Three of the biggest players of 2014's smartphone market have already seen the light of day: Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z2, and HTC One M8, but some of them are yet to debut on the market.

They all come with similar sized displays, similar processors, similar storage options, and run the same Android version (of course customized by the three companies with their own skins), but there's one thing about them there's very different: the camera module. The Galaxy S5 brings a 16 MP sensor, the HTC One M8 boasts about its Dual 4 MP UltraPixel Camera, while the Xperia Z2 features a 20.7 MP shooter.

Courtesy of a test that puts the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, and Sony Xperia Z2 cameras head to head we can now make an idea of which of the three handsets perform better in low-light conditions.

It's obvious that all three devices are capable of snapping great photos in low-light conditions, but, personally, I believe that HTC One M8's shooter provides the best results. It doesn't mean that M8's camera would outmatch S5's and Z2's shooters in other situations, but it seems to me that it handles low-light photos better.

Let's have a closer look to the specifications of the cameras mounted on the rear of the three aforementioned devices.

Sensor Sensor Size Flash Features Video
Samsung Galaxy S5 16 MP (5312 x 2988) 1/2.6”, 1.12 µm pixel size, f/2.2 LED Flash Phase detection autofocus, Dual Shot, simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, HDR 2160p@30fps, 1080@60fps, HDR, video stabilization, dual-video rec.
HTC One M8 Dual 4 MP (2688 x 1520) 1/3”, 2 µm pixel size, f/2.0, 28 mm lens Dual-LED flash (dual tone) Autofocus, simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, HDR, panorama 1080p@30fps, 720p@60fps, HDR, stereo sound rec., video stabilization
Sony Xperia Z2 20.7 MP (5248 x 3936) 1/2.3”, 2 µm pixel size LED Flash Autofocus, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, image stabilization, HDR, panorama 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 720p@120fps, video stabilization, HDR

As you can see in the table above, the Samsung Galaxy S5 arrives with a 16 MP (5312 x 2988) primary camera with 1/2.6" sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size, f/2.2, LED Flash, Phase detection autofocus, Dual Shot, simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, and 2160p@30fps, 1080@60fps, HDR, video stabilization, and dual-video recording capabilities.

The HTC One M8 has Dual 4 MP (2688 x 1520) Camera sporting 1/3" sensor size, 2 µm pixel size, f/2.0, 28 mm lens, Dual-LED flash (dual tone), Autofocus, simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, HDR, panorama, and support for 1080p@30fps and 720p@60fps video capture with HDR, stereo sound rec., and video stabilization.

The Sony Xperia Z2 sports a 20.7 MP (5248 x 3936) primary shooter, with 1/2.3" sensor size, 2 µm pixel size, LED flash, Autofocus, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, image stabilization, HDR, panorama, and 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 720p@120fps video recording with video stabilization and HDR.

Here are the photo samples I was talking about earlier. Samsung Galaxy S5 (Left) - HTC One M8 (Middle) - Sony Xperia Z2 (Right)

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Which smartphone is in you opinion the winner of the Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One M8 vs Sony Xperia Z2 low-light camera battle?

 

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