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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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Which phone took better photos?
Nexus 6 (Phone 1) 77.14% (2825 votes) (2825 votes)
iPhone 6 Plus (Phone 2) 22.86% (837 votes) (837 votes)

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posted on 06 Jan 2015, 10:40 8

1. TheStanleyFTW (Posts: 249; 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: 4542; 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, 10:46 14

8. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; 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, 10:47 1

10. TheStanleyFTW (Posts: 249; 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, 10:48

12. TheStanleyFTW (Posts: 249; 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: 122; 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: 1120; 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: 4888; 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: 640; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


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

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 11:41 1

37. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


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, 11:53 2

40. BamaBoi89 (Posts: 6; 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, 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: 1733; 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: 332; 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, 12:34 2

51. LionStone (Posts: 816; 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, 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, 12:57

57. Dinged (Posts: 35; 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: 23657; 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, 13:27 2

59. androidwindows (Posts: 203; 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, 13:32 5

60. androidwindows (Posts: 203; 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, 13:37 3

62. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; 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, 13:40 2

63. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Hey man. Thanks for the info!

+1

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 14:08 2

67. tedkord (Posts: 13249; 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, 14:38 1

77. Leo_MC (Posts: 2320; 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, 14:44

78. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 493; 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 06 Jan 2015, 14:55 13

80. lyndon420 (Posts: 4883; 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 06 Jan 2015, 15:03 7

82. lyndon420 (Posts: 4883; 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, 16:10 9

89. megalosdog (Posts: 16; Member since: 06 Jan 2015)


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

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 16:12 4

90. BobbyDigital (Posts: 2095; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Do you need a Wahmbulance Mxy? Lmao!!

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