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.
Again, here are the devices we used and their respective codenames:
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.
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).
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 :(
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).
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?.
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.
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.
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!
197.haseebzahid(Posts: 1842; 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
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.