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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 beats the Nexus 6 in our blind camera comparison

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 beats the Nexus 6 in our blind camera comparison

There are many things to like about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, and one of them is the splendid camera it comes equipped with. The snapper isn't only good. It is one of the best we've had the chance to test in the recent past. That's why we weren't really expecting the Nexus 6 to beat the Note 4 in our most recent blind camera comparison. Sure enough, the latter won by a considerable margin.

For those who missed our blind camera comparison post from last Monday, we presented our readers with images taken with the Galaxy Note 4 and the Google Nexus 6. Then we let our readers vote on the images they liked better without actually knowing which smartphone they were voting for. Out of the 5 scenes which we posted images of, 4 were captured better with the Galaxy Note 4, according to the 5000+ readers who cast their vote. 

Now, we won't go into details as to how the two cameras performed in the shootout. We will, however, bring more one-on-one samples and share our thoughts on the snappers' performance in a few days time. Until then, here's another look at the images used for the blind comparison and the actual vote count for each smartphone.

Scene 1 – Winner: Galaxy Note 4


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Scene 1: Which photo you like better?
26.3%
1500 votes
(1500 votes) Nexus 6 (Photo A)
73.7%
4203 votes
(4203 votes) Galaxy Note 4 (Photo B)

5703 votes


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Scene 2 – Winner: Galaxy Note 4


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Scene 2: Which photo you like better?
7.87%
414 votes
(414 votes) Nexus 6 (Photo C)
92.13%
4847 votes
(4847 votes) Galaxy Note 4 (Photo D)

5261 votes


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Scene 3 – Winner: Galaxy Note 4


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Scene 3: Which photo you like better?
58.76%
3024 votes
(3024 votes) Galaxy Note 4 (Photo E)
41.24%
2122 votes
(2122 votes) Nexus 6 (Photo F)

5146 votes


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Scene 4 – Winner: Nexus 6


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Scene 4: Which photo you like better?
42.39%
2172 votes
(2172 votes) Galaxy Note 4 (Photo G)
57.61%
2952 votes
(2952 votes) Nexus 6 (Photo H)

5124 votes


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Scene 5 – Winner: Galaxy Note 4


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Scene 5: Which photo you like better?
91.16%
4640 votes
(4640 votes) Galaxy Note 4 (Photo I)
8.84%
450 votes
(450 votes) Nexus 6 (Photo J)

5090 votes


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posted on 25 Jan 2015, 08:34 27

1. maherk (Posts: 3415; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Nothing stands against the best smartphone atm.
Next please.

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 08:45 3

7. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


That's why the thread dude.

Fixed your typo too.

Nexus Please.

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 08:37 4

2. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


I'd be happy with either.

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 08:39 10

3. mixedfish (Posts: 1152; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


And now you know why Samsung saturates their colours by default: people prefer it.

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 16:45

62. medtxa (Posts: 1115; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


nexus are the saturated one..

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 08:41 11

4. hellbread (Posts: 309; Member since: 21 Nov 2014)


I find it is very hard to judge quality of any camera when i did not seen actual scene.
We can speak about what image you like more but on the other hand it is subjective thing.
Someone like more saturated images, someone more light...

That is why I don't find this comparisons interesting, but Note 4 has great camera, that's for sure.

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 15:35

61. Awalker (Posts: 1394; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


I think what they're going for is what looks more pleasing to the eye rather than accurate scene depiction. The Note 4 colors appear to be a bit saturated but the pictures look more pleasing.

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 16:46 1

63. medtxa (Posts: 1115; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


please chek again, nexus are the one that more saturated.

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 08:42 5

5. TimCook (banned) (Posts: 450; Member since: 23 Oct 2014)


Nowadays pretty much all phones have good cameras and they take good enough pictures..
Even HTC phones have good cameras nowadays..

I preffer the nexus 6 over the note 4, stock lollipop is ( in my opinion ) a huge reason to chose the n6 over the n4..

Years back Samsung had an advantage over other Android manufactors, nowadays everyone seems to have improved, LG ,HTC and even nexus devices bring solid performance and cameras too.

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 09:23 20

9. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


Even HTC phones have good cameras.

Now I just can't stop laughing. Just that the nexus 6 defeated your fruit you're trying to prove that the nexus 6 is really good but the reality is that the fruit is rotten and bent out of shape

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 10:46 3

20. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3713; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


You deserved that response from TimCook. Nowhere in his post did he mention Apple, but because you're obsessed, you felt the need to bring it up. Have fun with that banana.

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 10:53 5

23. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


You think that kind of response from such a person even has a little affect on me. Think twice.

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 11:42 3

29. darkkjedii (Posts: 19734; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


The fact that post 23 exists, says it does.

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 11:46 1

31. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3713; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Boom. +1

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 11:47 7

32. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


You want some action into the flame war, don't you.

Anyway, I gave an apt reply to him and I don't think that a person of his type will be able to argue with that granted his intellectual level

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 12:16 1

39. darkkjedii (Posts: 19734; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


You're dissing his intellectual level, yet he used it to piss you the hell off, so what's that say about yours? At this point, you should be logging off, and taking a nap dude. Ever see the movie "You got served"?

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 12:27 9

41. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


Oh god please.

Let's do some analysis:

A. I didn't lose.

B. If I had run off, I'd be seen as a pi$$ed off Apple hater who ran away cowardly. At least by standing to my point, I had my respect.

C. You seem to like the guy and are taking his support like you're his sidekick on fruit fanboy sleeps association.

D. I didn't see the movie and now that you mention it, I probably never will.

Yawn. And good night. Better use good arguments next time

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 12:47 3

43. darkkjedii (Posts: 19734; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Nite nite, sleep tight, don't let the TIM COOK BUGS bite.

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 13:12 7

45. maherk (Posts: 3415; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Why am i not surprised to see you sucking on someone's banana and highfiving him just because he is an iDumb like you?
Fakejeddi, it is time to grow up.

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 13:33 3

46. TreyTreyTaylor (Posts: 609; Member since: 21 Dec 2010)


Lol right. There's agreeing, there's opposing, and then there's d*ck riding.

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 16:57

65. Neo_Huang (Posts: 1067; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)


"Mind tricks don't work on me. Only money."

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 13:41

48. darkkjedii (Posts: 19734; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


TM, you shoulda put "drops mic, and walks away".

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 14:12 3

52. DnB925Art (Posts: 947; Member since: 23 May 2013)


Like Randy Watson after he sang "Greatest Love of All" in Coming to America. Sexual Chocolate!

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 14:39

58. darkkjedii (Posts: 19734; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


LMAO on that one. Total classic!

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 14:13 1

53. TimCook (banned) (Posts: 450; Member since: 23 Oct 2014)


Dude honestly You are incredible,
You admit you love the iPad Air 2 and you admit the MacBook is a great device but you call the company a rotten fruit...?

You just bought a product from this rotten fruit company...but you hate them..?

I just realised something , even Apple haters LOVE Apple,

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 10:42 2

17. DogeShibe (Posts: 1110; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


wow , such troll , many comments , pls ban

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 11:43

30. darkkjedii (Posts: 19734; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Shhhhh

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 14:13

54. TimCook (banned) (Posts: 450; Member since: 23 Oct 2014)


Shhhhh

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 11:05

25. Scott93274 (Posts: 4066; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


I'm going to have to agree with you, The images above are very close in quality and some of the voting is closer than some other recent comparisons. The Nexus 6 even get's more votes on one of the images. That being said, the Note 4 obviously won in this competition but there is in all honesty nothing about the cameras that should prevent you from buying one phone over the other. They're both good devices with good cameras.

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 11:58

34. DogeShibe (Posts: 1110; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


End of thread :)

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 08:44 9

6. Settings (Posts: 1467; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Just a suggestion, next poll would be unbiased if compared with a DSLR image. I have nothing against Note 4 but its colors are more saturated than the N6. Not everybody prefers vivid over than natural ones. But when it comes to detail Note 4 really is good.

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 09:05 13

8. chaosnightmare (Posts: 110; Member since: 20 May 2010)


Take a closer look at the sample 4, nexus' colors are more saturated than note 4, that's probably why n6 won this one, however as far as detail and macro-focus are concerned note 4 still a crearly winner here, i wonder if they used HDR in this shoot.

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 09:47

11. bur60 (Posts: 832; Member since: 07 Jul 2014)


how about u take a closer look at the other samples. All other samples show that Note4 is more vivid and saturated. I think that the Nexus takes better pictures with bright backgrounds and thats why the fruit is so clear and detailed. This is just the same for Nexus 5. The note4 didnt take the colors so clear at sample 4 because of the strong background light.

If u think about it. Those things look realistic in the Nexus picture (clear red color), the Note 4 made them brighter and purpleish.

But if we put aside the color reproduction accuracy, the Note4 clearly wins. It has a better sensor and more detail.

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 10:40 1

16. Macready (Posts: 831; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)


Realistic? You mean horrible whitebalance is realistic? That's the main difference in these pictures. Most notably in the nightshot.
The nexus whitebalance is too cool in the 1st and 2nd shot, too warm in the third and almost spot on in the 4th (N4 too cool), but way too cool in the 5th. That plus the clear differences in detail, the better gamma curve (more shadow detail retained) already sealed the deal. The saturation levels are quite similar, minus greens.

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 10:32 4

14. twens (Posts: 955; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


I want to believe not everyone that visit this sites knows about images and color reproduction like some of you make it. What looks good to the eyes of the majority is what they choose. I know a couple of girls who traded their iPhone 6 for a note 4 just because of image quality for Instagram.
Just like people don't care what processor the iPhone uses yet enjoy the responsiveness of the overall usage it's the same with camera. Most consumers don't care megapixel or saturation. What matters to them is wherether or not the image is good and detailed. Sammy delivers here and it has proven that's what people want thanks to the blind comparisons so far. Note 4 has edged out almost all the top phones in blind comparisons. Give credit when it is due. They have a good camera, period!!!

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 10:49

21. darkkjedii (Posts: 19734; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Good post twens, it won fair and square. +1

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 10:33

15. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3713; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Waiting for BusyBoy to admit that he was wrong about the pictures being in the same order every time. Real men admit to their mistakes.

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 12:13 7

38. TAMARETTE (Posts: 182; Member since: 15 Jun 2014)


Congratz to the Note 4. Although it was clearly the winner in every shot and by a mile, I would say the Nexus 6 has an amazing camera nevertheless. Gone are the days when Nexus = crappy camera.

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 13:37

47. TreyTreyTaylor (Posts: 609; Member since: 21 Dec 2010)


What a great camera I have. If your flagship phone of choice has a bad camera then there's a problem.

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 14:09

51. afraaa (Posts: 138; Member since: 23 Oct 2014)


nexus 6 is 13 mg and note 4 is 16 , if nexus was 16 mg pixel then u couldn't see any difference in detail , sure note 4 should take better picture.Considering this nexus 6 take awesome picture with low power . .samsung camera was always superior i agree but i really happy nexus really improved since nexus 4 and came all this way to comete with note 4 . well done google with software well done .

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 14:40

59. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3713; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


What is an mg? Megagram? Lol.

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 16:58

66. Neo_Huang (Posts: 1067; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)


Obviously milligram...

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 18:20

70. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3713; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Obviously. My bad.

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 14:15

55. DnB925Art (Posts: 947; Member since: 23 May 2013)


I really enjoy my Note 4's camera. I'm no pro but I do love the pictures that it does take. I believe my eyes and if they look good to my eyes, that's what matters.

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 14:17 4

56. PANIC (Posts: 125; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


Idiots like the banana jerk above have no place in this tech forum....you are a DISGRACE....and GET A LIFE

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 14:27

57. antonioli (Posts: 200; Member since: 08 Sep 2013)


Two good cameras.

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 14:45 2

60. tedkord (Posts: 10231; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


The Note 4 is just all around the best on the market. It's near the top/at the top in every metric. It's only true weakness is the fingerprint scanner, and even that isn't terrible.

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 16:50

64. Cyagocaliz (unregistered)


But iPhone performs the best, right guys?

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 17:05 4

67. Neo_Huang (Posts: 1067; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)


The Note 4 got 2.52 times as many votes as the Nexus 6, and the Nexus 6 got 3.4 times as many votes as the iPhone 6 Plus. This isn't rock-paper-scissors, so obviously it doesn't.

posted on 26 Jan 2015, 13:55

73. chris2k5 (Posts: 43; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)


iPhone camera better. kkbye

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 22:44

71. eldyagustius (Posts: 177; Member since: 30 Oct 2013)


Don't be too happy with this blind comparison, Sir. Maybe several days later, PA will write another article which state that Galaxy Note 4 produces detail which shouldn't exist in real life. Or maybe they will post another photos that could make Nexus 6 wins in this comparison like they did in Nexus 6 vs iPhone 6 camera comparison. LOL.

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 22:46 2

72. eldyagustius (Posts: 177; Member since: 30 Oct 2013)


Blind comparison :

iPhone < Nexus 6 < Note 4. Isn't it?

posted on 27 Jan 2015, 19:40

74. javy108 (Posts: 1004; Member since: 27 Jul 2014)


You're so right. but,,, for me... iPhone < Nexus 6 < Lg G3 < Note 4

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