Samsung Galaxy S4 Review

December 10, 2013 | Mark Goldstein |


The Samsung Galaxy S4 is one of the most popular Android smartphones on the market, and its camera is a solid, if unspectacular, performer that's good enough for most uses that its owners will put it to.

By compact camera standards, the Samsung Galaxy S4's image quality isn't that great, suffering from obvious noise at relatively slow ISO speeds, but it is a marked improvement on most smartphones. It is perfectly fine for cropping and resizing for posting on Facebook or Instagram, or for making regular-sized prints. The digital image stabilisation system kind of works by forcing the shutter speed to 1/30th second, but it does so by choosing a higher ISO with an accompanying increase in noise artifacts, so the Samsung Galaxy S4 is best suited to taking photos in good lighting conditions.

So while the camera on the Samsung Galaxy S4 isn't good enough to choose this smartphone over another rival device, it is more than adequate for daily use, especially in good light where the quality begins to rival a compact camera.

4 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4
Features 4
Ease-of-use 4
Image quality 4
Value for money 3.5