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Battle of the megapixels: 6-way blind camera comparison

0. phoneArena 26 Mar 2013, 08:01 posted on

If you're among the people who still think that a high-end smartphone can't be as good of a shooter as a dedicated point-and-shoot camera, get ready to have your mind blown away. That's because we're once again taking some of the best cameraphones out there for a shootout at the alley. Which ones we've picked, however, is something we chose to not share with you, guys. Instead, today we're having a blind camera comparison, in which you can vote for the photos you personally like the most...

This is a discussion for a news. To read the whole news, click here

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 11:56 4

99. Nick_T (Posts: 145; Member since: 27 May 2011)


They are all high-end phones, that's for sure. But who knows, maybe next time we'll throw a Sony Ericsson W800 in there as well. :)

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 13:03 1

114. Whateverman (Posts: 3199; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Nick, this was great! And you're killing us with having to wait for the results, but that's kinda fun too. I know there's still going to be a little controversy when the "King" is crowned. After all, warmness, coolness, saturation and many other factors are purely subjective, but this is the first time in a long time I've really looked forward to the follow-up of an article. Good job, dude!

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 15:30

129. protozeloz (Posts: 5375; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I think there is so much win in this, they could do it every quarter, and wee see how the phones keep getting better and better the king of the quarter decided t the end of each one, plus the pile of people surprised at their own judgment.... don't know why #3 is winning tho #4 is looking nice...

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 13:09

116. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5409; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Don't forget to throw the Sony Ericsson W200 in there too, Nick. :)

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 02:06

170. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1140; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


throw the 808 pureview in there.lol

one does not simply make a camera comparison without having 808 pureview with it

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 11:12

83. Taters (Posts: 2950; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Is this a double blind or triple blind test? The photographer and guy who created the poll is hopefully different. And the one who tallies the votes should be different too and I like the idea of switching the phones numbering in each test.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 11:16

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


i think its safe to say that #3's shots were the crappiest :/ outdoors, #4 was the best for me but indoors #4 and #6 are hard to choose between.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 11:21 2

86. emadshiny (Posts: 1131; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


phone 4 and 5 and in low light 2.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 11:22 1

87. Muzhhur (Posts: 245; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


they will tell us that Phone 4 is an iPhone

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 11:37

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


phone #3 allthought i don't know which one is it

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 11:42

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


phones 4 and 6 had OIS!! :D

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 12:01

100. amansingal14 (Posts: 286; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


Results already -
1. iPhone 5
2. S4
3. HTC 1
4. Nexus 4
5. Xperia Z
6. Nokia 920

Regardless of which phone is originally what, PA can just change the names and reveal differently as they are usually convicted of being bias...
However, I do bet that either Lumia or HTC is #4, and I really like #4 and #6.
Voting in all categories for #4...

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 13:20

119. Guoilyt (Posts: 3; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


I think either Phone 4 or 5 is iPhone :-) Given the FOV of the cameras, I think 2 could be HTC One

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 15:12 1

126. terabyteRouser (Posts: 419; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


what motive do they have for this?

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 20:46

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


dont believe this bitter Sony or whatever lover,
there is a poll here in PA wc asked what smartphone will u buy, then theyr complaining that the results were changed by PA, while in fact spam votes are removed thats why the results were changed

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 12:05

102. Mahir (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


overall phone number 4 is the best

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 12:06

103. Mahir (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


overall phone number 4 is the best

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 12:26

105. pimix2009 (Posts: 9; Member since: 26 Aug 2009)


they should have disabled comments on this post because some of the ppl opinion makes you look at some other pictures more closely just because someone mentioned it.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 12:49

109. hgvenom (Posts: 5; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


for me any of the number 1, 4 or 5... they have the best quality among them.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 13:01 2

112. rizevnarastek (Posts: 330; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


I'd like to compare photos side by side not each on it's own page. No vote.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 13:06 2

115. Whateverman (Posts: 3199; Member since: 17 May 2009)


That's what I was hoping for too. Maybe next time they will do that. It would make it a lot easier.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 15:37 2

130. protozeloz (Posts: 5375; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I asked for this too, having them side by side makes it easy to spot the better of them all I had to go back and forth lots of times

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 13:12 3

117. Stuntman (Posts: 715; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


What PhoneArena should do for these blind tests is between the outdoor, indoor and video shots is switch around which phone is which. That way, if you picked a particular phone on the first vote, it would not bias your opinion on the second and third votes. If you picked a particular phone as the best camera on the first vote, you may be biased to think that that same phone is in the lead for the second and third votes.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 13:18 2

118. Guoilyt (Posts: 3; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


For the indoor scene, I wonder why only phone 1 fired the flash and all others didnot

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 13:40

121. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6447; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


For the last time U CAN'T TAKE GOOD PICS with a cell phone camera unless its' a DIGITAL CAMERA or a professional one. plus PA doesn't want too list the phone models cause their afraid we will bad mouth their precious crappy iphone

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 15:44 1

133. protozeloz (Posts: 5375; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


dude Ive been begging for this kinds of camera contest, it has a lot of meaning a shuts a lot of fan boys, heck I don't care if the phone that wins was not the phone I was rooting for, we need this every 3 moths and it should be like that, people vote based on their favorite brand, and I think regardless of what brand you support voting blindly for your favorite picture its like a pat on the hand for the company that worked hard to give us a camera quality they think is great

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 14:49 3

122. Penny (Posts: 1148; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


I think people should stop trying to guess which phone is which before making their selections. The goal of a blind test is objectivity, not trying to figure out which device is the one you are a fanboy of.

Also, for people consistently voting on one phone for all 3 tests, maybe PA switched the order of the phones for the three tests! Be careful if you just want to vote for one across the board.

A suggestion for PhoneArena: Block the comment section on these types of blind tests. You don't want people scrolling through the comments before they make their selections.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 15:39

131. protozeloz (Posts: 5375; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


good points! have the numbers mixed so its harder to figure our and disable the comments

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 15:04 1

124. slannmage (Posts: 10; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


I think people must know what Phone 4 is and are fanbois because it doesn't look the best in the video at all or the low light.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 15:13

127. terabyteRouser (Posts: 419; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


people were crying that the 920 was the best on the last camera comparison. but after these results they are going to see who they picked as the best.... it wont be nokia either

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 15:43

132. slannmage (Posts: 10; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


Yeh it's obvious 6 is the 920, Nokia's cameras are so over rated though.

The 920 is over saturated the images are too smooth, there is far too much processing going on before you even see the pictures.

The 808 (I have) has really bad low light issues, you get amp glow if you try to use exposure :\

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 21:40

148. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 851; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


You do realize that its really easy to figure out what phone is what and vote for your phone right? Phone 4 has the worst indoor shot and yet still gets voted best? Really?

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 17:38

139. oyalinkaya (Posts: 19; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


For outdoor 3>5>4>6>1>2

For indoor 6>5>1>3>2>4

It is quite a battle.

What I think about the brands:
#1 HTC One
#2 Lumia 920
#3 Xperia Z
#4 GS4
#5 Iphone 5
#6 Have no idea...

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 19:59

141. gogowho (Posts: 37; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)


human eyes are attracted to bright, colorful images.
it is easy to win this round.
all I have to do is to make things brighter and colorful...
with pictures this big, the results wont be equal to quality.
I really think PA recent tests all were customized for one brand. guess who?

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 10:02

173. terabyteRouser (Posts: 419; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


thats the problem. you shouldn't base quality decisions on artificially enhanced colors. the basis of quality is accuracy to real life in image production. what good is an image if it is fake?

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 20:38

142. RohanM (Posts: 132; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)


no 4......

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 21:37

147. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 851; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


Phone Arena, if you're going to hold a blind test, do it properly and take new photos of different subjects, and have voting for each set of different photos. The results are clearly flawed since its not too hard to figure out which phone is which here based on your last camera comparison, which half the shots were taken from.

#6 is the 920 which wasn't too hard to see just based on the video section, where OIS is clear as day, as are the ridiculous colors which I still don't understand since mine look nothing like that. Also easy to see in the indoor shots as it produces an appealing photo in every condition.

#4 is the iPhone 5, which shows good outdoor shots, blows up colors in video, and shows how awful it shoots in low light.

#3 is the HTC One and you can easily see this with how dark photos look outside, and how neutral they look indoors.

#1 is probably the Samsung, #2 is probably the Z.

Oh, and just for the record, just because the Panasonic shows a certain color tone in a photo, doesn't mean it got it right either.

In outdoor shots, #5 wins the first two shots, #4 wins the 3rd, and phone 6 did an awesome job shooting the guy, although it blew the reds out a lot. It was the only one aside from 3 to get his face right.

In outdoor shots, phone 6 walks away with this, with colors that aren't blown out and with great lighting in all shots, and good detail. Phone 5 however shows more detail in the last set of photos, but doesn't light the scene up that well.

Video is won by phone 1. It doesn't blow out colors like 4,5,6, and isn't as dark as 2 and 3. But that OIS in 6 is untouchable. 5 was runner up here followed by 4 regarding color and appeal.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 04:10

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


#4 can't be the iPhone 5, because if you look at the video it's got OIS. And we know #6 is Lumia and only these two phones have OIS so it's really a no Brainer that #4 is HTC One. I still voted #6 for indoors though. Btw not dissing your comment or anything just pointing out what I think is a mistake :)

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 11:39

163. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 851; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


I came to the conclusion that 4 is the iPhone by looking at the indoor images from the last camera comparison. They were exact replicas.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 23:49 2

149. rex1213 (Posts: 77; Member since: 29 Jul 2011)


This is how rank the phones from my most favorite to my least favorite:

1st - Phone # 1 (good, natural color reproduction)
2nd - Phone # 5 (good, balanced-looking colors)
3rd - Phone # 4 (colourful photos yet still pleasant-looking)
4th - Phone # 2
5th - Phone # 6 (very colourful photos which is a bit too much for my liking)
6th - Phone # 3 (very dull-looking photos)

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 00:33

151. mathburn (Posts: 9; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


Phone 4 and Phone 5 might be Galaxy S4 or iPhone5
Phone 6 is Lumia for sure oversaturated color but damn white is just white in low light on this phone.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 00:40 1

152. haseebzahid (Posts: 1826; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


ok writer isnt Victor good othervise the winner would have been renamed to SGS4 even if it wasnt the highest voted

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 18:06

168. lumia920 (Posts: 107; Member since: 27 Nov 2012)


+1 to you...

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 00:53

153. cyborg009 (Posts: 92; Member since: 17 Sep 2011)


My guess is...
phone 1 - galaxy s3
phone 2 - xperia z
phone 3 - htc one
phone 4 - iphone5
phone 5 - don't know (may be nexus4)
phone 6 - lumia 920

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 01:55

155. ThePhenomenalOne (Posts: 4; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


I don't under why PA doesn't include the 808 PureView or the N8 in their camera comparisons. Instead of using a reference camera they should be used, especially the 808 PureView because they are the standard for every phone in the camera department.
I hope they have included them in this one.

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 10:04

174. terabyteRouser (Posts: 419; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


ive never met anyone who uses this phone.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 02:29

156. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)


Nice!

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 06:34

158. Trex95 (Posts: 543; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)


1080p video

1- Phone -1 Iphone 5
2- Phone -2 Nexus4
3- Phone -3 Galaxy s4
4- Phone -4 Htc one
5- Phone -5 Xperia Z
6- Phone -6 Lumia 920 or BB Z10

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 07:34

159. Archan_Pe (Posts: 74; Member since: 08 Apr 2012)


I really like #4 a lot. And I would really want the htc one to be #4 but I just know it isn't. Im guessing it's a samsung galaxy.I think #3 is the HTC ONE And im very sure #6 is the Lumia 920 and a little bit confused with #5 if it is the iphone 5. xD

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 10:53

161. bustervic (Posts: 22; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)


I really don't get why #4 was so popular, #5 is easily as good and in some shots better if you look at colour, range and detail.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 16:20

165. Ivan6479 (Posts: 244; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


It would be nice if PA could have put the images in a grid format so we could see all the images together all at once.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 17:23

166. RiceKnight (Posts: 2; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


Why is everyone voting for #3? I think its very average.

I bet some users will be trying to guess which photos look most like the photos from the smartphone which they are an avid support of in an effort to skew the results.

Yes people are that petty that they need that kind of validation for there purchase or support of a brand :)

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 17:39

167. babyk (Posts: 221; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


#4 is HTC One ...#5 Is Apple Iphone 5..#6 Nikia Lumia 920..I dont care about the rest

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 21:47

169. tha.fox (Posts: 100; Member since: 30 Nov 2011)


will they reveal what phones these are??

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 02:26

171. humneetsingh (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


#4 is the best and its HTC ONE. it is clear from the amount of light it captures!!

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 09:07

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


100 percent sure,,,...,,,
phone 1 - galaxy s3
phone 2 - xperia z
phone 3 - htc one
phone 4 - iphone5
phone 5 - don't know (may be galaxy s4)
phone 6 - lumia 920

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 11:20

175. Hashim710 (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


Phone # 4 is the best in low light so it is for sure Lumia 920

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 12:10

176. Tuggbuss (Posts: 2; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


I vote #4, #3 and #4 in the three different tests.

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 14:21

177. acrord32 (Posts: 2; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


No doubts number 3 is the HTC ONE, make some zoom on it and see how the lack of detail of the 4 mpx sensor becomes aparent
I think number 4 is the iphone 5.
Bet numer 5 is lumia 920, look at low light indoor shoot is awesome
Number 6 could be the SGS IV
numbers 1 & 2, No fu***** idea.

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 19:01

178. Tonick (Posts: 3; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


Specifically registered on this site for this test.

Clearly:
Phone# 1: Apple iPhone 5 (min sharpen; detail - not bad)
Phone# 2: Sony Xperia Z (max blure; max saturation; noise)
Phone# 3: HTC One (very big sharpen; subtle details - not exist)
Phone# 4: Samsung Galaxy S4 (middle sharpen; very big details; correct exposure)
Phone# 5: Nokia Lumia 920 (super saturation :-))

P.S. Sorry for my English..

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