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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 wins our blind camera comparison, iPhone 6 is distant second

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 wins our blind camera comparison, iPhone 6 is distant second
Last week we had the chance to review the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, and one of the many things we liked about it was its 16MP camera. Apparently, there's a huge chunk of readers who are impressed by the snapper as well, judging by the results from our blind camera comparison. As you can surely guess, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 got first place. With nearly 43% of the votes, it ended up miles ahead of the iPhone 6, which got second place. The latter received a bit over 22% of all votes.

With a not-so-impressive result of under 12%, the Samsung Galaxy S5 finished in third place, followed by the year-old Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with 11% of the votes. Even further behind we have the Sony Xperia Z3, which only 7% of our readers favored. Last in line, with less than 5% of all votes we have the LG G3, which didn't do as well as it did in our previous comparisons.

But we're not done here. Our in-depth camera comparison pitting the Note 4 against other high-ends is coming soon, and it will be interesting to see how well it holds its ground in more challenging shooting scenarios. Stay tuned, and thanks to all 6179 of you who voted!

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Which phone took the best photos?
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 42.98% (2656 votes) (2656 votes)
iPhone 6 22.32% (1379 votes) (1379 votes)
Samsung Galaxy S5 11.72% (724 votes) (724 votes)
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 11.31% (699 votes) (699 votes)
Sony Xperia Z3 7.02% (434 votes) (434 votes)
LG G3 4.64% (287 votes) (287 votes)

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posted on 13 Oct 2014, 14:00 19

1. tury694 (Posts: 167; Member since: 25 Aug 2014)


Let the war commence.

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 14:02 17

3. LGisgood (Posts: 833; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


expected results

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 14:02 5

4. DogeShibe (Posts: 1115; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


Let's prove this guy wrong ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 14:19 9

18. tury694 (Posts: 167; Member since: 25 Aug 2014)


Somehow I managed to vote for the iPhone. Now that I look at it again the Note and S5 look better

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 14:27 41

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


Yeah I figured this much. The iPhone 6 has a good camera but the Note 4 literally kills it. Samsung has the camera in their phones producing EXCELLENT images.

16MP ISOCELL & OIS combo is just hard to beat!

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 14:28 10

22. 90ninjas (unregistered)


That bias doe

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 14:37 6

25. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


It's probably a Sony IMX240 sensor in it, not a Samsung ISOCELL.

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 14:39 19

26. Wiencon (Posts: 1976; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


Maybe, but without reference photo this comparision is pointless, we don't know how it looked in real life, so most people chose photo with more vibrant photo (myself included)

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 15:08 17

34. maherk (Posts: 4552; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


IFFFF that's the case, then people do prefer vibrant colors! Like Duhhhh
still if you're trying to find a lame excuse on why the Note 4 won, I ll tell you to go ahead and search for Note 4 camera reviews, the majority, if not all said that it delivers the most accurate colors in photos taken within the latest flagships.

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 15:13 8

37. amats69 (Posts: 1485; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


it is not a lame excuse...He is right...stop the fanboyism

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 15:17 4

41. D.Lamore (Posts: 198; Member since: 15 Aug 2014)


ifans chose phone 4 knowing its iphone 6,pathetic

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 15:17 5

43. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1542; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


Even I didn´t chose any of the oversaturated ones myself I fully agree.
Most of the people have gone with the pictures with the most contrast even if they are unrealistic.
I found the Note 4 oversaturating the greens and the iphone 6 on the reds and blues. So I voted for phone 5 (GS5). But a reference picture would help to know if I´m right in my assumption.

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 15:19 4

44. Awalker (Posts: 1655; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


I don't think you need a reference unless you're testing color accuracy.

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 15:27 14

49. Lememurilo (Posts: 30; Member since: 13 Oct 2014)


No, he have a 16:9 ISOCELL sensor, Sony IMX240 have a 4:3 aspect ratio.

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 15:49 10

56. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


It was blind camera comparison... And tbh
(insert brand)fans chose phone(insert number) knowing its (insert phone model),pathetic

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 15:50 6

58. Lememurilo (Posts: 30; Member since: 13 Oct 2014)


This combination gives for a Note 4 a better low light performance, better outdoor performance, better details capture, better stabilization with low light, better focus, and more speed than Z3.

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 16:21 3

66. Onemanmanyphones (Posts: 5; Member since: 25 May 2014)


Indeed - particularly given the fact that many commentators in the original article stated that they would pick the one they thought was the iPhone and vote against it.

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 16:24

68. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 532; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


I don't think you know what the world "literally" means.

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 16:29 5

70. samub (Posts: 34; Member since: 01 Oct 2014)


note 4's all version of it have sony sensor. just read the posts.
forum.xda-developers.com/note-4/general/note-4-var​iants-camera-sensor-t2901512

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 17:06 10

77. k4ever (Posts: 214; Member since: 08 Oct 2014)


Wow, so in a blind test, one where nobody knew which photo was taken by which phone, people purposely voted against the iPhone? Do you know how lame and paranoid that sounds? Man you guys excuses are getting more and more delusional. Here's a hint, people chose the pictures from the Note 4 because it has a better camera. Nothing more to it.

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 17:41

85. solidsnake695 (Posts: 132; Member since: 04 Jan 2013)


samsung note 4 dont have isocell its sonys sensor now

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 19:06 3

102. haikallp (Posts: 242; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Disappointed that PA did not include the Lumia 930 though. It has a great camera.

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 19:23 5

103. Penny (Posts: 1662; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


I voted for number 2 because I thought it pretty clearly had the best detail and dynamic range when examined carefully. Also, it helps to use a color-accurate monitor (IPS panel) rather than an LED phone or tablet.

I still wish PA would implement a better photo viewing experience for these comparisons. Have no idea how much these photos are being compressed, downsized, degraded, etc.

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 21:01

120. just4net (unregistered)


If the names were not shown then it'd be a much better poll.

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 21:37 1

121. joey_sfb (Posts: 6407; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


iPhone 6 version of the sky is so blue to the point of unrealistic.

Either the others camera is incompetent or iPhone default filter are too heavy.

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 21:37 1

122. tedkord (Posts: 13170; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


They weren't...

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 22:15 1

123. pert22 (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Oct 2014)


Are you ok?
Blue lamppost, blue asphalt, yellowness and medium dr wins
apple haters and paid samsung fanboys wins

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 22:29 4

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


Cute, the grammar Nazi is here. lol

What the "world" literally means...

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 22:30 1

125. phichart (Posts: 296; Member since: 03 May 2014)


yes... they know because of the sky photo

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 23:55 2

130. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 532; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


Ha, touché. That literally made me decide to give you a thumbs. :)

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