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Blind camera comparison: Vote for the unidentified cameraphone you like best!

0. phoneArena 04 Oct 2013, 09:14 posted on

Smartphone cameras are getting better and better every year, companies are leapfrogging themselves all the time, the industry is progressing at a breathtaking pace... With so much going on, and with the next big thing always lurking right around the corner, it's easy to lose track of exactly how all the players rank when it comes to camera performance...

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posted on 03 Oct 2013, 08:44 25

1. amats69 (Posts: 1129; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


and the blind camera comparison is back!! exciting

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 09:39 1

22. MobileKicker (Posts: 212; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)


The phone 4 must be iphone 5s

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 09:53 2

28. THE.DARK.KNIGHT (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


@MobileKicker do you have any evidence to substantiate your claim? I just wanna understand your reasoning. On a side note, the probability of phone 4 being 5S is 1/6 so you really can't be sure.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 19:14 2

81. chromoid (Posts: 10; Member since: 03 Oct 2013)


Phone 5 is the galaxy s4 because blue is more than any. all samsung cameras adds unrealistic blue color to photos, since the dawn of time.

one thing it is unfair for the lumia 1020 to be upscaled from 5 mp even if it was good enogh 5 to 13 is a huge difference if quality loss. it should be down scaled from the 38 MP photo. same goes to the other 8MP photos if there exist any in this test.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 22:57 1

83. james004 (Posts: 486; Member since: 15 May 2013)


you gotta be kidding me! you gotta be kidding me!
either you dont know much phones or you are die hard samsung fan to say opposite stuff so proudly.ither you dont know much phones or you are die hard samsung fan to say opposite stuff so proudly.
i would say its nokia 1020 but the contrast isnt that high then it has to be xperia z1.
got a feeling phone 4 is nokia 1020.
i dont know, im still excited to see what phone is phone5. it has some great shots.
just hoping its not iphone 5s. i so hate how iphone always wins.(giving credit for it actually being good)

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 13:33

138. samsuper (Posts: 29; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)


Latest full hd super amoled display has more whiter screen than iphone 5 .
Thanks to display mate .com.so your comments is just a imagination.

posted on 05 Oct 2013, 16:40

118. seret6 (Posts: 46; Member since: 14 Aug 2013)


dear dark knight as im using both s4 and i5
i can gurantee phone 5 is 5s

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 14:32 2

133. mvierling (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Oct 2013)


Your guarantee is pretty worthless. Phone 5 was the Lumia 1020.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 23:27

84. blazee (Posts: 318; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


I liked the phone #4 the most out of the pictures taken outside. 5 and 6 must have big sensors to work well in low light and take in too much light thus not being able to show the power lines in a sunny sky.

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 15:58

101. Shatter (Posts: 2031; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Would be hilarious if PA didn't even an include an iphone in this.

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 13:52

131. underbc (Posts: 22; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)


And you were right .. =D

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 09:43 15

23. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


This is a good idea, I like it alot. Might make some folks upset when the blindfold is taken off, but this should be a good way to be unbiased about the pictures.

I like phone 2 and 5 the best, with 2 probably being the best.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 10:48 10

48. cretinick (Posts: 147; Member since: 25 Jan 2011)


If they did right, I'd be excited too.

In the Scene #1, Phone 2 is not picking up the ground. Takes advantage of the balance of brightness. And all the pictures are focused on different areas.

In Scene #2, you can see the shadows on the sidewalk on the left, the photos were made ​​with much different light. In Phone 2, the sunlight is more directly on the lens. In Phone 3 the sun is out of the picture!

In Scene #3, Phone 6 is clearly suffering from a motion blur. This is the fault of the operator and not the equipment.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 13:08 3

61. Sharky (Posts: 133; Member since: 24 Jun 2008)


Probably should have used a tripod. There's definitely a lack of consistency in the shots.

That being said I still voted.

posted on 06 Oct 2013, 21:08

128. cretinick (Posts: 147; Member since: 25 Jan 2011)


I voted too... I took my time and looked really carefully. Try to look all aspects. In the end, I change my mind a few times, and my vote is different from the majority.

This comparisons is hard. There are four "very good" cameras, one "good" and one "not so good".

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 14:18 3

73. apple4never (Posts: 974; Member since: 08 May 2013)


shoulda had 6 guys with tripods all shoot at once

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 09:52 1

91. Synack (Posts: 669; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


Should've had six tripod guys shoot each other at once!? That's terrible!

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 17:24 3

76. vincelongman (Posts: 1702; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Also I think they should have a DSLR, otherwise we can't really tell which is the most accurate.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 14:08 1

70. downphoenix (Posts: 2415; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Phone 5 looks the best IMO, but there is a weird discrepency with it on scene 1... it doesnt have the yellow sign that the other 5 do, its like the sign is just not there?

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 17:05 1

102. Ubi2447 (Posts: 131; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


It's there. Just at a slightly dif angle so it's mostly obstructed by leaves. Use the red Zoom Button at the bottom right of the selected image to look closer :)

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 19:13

80. chromoid (Posts: 10; Member since: 03 Oct 2013)


Phone 5 is the galaxy s4 because blue is more than any. all samsung cameras adds unrealistic blue color to photos, since the dawn of time.

one thing it is unfair for the lumia 1020 to be upscaled from 5 mp even if it was good enogh 5 to 13 is a huge difference if quality loss. it should be down scaled from the 38 MP photo. same goes to the other 8MP photos if there exist any in this test.

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 15:05 4

100. akki20892 (Posts: 3653; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Phone 5 is Nokia lumia 1020.

posted on 05 Oct 2013, 06:25

112. Alphadan (Posts: 4; Member since: 19 Jul 2012)


The GS4 is reasy to identify, it's got the narrowest FOV.

posted on 05 Oct 2013, 12:00

116. Assa7inKing (Posts: 26; Member since: 23 Feb 2013)


where are the RESULTS 4 THESE ?/

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 08:52 2

2. FranksGT (Posts: 167; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)


Phone 5 in the first and 3rd photo, the 2nd photo its close between 5th and 6th phone.

Overall phone 5 is the best and I am going to guess a Galaxy S4 due to the light drawn in camera not best performance on image #2

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 08:57 6

3. fsnas (Posts: 99; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)


I beg to differ!
phone 5 is the best, that's final. But it's not a galaxy!
If you observe the last photo, you can read the napkin's name on the fridge.
conclusion: sharpest camera => 1020

I rest my case!

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 09:26 7

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


good eye ,

1. phone # 5
2. phone # 2
3. phone # 1

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 09:28 12

16. boosook (Posts: 1090; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


The idea here is not to guess which phone is used in every picture, but to say, sincerely and without trying to guess, which picture is better. This is because a blind test allows you to rate the pictures without being influenced by your brand preferences.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 10:03 1

31. pwnarena (Posts: 976; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


you can see the distinctive lumia 1020 noise in the sky so phone 5 is definitely 1020.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 10:17 1

38. protozeloz (Posts: 5381; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


please keep the phone you think it is on your head! guessing will only make the trolls (who read the comets) vote for any other device! making it super hard for it to actually win

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 10:44 1

44. underbc (Posts: 22; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)


Agreed! KKkkkk ..
It's funny how some people vote based on what phone they think it is ..

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 13:47

66. theruleslawyer (Posts: 108; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)


Either is 1020 isn't in this test or they are lying about the 100% crops. You should be able to pick out the 1020 easily on a real 100% crop.

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 03:21

86. boosook (Posts: 1090; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


They said that pictures have been resized to 13mp. The 100% crops are 100% crops of the 13mp image. Until now we have seen only 2 kinds of pictures from the 1020: the 41mp pictures, which of course suffer from the fact that they are taken by a small 41mp sensor, and the 5mp pictures created by the phone with pixel binning, which are easily the best... when you look at 5mp pictures. But what happens once you downsample the 41mp images to the 13mp that its competitors are using? Because every phone delivers sharp images when downsized to only 5mp. Do you have a real improvement? I guess that the 1020 is in the test, and we will see if the 41mp deliver once downsized to the 13mp that the others use.

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 12:45

96. theruleslawyer (Posts: 108; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)


So they are lying about 100% crops. Using a scaling algorythmn and recompressing a JPG is going to have an effect. Just say "We scaled them all to the resolution of the lowest competitor" Then load and resave *all* of them using the same jpg compression settings so they have the a chance to introduce jpeg artifacts on all of them.

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 19:19

108. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


If phone arena downscaled the photographs from 41 mp to 13mp, objects in the picture would appear a lot smaller. Clearly they don't, so I call shenanigans on yet another bias shootout from these clowns.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 09:37 2

21. hmmm... (Posts: 61; Member since: 05 Jun 2013)


In the first batch of pictures, photo 2 is the best, you can see the word on the sign "use crosswalk" clearly.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 08:58 3

4. DomSanity (Posts: 17; Member since: 13 Dec 2012)


"Note: We've scaled all images to 13 megapixels and removed all EXIF data so that you can't identify the phones."
- so the iP5s is not included knowing it has only 8mp? btw Phone 2 looks good the signboard was clear

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 09:28 1

18. boosook (Posts: 1090; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


it might have been upsized.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 09:01 17

5. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3312; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Number 2 was the best in the first two pictures, but 5 had the best overall performance.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 09:08 3

7. shuaibhere (Posts: 1675; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Exactly...

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 09:10 3

10. DomSanity (Posts: 17; Member since: 13 Dec 2012)


I agree

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 09:47 1

24. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1057; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


Fully agree, but I voted for #2 as the #5 oversaturates a lot!
I bet it´s one the Lumias. But I really would like to know which one is the number 2 as for me it´s be best.
Saddly I suspect of the iPhone 5S, but I hope they surprise me.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 10:11 7

36. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1057; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


For my own reference:
2. Best in general, not that good in low light.
5. Very good but oversaturated, extremely good in low light.
4. Quite good, also in low light.
3. Quite good, regular in low light.
1. Quite good, not that good in low light.
6. General failure.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 10:26

40. protozeloz (Posts: 5381; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


yeah... the hell is #6 thinking? they need to go back to the drawing board on its camera

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 10:44

45. underbc (Posts: 22; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)


agree

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 09:07 2

6. andhraking17 (Posts: 36; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


phone 5 is the best, it lacks a bit in the color saturation

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 09:08 5

8. cezarepc (Posts: 609; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


Either Phone 2 or 5.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 09:10

9. sprockkets (Posts: 1360; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Honestly they all look good except the last set where phone 6 was badly out of focus. Also in that last set the color looks good except in phone 5, but that may be closer to what it should be, can't say. In the middle set phone 6 seems to have the best looking exposure.

No low light samples? That's all that really sets them apart now. And can't set all cameras to 13MP? I guess not.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 09:13 1

11. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2866; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


I was confused between 2 and 5, voted 2 but 5 wins. :)

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 09:22 7

12. almostdone (Posts: 130; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


Those few votes for Phone 6 must be HTC fanboys. My 10 years old 2MPx camera took better pictures.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 09:58 1

29. SonyXperiaNexus (Posts: 374; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)


not all of them are from HTCows. I was so bored that i voted for the worst ONE to amuse myself.
lolzz, but phone 5 was the best.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 10:40 2

43. protozeloz (Posts: 5381; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Well.... It can also be the moto X

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 09:23 1

13. almostdone (Posts: 130; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


Daylight Phone 2, overalll Phone 5.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 09:25 2

14. boosook (Posts: 1090; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Very nice test! Number 2 and number 5 are a step above the others, while number 2 is better in good light (they are similar in scene #1, but number 2 is clearly better in scene #2, look at the wires, for example), number 5 seems to have an edge in the interior shot (scene #3). Anyway, if you look closely, that's because the picture taken with number 2 suffers from camera shake, i.e. the tester should retake it with firm hands!
That's why I voted for number 2.

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 10:47

92. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 313; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


Actually it's not a very nice test - a sloppy amateur effort IMO. As you noted, half of the scene #3 shots suffer from camera shake - obviously in need of a re-take, but they just slapped it together and put it in the test anyway. Next time they need to hold off on the coffee and take the time to do it right.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 09:28 1

17. alpinejason (Posts: 262; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


if i had to guess i would say it's between the lumia 1020 and iphone 5s

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 09:30

19. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


Three completely different lighting conditions and I'm finding I like a different phone for each condition. Hard to pick which of the three I find dominant. I will say this though, camera 6 needs some major work. If 6 is the Moto X, please tell me the shots were taken before the camera software update.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 09:35 3

20. _Bone_ (Posts: 2140; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


These are pretty darn close in quality during daylight, except for the last, which is upscaled, so I guess it's the HTC One. The first 3, maybe even 4 are Sony Exmors, my tip would be #1 the G2, #2 & #3 the Note 3 and S4. #4 could be the iPhone 5S, #5 is likely the 1020 due to the larger FoV, #6 is the HTC One.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 15:24

74. buccob (Posts: 1564; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Maybe Z1 instead of Note 3 in one of the pics

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 09:48 3

25. sehooo (Posts: 3; Member since: 04 Apr 2011)


phone 5 the best
phone 2 next one
phone 6 the worst

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