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Blind Camera Comparison: you choose which smartphone's camera did best

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Blind Camera Comparison: you choose which smartphone's camera did best
The poll is now closed. Results are below!

Which smartphone has the best camera? Although simple at a glance, this question could be fiendishly difficult to answer with all the factors that have to be weighed in – resolution, sensor size, optics quality, speed, features, and so on. We can, however, determine which smartphone's photos people tend to like (or dislike), and a blind camera comparison is a good method of finding that out. 

We picked five of the top smartphones around and snapped several photos with them. Your job, should you wish to participate in our experiment, is to say which phone's photos you find best, judging only by what you see. As usual, we've scaled down the images to a lower resolution – 2400 by 1350 pixels, in this case. All metadata has been stripped off to make it impossible to tell which phones we have used.   

And in case you missed it, last week's blind camera comparison featured two lesser-known handsets, namely the Oppo Find 7a and the Huawei Ascend P7. The former did particularly well even though the Galaxy S5 ultimately won the top spot.

Anyway, you may take a look at the photo samples below. Don't forget to use the zoom feature in order to take a closer look at the images. We'll be back next week with the comparison's results.



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Which phone's photos do you like best?
30.39%
753 votes
(753 votes) Samsung Galaxy S5 (Phone 5)
18.97%
470 votes
(470 votes) HTC One (M8) (Phone 1)
18.85%
467 votes
(467 votes) Sony Xperia Z2 (Phone 2)
16.83%
417 votes
(417 votes) iPhone 5s (Phone 4)
14.97%
371 votes
(371 votes) LG G2 (Phone 3)

2478 votes

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posted on 15 May 2014, 09:45 10

1. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


They are doing a lot of blind camera test lately :P Love it.

posted on 16 May 2014, 04:44

54. neops (Posts: 297; Member since: 28 Jan 2014)


2 for colors and 5 for image clarity (a bit blueish).

It's a bad idea to shoot leeves when ther's wind.

Reader has to vote before read the coments, because some of them that suggest which phone is which, may destroy the unbiased and objective voting.

posted on 16 May 2014, 04:46

55. neops (Posts: 297; Member since: 28 Jan 2014)


*leaves*

posted on 16 May 2014, 09:43

63. district11 (Posts: 125; Member since: 17 Apr 2011)


If you want to do a blind camera test. Please enable side by side view. I cant tell if i have to check 1 picture at time.

posted on 16 May 2014, 20:55

67. uRiBiTo666 (Posts: 55; Member since: 02 Jun 2013)


d'accordo (agreed). Side by side (or actually mosaics) Make the comparison ALOT easier.

posted on 15 May 2014, 09:52 9

2. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Another blind camera test article??? Man this site is run by a bunch of blind camera test fanboys.

Phone Arena? More like Blindcameratest Arena.

posted on 15 May 2014, 09:54 19

5. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


Go away!

posted on 15 May 2014, 09:59 5

8. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Lol blindcameratestShee p.

posted on 15 May 2014, 10:11

13. pwnarena (Posts: 1129; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


ditto

posted on 15 May 2014, 09:58 2

6. Leonis (Posts: 338; Member since: 08 Jan 2014)


There is a reason for blind test. Its because new phones are coming out. Lets see another blind test with LG G3 when that comes out and when iphone 6 comes out. This is really good test. They come like once every 4 weeks. if you don't like it then go away.

posted on 15 May 2014, 20:42 1

46. DerryAhmad (Posts: 278; Member since: 05 May 2012)


But why only 2 scenes?

"..last week's blind camera comparison featured two lesser-known handsets, namely the Oppo Find 7a and the Huawei Ascend P7. "

So they seemingly replaced the two lesser known brand/handsets to more familiar ones but didn't bother to have the exact number of scenes as last weeks?
They also didn't include lowlight scenes where the S5 seems struggling. This is interesting.

posted on 16 May 2014, 05:46

56. Leonis (Posts: 338; Member since: 08 Jan 2014)


Maybe more scenes will come out when G3 is out with Samsung Prime and M8 prime? I don't know but I agree. More scenes should be there and in dark areas too. But they will probably make a much more important comparison when more phones are out.

posted on 15 May 2014, 10:00 1

10. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


So, apparently my obvious sarcasm wasn't so obvious.

This place is boring.

posted on 16 May 2014, 04:40

52. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1534; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


When just reading text sarcasm is NEVER obvious. Same for emotions.

posted on 15 May 2014, 12:29

31. hboy857 (Posts: 349; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)


I like your comment. I think it's funny.

posted on 15 May 2014, 20:37 1

45. Topcat488 (Posts: 1396; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


Better to have a blind test then having fanboys picking their favorites no matter what....

posted on 15 May 2014, 09:52 5

3. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


Hopefully this has the xperia Z2

posted on 15 May 2014, 09:52 1

4. sip1995 (Posts: 1594; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


And once again Lumia phones are not included, what a shame PA.

posted on 15 May 2014, 10:10 3

12. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


As far as we know, they're all Lumias!

posted on 15 May 2014, 10:25 2

16. papss (unregistered)


What do you expect from androidarena? They will include old as$ phones from android but leave newer lumias out.

posted on 15 May 2014, 10:47 2

22. Bioload25 (Posts: 213; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


How do u know that? its a BLIND camera comparison,as far as I can tell,without putting on my glasses

posted on 15 May 2014, 09:58 2

7. phljcnth (Posts: 485; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Let me guess:

1 - One M8
2 - G2
3 - Xperia Z2
4 - iPhone 5S
5 - Galaxy S5

posted on 15 May 2014, 10:29

19. tech2 (Posts: 3477; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


My exact predictions ....lol

4th is guaranteed an iPhone. Typical iPhone with warm colours.
1st is guaranteed M8
Not sure what phone is 2nd but its not that good.
3rd is mostly Z2 with the presence of bluish/purple-ish tint and color accuracy seems slightly off
5th is the best of the lot. Seems like GS5

posted on 15 May 2014, 12:26 4

30. hboy857 (Posts: 349; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)


You're amazing, even though this test doesn't have a reference photo you can tell which photo/phone represents the accurate color. Really you're amazing.

posted on 15 May 2014, 13:00

38. tech2 (Posts: 3477; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Did you read the part where I wrote 'my predictions', Smarty Pants ?!

posted on 15 May 2014, 16:29 3

43. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


He is amazing spiderman

posted on 16 May 2014, 10:03

64. refillable (Posts: 1047; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


I think 1 is Z2 and 3 is M8, we've to wait though.

posted on 16 May 2014, 18:26

66. Gamas_K (Posts: 70; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


I think no. 5 is xperia z2 because of the clarity

posted on 15 May 2014, 10:00 3

9. Peeyushmalik96 (Posts: 75; Member since: 08 Jun 2013)


I hope this time it has these phones
GS5
Z2
Lumia Icon
iphone 5S
One M8
in no specific order just the top 5 contenders in my opinion

posted on 15 May 2014, 10:03 1

11. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


This is the worst one yet. I mean are you kidding me? Just 2 scenes? lol

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