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6-way blind camera comparison: the results

6-way blind camera comparison: the results
Okay, guys, teasing time is over. Today we're revealing the results from our latest blind camera comparison, as well as the identities of all the smartphones that were used. A big "thank you" goes to everyone who cast their vote, and a 5 internets prize goes to those eagle-eyed few who named the handsets correctly in the comments! 

(In case you've missed the first post in our blind camera comparison, here it is.)

Perhaps you're all wondering which device we attached the mysterious Phone #4 moniker to. After all, that's the smartphone that got most of you guys' votes – in all three categories, for that matter. Well, it's actually a device we're quite familiar with, namely the iPhone 5. Yup, it was Apple's pride and joy that delivered the most eye-catching results thanks to its capable 8-megapixel camera. 

Then right after it came Phone #5, which got second place in all three categories. The Samsung Galaxy S4 was behind that codename all along, with its supercharged 13MP camera. 

Phone #1 was the good ol' Samsung Galaxy S III, which you, guys, picked as the third most capable outdoor snapper and video recorder. In the indoor capturing category, however, the former flagship finished in last place.

The Nokia Lumia 920 was known as Phone #6 during our testing and got the respectable third place in both our outdoor and indoor tests. Its videos were ranked in fourth place. 

Behind the Phone #3 codename was the HTC One, which didn't really impress many of you with its UltraPixel camera. The smartphone finished in fourth place in the outdoor category and sixth indoors, while its video capturing skills got it fifth place.

Last but (almost) not least we have the Sony Xperia Z, which we called Phone #2 during the blind comparison. It finished in last place in both outdoor and video categories while its indoor shots were ranked in fourth place. 

6-way blind camera comparison: the results
Again, here are the devices we used and their respective codenames:


6-way blind camera comparison: the results



OS software versions on the units used for the comparison:

Nokia Lumia 920 – Windows Phone 8, Build number: 8.0.10211.204
Samsung Galaxy S III – Android 4.1.2, Build number: JZO54K.I9300XXEMB5
Sony Xperia Z – Android 4.1.2, Build number 10.1.A.1.350
HTC One – Android 4.1.2, Build number 1.28.401.7
Samsung Galaxy S4 – Android 4.2.2, Build number: JDQ39.I9505XXUAMC6_CSB
iPhone 5 – iOS 6.1.3

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posted on 29 Mar 2013, 11:05 55

1. jlp34876 (Posts: 79; Member since: 02 Dec 2012)


samy fans voted for iphone 5 hahaha

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 11:12 27

7. tech2 (Posts: 1801; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


lol.........TBH I voted for iPhone 5 too. But my 2nd preference was GS4 !

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 11:43 7

29. smartphone (Posts: 160; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


I voted for the s4 becoz of the daylight pics, but one surprise is in phonearena tests Lumia 920 always comes last. I don't know why that bias against Nokia is here.

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 11:53 20

33. roscuthiii (Posts: 1785; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


It was a blind test... the only bias there could be was limited to quality of images.

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 12:02 8

39. Andrea (banned) (Posts: 52; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


The Iphone and S4 won.........................

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 16:15 16

83. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


no. Apple won. S Iv was a runner up

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 13:03 3

52. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


Yes, it was a blind test, but then not everything was the same for each image. All of the shots are different, and each photo has different subjects and contrast areas. That may not completely devalidate the results, but the idea for testing is to always keep everything the same - otherwise the test results are skewed.

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 15:01 3

75. omar300 (Posts: 171; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


phone arena purposely put iphone5 in 4th because all samy fan would choose s4 "4" option and they put s4 in 5 place so all haters wont select it.
WE ALL GOT TROLLED -__-

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 03:52 2

193. daftastic (Posts: 87; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)


So you're saying they should have just put the S"4" as phone #4 and the iPhone "5" as phone #5 so you know exactly what you're gonna vote for? What would be the purpose of the blind test then?

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 17:05 2

87. shikroi (Posts: 182; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


Except the lumia 920 didn't come at last here it came third, and this was blind test, which is independent of victor's,ray's or any other PA editors' opinions.

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 15:00 1

74. omar300 (Posts: 171; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


phone arena purposely put iphone5 in 4th because all samy fan would choose s4 "4" option and they put s4 in 5 place so all haters wont select it.
WE ALL GOT TROLLED -__-

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 15:10 8

77. Emily1985 (Posts: 123; Member since: 08 Nov 2012)


This is from gizmodo.com
"The Best Smartphone Camera"
http://gizmodo.com/5982478/the-best-smartphone-camera

This is from Uoobe
"Nokia Lumia 920, iPhone 5 And Galaxy S3 Camera Comparison"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeHlUNKoTJo

So who to believe??

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 01:09 2

149. Trex95 (Posts: 541; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)


I saw The verge comparison between IPhone 5 vs Lumia 920 vs Htc one vs Nexus 4 made by an professional photographer and he chose the Iphone 5.

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 11:28 13

16. LonghornTech (Posts: 50; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


Sammy fans would be fooling themselves to think that the iPhone doesn't have a great camera. Besides the 808 Pureview and N8 from Nokia it deserves the title for best photos. Unless it's in low light (which I wish had been tested separately).

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 11:36 7

25. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 762; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


hahaha i cant remember sammy armies here who said that iphone is not a great shooter, i myself is always saying that APPLE and SAMSUNG know how to optimize Sony's sensor

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 12:00 3

35. LonghornTech (Posts: 50; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


There are many people who discount the iPhone from all of what it's good at by generalizing it as a "terrible phone."

You're right and ironically, Sony can not.

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 12:52 10

50. dirtydirty00 (Posts: 248; Member since: 21 Jan 2011)


well i guess its a good camera. but still a terrible phone.

:-D

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 12:06 11

45. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


You know what? I think its time for sony to optimize their own sensors well because it really is making them look like fools when the competition is using sonys senors and getting better photos than they are! I think that has to stop because its kind of embarrassing to know someone is beating you at your own game :(

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 13:05 1

56. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


Sony does have good sensors - Nikion uses them, and so you'd think their smartphones would be king of the hill when it comes to photographic quality. I guess what goes into DSLR's is different than what they put into their smartphones (shrug).

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 13:37 1

66. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


Nikon even ;o)

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 04:01

194. daftastic (Posts: 87; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)


Quality on phone cameras rely on software. Basically up to the people who can tweak the sensor with the software and it just so happens the folks at Apple got that covered.

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 19:41

195. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


Sony makes much better hardware than software.

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 20:06 2

126. soshi (Posts: 154; Member since: 08 Mar 2012)


I like this kind of comments. Rather than try to defend the loser by finding any reason to take down the winner we better accept it as it is. I never use iPhone so don't how it real results. As xperia arc s user I quite disappointed that sony don't put their best in their phone. This is will become a bad marketing for other product as people always think in linear logic: if their camera and display in their phone like this what about their cybershot and bravia tv?.

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 21:28

136. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 762; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


i salute u as a sony fan :)

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 11:34 14

23. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 762; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


hahaha, why is it that only samsung fans are being targeted lols..

before the results are out, many comments said that htc is the phone#4 haha eat that lols xperia z is one of d phone5 & 6 bla3

atleast samsung managed to perform very well :)

all htc and sony fans out there just know the line "samy fans voted iphone5 hahaha" they cant tell anything more lols

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 11:58 5

34. LonghornTech (Posts: 50; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


Because Samsung fans are as annoying and nearsighted about Apple as Apple fans are about everyone else. And there are a lot of them on this site.

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 20:07 1

127. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 762; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


no, android fans are, not only sammy's...
but most are sammy's bcoz of those patent suing bla3

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 20:18 4

128. hung2900 (Posts: 771; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


Most of fanbois comments on PA I saw are Nokia's or Sony's. True story.

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 20:54 1

135. LonghornTech (Posts: 50; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


Add Samsung to the list and I completely agree.

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 19:39 2

170. hung2900 (Posts: 771; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


A lot of samfans, i agree but fanbois comments, hhm, mostly nokia's and sony's

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 11:49 9

32. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 762; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


i just reviewed the comments on the blind comparison...

some actually got it right with iphone and gs4,
some overhauled phone4 and 5 with iphone 5 and galaxy s4...

while many htc One and xperia Z fans claimed there that phone 4 or 5 is their device..

oh now who's on the stage of shame ?? haha

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 12:00 3

36. adk199 (Posts: 23; Member since: 04 Oct 2012)


I voted SG4 in the first, iPhone5 in the second. Never made it through the video. Even if i will never own an iPhone i never said it's camera isn't good for a smartphone :-)

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 13:05

55. AamirSIII (banned) (Posts: 187; Member since: 04 Oct 2012)


see! i told yall that phone #5 was S4 and it really is S4! and its the best!

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 17:34 1

94. vincelongman (Posts: 959; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


To be honest the iPhone 5 photos look more visual appealing than the S4, but I voted for the S4 because it looks more like the GH2's photo. Because the iPhone 5's photos are slightly oversaturated and overexposed so it looks more bright and virbant. The S4 takes more natural, or sometimes underexposed, which means that the S4's photo dont look as eye catching.
Its like AMOLED vs LCD, AMOLED more visually appealing but LCD more accurate.
So most people just admited they prefer oversaturated over natural.

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 22:12

137. -box- (Posts: 3714; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Anyone else wonder what is wrong with PA's 920? It's universally praised, so these results are odd

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 23:33 3

139. zibbyzib2000 (Posts: 156; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


I feel this dirty guilt, like after banging a hooker... For voting on #4 :l

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 00:53

144. Trex95 (Posts: 541; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)


hehehe

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 01:17 1

152. the_s2 (Posts: 205; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


I voted for my GS3.

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 01:47

155. Nkolsen (Posts: 25; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


Yup it has a good scooter, too bad The rest isnt as good.....

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 11:49

190. Brutus (Posts: 19; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Apple has the right to Brag now....!!!!

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 12:09

191. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


one is best..

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 07:49

207. alliswellplssmile (Posts: 4; Member since: 16 Apr 2013)


I'm s4 lover, s4 snaps are good but iphone5 are better than s4
but here the great thing about iphone5 is, it is 8MP camera but reamining all are 13MP camera, its really great that IPhone5 8MP is better than 13MP camera of all other mobiles

kudos to IPhone5

if IPhone5 relase 13MP what will be the pixel clarity, will wait and see any how it gonna release 12MP camera in up coming version.

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 11:07 2

2. howardbarrett (Posts: 45; Member since: 11 Jan 2013)


cognitive dissonance

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 12:03 6

41. Andrea (banned) (Posts: 52; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


The S4 and Iphone WON. Congrats Sammy and Apple

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 17:36 5

95. Coon5000 (Posts: 10; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


No.. The iPhone won, the Sammy was a runner up with Nokia. I've never seen a fan be so obtuse.

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 11:08 28

3. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


So the iP5 camera is better than the Nokia L920....?

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 12:00 19

37. Andrea (banned) (Posts: 52; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


Yes, nokia 920 really sucks....:)

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 17:51 4

100. sbw44 (Posts: 375; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)


According to what? this test? everywhere on the web people praise the 920's camera! everywhere it wins best camera or innovation awards! Only here on PhoneArena you get oversaturated 920 photos and Mediocre low light shots!

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 21:22

174. akki20892 (Posts: 3276; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


100% agree......!!!

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 00:56

145. Trex95 (Posts: 541; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)


True. But still phone miss up with P V 808 even though i'm not a nokia fan .

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 17:48

99. akki20892 (Posts: 3276; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


they switch iphone5 to lumia 920......!!!

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 17:29 1

168. Bernoulli (Posts: 1435; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


They didn't even include the 808 pureview

posted on 05 Apr 2013, 04:41

197. haseebzahid (Posts: 1810; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


in dynamic varialbe envornament iphone5 is no way near the L920 although the camera on both are same magapixal same apurture the software is the differniator but hardware of L920 is more flexable for more senarios like open air night shots bumpy driving and things that are more fast pace iPhone and rest are only fine for static hold ur breath and take the pic like stuff and certianlly not for low light pics outdoor indoor isnt a place where we can really judge low light performance

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 11:09 11

4. reuben (Posts: 6; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


galaxy s3 beats xperia z in round 1 and 2

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 13:14

61. tusshharish (Posts: 341; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


i cant believe it ...........i need side by side comparison in full hd video to believe that iphone 5 win............................

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 15:36 7

81. adammorrone (Posts: 8; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


it won by a lot. We must accept our defeat :(

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 11:10 11

5. No_Nonsense (Posts: 826; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)


Awaiting the "PA rigged the results in favor of iPhone" comments. Credit where credit is due: the #5 samples were the best and it did win. Still wonder why doesn't PA post comparisons with N8 or 808 though.

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 11:28 6

15. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1095; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


coz they are already old. they compared flagships of companies mate.

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 17:55 3

101. sbw44 (Posts: 375; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)


Flagship or not it still is the best! and if you want to be crowned the best you have to beat the BEST!

Don't come with tests like this leaving out the best camera's and award a phone the best while it didnt even competed against the best!

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 01:30

153. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1095; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


stfu. stick to present phones. we know 808 can beat them

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