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Nexus 6 beats the iPhone 6 Plus by a mile in our blind camera comparison

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Nexus 6 beats the iPhone 6 Plus by a mile in our blind camera comparison
It is safe to say that the iPhone is one of the best cameraphones around. Its camera is fast, easy to use, and capable of producing beautiful images, as our numerous tests and comparisons have shown. The Nexus 6, however, managed to beat Apple's smartphone in our latest blind camera comparison. And by a huge margin, at that. Out of the 3662 readers who voted, over three quarters chose Google's Nexus 6 handset. The iPhone 6 Plus, on the other hand, managed to collect less than 23% of all votes. 

What made our readers blindly choose the Nexus 6 over the iPhone? Well, our guess is that they liked the former's sharp, detailed images. Close-ups show that the Nexus 6's higher-resolution sensor captures better details in most occasions. At the same time, the iPhone 6 Plus exaggerated the sun's warm glow to an unacceptable level in several of the shots. Although it did produce superior colors in other scenes, we have to admit. 

That's all for now, folks, and in case you missed our original post, below are the samples that we shot with the two phones. Keep an eye out for our full verdict on this particular 1v1 camera comparison as it is coming in the very near future. Our next blind camera comparison is also around the corner, so don't miss that either.

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(2825 votes) Nexus 6 (Phone 1)
22.86%
837 votes
(837 votes) iPhone 6 Plus (Phone 2)

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posted on 06 Jan 2015, 10:40 8

1. TheStanleyFTW (Posts: 238; Member since: 20 Feb 2013)


Nice job Moto! :D
But iPhone 6 Plus is better than Moto in low light. :)

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 10:41 7

3. sgodsell (Posts: 3052; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


It just made sense that a 13mp camera would beat a 8mp camera. That and the faster processor on the nexus 6 would help to sharpen images.

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 10:47 1

10. TheStanleyFTW (Posts: 238; Member since: 20 Feb 2013)


True AND RAW-format is coming to Android (Or wasn't their and app that could take RAW) :D

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 11:41 1

37. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 10514; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


There's no way the 6 lost to the Nexus 6 in a camera test. There's something wrong with the voters here.

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 11:49 31

39. Noble_One (Posts: 60; Member since: 18 Aug 2012)


Not trying to start anything at all, but do you think the iPhone pictures look better honestly? I was a bit skeptical when opening the article, but upon looking at the images, I felt the nexus 6 pictures did look better

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 14:55 13

80. lyndon420 (Posts: 3708; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


You must be new to PA bud. No one in their right mind takes Mxyz serious or his opinions. He's just a troll trying to get a rise out of you. His iPhone could turn into a brick and he'd still defend it to his dieing breath.

posted on 16 Feb 2015, 19:49

161. JayQ330 (Posts: 56; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


Same here, I also wondered if had anyone known what phone shot which pic would have the test given different results.

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 12:00 22

43. iOSLMFAO (banned) (Posts: 290; Member since: 15 Dec 2014)


Your tears are delicious.
It was a blind test, genius, no way for bias to skew the results.
Keep crying though.

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 12:04 6

44. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1717; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Always in denial if it's against your opinion. Have you tried a Nexus 6, of course you haven't.

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 12:24 1

49. ianbbaa (Posts: 305; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)


because that time when this comparison was posted - darkjedi had some stupid comments about yellowish pictures belonging to "Amoleds" screens and claimed that they are out of Samsung - so then all iSheeps followed his "techie amoled"statement and simply voted for the device number 1 - which was nexus 6 in this case.

But anyway that device 2 pics really looks yelowish so i am a bit surprised that even iPA writer alowed to appear them here. Even blind iPhone user had to vote for 1 cause bad yelowisj samples that i believe iPhone doesnt produce like this. s**tty postprocesing at iPA went wrong direction...

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 12:44 6

53. iOSLMFAO (banned) (Posts: 290; Member since: 15 Dec 2014)


Darkjedi said something stupid and erroneous? Well I am shocked, just shocked lol

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 13:32 5

60. androidwindows (Posts: 184; Member since: 04 Oct 2014)


No, iphones have always produced yelllowish images since the iphone 4. ALWAYS. Despite that, reviewers always say the camera on the iphone is THE BEST EVAH!!!!! Just look at Nick's comments in the article above.

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 12:34 2

51. LionStone (Posts: 717; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


The apple camera really isn't that great, I used it and I'm not impressed. My HTC DNA is just as fast and takes as good if not better photos. Also when it plays music, I went into camera app, the music shuts off! I didn't even take a picture, just by going there shut off the music! Then when I did take a pic, I had to go back into the music app to turn music back on, lame. When I'm playing music on my DNA, I can go to the camera app, music still plays. Then when I do take a pic, the music pauses then starts playing automatically after the pic. hmm...

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 14:38 1

77. Leo_MC (Posts: 939; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


Have you been using an iPhone made by a Chinese manufacturer?
I ask this because my Apple made iPhone keeps playing musing even while I'm taking pictures.

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 16:10 9

89. megalosdog (Posts: 11; Member since: 06 Jan 2015)


Ummm, all iPhones are made by a Chinese manufacturer. Foxconn.

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 17:42 1

96. iOSLMFAO (banned) (Posts: 290; Member since: 15 Dec 2014)


Ha! You rock lol

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 12:57

57. Dinged (Posts: 32; Member since: 12 Jan 2012)


Blind comparison needs to be done without a "sky" scene. Everyone knows an iphone when they see a blue saturated sky, All it takes is a manufacturer or fanboy to auto vote once knowing this and then the votes are skewed.

The apple camera kills it when it comes to low light action scenes...way less blur.

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 13:15 2

58. darkkjedii (Posts: 19375; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Mxy, enjoy your purchase bro, I know I am. Loving my 128 gig 6 plus. Hope everyone else is enjoying their purchase. I'm also here at CES, enjoying the show. Theres some awesome tech here, but they need better wifi, due to the crowd. I got tons of pics and vids to put on Facebook, 2015 tech rocks so far.

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 19:44

98. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 10514; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


:( I wi I could attend. So many new goodies to see.

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 20:19

99. darkkjedii (Posts: 19375; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Mxy, the phones are great, but the TV's are unbelievable. Home automation is gonna be huge too, give it couple years. Tablets are nice, but we all know only one tablet really matters, the rest kinda fill in the pie. The TV's though bro, my goodness.

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 13:27 2

59. androidwindows (Posts: 184; Member since: 04 Oct 2014)


There's nothing wrong with the voters here. They simply picked the better performing camera phone that's all.

I accurately predicted that phone 2 was the iphone here.
http://www.phonearena.com/news/1v1-blind-camera-comparison-you-choose-the-better-phone_id64122/comments/page/2

Despite what the reviewers say, iphones are not able to produce natural looking colors. That's a fact. Just look at the pictures above.

And I'm glad that idiot symantik is banned.

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 13:37 3

62. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4799; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Please explain how this was rigged... I mean it was a blind comparison? Was it not?

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 14:08 2

67. tedkord (Posts: 9861; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Or, maybe it's not the rest of the world. Maybe, just maybe, it's you with the problem.

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 15:03 7

82. lyndon420 (Posts: 3708; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Hey you tool bag...I got a nice new Nexus 6 and boy is it nice. You should see the pics this thing takes - fricken amazing man!!!!

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 16:12 4

90. BobbyDigital (Posts: 1819; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Do you need a Wahmbulance Mxy? Lmao!!

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 20:27 2

100. jphillips63 (Posts: 214; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


In all honesty here yes the nexus 6 images where way better. The colors looked true the contrast and dynamic range was very accurate.

The iPhone looked like the images were over sharpened and also focus was off making some look soft. There very well could had been a bad processor or lens on the iPhone but regardless clearly in those photos the nexus had better images

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 20:33

101. downphoenix (Posts: 3149; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


The Nexus 6 pictures just looked better overall. Mainly due to more accurate color reproduction, and the higher megapixels allowed for more detailed images close in. Apple will need to hike up the megapixels on the next phone or they're just fall further behind and eventually get to an HTC level where the cameras are overhyped and not competitive.

posted on 09 Jan 2015, 19:08

125. alrightythen (Posts: 30; Member since: 07 Jan 2015)


Just face it, iphones are 2 year old hardware. Simple as that.

posted on 10 Jan 2015, 22:36

131. preetmalhotra (Posts: 106; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


Are you bl¡nd?
This was a blind test, so no biasing. Nexus 6 images are indeed better. iPhone6/6s is no better than any other flagship camera except HTCs. Even Nokia N8 beats your iP6/6s. Sorry if that hurts. :P

posted on 09 Feb 2015, 07:36

152. CoryMeetsWorld (Posts: 166; Member since: 17 Oct 2014)


Or you could just be a biased twat.

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 18:51

149. bondosho (Posts: 14; Member since: 07 Nov 2011)


RAW is a feature of Lollipop. Just need a program like Camera FV-5 to take advantage of it. I use it on my N5.

To the comment who said "of course 13mp beat 8mp" I'd ask, since when does more megapixels matter? They don't. Apple's post processing has always bothered me. The inject way to much red in their pics. Anyway, good article.

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 14:44

78. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 459; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


As others below have said, there are other factors apart from pixel count.
- The red cast seems to me to be an auto white balance issue - should be fixable in a FW update.

- Slightly more aggressive sharpening may have helped, though I wonder if the iPhone is at or near max resolving power of its lens.

- In the iPhone's favor, it seems to have better dynamic range than the Moto.

I'd expect the pixel count advantage to push the N6 over the top, but it should have been a closer contest.

FWIW - I own a Nexus 6.

posted on 09 Feb 2015, 07:36

153. CoryMeetsWorld (Posts: 166; Member since: 17 Oct 2014)


More megapixels doesn't mean better camera you knobhead.

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 10:46 14

8. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4799; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I have to admit, I kinda thought this was the battle I was looking for & BOY was I surprised. This makes me go CRAZY for the Verizon version of the Google Nexus 6.

GEEEZZZZ!!!! When WILL it ever come out? SMH!

Motorola is finally getting their camera game straight & it's evident by this blind camera comparison. AMAZING!

Kudos to Motorola. This is HUGE!

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 10:48

12. TheStanleyFTW (Posts: 238; Member since: 20 Feb 2013)


Off topic....But are there any 1/2.3 inch sensors with 13mp?

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 10:55

16. letosaw (Posts: 100; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


if i'm not mistaken no:/ omnivision OV13860 is 13 mp but only 1/2.6

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 10:57

18. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1116; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


No, not for smartphones afaik. There is an 13mp 1/2.6" sensor by Omnivision though with 1.3um pixels.

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 11:01

20. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4799; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


The Oppo N3 has the 1/2.3 inch sensor but at 16MP not 13MP

This is the sensor on the Oppo page & on the OmniVision page:

http://global.oppo.com/en/products/n3/#n3-specs

http://www.ovt.com/products/sensor.php?id=117

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 11:25

28. bambamboogy02 (Posts: 502; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


VZW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am waiting as well....

posted on 09 Jan 2015, 19:03

124. alrightythen (Posts: 30; Member since: 07 Jan 2015)


Arent you always waiting while on Verizon??

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 11:53 2

40. BamaBoi89 (Posts: 5; Member since: 06 Jan 2015)


the nexus 6 is coming in mid feb on verizon they are rumored to be releasing the note edge this thursday.

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 13:40 2

63. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4799; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Hey man. Thanks for the info!

+1

posted on 10 Jan 2015, 13:01

128. kristoferallen (Posts: 99; Member since: 23 Jun 2010)


A lot of people are ignorant to what colors are supposed to look like. When you go outside in the sun and look at a building, it does not look f**king white. That is making the image with cool colors. That is not the true color. The sun does give a yellow tint when outside. That is the true color of it. Most people like cool colors better. A lot of companies make the cameras this way. Also, it is not low light in the inside pictures. There are a ton of light. It's just that the iPhone has sharper pixels per pixel. Just because a camera has more pixels, it doesn't mean the quality is higher per pixel. It just means the image is bigger. When taking pictures from farther away, you have more pixels to work with and can zoom in and see better quality usually if you have more pixels. But that's not the case with closer up pictures. This is also evident in the camera chart.

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 07:49

145. rsmrx8 (Posts: 13; Member since: 07 Jan 2015)


"It's just that the iPhone has sharper pixels per pixel"

After this quote, pretty much the rest of your comment can be safely ignored. :)

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 14:36 1

148. kristoferallen (Posts: 99; Member since: 23 Jun 2010)


That was ignorant...

posted on 28 Jan 2015, 12:14

150. Somebody995 (Posts: 33; Member since: 28 Jan 2015)


I'm looking outside right now, and it sure doesn't look yellow to me....

sun+sky daylight color temperature runs in the range of 5500-6500 K. A "cool white" fluorescent bulb runs about 4200 K. A tungsten incandescent bulb runs about 2700 K -- that is your standard "indoor at home at night" color of light. Those apple pics look around 4000 K. The Nexus 6 pics are a MUCH more accurate reproduction of outdoor daylight colors.

posted on 28 Jan 2015, 22:40

151. kristoferallen (Posts: 99; Member since: 23 Jun 2010)


It depends on the time of day. Sunset and sundown it can be extremely yellow outside. It looks like this was done in the morning, according to the shadows. But who knows. We never get a professional camera on these comparisons.

posted on 02 Jun 2015, 15:00

167. nickowerjkl234 (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Jun 2015)


Some people are ignorant to the concept of white balance... Your eyes adjust white balance too, by the way. Apparently, the iPhone does not adjust white balance properly. Neutral whites and grays should appear white or gray, without a color cast.

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 10:41 1

2. mistercarter (Posts: 349; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)


there must be something wrong with that iPhone camera, cuz i got a 6 Plus and i can take pictures way better than that...

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 10:46 13

7. sgodsell (Posts: 3052; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Please you can only push an 8mp capture so far with software. It just makes sense that a physical 13mp image is going to have more pixels to work with.

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 11:22 1

24. tdslam720 (Posts: 70; Member since: 05 Jan 2015)


Yes, because 8MP isn't enough to produce a clear image *rolls eyes*

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 11:33 8

33. tedkord (Posts: 9861; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


It is, but 13mp can produce clearer pictures (assuming the optics, software and post processing are equal or better.

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 12:10 2

47. threed61 (Posts: 192; Member since: 27 May 2011)


megapixels are one of the least important factors in the clarity of a photo. Sensor, lens, software and the skill of the photographer are much more important. Nice job, Moto! I have a 6+, by the way.

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 15:15 3

83. darkkjedii (Posts: 19375; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


So do I? Congrats to the N6. Great phone BTW.

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 10:58 13

19. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1116; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


OMG the phone i own didn't win the comparison, there is obviously something wrong with it!!! Just face the truth already.

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 03:44

105. EcoCare (Posts: 349; Member since: 30 Jul 2014)


Because iSheeps are blind and hard

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 03:50

106. EcoCare (Posts: 349; Member since: 30 Jul 2014)


And stubborn. Duh, stupid comment system!

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 11:26

29. cezarepc (Posts: 714; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


Their settings was on auto. If professionals did the comparison on manual settings we'll have a hard time telling the difference.

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 14:15 2

69. hoosiercub (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Jan 2015)


Congratulations!

I have a Nexus 6 and was honestly worried about the camera, and felt like I'd want a 6+ eventually... not anymore :)

I've been very happy with the camera on the N6 especially in low-light.

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 10:42 9

4. MahmoudHamsharii (Posts: 69; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


Uhh, I can't belive it .. finally the IPhone looses in a PhoneArena Camera Comparison!

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