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6-way blind camera comparison: the results

0. phoneArena 29 Mar 2013, 11:02 posted on

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! 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...

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posted on 05 Apr 2013, 04:48

198. haseebzahid (Posts: 1833; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


808 do beat them all ofcourse no question there :P

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 11:37 3

26. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 765; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


not that comment..

many of htc and sony fans will say that samsung fans voted the iphone5 to hide their disappointment.. :)
i voted phone4 and 5 :)

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 13:18 3

63. ankit.bit (Posts: 4; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


bcoz 808 would have blown away others,,...,

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 17:07

88. shikroi (Posts: 187; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


It really wouldn't make sense since everyone knows the gap would be embarrassing.

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 20:21

129. shirtlessrabbit4 (Posts: 39; Member since: 07 Oct 2012)


808's 41mp sensor makes pictures that take up tons more space, so loading times may give it away?

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 01:32

154. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1145; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


aaaaaaaanndddd, another clueless person. it doesnt literally take 41mp's. it converts them to 3 ,5 , 8mp's. and the option to take (max) 38mp shots if u want.

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 11:10 16

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


so galaxy s3 has a better camera overall than the xperia z

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 11:14 7

8. mobilefuture (Posts: 206; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


I'm not ashamed to admit it. I'm a Nokia fan and I chose the iPhone 5 for outdoors and video. But the lumia 920 showed it's advantage in indoors. ;) anyway it's a fair fight and even though we all hate apple we can't deny they have unbelievable camera tech, if it's from Sony or Samsung. :D

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 11:19 4

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


im a lumia 920 fan too but i dont hate this kind of test as users voted for it. But lumia 920 is a beast when using it on manual or proshot camera app, i'm always amaze at wpcentral forum they have like 80 pages of lumia 920 camera shot.

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 11:29 2

17. mobilefuture (Posts: 206; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


I can't wait for the day when all 4 stages of pureview are combined into a single device. THAT will be worth the price tag. Anyway looking forward to pureview phase 3 by Nokia World this year :)

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 00:57

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


What 4 stages?

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 11:16 1

162. mobilefuture (Posts: 206; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


when lumia 920 came out Nokia explained the PureView Tech and how it consists of 4 phases. Phase 1 being oversampling, phase 2 excellent low light performance and OIS. Wonder what phase 3 will be... :D

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 11:15 14

9. feres13 (Posts: 306; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


Everybody voted for the iPhone without knowing it... They just admitted that the iPhone 5's camera is better than the S4's, PA didn't said that, the readers did.

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 14:31 3

73. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)


Being a Nokia + Android fan I must have to admit that iPhone has the best camera!

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 11:17 5

10. feres13 (Posts: 306; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


Everybody voted for the iPhone without knowing it... They just admitted that the iPhone 5's camera is better than the S4's, PA didn't said that, the readers did.

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 11:19 18

11. Ninetysix (Posts: 1659; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Loved this blind camera poll PA! This should shutup the trolls for a while :) Now let's see them tears QQ QQ.

iPhone 5 camera > all

/popcorn

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 11:32 2

18. Aeires (unregistered)


Nope, you're still talking.

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 11:20 11

13. phljcnth (Posts: 269; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


I'm glad I voted for phone #5 (Galaxy S4) in most comparisons. That means it greatly fits my preferences, and for sure Samsung's gonna make some camera tweaks and improvements in its updates. I'm surely buying it! :D

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 17:31 2

93. vincelongman (Posts: 1318; 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.

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 11:24 10

14. amats69 (Posts: 1088; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


LOL! so all the sammy fans that hated the iphone 5 voted for iphone 5? joke of the day!LOL

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 11:33 5

20. phljcnth (Posts: 269; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Please, spare me.

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 11:39 6

28. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 765; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


and u/ what phone u voted? HTC's?? hahaha :)

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 18:34 1

112. Taters (Posts: 3261; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


I don't think anyone expected differently. I said the iPhone 5 would sun because they have good firmware. Only the HTC One fan boys couldn't accept that their camera isnt the best. Sammy fans are fine having the best and most well rounded phone overall.

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 11:33 7

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


hahaha!!!!! nice joke ( amats69) . how do u know sammy fans voted for iphone 5 ???? did u ask all the samsung fans??

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 11:33 6

21. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 765; 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, 11:34 6

22. Whateverman (Posts: 3225; Member since: 17 May 2009)


My favorite phone wasn't in the comparison, but the Note 2 would have most likely lost as well. No matter what your OS of choice, you gotta give it to the old phone... I mean the iPhone. Even i picked it for best indoor. All the pictures were great quality, but the iPhone is king of the hill when it comes to the camera.

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 11:35 6

24. Aeires (unregistered)


Not really surprising, Apple put a lot of focus on the camera. Nothing wrong with admitting it has a great camera.

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 12:00 1

38. lovenyc8 (Posts: 164; Member since: 13 Mar 2013)


it does has a great camera but at night it sucks. HTC ONE IS BEST AT NIGHT

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 11:38 9

27. BadAssAbe (Posts: 434; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)


Good job iPhone, that is all.

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 11:49 2

30. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 765; 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, 11:49 1

31. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1145; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


whats my prize? i guessed lumia 920 right

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 12:03 8

40. Jason2k13 (Posts: 648; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


alot of haters thinks PA is bias towards samsung and apple especially towards camera quality... and look they even voted for SG4 and Iphone 5 LOL

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 12:04 2

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


Sammy and Iphone WON !!!!!!!!!!

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 17:58 3

103. sbw44 (Posts: 398; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)


Where did Samsung won? are you blind or just plain stupid?

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 20:39

130. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 765; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


the point that the two outdid the rest says it all..

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 00:33 2

142. sbw44 (Posts: 398; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)


wow you fanboys are really brainwashed

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 01:05 1

148. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 765; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


u r more brainwashed,,
is it really hard to accept that ur favor8 device lost the battle. poor fanboy

WE JUST TELL WHAT WE SEE.. even in youtube, most commented that phone1, 4 and 5 are the best
and un4tunately for you, these are galaxy s3, ip5 and galaxy s4

cant u just deliver urself to the real world?

WINNING can be addressed in different ways..
yeah overall ip5 won, but that doesnt remove the fact that s4 did a great job to throw other smartphones :)

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 08:24

160. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


dont waste your time ive learnt these samsung fanboys are the most dense and blind of the lot

they hate on the iphone then when it comes top in voting they try bundle it with there precious samsung saying both won .....one word pathetic

according to them only 1st place counts yet there desperate to give samsung s4 the spotlight here

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 21:05

171. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 765; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


and other manufacturer's fans are trying their best to hide their disappointment... no matter what happen galaxy s3 and s4 outperformed ur favor8 device..,,

i hate iphone, but i dont hate their camera..

htc, sony and other fans are d most blind,, even after reading a review, they will say the different side of the result.. and even calling the review bias..

now, comment #43 didnt want to say that iphone and s4 are both 1st placers,, she just wanna emphasized that the both phones have the best shots above d rest!

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 12:03

42. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 861; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


Got them all right except for #5 which I didn't know what it was, but I suspected it was the S5. Still shocked about video quality, although I'm convinced everybody knew what was what and voted for what they wanted to see win.

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 12:04 1

44. roscuthiii (Posts: 1838; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


I expected the iPhone to be #4... Apple is very focused on visuals and have put together a great camera. But, damn, I thought for sure #5 was going to be the Lumia 920 or HTC One.

Not sure if it's a head-shaking "tsk tsk tsk" to them for scoring lower, or a kudos to Samsung for taking the 2nd and 3rd spots.

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 12:22 1

46. 21babydoll12 (Posts: 89; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


I would rather see the UNCROP images unalter. Looking through the files, the claimed HTC-ONE photo is CROP 1920x1425 unlike the other images of 1920x1440. Furthermore, there is also no evidence proving those images are from their respected phones. PA should post originals so the users can see the full depth of field. Included setting used woud be nice since almost everyone would use AUTO. At least this review wasnt by RAY S...lol

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 13:13 9

60. terabyteRouser (Posts: 434; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


go away. get over it.

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 17:59 1

104. sbw44 (Posts: 398; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)


Why? because he has a point?

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 20:40

131. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 765; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


haha,, u and babydoll cant accept everything?? lols

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 12:22 3

47. mousesports (Posts: 254; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)


I dont have trust in this website . This comparison are very useless because a lot of us know that you " workers " from this website are payd to put samsung and apple in the front of the world . And i never seen in my life a picture like you said " from lumia 920 " like that ... I know and i tested lumia 920 and he do greats pictures even with just a bit bit light . So , how the fk you tested that camera .... ? Maybe with a hand in your pants ....

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 12:28 9

48. Jason2k13 (Posts: 648; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


so your saying... u would only believe the comparison if it was your 'favourite' phone that comes first?

Maybe PA should hire you to do these kind of test.

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 14:08

68. mousesports (Posts: 254; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)


Idont trust in this website . I see to much about this phonearena .

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 20:42

132. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 765; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


whatever..

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 15:07 2

76. 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 29 Mar 2013, 13:03 5

54. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


the intellectual level is astounding

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 14:09

69. mousesports (Posts: 254; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)


go to kill yourself ok ? For the first im not english boy like maybe you are , so i think is enough how much english i know.. Call your father retard .

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 17:41 6

96. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


shut up, this was a blind test, whatever you think on the shots taken and sure a professional could get more out of all these phones. this proves that when looking at these photo's the iphone takes the more appealing shots........not best as all with come top in certain conditions etc

give credit, to most people the iphones photo's attract them more, spare the saturated colours etc it still doesnt take away they are appealing

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 18:02 5

105. sbw44 (Posts: 398; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)


Exactly! Most people see the nice colors in a photo and automatically thinks its the best photo! the average joe does not look at Dynamic Range, Detail etc

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 19:47

196. greyleopard (Posts: 4; Member since: 30 Mar 2013)


I honestly liked how the S4 was far less saturated and a bit more exposed..so for me it was the top pick, but Apple's definitely a spectacular camera. I'm happy they did this blind test, it was hilarious and should HTC trolls the hell up

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 12:39 1

49. ankit.bit (Posts: 4; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


winners list,,.,,mine was all correct

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 12:58 1

51. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Great article

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 13:03

53. alila2 (Posts: 118; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)


i'm doomed , voted s4 for outdoors , iphone indoor and video . ios still suck . NO AMOLED SCREEN FOR YOU.

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 13:08 7

57. downphoenix (Posts: 2357; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Gotta hand it to Iphone. If I was looking for camera as my most important feature, I'd get it.

Good to see the Galaxy phones hold up well. The camera on my S3 is plenty good and the S4 is really close in quality to the Iphone.

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 13:09

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


Interesting results, but Phone Arena are not photographic experts by any stretch of the imagination. So, how about hiring a real photographer to do the tests? Scott Kelby to the rescue ;o)

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