpx)
VIEW 2 GO GOLD (32GB, Gold, 5.93", Hybrid Dual SIM, 12Mpx)
Wiko VIEW 2 GO GOLD (32GB, Gold, 5.93", Hybrid Dual SIM, 12Mpx)

Downloads

If you want to view the pictures in their original unchanged dimensions, you can download them here.

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Dominik Bärlocher
Dominik Bärlocher
Senior Editor, Zurich
Journalist. Author. Hacker. A storyteller searching for boundaries, secrets and taboos – putting the world to paper. Not because I can but because I can’t not.

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