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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...

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posted on 26 Mar 2013, 15:43

132. slannmage (Posts: 148; 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: 867; 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: 21; 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: 457; 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: 140; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)

no 4......

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 21:37

147. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 867; 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: 214; 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: 867; 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: 1853; 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: 112; Member since: 27 Nov 2012)

+1 to you...

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 00:53

153. cyborg009 (Posts: 112; 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: 6; 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: 457; 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)


posted on 27 Mar 2013, 06:34

158. Trex95 (Posts: 926; 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: 26; 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: 249; 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: 5; 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: 309; 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: 4; 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.

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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