I have the iPhone 4 but in July will upgrade to a new phone and carrier. I take lots of pics and was wondering if the 13mp of the Samsung will truly take much better pics than the camera on the iPhone or not. Any thoughts?
In the right lighting, any digital camera can take excellent photos.
It's the ones that do better in poor lighting you need to be aware of. I think Apple has a great camera- but not perfect.
I too take a lot of pics. I have almost 8 gigs worth on my phone now. 99% are crystal clear. 1% is grainy due to low light and no flash, but still respectable.
I have a 10.5 megapixel SLR and the pictures I take with my iPhone5 are every bit as good as the SLR in terms of color balance, exposure, contrast, etc. The only shortcoming is when I try to blow a photo up to 8X10 size. The photo will then exhibit slight graininess but that is to be expected because of the lower megapixel specification. Unless you need a medium or longer telephoto or large size prints, the iPhone5's camera is more than adequate for most any family or vacation photos you may need.
It's all about lighting lighting lighting. Stay still and wait for it then take the picture or take a few shots to see which one is the perfect one out of the best this is what I do. I also have a Nikon D300 with a Nikkor AF-S DX 18-200mm camera lens with lens cap also a Nikon SB-700 camera flash that helps during the night time.
Between my iPhone 5 and my Nikon D300 they both take perfection photos as long as I have lighting!
Both cameras are good for cellphones. The GS4 allows you to manually adjust the cameras settings on the native camera app. The AppStore has tons of camera apps that allow you to manually adjust settings as well. The only one setting that Apple doesn't allow you to manually adjust is ISO but like I said, a lot of camera apps in the Appstore automically adjust ISO for low light conditions anyway.