Blind Camera Comparison: you choose which smartphone's camera did best
In the slideshows below you'll find photos of five different scenes, all taken using seven highly-acclaimed smartphones. Of course, we're not going to tell you which phones we've used and we're not going to give away any hints. After all, we're asking you to vote for the photos you like best, not for the phone you're most excited about.
You should know that we've stripped all EXIF data from the photo samples so don't even bother looking for hints there. Also, we've shrunk them all to a resolution of about 3.3MP in order to make things fair for all handsets.
With that out of the way, let the voting begin! The poll where you can cast your vote is at the very bottom of this post.
- Which phone's photos do you like best?
683 votes (683 votes) Samsung Galaxy S5 (Phone 4)
418 votes (418 votes) Sony Xperia Z1 (Phone 6)
391 votes (391 votes) Oppo Find 7a (Phone 3)
239 votes (239 votes) iPhone 5s (Phone 1)
147 votes (147 votes) Huawei Ascend P7 (Phone 7)
92 votes (92 votes) HTC One (M8) (Phone 2)
76 votes (76 votes) LG G2 (Phone 5)
1. Ashoaib (Posts: 2423; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
What the hell wrong with this page... it is reminding me of 56k dial up modem era era
9. buccob (Posts: 1555; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
Lots of pictures... first I thought it was the high resolution of images... till I read about the downsized to 3.3 MP...
19. Finalflash (Posts: 1896; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
I like this camera comparison, the setup was nice and comparison mechanism was so much better than previous ones. Waiting eagerly for the results of this one.
42. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
Nothing wrong with the dialup, but the article is heavy with lots of MB files due to high res photos
2. Ninetysix (Posts: 1678; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)
We already know what happened to the last blind comparison tests :)
20. Sauce (unregistered)
Those high megapixel anti-Apple fanboys are still in denial LOLOLOLOLOOL
67. LFCRodrigues (Posts: 4; Member since: 09 May 2014)
Phone number 1, 3, 4 and 6 are overall really good. I would be happy with anyone but I think Phone number 4 Seems to be more REAL - Natural -.
3. sergiobr (Posts: 435; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)
By the way ... talking about photos, I was very frustrated to see the photos taken with xpery Z2 ...http://www.91mobiles.com/artic
62. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3293; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
lolol wtf is that. Photographer MUST have done something wrong that's just not right... I have seen so many photos from it and they are great. Even my old Nokia 5mpx would take better shot than that...
65. the_matchless (Posts: 42; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)
Lolzz this is soo not Z2. I have a Z1 and Z1 aside even any 5mp phone can take a better shot than this. So I wouldn't even consider this sample :p
4. dontneedtoknow (Posts: 152; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)
Please don't comment saying which is iPhone 5s or z2 or 1020 or s5. Let this be fair mot fanboy vote!
46. hung2900 (Posts: 821; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)
Phone 6 with detail loss at corner, very clear "feature" of Z2.
53. Cicero (Posts: 485; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)
But the rest of qualities are evident (night mode, contrast and ahrp details).
63. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3293; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
I don't think there's a Z2 in this comparison.
8. Jason2k13 (Posts: 657; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)
i dont bother looking at every pictures, PA servers are soo slow when it comes to showing more than 1 picture.
10. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)
How could someone make Blind Camera Comparison, if don't know the real colors and lights from the life scene???
Of course the blurry or washed out pictures could be seen, but......
Nonsense poll again.
59. Maryewww (Posts: 30; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)
DSLR samples should always be provided in a blind comparision so we can at least know the true colors and make a proper selection...
11. buccob (Posts: 1555; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
Phone 3 with the exception of the night shot...
Phone 4 is also good
Phone 2 is crap.
12. mrmessma (Posts: 65; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)
Please let us individually vote on each scene, it makes it easier, more objective, and clearer which strengths/weaknesses each phone possess based on which scene/brightness/etc it wins/loses.
13. sip1995 (Posts: 939; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)
The 1st image goes only to 13mp so the Nokia lumia 1020 and the gs5 are not in.
14. seanwhat (Posts: 159; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)
It would be nice if you added real camera to these comparisons so we can see how the photo is supposed to look.
16. 007Rokib (Posts: 16; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
phone 1 >Z2 phone 4> lumia.... phone 3> S5
21. Sauce (unregistered)
When my friend takes pictures, they look like terrible oil paintings.
My friend has a Note 3.
25. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8915; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Nice troll comment. And you said you don't troll? You're getting worse each day bro.
29. Sauce (unregistered)
Its an observation. Because I observed the poor quality photos, that makes me a troll?
What does that make everyone on this website who constantly hates on Sony or Apple or Samsung etc? Trolls?
In case you haven't realized, this is called "PhoneARENA". To compress such comments to the way people think they should be said, makes this site just another pointless news site. This site heavily built on its user base and comment section….
Or did I just hurt your feelings? Im seeing a lot of that lately also. People get mad when people say something they don't like; usually when it involves a company said person would bend over for.
TLDR; Sorry for hurting your feelings, Mr Smurf.
31. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
Sometimes your bias
Sometimes your neutral
Sometimes you troll
But end of the day you are a Apple fan
Sometimes we all do that
Papsmurf has some issues with Sony
But no one is perfect
34. Sauce (unregistered)
I am bias. I admit it. Everyone is bias. No one is NOT bias. Slander.
I am neutral. I have mixed feelings.
I do troll. Or do people just get so easily mad when their product takes a slam by Sauce?
At the end of the day, I am human, who likes Apple, just like you like your company of choice.
No one is perfect.
P.S. (Apple fans seem to get the most out of people like you lol)
37. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
Not at all
We all no as well as every tech websites as well as every company what and how bad Apple the company is
I state facts you deny truth
I like Apple products but hate the company
There are more Android users on the net than Apple users
So no you've not hit the nerve never have never will cause Android has every feature you could think off than Apple iPhone
40. Sauce (unregistered)
Were you like….drunk when you typed that… That was painful to read bro :/
35. Neo_Huang (Posts: 674; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)
Oh, I thought you were dissing your friend's photography skills.
39. Sauce (unregistered)
Probably that too.
33. Sauce (unregistered)
Samsung hater? Not exactly. I love my Note 2. I dislike a lot of their other products though.
As much as I love my iPhone? Not even close.
38. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
I respect your choice
Everyone has their choices
I love my N3 and iP5 as well as my HTC one
41. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3696; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
I haven't seen the terrible oil paintings yet, but I don't take a lot of pictures with my Note 3. Mostly this is because the colors aren't well balanced and the exposure is typically a bit off. It's not a bad camera, but the automatic exposure and JPEG processing are mediocre.
43. Sauce (unregistered)
It isn't a bad camera at all.
When I was at a local carnival with him, the shots he took of the lit up ferris wheel at night were really good. But the shots he took of some golden retriever and my friends cats were pretty bad, like ugly oil paintings like I said before.
P.S. The dog and the cats where sitting in place.
57. ashouhdy (Posts: 44; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)
I admit that too ... The note3 camera isnt doing well at night specially when smart stabilization is on. I shut it all the time. I am a note3 user going to swap it soon with the k zoom
24. mobi_user (Posts: 118; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)
PA Guys, please work upon your web page. At least get some good web developer who knows about the latest web development methodologies.
The page is too slow and too heavy.
26. DaMaster (Posts: 33; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)
Obiviously the battle is between Phone 3 and phone 4. hmmm , would need to see reall full screen images to compare.
27. digitalw (Posts: 55; Member since: 20 Dec 2011)
It seemes, thant finally Nokia has real competion. For a first time i cant decide wich foto is the best :)
28. swordmaster2551 (Posts: 10; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)
Phone 2 had the best night shot imo, but phone 3 is the best
32. chebner (Posts: 147; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
They were all pretty close, but 4 and 6 were clearly the best. I ended up going with 6.
Overall the pictures are much better with less variation in lighting and focus from camera to camera in the picture so this is a much better comparison than the last one.
Phone 2 has to be an M8 because of the limited amount of detail, but IMO it holds up pretty well especially considering the lower resolution. If you know how to compose a good picture you shouldn't need to crop much and there is plenty of resolution for a realistic amount of cropping. Exposure isn't the greatest with Pictures 2 and 7 for phone 2 (M8), but you can get much better exposure results if you spot meeting by touching your subject on the screen.
36. tahirk (Posts: 24; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)
Phone 4 & 6 Looks great. Phone 6 does lags behind in night photography but in daylight tests they look slightly better than Phone 4, as Phone 4 does seems to make the colors a bit warmer.
44. Penny (Posts: 1259; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
Usually I'm more torn between a couple of the cameras, but this time #6 appears to be the clear and consistent winner for me.
BTW to PhoneArena, kudos for taking the steps to improve these blind competitions even more by reducing sizes to 3 MP to even the playing field, removing the EXIF data, and taking more consistent shots. Next step on that improvement list: get a new photo viewer. Seriously, it's one of the worst photo viewing experiences I have of any website that I visit, so get on it! Thanks for the blind comparison though!
45. fzacek (Posts: 2182; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)
PA, can you please divide the camera comparisons onto multiple pages next time?
Navigating this is very frustrating...
47. romeo1 (Posts: 290; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)
I think there are some problems with this blind camera comparison
1 no reference picture
2 shrunken pictures loses details so saying for example the iphone/s5 have better pictures than the 1020/z2 or vice versa. Is just useless. With these tests
50. seriouslyno (Posts: 6; Member since: 31 Mar 2014)
Its obviously 4th vs 6th ..... and 6th has more details ....I gazed at both of pictures for a hour I guess ....and I can see picture 6th is better ....look at the dried leaves beside flower pot in scene 4 and in scene 1 look at the edges of the road and other objects ...
55. seriouslyno (Posts: 6; Member since: 31 Mar 2014)
I want to correct it ....3rd is actually the best one ...and 6th is second .....compare the details ...... in scene 4 and scene one.